The Meeting of his Eminence with the Delegation of Scholars from Al-Azhar

The Meeting of his Eminence with the Delegation of Scholars from Al-Azhar

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakim, receives a delegation from Al-Azhar, and calls all towards wisdom and cooperation, and the rejection of animosity and takfeer.

His Eminence, the Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakim (may Allah prolong his life) received in his office, on 29 January 2018 (11 Jamadi al-Ula 1439), a delegation of scholars of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, including teachers of Quranic sciences and the sciences of the holy Hadith.

His Eminence called, during this discussion with the delegation members, all sides towards adorning with wisdom and decency with one another, and the rejection of all manners of enmity and disrespect, which is harming the Muslims, especially in areas that have witnessed conflict, woes and destruction from all sides.

His Eminence warned all against involvement in the bloodshed of Muslims, whether it is through action or speech, emphasising on the acceptance of all sides of the reality that stands, and that each side acknowledges the other, and remains within the boundaries ordained by Allah Almighty in dealing with the other side, observing due respect and consideration, without nullifying them, as humans are most respected in the eyes of God Almighty above all things.

Day Questions

Why is death so harsh?

Since humans lived in this life, it becomes familiar to them. Death is unknown to them and scary but religious texts indicate that the outcome of a devotee is happiness. Starting from death, and when his soul gets transferred from this life, the angel of death will be kind to him and deal with him in kindness and compassion. As a person relates himself to such true concepts, his expectation from almighty Allah becomes more positive and the dark image about death becomes lighter.

We know from verse (33:33) that the Ahlulbait are Imam Ali, Fatimah Hasan and Husain (peace be upon them) and we also know from the hadith the names of the twelve Imams. Can the other offspring of the Imam be considered amongst the Ahlulbait?

The verses and the narrations that are reported in the superiority of the Ahlulbait are specific to the five infallibles: The Prophet, Imam Ali, Fatima Al-Zahra, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace be upon them all). Sometimes, one can understand that some religious texts include the rest of the twelve Imams (peace be upon them). This does not include the other offspring of the Imams.

If the layman decided on who is the most knowledgeable based on his own research and without needing to ask the religious scholars who can determine the most knowledgeable, would the layman's research be sufficient?

A normal regular individual is not qualified to determine the most knowledgeable in the right way without referring to whoever can determine him amongst the experts, since they are the ones – and not any inexperienced people – who know the level of knowledge of the people that reached the level of Ijtihad.