His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Swedish Ambassador to the OIC and Calls the International Community to Block the Sources of Terrorism and Extremism

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Swedish Ambassador to the OIC and Calls the International Community to Block the Sources of Terrorism and Extremism
2019/04/27

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received Mr. Joachim Bergstrom, the Swedish Ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on 27 April 2019.

During the meeting, His Eminence called the international community towards a serious attempt to blocking the sources of terrorism and extremism, in all its types and manners, and to eliminate this cancerous illness from its roots, and not to ignore it. It has created much misery and tragedy in different societies and is spreading its culture, as well as distorting the true image of Islam, which the Holy Quran and the Holy Infallibles (peace be upon them) deliver.

His Eminence indicated the importance of the international community giving due regard to noble ethical traits, which will lead to participating in forming good societies and families.

His Eminence also mentioned the role of Marji'iyya, which requires of its followers to follow the laws of the land, to be truthful, responsible, sincere and to abstain from creating hardships. The Marji'iyya emphasizes the peaceful coexistence and respect for others, whatever ethnicity or creed they may have.

Mr. Bergstrom thanked His Eminence, appreciated his warm welcome. He also expressed his appreciation of the role of Marji'iyya in bringing about peace and easing religious tension in the region.

Day Questions

Some people do not observe the Sharia, and as such, some women have a status of being divorced, albeit according to the courts of the land, and not according to the Sharia. In such an environment, can a man seek to marry a divorced woman, simply taking her word that she is divorced, or is he required to ascertain and ensure that she is divorced according to the Sharia?

If the man anticipates that she is indeed divorced according to the Sharia, he can marry her. If he does not have this anticipation, he is not permitted to marry her; if he did marry her and later found out that her divorce was not according to the Sharia, she would be considered to be the wife of the previous husband.

What are your views about the book al-Irshad?

It is one of the important sources that researchers refer to in order to learn about the biography of the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them all).

Nowadays, dogs are used in rescue services, to assist in searches and for security purposes. Can one purchase a dog for these purposes?

It is permissible to buy and sell hunting dogs. It is not permissible to purchase other kinds of dogs. However, one can pay money in exchange of the owner letting go of his right over the dog.

I am Vietnamese revert to Shia school. I was studying in a Sunni school and have a great level. Can I wear the amamah (turban) and spread the Shia teachings in Vietnam?

May Allah guide you to doing good deeds and make you one of the preachers of the true religion and amongst those who act in this way, as this is one of the greatest deeds that makes one closer to Almighty Allah. Wearing the amamah for the Shias is done after one studies the religious knowledge in the Shia seminaries such as that in Qom and Najaf.