His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem received a group of reverts from Europe, amongst whom was French youth who declared himself a Muslim

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem received a group of reverts from Europe, amongst whom was French youth who declared himself a Muslim
2019/03/09

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohamed Saeed al-Hakeem received a group of reverts from Germany, France and Italy. Amongst them was a French youth who professed Islam and gave his Testimonies of Faith in the presence of His Eminence.

His Eminence advised the believers of the West to fortify themselves by abiding by the laws of Islam, and that they behave with the best of etiquettes, following in the footsteps of the Infallibles (peace be upon them), which they gave many sacrifices to preserve.

In the end of this meeting, His Eminence expressed his happiness on their guidance to the right path, and he called them to remain aloof from confusions and Satanic attacks, through further fortitude and faith, and he prayed to the Almighty to support them in their obedience to Him and that He accepts their pilgrimage, and that they see its blessings and bounties in this world and the Hereafter.

Day Questions

How can I bring myself in to Taqleed?

By referring to and acting upon the verdicts of the religious scholar who has reached the level of Ijtihad and has the qualifications of a Marja and being the most knowledgeable.

Is it possible to do a tattoo of living creatures, considering that draw them is prohibited?

It is prohibited to draw such pictures and it is prohibited to hire somebody to do it for the individual, but if one has such tattoos it is not obligatory to remove it.

When must a dying or deceased person be made to face qiblah? Does this also apply to after he has been washed in the ghusl?

It is recommended to make the dying person face the qibla such that the soles of his feet are facing the qibla, so if he were to sit he would be facing it with his face. It is obligatory to make him do so after his death. It is recommended after ghusl for the body to be placed perpendicular to the direction of the qibla.

Many people who are not Sayyids claim that there is no difference between a Sayyid and a non-Sayyid. Is this considered to be an insult to them?

If they meant by what they are saying that God-fearing is the criteria in the nobility of the person based on what the Messenger of Allah has said: “There is no difference between an Arab and a non-Arab except by Taqwa (God-fearing),” then that is not an insult or humiliation for the offspring of the Prophet, as the offspring of the Prophet is expected more than other people to act upon the Sharia of their grandfather (peace be upon him and his holy progeny). If they mean to eliminate the respect for the children of the Prophet in society, then this is not right as there is no doubt that it is a good thing to respect the noble progeny, as it is respect for the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) himself.