The Visit of the Ambassador of Japan and a number of intellectuals and researchers

The Visit of the Ambassador of Japan and a number of intellectuals and researchers
His Eminence Sayyed Al-Hakeem receives the Ambassador of Japan with a number of intellectuals and researchers from Japanese universities. His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Sayyid al-Hakeem received a delegation of intellectuals and researchers from Japanese universities, headed by the Ambassador of Japan in Baghdad, Fumio Iwai, on Monday 24th Rabi-ul-Akhir 1438. During the meeting, his Eminence emphasized on the fact that the culture of the followers of the Ahlul-Bayt follows the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny). He explained that the Holy Messenger and the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them) applied those teachings on themselves first, and directed their followers towards the path of these very teachings and this great culture which holds high humanitarian values. His Eminence added that “due to this, it is noticed amongst the followers of the Ahlul-Bayt that there exists a state of communal and humanitarian coherence and connection between them, and a person who is committed to the teachings of the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them) lives in a way that he is mentally content and psychologically stable and firm, a state that may not exist in other communities. His Eminence concluded by emphasizing on the importance of communication between different communities in order to know each other and to learn the cultures of others in a direct way, as direct discussions and meetings hold important benefits. The Ambassador of Japan, on his part, as well as the other members of the contingent, expressed the great honor of being a part of this fruitful and beneficial meeting.

Day Questions

Every morning, I put certain amount of money in a small box for charity. At the end of a year or so I give this amount to the needy people. If my Khums date comes before this payment, should I pay khums from this amount also?

If you, when you place the monies in the box, intend to remove the amount from your ownership, then you do not need to pay Khums from such amount on the Khums fiscal year.

Where we live, it is customary for the parents to begin saving money and collecting the dowry of the daughter, such as jewelry, furniture and utensils, many years before the wedding. Is Khums obligatory on such money and items?

The normal rules of Khums still apply in such a case. So, if one purchased the said goods and did not use them for a year, Khums is payable on them. However, if he gave them to his daughter before the end of his khums fiscal year, he does not have to pay khums for them. She has to if they remain unused till her khums fiscal year.

I live in a non-Muslim country. Can I work here as a pizza driver, where I have to deliver alcohol and unlawful meat?

It is impermissible to purchase or sell alcohol, meat of an animal that was not slaughtered in accordance to the sharia and meat of pig, even if the purchaser or the seller acts as an agent on behalf of someone else. However, it is permissible to deliver such prohibited items unless such act involves another prohibition, like if it encourages the committing of sins.

Is it possible to do a tattoo of living creatures, considering that draw them is prohibited?

It is prohibited to draw such pictures and it is prohibited to hire somebody to do it for the individual, but if one has such tattoos it is not obligatory to remove it.