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 heard that some people reject those who were born out of wedlock because they see them as bad people. Does the Islamic Sharia condone the rejection of marrying someone because they are of illegitimate birth?

Marrying those people is permissible. Everybody is entitled to choose his/her life partner in the way that he/she sees suitable whether they were born from a legitimate marriage or not.The father of the girl that is approached for marriage should choose what is best for his daughter. Defining what is best for her depends on the particular circumstances, social values and maybe other factors. It is possible that the father may see marrying his daughter to a person born out of wedlock to be against her best interests.

If a chicken is slaughtered using a machine but the name of Allah is mentioned over it as well as all the other conditions needed for it to be permissible, will it be permissible to consume?

The slaughterer must be a Muslim and the act of slaughtering should be related to him in such a way the slaughtering and the operating of the machinery are conventionally simultaneous. If the slaughtering is related to the machine, the slaughtered bird is not lawful even if the name of Allah was mentioned.

Can a qualified person, who has all qualifications of the imam of the congregational prayer, lead some people who are ready to pray behind him when others object to it?

Yes, it is permissible to lead the prayer in such a situation and it is permissible for others to pray behind him.

What is the Islamic ruling on becoming a surrogate mother?

Based on compulsory precaution it is prohibited to insert, in the womb of a woman, an egg that is fertilized by a sperm of other than her husband, unless the fertilized egg is old enough to be conventionally recognized as an embryo outside the womb. In this case, it is permissible to insert the embryo inside the womb of a surrogate mother. The child belongs to the husband and wife, the source of the egg and the sperm used to fertilize it.

I have long hair that is long enough to tie, and when I wipe over my hair in wudhu, the hair that I am wiping moves with my hand and it falls forward. Is this valid?

Yes, the wiping is correct even if there is movement of the hair; however, it is necessary to limit the wiping to the roots of the hair or the parts of the hair which are close to the roots, such that they cannot extend to outside the front quarter of the head.