His Eminence Meeting with Dr. Swami Agnivesh a Hindu leader

His Eminence Meeting with Dr. Swami Agnivesh a Hindu leader
The grand authority his Eminence Sayyid Al-Hakeem met on 29 of Jamadi-ul-Awwal 1434 with Dr. Swami Agnivesh, a leader of the Hindu Arya Samaj movement of India and a human rights activist, who was a guest of the Al-Hikmah Foundation in Najaf Al-Ashraf. During their lengthy meeting, they discussed the issues of extremism and bloodshed under religious and racial pretenses, which communities are suffering from. The guest expressed his deep concerns due to the subjection of the followers of the Ahlul-Bayt to persecution and killings. He also mentioned that one of the reasons of his visit to Iraq was his compassion with Imam Husain (peace be upon him) and to learn from him. His Eminence emphasized that real Islam is not what the extremists are claiming it to be, as they are giving a bad image and hold strange and deviated views, in order to serve specific regional and international agendas. His Eminence condemned the killings and destruction that the extremist groups have perpetrated as a way of expressing their position and seeking attention, no matter whether the casualties are Muslims or not. He also called the academics and activists to visit Iraq and learn about Islam directly in order to obtain the real picture of it. He agreed with his guest to continue their co-operation for the sake of humanity at large.

Day Questions

If a man divorces his wife by saying: “If you want a divorce, here it is,” is this divorce valid? Do they require a marriage contract again to remarry?

Divorce has a number of conditions for it to be valid; one of them is the recitation of the divorce formula like “Anti Taliq” which means “you are divorced”. The recitation should be in the presence of two just witnesses. Another condition is that the woman should not be in her menstruation period. If these conditions are met, the divorce is correct. If one of them is not met the divorce has not taken place and the woman is still his wife and she is not required a new contract in order to return to his marriage. She then can return to her husband without any doubt.

I want to recite the contract formula for the temporary marriage via the telephone. Is it necessary to pay the dower to the wife at that time or can it be given later?

The wife deserves the dower as agreed. If the agreement was that it is to be paid at the time of the contract, then it must be given then and when the wife asks for it. If they agree on delaying the payment, then it is permissible to delay it.

Can you please explain why some people perform the Dhuhr prayer as a precautionary measure after performing the Friday prayer?

<p style="text-align: left;">The verdicts of the religious jurists differ in considering the Friday prayer to replace the Dhuhr prayer on Fridays in the current time, i.e. the time of the occultation of Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). So the mentioned precaution is to make sure that the individual fulfills the obligation in accordance to the verdicts of all jurists. His Eminence's verdict is that the Friday prayer suffices, without the need to also perform the Dhuhr prayer.</p>

I have hired various persons who are poor and pious believers and mostly careful in Sharia laws to make up for the lapsed prayers of my late wife. Now I have been told that they cannot offer prayers at the same time. Is this true?

It is not a requirement in the prayers on behalf of the deceased that they are not offered at the same time. They can offer the prayers based on their own circumstances and time.