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

I am a Shia, and I have come across criticism about how the Shias commemorate the tragedy of Karbala and the ways of mourning for Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and his family and companions. How can we explain to them the reasoning and purpose behind this?

What the lovers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) do in the acts of mourning is expressing their grief and pain for what happened to Imam Hussein and his household on the day of Ashura. It is not something strange. It is, rather, an expression of the love and loyalty that Almighty Allah has ordered the Islamic nation to hold when He said: "Say (O , unto mankind): I ask of you no recompense for this, except love for the kinsfolk." (23:42). Sunnis and even non-Muslims participate in these commemorations since the loyalty to the Ahlulbait and loving them is not limited to the Shia.These commemorations are not a tradition but it is an implementation of the orders of the Imams of the Ahlulbait to their followers, when they ordered them to hold such commemorations. It is narrated that Imam Ja'afar al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) said: "Enliven our commemoration. May Allah have mercy on those who enliven our commemorations". There are many other such narrations.Yes, people and nations differ in their expressions of sadness, since the aim is to commemorate these tragic incidents, as means of sharing their grief and sorrow.

One person tells me to proof your belief in the imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) by the Quran.

The imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) can be proven from the holy Quran by a number of ways.Amongst them: - "Your guardian can be only Allah, and His messenger and those who believe, who establish worship and pay the poor due while bowing down (in prayer)". (Quran 5:55). This verse was revealed because of the incident of the payment of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) to the charity - his ring - while he was bowing in prayer. The verse joined his guardianship to the guardianship of the messenger of Allah, which is the leadership of the Muslim nation i.e. the imamate. - "Nor does he speak of (his own) desire" (Quran 53:3). The verse indicates that what the Prophet says is from Almighty Allah. The orders of the Prophet were to follow his household when he said in this commonly known narration: I leave among you the two weighty things, the book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you are attached to them both, you will never be misguided". The Prophet also ordered us to follow Imam Ali in the famous narration of Ghadeer: "Whosoever's master I am, Ali is his master". In another narration, the Prophet said: "Ali is your master after my demise," and many more narrations.

Does the Turbah of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) cure diseases?

It has been reported in some narrations that the clay of Imam Hussein’s grave (peace be upon him) can cure all kinds of diseases.

Can a man wear a chain with a ring on his neck?

Wearing the ring in a chain around one’s neck by itself is permissible, unless doing so is considered to be imitation of women or it leads to humiliation or similar results which are prohibited to bring about, in which cases it becomes impermissible.