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

Is it permissible if sometimes a bit of hair shows during prayer from underneath the headscarf of a woman?

Women must cover their hair entirely during prayer; the prayer is valid if she noticed after the prayer that a bit of hair was not covered during the prayer.

In our country, someone claims that he can arrange a meeting with Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). What do you think about that?

It is reported in one of the letters of Imam Mahdi (may Almighty Allah hasten his reappearance) that was released by the last Safeer, that whoever claims that he sees him – the Imam – then consider the claimant as a liar. The righteous sect of Shia has been observing this since the first days of the major occultation.

If during iddah both husband and wife start talking to each other over the phone; will it count as “ruju” and has the marriage been reinstated?

The telephone conversation is not considered as a return unless their conversation included statements that refer to the resumption of the marriage; if it did, the wife has returned to the ties of marriage.

In India, if the restaurant-owner is a Muslim but the workers are Hindu, are we allowed to eat there? What if the case was that the owner is a Hindu and the workers are Muslim?

With respect to slaughtering, if the meat is taken from a Muslim who claims that it was slaughtered according to the Sharia and one finds is probable that the Muslim is saying the truth, it is permissible to consume it. However, it is not permissible – based on compulsory precaution – to consume food that non-Muslims – except Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians – touched with dampness. If there is doubt, one could consider it to be tahir.