The Visit of Believers from New Zealand and Australia

The Visit of Believers from New Zealand and Australia
2016/12/28

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

Which birds are permissible to be kept as pet birds in the cage?

It is permissible to keep any kind of bird as a pet.

Yesterday, I got up just as the Adhan for Fajr prayer was ending. I drank a glass of milk and made the intention to fast. Was my fast valid?

<p style="text-align: left;">Your fasting is void and you should make up that day. If you knew that the time of fasting had began and still broke the fast then you should pay Kaffara as well.</p>

At times I am plagued by doubts and uncertainty, and wonder if it would be possible for you to advise me of a duaa from the Imams (peace be upon them) to remove doubts that I have?

<p style="text-align: left;">The best way to avoid doubts is to ignore them. It has been narrated that a person will not be held accountable because of excessive doubts. A believer should not pay attention to doubts as doing so is considered as a decrease in one's faith.</p>

How many times is it recommended to recite Talqeen for the deceased?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is recommended to do Talqeen when the person is dying, when buried and after the burial when the mourners leave.</p>

If a virgin girl marries someone without the permission of the father, then will the marriage be valid?

<p style="text-align: left;">The permanent marriage contract is void without the permission of the father or the paternal grandfather.</p>