Hindu Religious Leader Visit to the Office of His Eminence in Qum

Hindu Religious Leader Visit to the Office of His Eminence in Qum
The Hindu religious leader, Swami Agnivesh and his accompanying delegation visited the office of his Eminence, the religious authority Sayyid Al-Hakeem in the city of Qum. He was welcomed by his Eminence, Sayyid Riyadh Al-Hakeem, where the latter presented some of the teachings of Islam based on verses from the Holy Quran and the life of the Prophet and the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them). His Eminence also explained the position of the religious authority (Marjaiyya) and the importance it places in the stability of societies of various religions and the necessity of cooperation between the religious scholars in activating the noble humane values and taking the path of reasoning and moderation in the face of extremism and violence. The guest expressed his pleasure in the meeting and in the dialogue and discussions that took place, and he stated that this meeting resulted in a new understanding of the teachings of Islam that corresponds to logic and noble humane values, as opposed to the image he previously had about Islam which originated from obscurity as well as from the practices of some extremists. He expressed his eagerness in conducting future meetings and to establish a joint effort for the welfare of humanity at large. The visit of the Indian delegation came on the invitation of the Al-Hikmah Foundation, an organization under the care of the office of the religious authority Sayyid Al-Hakeem. The invitation was part of the project of his Eminence to establish a liaison with the religious leaders and scientific and cultural dignitaries worldwide.

Day Questions

Is it necessary to perform wudhu after ghusl if you already included your wudhu in your ghusl by intention?

<p style="text-align: left;">The wudhu and the ghusl are two separate actions, and they cannot be combined. However, obligatory ghusls and established recommended ghusls compensate for the requirement of wudhu, without the need for an additional intention.</p>

Is taking a photograph, having or displaying it forbidden?

<p style="text-align: left;">No, it is permissible.</p>

In regards to travelling during Ramadan, is the specified distance 22 km from your location to the destination, or is it from the edge of the city in which you live?

<p style="text-align: left;">The distance is considered from the edge of the city if the city is small. In large cities, the distance is considered from the edge of the area where the individual resides. The distance is 23 km.</p>

I have a question regarding the direction of prayer in North America, specifically in western Canada. We pray in the northeast direction, but some say that the correct direction is southeast. Which direction is correct?

<p style="text-align: left;">The prayer is to be prayed in the direction of the holy Kaaba, and this is done so by choosing the shortest line between the position of the praying person and the holy city of Mecca. Apparently in the west of Canada, the shortest line is towards the northeast. One can confirm that by referring to the model globes of the earth. The source of confusion that others had might originate from depending on flat maps.</p>