The Department for Youth and Universities in the Office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim organized a forum on the importance of the age of youth for the first batch of Iraqi university students and educational institutions.

The Department for Youth and Universities in the Office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim organized a forum on the importance of the age of youth for the first batch of Iraqi university students and educational institutions.
2018/06/25

The Department for Youth and Universities, under the Office of the His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakim, organized a forum for the first batch of Iraqi university students and educational institutions, which took place at Madrasah Ayatollah Sayyid Mohsin al-Hakim in the holy city of Najaf, during a summer holiday course. In this forum, the scholar Sayyid Tu’mah al-Jabiri gave a lecture entitled, ‘The Importance of the Age of Youth’.
The Sayyid began his talk by welcoming those attending and praised their participation in such an event in the vicinity of the grave of Imam Ali (peace be upon him). He spoke of the virtues of being on such sacred grounds, and of the need to capitalize on this time near the Imam (peace be upon him), and to feel the spiritual change within us.
He emphasized the importance of the age of youth in the life of a human, as that time in the life of a person which will define the success during his life journey, or lack thereof. During this important part of one’s life, it is necessary to have cognizance and education. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said, “You, the youth of the community, will soon be the elders of the community.” They have this responsibility and they are the future leaders of Iraq.

Day Questions

Is the sweat of a person in the state of janabah najis?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is tahir.</p>

If a Sunni husband is not fulfilling his rights in relation to his Sunni wife and does not give her a divorce, can she obtain a divorce according to Shia jurisprudence?

<p style="text-align: left;">If she is intending to act upon the rulings of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), then she may refer to the Shia qualified jurist to divorce her provided that the conditions of divorce are fulfilled.</p>

Some people say that Islam is not something which should be connected with a family, like the family of the Prophet (Peace be upon him), and they use this for their argument against the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). Please comment on this.

Our connection to the Ahlulbait is not emotional; rather, it is religious and based on their infallibility. Almighty Allah has ordered us to follow them. He said: "Allahs wish is but to remove uncleanness far from you, O Ahlulbait, and cleanse you with a thorough cleansing"(33:33). The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordered us to follow them. He said: "I am leaving amongst you the two weighty things, the book of Allah, and my household". In addition to that, there are narrations about each and every one of the Imams of the Ahlulbait specifically. As an example, the messenger of Allah said: “Ali is your Wali (i.e. guardian) after me” and he said: “Whoever’s master I am, Ali is his master”. These and other religious texts show that these people have special characters that enable them to take their position of imamate and leadership. So the issue is not emotional, nor is it based on a tribe or a family. On the other hand, most believers in the Sunni sect accepted the legitimacy of the caliphate of the Umayyads and Abbasids, although both of these states were established and continued on the basis of inheritance and without any entitlements at all.

When fasting, is it permissible to use a miswak, a toothbrush, or a toothpick, or to put a pen in the mouth?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is permissible to use the miswak or the like when fasting, but one should avoid swallowing the liquids from outside the mouth. For example, when one uses the miswak and it becomes wet from saliva, if it is taken out of the mouth and placed back in the mouth again, the wetness on the miswak will be deemed to be from outside the mouth, and swallowing such liquid will invalidate the fast.</p>

Can somebody who is not able to recite in correct Arabic pronunciation lead the congregational prayers? (For example, mixing up "saad" and "seen", the soft "ha" and the hard "ha" etc.)?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, he is allowed to lead, but whoever can recite better than him is not permitted to pray behind him based on compulsory precaution in the first two Raka'as of the Maghrib and Isha prayers and during the Morning Prayer. Whoever can recite better can follow him in the Dhuhur and Asr prayers but he must recite for himself.</p>