His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Lebanese Ambassador to Iraq

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Lebanese Ambassador to Iraq
2019/05/05

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammed Saeed al-Hakeem received Mr. Ali Adib al-Habhab, the Ambassador of Lebanon in Baghdad, along with his aides, on Sunday 5 May 2019.

Day Questions

Why are there two Sajdahs (prostrations) in one raka'at, whereas there is only one Ruku (bowing)?

We do not know the reason behind such a law since the prayer is a practice of pure worship, that consists of acts set by the Divine Legislator who likes to be worshiped in such a manner. He is the only One who knows the reason behind His desire to be worshipped in this way. The verses and the narrations did not explain such a law and we remain obedient to His orders.

Is a son required to offer the lapsed prayers and fasts of his deceased mother if the parents deliberately abandoned the praying and fasting without any good reason, is the son still obligated to make them up on their behalf?

It is not obligatory for the children to make up the prayers and the fasts that their mother missed, although it is strongly recommended to do so. If the father did not care about making up the prayers and the fasts that he missed, then it is not obligatory on his sons to make them up after his death.

I have some confusion in mind about Shirk (polytheism). What is Shirk and are there different kinds of it?

The belief that takes the person outside Islam is believing in a partner to the Almighty Creator in His creation, like believing in a god for goodness and another for evil etc. Another form of it is worshiping idols as Arabs used to do in the time of ignorance before Islam. The name of lesser Shirk is given to the person that does certain acts of worship to show people that he is a religious person and this is a major sin but does not take the person outside Islam.