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.

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

What are the rulings of the prayer of the traveler in Kufa and Karbala? Do they have the choice of offering full prayers? Is Najaf considered to be within Kufa?

The traveler is permitted to choose between offering a full or shortened prayer in the “haair” of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him), and based on an obligatory precaution it is the place under the dome above the holy grave of the Imam and not beyond this area. This ruling does not include the city of Karbala at large. As for Najaf, it is not within the city of Kufa, so this law does not apply and shortened prayers is obligatory on the travelers in Najaf.

How should I end prayers?

The prayer is ended by reciting "Assalamu Alaykum" during Tasleem that takes place after the prostration and Tashahhud.

What is the role of Marjaiyya in the new democratic Iraq?

The policies of the previous dictatorial regime in Iraq were focused on personality-worship and the use of all Iraqi resources, capabilities and establishments to strengthen the throne. Once the mentioned regime collapsed, the religious leadership "the Marjaiyya"; directed the Iraqis to fill the legislative, political and security gaps.The Marjaiyya did not enforce a particular kind of regime. Rather, it took in consideration Iraq's conditions and its components. Therefore; a populist election system was adopted on the basis of allowing every private citizen to vote and an election was based on the same guidelines that advanced modern countries observe in addition to preserving Iraqi identity, which encompasses ethical values and religious foundations that Iraqis are proud of. The Marjaiyya did not obligate the citizens to vote for a particular clause in the constitution but they were allowed the freedom of choice.

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