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 an act is permitted by the Sharia, but mother forbids it and will clearly be hurt if it is done, then is it prohibited to do it?

It is not obligatory to obey your mother in all that she asks from you. However, it is obligatory to be dutiful with her and deal with her nicely.

Sometimes when I am at the university it is very hard to find a washroom, in which I can perform my ablution without causing any problems, especially in taking off my shoes and my headscarf to wipe the feet and head. So is it permissible to wipe over my shoes and hijab in such a scenario?

It is necessary to wipe on the head and the feet directly, and it is not sufficient to wipe on the scarf, the shoes or the socks. A woman is urged to find a place where she is not seen by men and uncover her head and feet where she can perform the proper way of wudhu.

Is it true that eating cheese without nuts is undesirable (makruh)?

It is has been reported that eating cheese with walnut is recommended.

What are the rulings of the prayer of the traveler in Kufa and Karbala? Do they have the choice of offering full prayers? Is Najaf considered to be within Kufa?

The traveler is permitted to choose between offering a full or shortened prayer in the “haair” of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him), and based on an obligatory precaution it is the place under the dome above the holy grave of the Imam and not beyond this area. This ruling does not include the city of Karbala at large. As for Najaf, it is not within the city of Kufa, so this law does not apply and shortened prayers is obligatory on the travelers in Najaf.

Would you please comment on chapter 35 verse 32: it says that \"Allah chose some to inherit the Quran and among them are ones who wrong themselves and some who are good in deeds\". Who are the ones that wrong themselves?

It was reported in the narrations of Ahlulbait the explanation of this verse. Those elected ones to inherit the book are Ahlulbait and their descendants. What appears from the narrations is that the one who outstrip (others) through good deeds is the Imam, and the ones with good deeds is the one with high rank in faith and in good conduct, and the one who wrong themselves is the ones with shortcomings but without refusal to the truth or call for misguidance.

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