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

Nowadays there are many youths that are in a state of confusion and cannot get married easily; are they really to blame for this situation and could it really be prohibited?

It is not permissible to masturbate. To satisfy the sexual desire, one should look for proper and religiously accepted ways by permanent or temporary marriage.

If a person commits an act which his marja deems to be prohibited, and on Judgment Day it is discovered that the act was not actually a sin after all, will this person not be punished for it since the act was not prohibited? Or will he get punished because he disobeyed the edict of his marja?

The said person is not considered as disobedient, but is liable for proceeding to commit an act that he was informed to be a sin. An example of this is if a person drinks from a glass thinking it to be wine, but it turns out to be water.

How do we seek intercession with God through the Prophet and Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them all)? Is there a certain dua?

It was reported in some narrations that Imam Mosa Al-Kadhim – our Seventh Imam (peace be upon him) – said to his one of companions: “If you have a request from Allah say: Allahumma inni As’aloka bi haqqi Mohammadin wa Alliyyin fa inna lehuma shaanan minash-shaan, wa qadran minal-qader, fa bihaqqi dhalikash-shaan wa bihaqqi thalikal-qader, an tosalli alla Mohammadin wa Aal-Mohammad wa an……." then you mention your request. The translation of the said supplication is: O my Lord I ask you by the right of Mohammad and Ali as they have a (high) position amongst the positions and a (high) value amongst the values. By this position and this value praise be on Mohammad and his progeny and…” then say what your request is. There are other supplications mentioned in books of supplication.

Since it is obligatory to follow the most knowledgeable mujtahid – the most capable in deriving the religious laws from the appropriate sources – I am unable to find the ahl-ul-khibrah to refer to them in order to determine him. However, I have found multiple mujtahids who have all the necessary qualification to be followed in taqleed. Can I follow any one of them?

If the mujtahids are equal in knowledge or you are not able to determine the most knowledgeable amongst them, and if observing precaution – to guarantee that the religious obligations are fulfilled – is not a possibility, one must choose the most God-fearing amongst the most knowledgeable mujtahids. If this is not possible as well, any one of them can be chosen to be followed.