His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Japanese Ambassador to Iraq and Clarifies the Importance of Entrenching the Correct Religious Understandings in Societies.

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Japanese Ambassador to Iraq and Clarifies the Importance of Entrenching the Correct Religious Understandings in Societies.
2019/04/23

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received Mr. Naufumi Hashimoto, the new Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

His Eminence clarified to the guest the importance of entrenching the correct religious understandings in societies, in order to safeguard the society from the destruction lofty moral codes.

His Eminence explained the role of Marji'iyya and the Hawza (Islamic Seminary) in having the correct religious, humanitarian and ethical understandings firmly rooted amongst people, in order for them to preserve their identity. Thus society can keep to the great values of Islam which come from the instructions of God Almighty in the Holy Quran and the lives of the Holy Infallibles (peace be upon them). Through attaching oneself to such values, one will be able to defend himself, his land and those things which he deems sanctified, without the need of having such weaponry that the enemies may have, in terms of preparedness and quantity. He reverts to his origin in his religion, his creed and his noble values.

Were it not for all this, people of Iraq would not have been able to defeat the great challenges that they faced of recent times.

His Eminence also mentioned the necessity and importance of communication between different human communities.

The guest expressed his utmost happiness in having this opportunity to meet him, and appreciated the positive role of Marji'iyya in serving society.

Day Questions

In the month of Ramadan there are days which are longer than 18 hours in some countries. I heard that there are different views, one of them being that you can shorten your fast according to Mecca when the days are longer than 18 hours. What is your point of view when we have to fast for such a long period and it has a negative effect on health?

It is obligatory to fast from dawn to sunset according to the person’s location. Mecca – or any other city - is not a criterion for him. If the fast causes illness then it is not obligatory. It is permissible to travel the Sharia-prescribed distance to be regarded as a traveler, so one can break his fast and make it up later when fasting is easier.

We know that the beginning of the month should be proven by the testimony of two trustworthy witnesses that they saw the crescent. However, if a person saw the crescent himself alone, while nobody else had gone out to look for it, is he obligated to begin fasting? What if others have tried to see the crescent but did not see it?

The beginning of the month is established by physically seeing the crescent, or by the testimony of two trustworthy witnesses, among other ways. If one was certain that he saw the crescent, then he must consider it the first of the month, in both mentioned cases.

Is it permissible to swallow the semen during oral sex?

Semen is najis, and it is prohibited to swallow anything najis.