His Eminence Sayyid al-Hakeem calls the Turkish Alawite community to establish brotherly ties with other communities, and to learn the teachings of Islam and abide by them

His Eminence Sayyid al-Hakeem calls the Turkish Alawite community to establish brotherly ties with other communities, and to learn the teachings of Islam and abide by them
2019/05/06

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem advised the Turkish Alawite community to strengthen the ties of love and brotherhood between themselves and other nations, and to continue the visitations of the holy shrines of the Infallible Imams (peace be upon them), to follow their virtuous path and to extend the bridges of acquaintance and friendship with the brothers in faith. His Eminence gave this advice during a meeting with visitors from the Turkish Alawite community.

His Eminence also recommended that they familiarize themselves with the laws of Islam and they learn their religious duties, through liaison and communication with scholars and preachers, and by abiding by the guidance of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), and by performing their duties in their prescribed times.

His Eminence expressed his pleasure in meeting with them and having this dialogue, and reminded them of their religious principles which they are obligated to preserve, as well as their attachment to the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), doing what is necessary to abide by the religious decrees.

His Eminence prayed for their success and for the acceptance of their good deeds, and asked them to convey his greetings to their relatives in Turkey.

Day Questions

What is the Islamic position concerning a woman uploading photos of herself with proper hijab online?

It is permissible to do so if it does not involve another prohibition.

Is the permissibility for a woman to use kohl also extends to eyeliners and such makeup?

It is permissible for the woman to use kohl in the conventional way even if her eyes are visible for non-mahram men. Wearing makeup such as eyeliners in the presence of non-mahram men is prohibited.

It is claimed by some that Imam Ali (peace be upon him) offered prayers in congregation led by Abu Bakr. Is this true?

We are not aware of a historical source that clearly indicates this, but offering the prayer behind Abu Bakr does not give legitimacy to his caliphate. Imam (peace be upon him) no doubt was forced to give the allegiance to Abu Bakr. He did so because those people were ready to kill whoever does not pay allegiance. They killed Sa'ad bin Abadah because he did not agree with them although he left Medina and migrated to Syria and did not resist them. This clearly shows that they were willing to do anything in order to be in power. From this, one can conclude that Imam Ali (peace be upon him) was forced to get along with them. It is not far to consider that such prayers - if it really happened - made them confident that the Imam (peace be upon him) was not acting against them.

If someone has had sexual intercourse with a married woman, and her husband has divorced her now, is it permissible for the adulterer to marry her now?

Committing adultery is prohibited, and if the adultery is committed with a married woman, marriage with her becomes prohibited permanently based on obligatory precaution, even after she is divorced.