The Meeting of His Eminence with the French Ambassador to Iraq

The Meeting of His Eminence with the French Ambassador to Iraq

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.

Day Questions

Can I sit at a table with those who are playing cards, dominoes and chess on it?

It is prohibited to watch the chess players while they are playing. It is permissible to watch the players of other gambling games, unless this leads to encouraging these games or similar prohibitions.

When performing daily obligatory prayers, is it preferable to join them, or to leave a lapse of time between each, e.g. an hour between Dhuhr and Asr, 15 minutes between Maghrib and Isha?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is better to offer the prayer at their prime time, the best times to offer them. The prime time of the Dhuhr prayer is till the length of the shadow of an object reaches two-sevenths of the length of the object itself. The prime time of the Asr prayer is from the prime time of the Dhuhr prayer till the length of the shadow reaches four-sevenths of the object. The prime time of the Maghrib prayer is from the sunset till the disappearance of the redness from the western horizon. The prime time to offer the Isha prayer is from that time till the third of the night.</p>

Is it permissible for Zakat to be given to a particular appointed person in the Community? What if the appointed person or group does not spend the Zakat money as per Islamic guidelines, can we pay them the Zakat?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is permissible to give the zakat to the appointed person if he is trustworthy to pass it to whoever deserves it. If one is not sure of his trustworthiness, his payment of Zakat to him is invalid.</p>