His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem clarifies to the EU and Belgian Ambassadors the stance of Marji’iyya in educating the people on their genuine Islamic identity as taught by the Holy Prophet and the Holy Imams (peace be upon the

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem clarifies to the EU and Belgian Ambassadors the stance of Marji’iyya in educating the people on their genuine Islamic identity as taught by the Holy Prophet and the Holy Imams (peace be upon the
2019/05/04

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received the Ambassador of the EU in Iraq, Ramon Blecua, and the Ambassador of Belgium in Iraq, Hendrik Van de Velde, on 9 April 2019.

His Eminence explained to the EU and Belgian Ambassadors in Iraq the role of Marji’iyya in propagating and delivering the true and genuine Islamic culture, which was taught by the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny), and then his Holy Progeny (peace be upon them) after his passing away. They themselves applied it and taught their followers to apply it, through their continuous call towards tolerance, moderateness, peaceful discussions, based on respect for others whatever their creed or ethnicity.

He also expressed the importance of openness between nations, so that they can coordinate and cooperate in matters of common interest, and to make this distant from harshness and compulsion, and based on rationality. Such discussions and meetings should be a cause for correction in the manners of politics and authoritative behaviour. It is the lack of rationality that leads to such authoritative governance.

The EU and Belgian Ambassadors expressed their appreciation of the Marji’iyya’s stance, and its efforts in defeating ISIS, and its strong and resilient role in stabilising the region and the world.

Day Questions

What is your ruling on apostates who convert from Islam to another religion? In your expert opinion, is there a punishment? If so, what is it?

There is no doubt that they deserve a very high punishment in the Hereafter. Almighty Allah said: “As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false deities. They bring them out of light into darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein.” (2:257) The punishment in this life is not our duty.

I have been told that the narrations regarding rings other than aqiq, such as feyroza, yaqoot etc. are weak. Is this true, and does that mean that wearing a ring other than aqiq has no benefit?

Wearing turquoise (feyroza) is confirmed in some narrations and whoever wears it does not face poverty; also, the same has been reported with respect to ruby. We do not need to investigate the authenticity of such narrations, as these actions will be deemed ‘mustahabb’ (recommended) even if they are not authenticated. This is because Almighty Allah, as per authentic narrations, has promised to reward the deeds of the believers if they performed those deeds relying on such narrations, even if such narrations were not authenticated.

If a man does a sin and then again immediately does a good deed, will his good deed finish his sin?

Repentance erases the sin and leads to forgiveness. It is certain that some good deeds lead to erasing the sins as Almighty Allah says: “Good deeds annul ill-deeds” 11:114. However, we cannot give a general criterion for that. For a believer, it is better to combine repentance, seeking forgiveness and performing good deeds so he may be closer to Almighty Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.

Can a Muslim woman donate her hair to a child cancer patient that will use the hair as a wig? Is it not prohibited because non-mahram people are going to see it?

It is permissible to donate her hair. It is prohibited for the woman to uncover her hair in the presence of non-mahram men if the hair is attached to her and not when it is cut.