Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received a delegation representing the Christian Church and the media in Germany.

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received a delegation representing the Christian Church and the media in Germany.
2018/03/04

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received a delegation representing the Christian Church and the media in Germany. His Eminence called for the communication of the truths as they are, and that the Marji’iyyah has no interests except to serve humanity and to safeguard their souls.

His Eminence received this delegation on Tuesday 27 February 2018 and spoke with them, in which they presented to him their work in Iraq and other regions, and their endeavours to report the realities as they are to the world, and what they have experienced due to that.

His Eminence, during this meeting, expressed to his guests the fatherly role of the Marji’iyyah in society in realising peace, and the great emphasis it has in preserving the lives of the men, women and children, as well as their property, whatever creed and race they have; the Marji’iyyah has no interests except to serve people and to protect them from dangers.

His Eminence called the media to accuracy and the informing of the truth, without seeing which party it will suit and which party it will not suit.

His Eminence emphasised his respect towards all those who strive towards knowing the truth and knowing the great lies, accusations and deceptions that have targeted the Shi’ahs.

Day Questions

Is it permissible to eat at western based fast-food chains in Muslim countries?

If they use meat from non-Muslim countries, then it is not permissible to eat there. If they use meat from Muslim countries, then it is permissible.

Is any dhikr permissible in bowing and prostration?

It is sufficient in the bowing position to recite "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih", or "Subhanallah" three times. It is also sufficient to recite any sort of "dhikr" that consists of praising Allah, like "Alhamdulillah" thrice, reciting Takbir thrice or reciting "La Ilaha Illallah" thrice, provided that the said is equivalent to "Subhanallah" three times. The same applies to prostration except that "Subhana Rabbiyal-Aala wa bi-Hamdih" is to be recited instead of "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih". But, it is not sufficient to recite, "Subhana Rabbiyal-Aala wa bi-Hamdih" in bowing, nor is it sufficient to recite, "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih" in prostration.

What is the ruling concerning making a dish or utensil tahir with Kurr or running water? Should it be washed three times or once?

It is enough to wash it once with Kurr or running water with the removal of the essential najasah.

Do the Shia consider the book of Al-Kafi authentic in the same way that the Sunnis consider Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari authentic?

Al-Kafi is a respected book in the views of Shia scholars, but we cannot guarantee that all the narrations mentioned in it are authenticated, as one should refer to the experts to determine the authenticity of each narration.

If a man contracts temporary marriage with a woman who lost her virginity through unlawful means, is the contract valid without the permission of her father or grandfather, and can he consummate the marriage?

She is treated as a virgin; so the marriage contract is valid but he is not permitted to consummate the marriage without the permission of the guardian.