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

Some people believe that Imam Ali (peace be upon him) divides and delivers livelihood. Is such a belief permissible in our faith?

<p style="text-align: left;">There is no doubt that the presence of the Imam (peace be upon him) has its blessings and great effects on the welfare of mankind other than his role as the guide of people. Many narrations indicate such existence of blessings, like what is reported in some phrases of the Ziyaratul-Jamia.</p>

Can an invalid transaction also be considered to be a sin?

Some invalid transactions are prohibited like selling wine, corpses and pigs. Other invalid transactions are not sinful, like selling an unknown product. In both cases, it is a sin to spend the money that one acquires from it.

Is it permissible to see the sex positions shown by dolls (non-living things)?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is not permissible if this causes lust and desire.</p>

Is it true that eating cheese without nuts is undesirable (makruh)?

It is has been reported that eating cheese with walnut is recommended.

What is the ruling regarding cat's hair? Is it tahir so long as I do not know it to be najis? And can I pray while I have cat hair on my clothes or body?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, the hair of a cat is regarded as Tahir unless it is known to have become Najis. But the prayer is invalid based on an obligatory precaution if the individual has on his body or clothes any part of an animal whose meat is impermissible to eat - like a cat - even if it is hair or fur.</p>