The Letter of The Office of His Eminence to The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

The Letter of The Office of His Eminence to The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon
The Office of His Eminence Sent a Letter to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon The office of his Eminence, the religious authority, Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem (may Allah prolong his life) sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. It was delivered by Dr. Abdul-Hadi Al-Hakeem to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq, Martin Kobler, on Sunday February 24th, 2013. The letter condemned the criminal attacks against Shia civilians in various countries especially in Iraq and Pakistan. The terrorist acts which include kidnapping and killing, are directed against civilian gatherings like places of worships, marketplaces, residential areas and the like. The letter called the international community and the United Nations to undertake their humanitarian responsibility in stopping the bloodshed of innocent Shias throughout the world and to classify these acts of terror as crimes against humanity and genocide. It also warns that not seriously standing against these ruthless crimes could lead to undesired consequences, including the feeling of the targeted people that moderation and rationality do not provide them with safety.

Day Questions

If the father of a girl marries her off, without her approval, is the marriage valid?

<p style="text-align: left;">If she subsequently agrees to the marriage then it will be valid. However, if she does not agree to this marriage, then it is void.</p>

If the layman decided on who is the most knowledgeable based on his own research and without needing to ask the religious scholars who can determine the most knowledgeable, would the layman's research be sufficient?

<p style="text-align: left;">A normal regular individual is not qualified to determine the most knowledgeable in the right way without referring to whoever can determine him amongst the experts, since they are the ones – and not any inexperienced people – who know the level of knowledge of the people that reached the level of Ijtihad.</p>

In Heaven, will each person own an individual kingdom to govern as a king or queen or will they all live together in one kingdom?

Such details are not mentioned in religious texts but it is reported that the believers will meet. Almighty Allah said: "And we remove whatever rancor may be in their breasts. As brethren, face to face, (they rest) on couches raised." (Quran 15:47) One should believe in the overall existence of the gardens of delight that Almighty Lord promised to His righteous slaves. May Allah consider you and us amongst them.

Is it allowed to rub one's hands on one's face after Qunoot in obligatory prayers?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, it is permissible, but it was reported in texts narrated by the Ahlul-bait (peace be upon them) that it is not recommended.</p>

Is it permissible for me to work in banks?

It is permissible to work in banks, if one is not participating in any contract that involves interest, whether by becoming part of it – by representing the bank in lending for instance – or by writing the contract.