The Meeting of His Eminence with the French Ambassador to Iraq

The Meeting of His Eminence with the French Ambassador to Iraq
2017/12/02

His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Mohammed Sa’eed. Al-Hakeem welcomed the French Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Bruno Aubert, on Monday 1st Rabi-al-Awwal 1439 at his office in Najaf.

His Eminence explained the role of the religious leadership (Marji’iyya) and the Seminary (Howzah) in strengthening the religious and humanitarian and cultural concepts, with tolerance, dialogue, moderation, respect for others, and in directing the society towards living by these concepts and supreme human values which have roots in the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Infallibles (peace be upon them).

His Eminence emphasized on the importance of communication between different human societies, so that each can learn of the cultures of others directly, so they are far from distortions. Direct dialogue and meetings have important benefits, such as supporting peaceful co-existence between societies, serving the advancement of sciences and knowledge.

The guest expressed to his Eminence the honor of meeting with him, which he described as fruitful and constructive.

استقبال طلبات التسجيل في الدورة الصيفية العاشرة للشباب المغترب وغيرهم

Day Questions

I have read in many books that playing of chess is prohibited but they openly play chess in some places. If you could, please give your opinion.

It is not permissible to play chess or sell its instruments (e.g. the chess board or the chess pieces).

I read the supplication against black magic. It is stated that one should write this supplication on deer skin. Can I use something else to write on because it is hard to find deer skin?

We are not aware of the method mentioned, but there are some narrations that state that in order to annul magic one can recite the verse 10:81 of the Holy Quran (“That which you have brought is magic. Allah will make it vain. Allah upholds not the work of mischief-makers.” (10:81).

I have read in the Holy Quran that the food of the people of the book is Halal. I am living in a place where the majority of people (about 70 %) are Christians, is the meat in their shopping Halal or not? Also sometimes it is difficult to and expensive to for us to buy meat from Muslim Butchery and sometimes if we do not eat their food with meat, it creates not a good feeling for those Christian people who live around us.

The imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) has interpreted the food that is mentioned in the verse: “The food of those who have received the Scripture is lawful for you” to be “cereals” and similar food where religious slaughtering is not required. Meat is not included as it is unlawful to consume it unless some special conditions are met. One of them is uttering the name of almighty Allah when slaughtering the animal. There is no doubt that the current meat in the western countries does not meet this condition. The embarrassment that this rule causes when dealing with non-Muslims cannot be an excuse to consume prohibited food and it can be avoided by explaining the reason in a nice and a calm way.

For a fish to be lawful to consume, does a Muslim have to witness the person getting the fish out of the water alive?

It is sufficient in the permissibility of consuming the fish that it is removed from the water alive, even if the person who has done that is not a Muslim. It is not a condition that a Muslim sees that take place. It is sufficient if a trustworthy person informed of such, or if this is generally known to be the case from the surrounding circumstances.

Is it possible for a person to take a medicine that contains alcohol? Is there a limit to the content of alcohol in the medicine?

<p style="text-align: left;">If the quantity of alcohol that causes intoxication in the medicine is considerable in such a way that the person that uses the medicine is recognized as a consumer of alcohol, then it not permissible to use the medicine as a cure, unless one needs it in order to save his life.<br /> If the quantity of alcohol was so little and conventionally considered as negligible then it is permissible to use such medicine in order to treat the illness in the cases that there is no other form of treatment.</p>