His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Sayyid al-Hakeem visits the Maqam of the Awaited Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance) in Masjid al-Sahlah, Kufah.

His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Sayyid al-Hakeem visits the Maqam of the Awaited Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance) in Masjid al-Sahlah, Kufah.

His Eminence, Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem visited the holy station – the Maqam – which marks the place where the Awaited Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance) in the great al-Sahlah Mosque, in the city of Kufah, on Tuesday 26th February 2019, coinciding with the auspicious birth anniversary of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (peace be upon her).

His Eminence led the noon and afternoon congregational prayers there, in the courtyard besides the holy Maqam in the great Mosque.

He prayed to the Almighty to support and help the believers and the workers at the site, and to accept their righteous deeds, for He is the All-Listener, the One Who Responds.

Day Questions

A film is being produced about Islamic history; we are using certain background music to add tension, emotion as well as beauty to the incidents of the film. Such a thing makes a huge difference on the viewer. Is what we are doing permissible in this situation?

It is prohibited to listen to music that causes rapture. If it does not do so because of its short period of time or the way that it is played, like the military music, then it is not prohibited to listen to it.

I would like to ask what is the procedure of changing one’s Marja of Taqleed?

You can change the Marja that you follow based on religious evidence, like for instance when it is proven to you that the new Marja is more knowledgeable than the current one.

What are the religious rules for the parents following the birth of a child?

A number of things are reported to be recommended following the birth of a child, amongst them are the following:1. Bathing the baby as ghusl for him. Apparently, the one bathing the child is required to have the intention of ghusl. 2. Covering him with a white cloth, and it is disliked to use a yellow one.3. Reciting the Adhan of the prayer in the right ear and the Iqamah in the left ear.4. Placing water from the Euphrates River and a small amount of the earth of the grave of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) on the top and the bottom of his mouth. If the said is not available, rain water can be used instead. Also it is recommended to place honey and date on his jaw from the outside.5. Choosing a good name for him. It was reported that the most truthful names are those which indicate servitude to Almighty Allah, like Abdullah and Abdul-Raheem. And the best names are the names of the prophets (peace be upon them) and their best is Muhammad. It has been reported also to name the baby "Ali". It is also reported that poverty does not enter a house where its residents are named Muhammad, Ahmad, Ali, Hasan, Husein, Ja'far, Talib or Abdullah, and amongst the females Fatima. It is also reported that it is recommended to name the baby boy at his birth "Muhammad" for at least seven days, and after that either continue naming him that or change it at that time.6. Cutting the hair of the baby on the seventh day, donating its weight of gold or silver to the needy.7. Circumcising the boy on the seventh day.8. The "Aqeeqah": the sacrificing of a sheep, a goat, a cow or a camel. It is better to choose a male animal for the boy and a female animal for the girl.