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
2017/01/28

His Eminence Sayyid Al-Hakeem receives the Ambassador of Japan with a number of intellectuals and researchers from Japanese universities.

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah 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

Is grape jam najis?

If the juice in the grape is boiled in the process of making the jam, then based on an obligatory precaution one should avoid consuming it. If the said juice does not boil in the said process, then it is permissible to consume the jam. However, it is considered tahir in both cases.

Is mourning Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) permissible or recommended?

<p style="text-align: left;">The commemoration of the Ahlulbait (Peace be upon them) is amongst the best deeds that the religious texts have emphasized on, and it is narrated that there are great rewards for those who perform it.</p>

Why do we pray on the rock? And is it prohibited to pray on carpet like Sunnis without a rock?

<p style="text-align: left;">Prayer is not valid on the carpet since prostration - based on the jurisprudence of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) - must be on natural earth like soil, stones, rocks and similar materials, or on what grows on earth provided that it is not consumed for food or worn as clothing. It is narrated - in both Sunni and Shia books of traditions - that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) said: "Earth is made for me as a place of prostration and a purifying agent". Some Sunni books of narrations state that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) used to have a piece of cloth in which he put soil in it and he opened it and prostrated on the soil.</p>

Can anyone enjoin the good and forbid the evil or it is obligatory on scholars and religious leaders only?

It is obligatory on every believer to enjoin the good and forbid the wrong if the conditions are met.

Why do the Shia make the five prayers times into three prayers times, by praying Dhuhr and Asr together and Maghrib and Isha together?

<p style="text-align: left;">Shias did not make this up. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) joined between the Dhuhr and Asr prayers, and between Maghrib and Isha prayers when he was not traveling and when it was not raining - i.e. without an excuse and not during special circumstances - as per the texts narrated in famous Sunni narration books.</p>