The Visit of Believers from New Zealand and Australia

The Visit of Believers from New Zealand and Australia

His Eminence called the Shias of other communities to preserve their identity and to be attentive towards keeping the symbols of Islam alive, and to continue to visit the holy shrines as much as possible.

On Tuesday, 4 Rabi-ul-Akhir 1438, His Eminence the Grand Ayatullah Sayyid M. Saeed Al-Hakeem (long may he live) called the Shia communities living in non-Muslim societies to protect their identity and their faith through contact with the Islamic centers and organisations and Shia websites in order to be aware of their original religious culture. It is expected that these religious cultures should be respected in those lands through the presentation of good ethics and praiseworthy traits as taught by the Infallibles (peace be upon them). His Eminence gave this advice to a group of believers from New Zealand and Australia.

Similarly, His Eminence emphasized the need for the believers to give due importance to gatherings to remember the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) and their teachings, and to actively participate in them, and to uphold such gatherings in their areas. This is alongside the importance of them visiting the holy shrines often, as much as possible, in order to preserve their faith and further entrenching it in their souls.

To conclude the meeting, His Eminence placed great value on their sacrifices and efforts to come to visit the holy sites, and prayed to the High and Powerful Lord to grant them such opportunities in the future and to show them the blessings and bounties of such actions. He further requested the visitors to pass his greetings and prayers to the believers in their countries and to pass on this advice to them.

Day Questions

I have a Sunni friend who asked me why Shias mourn mainly for Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) whereas there were many martyrs in Karbala?

Shias mourn all the martyrs of Karbala. They remember their faithful dedication to sacrifice themselves with praise and respect, whether they were among the Ahlulbait or among the other companions. It is customary in some Shia communities to specify a day within the first ten days of Muharam to remember one of the martyrs of the companions of the Imam as well as a specific day for Abbas bin Ali (peace be upon him) and other members of the Ahlulbait.The Ziyarats that were narrated from the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), were specified for Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), while they also mention the companions with praise and Salam. It is natural that Shias will mainly mourn for Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) since he was the Imam and the rest were his followers and companions, in addition to his relation to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).

If we pray to God and ask very ambitiously and humbly for something but our dua is not accepted then for how long should we continue to beg, or when should we think that this thing will not be given to us and we should leave praying. How long should we wait for. And if God gives us what He wants or thinks is better then why should we beg Him for any of our wish?

We should always ask Almighty Allah and seek His blessings and hope for His answer as this feeling is one of the reasons to grant the wishes. And if we did not get the request answered, we stay on this condition as we are gaining the reward of the supplications even if we did not get the asked request. If we did not get what we wanted, we accept what Almighty Allah's wish since He is indeed knows the best for us. With this submission to what He wanted, we gain the great reward that Almighty Allah kept for whoever accepts His desire as He is the most merciful.

I read a supplication against black magic. It is stated that one should write this supplication on deer skin. Can I use something else to write on because it is hard to find deer skin?

We are not aware of the method mentioned, but there are some narrations that state that in order to annul magic one can recite the verse 10:81 of the Holy Quran (“That which you have brought is magic. Allah will make it vain. Allah upholds not the work of mischief-makers”).

One person tells me to proof your belief in the imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) by the Quran.

The imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) can be proven from the holy Quran by a number of ways.Amongst them: - "Your guardian can be only Allah, and His messenger and those who believe, who establish worship and pay the poor due while bowing down (in prayer)". (Quran 5:55). This verse was revealed because of the incident of the payment of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) to the charity - his ring - while he was bowing in prayer. The verse joined his guardianship to the guardianship of the messenger of Allah, which is the leadership of the Muslim nation i.e. the imamate. - "Nor does he speak of (his own) desire" (Quran 53:3). The verse indicates that what the Prophet says is from Almighty Allah. The orders of the Prophet were to follow his household when he said in this commonly known narration: I leave among you the two weighty things, the book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you are attached to them both, you will never be misguided". The Prophet also ordered us to follow Imam Ali in the famous narration of Ghadeer: "Whosoever's master I am, Ali is his master". In another narration, the Prophet said: "Ali is your master after my demise," and many more narrations.

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