His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem called the researchers in theology to think freely to reach the truth, to spread it, to hold on to it and to act according to it.

His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem called the researchers in theology to think freely to reach the truth, to spread it, to hold on to it and to act according to it.
2018/12/30

His Eminence, the Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem, advised the academics and scholars of various religious backgrounds to be free and unshackled in searching for the truths and realities, and to hold on to them and act according to them. He advised them not to place their recorded research and studies securely in their files and treat them as heritage documents. He expressed his advice during a meeting with a group of Muslim and Christian scholars and academics researching on Islamic studies from France, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Iraq.

His Eminence mentioned to the guests how the Quran, the Holy Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them all) revere and highly respect the Prophet Jesus and Mary (peace be upon them), more so than any other holy book. It is necessary to recognize this truth.

At the end of the discussion, His Eminence advised all the academics and scholars of religion to disseminate the spirit of love, co-existence and communication, and that they call to understanding and calm discussion, and to frequent visitations, in order to remove confusions and to reach the essential aim of all those concerned, i.e. the search for truth, and their work can be fruitful to all.

The guests expressed their thankfulness and appreciation to His Eminence in allowing this opportunity to meet him, hoping that this can be repeated.

Day Questions

I want to marry temporarily a woman who is neither a Muslim nor from the People of the Book. She is prepared to recite the two testimonies (Shahadatain) in English in order to make marriage to her permissible for me. Does this make it permissible for me to marry her?

If she pronounced the two testimonies with the acknowledgment of its meanings and commitment to them in such a way that she sees herself, because of this, a Muslim, then she is considered as one and your marriage to her is valid. If her testimony was not sincere and without accepting their meanings, then she is not a Muslim and your relationship with her is not permissible.

There are two traditions that I have come across, and I would like to know which books they can be found in, and which of the Sunni books have reported them: 1. Innal Husayn Misbahul Huda wa Safinatun Najaa 2. Al-Husayn Minniy wa Ana Minal Husayn.

The first narration is narrated in the book al-Maqtal authored by Al-Turayhi who narrated it from Ubay bin Kaab. The content of the said narration, i.e. that Hussein is a light of guidance to the truth and whoever follows him will be saved from misguidance, is one of those concepts that is found in many narrations about the Ahlulbait, like the tradition of al-Thaqalain and the tradition of al-Safeenah and others. The second tradition is narrated in many Sunni and Shia sources of narrations; Ahmad bin Hanbal mentioned it in his Musnad (vol. 4, p. 174), as well as al-Tirmidhi (vol. 5, p. 324), Mustadrak al-Hakim (vol. 3, p. 177), and many more.