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

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

Can a woman put it as a condition in her marriage contract that the husband cannot marry a second woman without her permission? If she puts such a condition and the man accepts it is the condition valid or not?

Yes, she is permitted to put such a condition in the marriage contract and the husband is obligated to fulfill it. If he violates this condition the second marriage is invalid unless the first wife permits it afterwards.

Is it allowed for a Muslim to debate and discuss the differences between the schools, or should this be the job of scholars? And if it is allowed, are there any criteria which one should have to engage in these debates? And what is your opinion concerning young Shia Muslims, who engage in these discussions?

A Muslim is expected not to speak in the matters of the Sharia without knowledge or without proof. There is no difference in this issue between the expert scholars and the regular layman. The difference is that the experts can obtain the evidences through their research.

It is said that many books of jurisprudence were destroyed which may have had information, but Allah completed the religion on the Day of Ghadeer. Does not the completion of the religion include us knowing every rule in Islam?

The completion of the religion on the day of Al-Ghadeer was the appointment of the Imam to succeed the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) and represent him in propagating the Sharia and leading the nation. The Imams (peace be upon them) paid a lot of attention towards informing all the aspects of the religion especially the practical laws of the Sharia. The companions of the Imams propagated their teachings, and compiled the narrations (ahadeeth) in books. Although some of these books were destroyed, these traditions and narrations have survived and still act as a main source of Islamic research. Scholars have continuously strived to pass on these teachings from generation to generation for the sake of protecting the religion and its laws. As a result, the jurist can give their edicts in any practical issue, in such a way that the individual is not left unanswered.