His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Sa’eed al-Hakeem, hosted the ambassador of India in Iraq, Dr. Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit.

His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Sa’eed al-Hakeem, hosted the ambassador of India in Iraq, Dr. Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit.

In the meeting, he called the international community and the governments of the world to further interaction, cooperation and empathy, as well as enabling nations to visit one another. This will do away with the tensions and troubles which have come about around the world due to the political battles, and it is the weak members of society who are most affected by this.

His Eminence explained to the guest the role of Marji’iyyah in al-Najaf al-Ashraf in guiding the followers of the Ahlulbyte to live peacefully wherever they are, even amongst their adversaries, and this is the path that they have followed for 1400 years, taught by the Infallible Imams (peace be upon them). His Eminence cited the words of Amir al-Momineen (peace be upon him) to Malik al-Ashtar whom he appointed governor over Egypt: “Habituate your heart to mercy for the subjects and to affection and kindness for them. Do not stand over them like greedy beasts seizing their prey, since they are of two kinds: either your brother in religion or one like you in creation.”

The guest, Dr. Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet with His Eminence, and for the guidance and directives of the Marji’iyyah, which has great respect from the Indian government.

Day Questions

Are coffee beans halal when they have been digested by civets before roasting?

If the mentioned coffee beans are contaminated with the feces of the animal - even by a little bit - then it is not permissible to consume the coffee that is made from such beans. If the contaminated beans are made tahir before using them to make the coffee, then it is permissible to consume the coffee.

Are the rules of Sharia only valid for Muslims? Is it allowed for an Islamic country to enforce Non-Muslim women to wear hijab, for example?

Almighty Allah made the religious laws of worship, like praying and fasting, and other laws like the obligation of wearing hijab and the prohibition of consuming wine, general to all mankind. The Muslim that does not obey Almighty Allah in observing one or more of those laws can be punished for this disobedience. Non-Muslims will be punished because of their refusal to believe in Almighty Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him and his progeny). If the non-Muslim can present an acceptable justification for his refusal to believe, then this justification will also apply even more so for his disobedience of Allah Almighty with respect to the religious laws of worship. If he cannot present a justification before Almighty Allah for his refusal to believe, he would have a lesser chance to do so for not observing the rulings of the Sharia. It is the responsibility of the infallible Imam to implement and apply the Islamic laws on non-Muslims.

My sister’s marriage took place with a man who suffers from acute schizophrenia, but his family never told us about his illness. This is a mental disease that is incurable. After coming to know about his mental condition my sister left him. The marriage was never consummated, and they have been living separately for one-and-a-half years. What options does she have to get out of this situation?

If the mentioned person is ill in such a way that he loses his mind and he is considered to be insane, by acting in a way that sane people do not act, even for a limited period of time, then the wife has the right to annul the marriage. Otherwise, the marriage can only be ended through the husband divorcing the wife. However, if the wife is willing to live with him and undertake her religious obligations to him and the husband is not willing to maintain her and provide for her, then the religious authority, the marja, can divorce the wife in this particular case if the husband refuses to divorce her.