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

Which prayers out of the obligatory prayers, do I pray in a whispering voice and which do I pray in a loud voice?

It is obligatory to recite Surah Al-Fatiha and the chapter after it in the two rak'ahs of the Fajr, Maghrib and Isha Prayers loudly. It is also obligatory to recite Al-Fatiha and the chapter after it of the first two rak'ahs of the Dhuhr and Asr prayers in a low whispering voice, while reciting the Bismillah loudly. The recitation in the third and fourth rak'ahs of all the prayers must be in a low whispering voice. The said laws are to be observed by men. For women, reciting loudly is not obligatory.

Why do the Shia make the five prayer times into three prayer times, by praying Dhuhr and Asr together, and Maghrib and Isha together?

Shias did not make this up. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) joined between the Dhuhr and Asr prayers, and between Maghrib and Isha prayers when he was not traveling and when it was not raining – i.e. without an excuse and not during special circumstances – as per the texts narrated in famous Sunni hadith books.

Is it permissible for a man to attend mixed-gender swimming pools, particularly if each individual is swimming in separated tracks back and forth?

Swimming for men, in itself, is permissible; however, these places are one of the reasons of falling into committing sins usually, unless the individual attends during the times when women do not attend.

A man contracted temporary marriage. His wife became pregnant. During this period, he contracted permanent marriage with the same woman. Is this permanent marriage valid?

As long as the marriage duration has not ended, permanent marriage is not valid. She is still his wife by the temporary marriage. If this marriage expires or he ends it by forgoing the rest of the duration, then they can conduct a permanent marriage with the fulfillment of the rest of the conditions.