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

According to the fatwa that I have read, khums is obligatory on coined gold which remains unused for a year. My question is that is khums also obligatory on gold bars/biscuits? If yes, will khums become payable on the annual khums date or after a year from date of purchase of gold bar?

It is obligatory on every individual to pay the fifth of his/her net profit that remains at the end of the khums fiscal year, whether these profits were silver or gold coins, or in the form of bars, and whether the profits were real estates or other kind of profits.

After doing Tayammum instead of Ghusl, can I perform Wudhu for prayers?

Yes, if you performed the Tayammum instead of Ghusl of Janabah and a minor occurrence happened to you like sleeping or urinating, you should perform Tayammum instead of Wudhu before your prayer becomes valid.

a) Is there any proof of Istikhara in the Sharia? b) Is everybody allowed to do Isikhara for himself? c) What are the rules of Istikhara and is it allowed to repeat an Isikhara for the same occasion?

There were narrations that explained the idea of Istikhara which is seeking goodness from almighty Allah when deciding to do a thing. This kind of Istikhara is the most common in the narrations. Books of narrations and supplications have explained certain ways to do the Istikhara. Yes, it is apparent in some texts that Istikhara is seeking help in deciding the better position in cases of hesitance and uncertainty in finding out the best choice for a person. These narrations did not specify the person that must do the Istikhara, so anyone is allowed to do it themselves or to ask others. There are no specific conditions for the Istikhara but it is supposed to be done when the right choice is unknown. Then it is meaningless to repeat it after it has been done.

Is there a specific Kaffara for the sin of masturbation?

Masturbation is prohibited, and there is no specific Kaffara for it, as not all sins have a Kaffara for them.