Pakistani Dignitaries Visit to the Office of His Eminence in Qom

Pakistani Dignitaries Visit to the Office of His Eminence in Qom
Pakistani Dignitaries visit to the office of His eminence in Qom: A number of Pakistani religious dignitaries visited on 20th of Jamadi-ul-thani 1434 the office of the religious authority, Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem (may Allah prolong his life) in Qom. The delegation was welcomed by Sayyid Riyadh Al-Hakeem. During the meeting, the affairs of the followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) were discussed plus the religious schools, Hawzas, in Pakistan and Iraq. The two sides also emphasized on the importance of communicating with the sensible Muslims in order to face the extremists’ acts that break the sanctities and destroy the bright image of Islam and that of the prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).

Day Questions

Surah Baqarah, verse 62, states: "Verily those who believed, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabeans - whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, and does good deeds, shall have their rewards from their Lord. They will have nothing to fear or to be grieved for." This verse clearly indicates that non-Muslims can enter Heaven and attain salvation in the Hereafter. A person who has been raised in remote and distant places cannot learn about Islam and its teachings, so how can he go to Hell? This will be against the justice of Allah Almighty. Please could you address these issues.

<p style="text-align: left;">There is no doubt that Almighty Allah, after He sent the Messenger and asked people to believe him and act upon the ruling of the religion, has established the evidences to prove the truth of the message, so He will reward those who obey and accept the call, and He will judge those who did not accept and did not have an excuse. As for those who had valid excuses for their non-acceptance, like the lack of available evidences or because of lack of sanity, Almighty Allah will judge them accordingly, since He "wrongeth not even of the weight of an ant" (4:40). However, we cannot determine those who are excused and those who are not, and one should search for the right religion. Allah Almighty knows the circumstances and the intentions of His slaves. We, as humans, are only aware of the apparent behavior of people.<br />The verse that you were referring to, that talks about the believers in previous religions, is interpreted in many religious texts to be referring to the believers of those religions before the emergence of Islam. Some narrations indicate that the subject of this verse are those like Salman the Persian and similar believers who believed in undistorted religions before Islam.<br />This is the very clear message from the verse, which is consistent with the teachings of the rest of the Quran. The interpretation that you have chosen is inconsistent with the message of the rest of the Quran.</p>

According to Islamic law can the father of the girl that one wants to marry refuse to give his consent and blessing purely based on the fact that one was not born a Muslim or came from a different ethnic background to them?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is obligatory on the father of the girl or her paternal grandfather to guard her welfare in accepting the marriage or refusing it. If the guardian in this case sees that the best interests of his daughter is not to marry this person, then he is permitted to refuse.</p>

What is the ruling about someone who does not emulate a mujtahid?

Emulation (taqlīd) is a necessity when a lay believer faces a situation where he does not know the correct religious ruling, as he is supposed to refer to the expert to get the proper answer. Otherwise, without referring to the expert and implementing the ruling, he would be liable for the mistake, whereas he will not be liable when he refers to the expert, even if the latter made a mistake. Taqlīd secures a layperson from liability before the Almighty Allah.

Is it permissible to pray in a moving truck, airplane, train or boat?

<p style="text-align: left;">With the fear of not being able to offer the prayer in the designated time in a place that is stationary, one can offer it in such moving means of transportation while observing the rules of Qiblah. Otherwise, offering the prayers this way is not sufficient.</p>