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
2019/02/02

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

Is it permissible to recite the names of the infallibles (peace be upon them) just after the prayers?

Yes, it is recommended to offer the Salam on every one of them (peace be upon them) after the prayers.

What are the rulings regarding interest charged on loans to cushion against inflation and loss of value of currency and to cater for this inflation and loss of value?

Conventionally, lending is based on a specific numerical value of a currency, not the market rate of that value. For example, if $100 is borrowed, $100 is to be returned, despite any increase or decrease of the value of the dollar or any inflation. Therefore, any interest charge on a loan to cushion against inflation and loss of value is regarded as interest and the rulings pertaining to interest applies. It is not permissible to take interest from private Muslim banks. It is permissible from banks owned by the government, but one must not intend to have a contractual relationship, and when the interest money is received, one should receive it on behalf of the Marjia. It is also permissible to receive interest from non-Muslim banks.

I want some guidance regarding keeping dogs. Can we keep dogs in the house, considering that they serve as guides to the blind, they safeguard homes and are a good friend?

You can keep them in the house, but they are najis. You should purify whatever part of your body or clothes comes in contact with a dog via dampness before offering the prayer.