The Participation of His Eminence in the Walk of Arbaeen 1436

The Participation of His Eminence in the Walk of Arbaeen 1436
2014/12/10

His eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem (May Allah prolong his life) participated in the walk to the holy city of Karbala amongst the millions of visitors on the occasion of Arbaeen, 1436.

On the way, he visited some of the Shia-Muslim and Christian families displaced from northern Iraq, who were residing at the many Mawkibs (rest stops for the visitors of Karbala) along the way. The refugees extended their gratitude for the visit and the help provided by the Marjeiyya.

Day Questions

What is the philosophy of Infallibility? Is it true that the Shia believe that the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) cannot make mistakes?

There is no dispute amongst the followers of the Ahlul-bait (peace be upon them) that the Prophets and the Imams are sinless, in such a way that they do not commit what opposes the religion. Our scholars have explained in their books of beliefs the evidences to prove this concept. There is no doubt that the Prophet and the Imam are appointed by Almighty Allah. He has ordered people to follow them. So, if it is possible for them to commit sins, they might order people to do so as well and people have to follow them. So their orders would not be trusted to be from Almighty Allah, and He will not order us to follow somebody who can misguide us. Similarly, they are to be taken by their followers as role models. If they were to commit sins, others will be encouraged to do the same.

Is marriage of Sayyid woman to a non-Sayyid man allowed?

There is nothing in the Holy Quran or in the traditions of the Prophet and of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) that prohibits such a marriage. Furthermore, religious texts report that believers are suitable for each other. In addition, several texts state that the Prophet and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) said: "If you are satisfied with the religion and ethics of the man that is seeking marriage from your family, then by all means accept him. If you do not, a big disorder and sedition will occur". The Messenger of Allah himself implemented this practically according to what is narrated by Imam al-Sadiq (peace be upon him): "The Messenger of Allah married Dhubaa, the daughter of his uncle Zubair ibn Abdil-Muttalib to Miqdad bin Amr. He did that to show that the marriage is simple, for you to act similarly, and to know that the “noblest among you, in the sight of Allah, is the most pious amongst you”. Zubair was a brother to Abdullah (the father of the Prophet) and to Abu Talib

Can we offer the prayer of Eid-ul-Ghadeer in congregation?

No, it is not offered in congregational.