The Meeting of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General with His Eminence

The Meeting of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General with His Eminence
The grand authority, his eminence Sayyid Al-Hakeem (may Allah prolong his life) met on the 4th of Moharram, 1435 with the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov in the Office of his eminence in the Holy city of Najaf. His eminence stressed on the necessity to expose and condemn the bloody systematic campaign against the followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) worldwide, and specifically in Iraq in an unprecedented way. It is supported by some regional countries and other countries; where the terrorists are provided with various killing means, political cover and incitement verdicts using public media. His eminence called the United Nations to act upon its duties and respond to these massive violations as clear examples of genocides and crimes against humanity. Mr. Nickolay Mladenov promised to convey all of this to the United Nations Secretary General and present it to the Security Council.

Day Questions

I came across many traditions of Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) about Ghusl, Purification and Ablution in an authentic book. These traditions are being highly descriptive and specific about fundamental things in Fiqh. Is it permissible for me to follow the rulings of imams (peace be upon them) about the aforementioned things and follow the ruling of my Marja in other matters that cannot be found in traditions through authentic sources?

<p style="text-align: left;">You should follow the scholar that reached the level of Ijtihad and fulfills all the other conditions of the Marji, since the derivation of the religious verdicts from the traditions require a great amount of knowledge and experience, and the religious jurists are those who have the experience and knowledge that they gain from full time learning of these particular subjects.</p>

Is there a Kaffara for Khums if one has not paid it for many years?

There is no special Kaffara to pay for delaying the khums payment. It is obligatory in the said case to pay the fifth of your net income that you did not pay khums from, by calculating the monies that you have and deducting what have you used in your needs and pay the fifth of the balance.

I am pregnant and I have some weeks to give birth. Am I excused from prayer as I just feel so lazy and tired most of the time and I do not have the energy to pray?

It is obligatory on you to perform the prayer in a way that does not cause you harm and hardship, even if it is performed while sitting.

There are many recommended acts such as going to shrines of Ahlulbait, if a person lives very distant from these places and cannot reach there, is the recitation of Zyara and salutation from far equally well, virtuous and acceptable?

There are no narrated texts from the Imams of the Ahlulbait that explain such an issue and clarify it. However, there is nothing wrong with reciting the Ziyara from far away with the hope that it is recommended and then subject to rewards.