Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem Received a Group of Followers of the Ahlulbayt (Peace be upon them) from India and Advised Them to Guard Themselves with the Islamic Original Heritage and Faith.

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem Received a Group of Followers of the Ahlulbayt (Peace be upon them) from India and Advised Them to Guard Themselves with the Islamic Original Heritage and Faith.

His Eminence, Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad Saeed Al-Hakeem received a group of followers of the Ahlulbayt (Peace be upon them) from India, mainly from the city of Mumbai. He advised the believers around the world to guard themselves with the Islamic original heritage and their faith, and to propagate it with softness, love, compassion, honesty and sincerity, and to fulfill their duty in reflecting a true image of the Shias and of the ways of the Ahlulbayt (Peace be upon them).

He also advised his respected guests that every one of them should undertake their missionary role through the presentation of the best ethics and morality, which the Infallible Imams (Peace be upon them) showed the path to, upon which their good followers travelled.

His Eminence concluded the meeting with a prayer to the Most High and Powerful that He accepts the guests' Ziyarah on these great nights of the holy month of Ramadan, and that He returns them to their homelands having achieved success and prosperity of this world and the Hereafter, God willing.

Day Questions

Some lending institution asks people who are interested in borrowing to bring a guarantee of gold-jewelry. They value the gold by their authorized gold-smith to be less than the market value. It is allowed to borrow from such an institute?

If the guaranteed gold is valued to be less than its market value and such a way of estimation is a condition in the borrowing deal, then such a deal is invalid.

Is it permissible to eat crab, lobster or prawn?

Amongst seafood, it is unlawful to consume anything but fish that have scales and shrimps and prawns.

When time is running short, what is the minimum Tashahhud and Tasleem I am allowed to recite?

The following is a valid summarized way of performing the Tashahud and Tasleem: "Ash-hadu anla Ilaha Illallah Wahdahu La Shareeka Lah, wa Ash-hadu anna Mohammadan Abduhu wa Rasuluh, Allahumma Salli ala Mohammadin wa Aali Mohammad, Assalamu Alayka Ayyuhan-Nabiyu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh, Assalamu Alayna wa ala Ibadillahis-Saliheen, Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh".

I have heard from Ahl-al-Sunna that a Shia Marja stated the following: "Reconciliatory Taqiyah. This type of Taqiyah is done when a person intends to reconcile with the other side or when he intends to soften their hearts. This kind of Taqiyah is permissible but not obligatory" they have related this belief to the verse: "When they [hypocrites] meet those who believe, they say: 'We believe.' But when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you, we (were) only jesting.'" (Quran, 2:14) I am having a hard time replying to this.

The connection made of the Taqiyya which is based on softening the hearts with the said verse is originated from intolerance and ignorance of the reasons and justifications behind this law. All Muslims are under the flag of Islam, and softening their heart by the decrease of their differences is amongst the interests that has concerned the Shia and their Imams throughout history; whereas the verse talks about the hypocrites who do not believe in the Hereafter or in the foundations of the religion, and they claim to be Muslims in front of other Muslims. So how are those people related to trying to unite the Muslims and decrease the level of differences between them? Those fanatics do not understand anything but intolerance and rejection of other sects and disregarding them, and do not care about the image of Islam or its high concerns. Today they are more harmful than the direct enemies of Islam as a result of their behaviors that originated from narrow minded thinking and blind prejudice.

I would like to know how to pray Wittar of Isha Prayer.

There is a prayer called al-Wutayra that is offered after the Isha prayers. It is of two units offered in the sitting position.

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