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

What is the rule about placing a symbolic things and personal effects with the deceased in the grave, like burying a girl's doll with her?

It is permissible place items such as dolls in the grave; but, one should be concerned about what benefits the deceased in his grave.

When I was in school I went to a supermarket with my friends and I stole a magazine, this again was before I was practicing Islam. Now the supermarket isn't there and there is a new one. So, my question is how should I atone for this? Should I give money to charity on their behalf?

You should look for the shop owner and pay him/her the said amount and you do not need to inform the owner why you are paying when you find him/her. If you could not reach him/her, it is enough to be prepared to pay the owner his/her dues when possible. Paying the amount as a charity on behalf of the owner when he/she can not be reached is a good thing but it is not mandatory and does not remove the obligation on you to satisfy the owner whenever you can reach him/her.

I have read on your site that it is permissible for a Sayyid girl to marry a non Sayyid boy. Are there any conditions to this?

It is permissible and there are no specific conditions. Yes, respecting the wife if she is a Sayyida is emphasized by the sharia as it is guarding the noble offspring of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).

When does the woman reach the age of menopause as per the sharia?

If the woman was not a descendant of Qurasih, then the time of the Sharia-defined menopause is the age of fifty years. If she was a descendant of Quraish, then this time begins at the age of sixty years. However, if she knows that the blood that she has discharges is menstruation, even if her age is above the age of sharia defined menopause, she should apply the laws of menstruation to it.