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

I have come to know that my brother – who is 15 years old – has started a relationship with a girl, who he meets at times and mostly they communicate via the internet. I was shocked to find this out, and I feel it is my duty to bring him back to the right path. However, I fear that if I say something he would take it negatively and do something worse. What is your advice in this situation?

You are advised to deal with your brother with calmness and wisdom taking into consideration his young age and the stage of adolescence that he is passing. You can explain to him the negative effect of the non-religious relations on his future. He may react positively to your calm advice and reasonable way. We ask the Almighty to guide you in this mission.

Is it permissible for a man to beat his children?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is not permissible for the father to beat his child, except for the sake of discipline and correction. This must be limited to the need to achieve this purpose. It must be applied gradually with reasoning and should not exceed the need for the sake of revenge and retaliation or due to belittling the child because of his weakness. One must be careful to discern between the welfare of the child and his own emotions such as anger or frustration. The narrations of the Imams (peace be upon them) report that it is permissible to beat the child five or six hits, while emphasizing on leniency. One should not exceed this number unnecessarily.<br />It is not permissible for the father to beat his son or daughter after they reached the religiously recognized age of adulthood. He must limit his means of discipline by advice and suggestion.</p>

Is reciting "Sami'Allahu Liman Hamidah" obligatory after bowing (ruku) in recommended or obligatory prayers?

<p style="text-align: left;">No, it is not obligatory; rather, it is recommended in all prayers.</p>

If a mother has done wrong, and her son points it out to her causing her to become upset with him, has the son sinned?

It is not obligatory to obey the mother and follow her views but it is obligatory to deal with her with kindness and good manners, even if she decided to become upset with her son.