The Meeting of his Eminence with the Delegation of Scholars from Al-Azhar

The Meeting of his Eminence with the Delegation of Scholars from Al-Azhar

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakim, receives a delegation from Al-Azhar, and calls all towards wisdom and cooperation, and the rejection of animosity and takfeer.

His Eminence, the Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakim (may Allah prolong his life) received in his office, on 29 January 2018 (11 Jamadi al-Ula 1439), a delegation of scholars of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, including teachers of Quranic sciences and the sciences of the holy Hadith.

His Eminence called, during this discussion with the delegation members, all sides towards adorning with wisdom and decency with one another, and the rejection of all manners of enmity and disrespect, which is harming the Muslims, especially in areas that have witnessed conflict, woes and destruction from all sides.

His Eminence warned all against involvement in the bloodshed of Muslims, whether it is through action or speech, emphasising on the acceptance of all sides of the reality that stands, and that each side acknowledges the other, and remains within the boundaries ordained by Allah Almighty in dealing with the other side, observing due respect and consideration, without nullifying them, as humans are most respected in the eyes of God Almighty above all things.

Day Questions

I am in the process of selecting a marja to emulate, and have been recommended His Eminence Sayyid al-Hakeem. Can I rely on his book of Islamic laws in order to decide to follow him?

It is obligatory on individuals to follow the most knowledgeable when possible and that can be determined by referring to the experts who are able to determine who this is. It is not permissible for lay people to base the choice of their marja on learning about his verdicts and feeling comfortable with them.

Some people are calling Imam Ali (Peace be upon him) as their creator and sustainer. What do you thing about this?

This belief is invalid and it is not of the Shia scholars. Shia religious scholars have agreed that the Imams (peace be upon them) are created slaves of Almighty Allah. He created them like He created everybody else. The religious narrations of the Imams themselves confirm this truth. Yes, there is no doubt that the Imams showed miracles, like the prophets (peace be upon them). Almighty Allah said with respect to Jesus (peace be upon him): "I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah's leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah's leave. And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store up in your houses."(3:49)

Is it permissible to say "Subhanallah" three times in the bowing (Ruku) or prostration (Sujood)? Is reciting it once sufficient?

This should be recited three times in the bowing and prostration, and reciting it once is not sufficient.

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