The Meeting of His Eminence with the Preachers of the Pulpit of Imam Hussain

 The Meeting of His Eminence with the Preachers of the Pulpit of Imam Hussain

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakeem (long may he live), called upon the preachers and speakers of the pulpit of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) to undertake their research with accuracy in transmitting the narrations of the Infallibles (peace be upon them), to be sure of their veracity, and to collect them in an organised way, so that the masses may benefit from them, and to be safe from those who wish to cause confusion and opposition, those who wish to attack the school of the Ahlul-Bayt  (peace be upon them).

His Eminence gave this message to a delegation of preachers and scholars from the holy Seminary (Hawzah) of Najaf who came to visit him on Tuesday 21st Dhil-Hijjah.

He also explained the importance of the duty of spreading the teachings of Islam, which represents a vital role in which reminding the believers and connecting them with the heritage and path of the Ahlul-Bayt  (Peace be upon them).

His Eminence ended the talk by praying for God's help and support for the preachers in their mission, which requires more effort and incessancy, as well as focus on urging the people to return to God, and to hold on to the teachings of the pure religion of Islam. This is so especially as the believers place importance on the season of Ashura and in attending the Majalis in commemoration of Imam Husain (peace be upon him) and the great tragedy of Karbala, in order to gain knowledge and understanding of Islam derived from the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet and his holy progeny (peace eb upon them).

Day Questions

I know that a Muslim man can marry a Christian woman as long as the children are Muslims. But are there not any other rules that the man and woman must follow before they are allowed to marry?

Marrying a Christian woman is allowed but it is better to choose a Muslim wife when possible. The father is obligated to raise the children properly in such a way that they become believers, perform the obligatory deeds and avoid committing the prohibitions. It is better to choose correct and effective ways in their upbringing so they may be more inclined towards the true religion. Almighty Allah says: “O ye who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire whereof the fuel is men and stones.”(Quran 66:6).

Some people doubt the existence of Haleema Al-Sadiyah, as a wet nurse to the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) since she was a non-believer and cannot breastfeed him. What do you think?

This is not a belittling of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) since she was not his natural mother, plus the fact that she might have been a believer in Almighty Allah, as some people at that time were believers.

Is it permissible to have temporary marriage with a Muslim virgin girl who is responsible financially for herself but she lives with her parents?

It is permissible to get temporarily married and it is unlawful to have intercourse with a virgin except with the permission of her father or paternal grandfather, even if she is financially responsible for herself. If both of them are dead or cannot be reached to seek their permission then she is in charge of herself.

A man contracted temporary marriage. His wife became pregnant. During this period, he contracted permanent marriage with the same woman. Is this permanent marriage valid?

As long as the marriage duration has not ended, permanent marriage is not valid. She is still his wife by the temporary marriage. If this marriage expires or he ends it by forgoing the rest of the duration, then they can conduct a permanent marriage with the fulfillment of the rest of the conditions.

If somebody is following a certain Marja and he discovers that there is another Marja who is in the same level of knowledge according to a statement by a member of Ahlul-Khibra, can he choose between the two?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is not permissible to change the said Marja unless it is proven by religious evidence that another Mujtahid is more knowledgeable than him.</p>