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

Do the Shia consider the book of Al-Kafi authentic in the same way that the Sunnis consider Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari authentic?

Al-Kafi is a respected book in the views of Shia scholars, but we cannot guarantee that all the narrations mentioned in it are authenticated, as one should refer to the experts to determine the authenticity of each narration.

Is following one Marja obligatory, or can one follow multiple Marajas by practicing precaution on the issues which have differences of opinion?

It is permissible to act in precaution by ensuring that one’s acts are not against the edicts of any one Marja. This will not be considered to be emulation (taqleed).

I am working in a kitchen as a cook. I was wondering if it was permissible for me to taste food that is not permissible to consume.

You can taste the food that is prohibited to consume provided that you do not swallow it, and you should make your mouth tahir too if the food was najis.

Is any dhikr permissible in bowing and prostration?

It is sufficient in the bowing position to recite "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih", or "Subhanallah" three times. It is also sufficient to recite any sort of "dhikr" that consists of praising Allah, like "Alhamdulillah" thrice, reciting Takbir thrice or reciting "La Ilaha Illallah" thrice, provided that the said is equivalent to "Subhanallah" three times. The same applies to prostration except that "Subhana Rabbiyal-Aala wa bi-Hamdih" is to be recited instead of "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih". But, it is not sufficient to recite, "Subhana Rabbiyal-Aala wa bi-Hamdih" in bowing, nor is it sufficient to recite, "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih" in prostration.

If one wiped his hands before his face in tayammum, is it still correct?

No, it is not correct, as the sequence within tayammum is necessary. In order to correct the sequence, one can repeat wiping the hands after wiping the face.

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