Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem receives the French Foreign Minister and his team in his office in al-Najaf al-Ashraf

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem receives the French Foreign Minister and his team in his office in al-Najaf al-Ashraf
2019/01/15

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem received the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, with his team, on Tuesday 15 January 2019.

The Minister praised the stand that the Iraqi citizens have taken and the sacrifices they have made against the terrorists Daesh that targeted Iraq and other nations including France. He also expressed his appreciation of the role of the Shiite religious leadership – the Marji’yya – in al-Najaf al-Ashraf in spreading the culture of moderation and co-existence amongst the various groups that exist in Iraq.

His Eminence explained that the stance of the Marji’iyya has come from the school of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) which is based on logic, wisdom, moderation, and this school represents the true teachings of Islam which the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) came to deliver.

His Eminence presented various examples of the stance of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) in solving the problems of extremism and terrorism.

Day Questions

If a woman obtains a Khula divorce from the court, without the pronouncing of the formula of divorce, is such a divorce valid?

The said is not sufficient in the establishing of any divorce, including a khula divorce; the religiously-prescribed formula (sighah) is necessary, in addition to the fulfillment of other conditions of such a divorce which are mentioned in the books of Islamic laws.

I am studying and my classes sometimes start at the times of the prayer; therefore, I am not able to pray Dhuhr and Asr prayers on time. What do you suggest? Will my prayer be accepted?

It is permissible to delay the prayer after the beginning of its time, although it is better to perform it at the beginning of its time. The time for the Dhuhr and Asr prayers is from noon time when the sun starts declining until sunset and it is not permissible to delay it after sunset.

Is it permissible to have physical contact between non-mahram men and women, by handshaking and the like?

It is not permissible to have physical contact between non-mahram males and females after both have reached the age of religiously recognized adulthood.