His Eminence Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem advises students of foreign universities to do good deeds and present Islam in its true luminous nature

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem advises students of foreign universities to do good deeds and present Islam in its true luminous nature
2018/12/26

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem, advised university students from Western countries to do good and beneficial deeds, and to co-exist with others in those societies in the best of ways, truthfulness and steadfastness, showing the true light of Islamic teachings and beliefs; and they should continue to strive to serve their religion. He gave this message while hosting a group of guests consisting of students from American and British universities.

His Eminence called his guests to fulfil their responsibilities in serving their religion, their faith, their values and to remain steadfast on them, and not to allow these things to melt away in such environments. They should invest themselves into their communities while remaining strong on their faith and connected to God Almighty, and following path of the Holy Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them all).

To conclude the meeting, His Eminence, prayed for God Almighty to support them and give them strength and success, and he requested the guests to convey his advice and his greetings to the communities in which they live in.

Day Questions

I am a new convert to Shia Islam and I work as an artist. Could you please clarify the rulings in regards to drawing 2D images on paper?

It is not permissible to draw the image of humans and animals on paper. It is permissible to draw other objects like trees, rivers and natural scenery. It is also permissible to draw partial images of humans and animals.

Is it prohibited to greet people by saying "Salam-Alaikum" on the day of Ashura, 10th of Muharram?

It is permissible to offer the believers such greetings on the tenth of Muharram. It is recommended for the believers to also offer their condolences to each other in the grief of the tragedy of Imam Hussein by saying: "A'thamallahu ujoorana bimusabil-Husain, wa ja'alana wa iyyakum minat-talibeen bi tharihim ma'a waliyyihi al-Imam Al-Mahdi min Aal Mohammad".The translation: "May Allah greaten your reward because the tragedy of Imam Hussein and make you and us amongst the seekers of his revenge with Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance)".