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

I want to fast for two months as a Kaffara for breaking one day’s fast 23 years ago. Should I keep them continuously? Or should I fast for one month together and remaining 30 casually?

The Kaffara for deliberate breaking one day of fasting is feeding sixty needy people. Alternatively, it can be fasting two consecutive months. If the fasting begins on the first day of a lunar month, it is sufficient to fast one day from the second month to satisfy the condition of fasting consecutively, and one can separate the fasting of the remaining days as he wishes after that. If fasting started after the beginning of the lunar month, then based on compulsory precaution, 31 consecutive days must be fasted. The remaining fasts do not have to be consecutive.

I understand that temporary marriage is for pleasure. Does that mean that physical attraction and lust are permissible reasons to enter into such a contract, or are there other prerequisite motivations that one must have before two people can enter into this arrangement?

It is permissible to enter into temporary marriage for the sake of pleasure and lust via legislated means and within religious guidelines. Among the benefits of temporary marriage is that it controls sexual relation between the two sexes within specific rules and guidelines; like specifying the duration of the marriage and the dower, serving the waiting period between one marriage and another, and the child born from such a matrimony being legitimate for the couple. There is no doubt that if such marriage was common in the society, committing adultery would be minimal.

There are two traditions that I have come across, and I would like to know which books they can be found in, and which of the Sunni books have reported them: 1. Innal Husayn Misbahul Huda wa Safinatun Najaa 2. Al-Husayn Minniy wa Ana Minal Husayn.

The first narration is narrated in the book al-Maqtal authored by Al-Turayhi who narrated it from Ubay bin Kaab. The content of the said narration, i.e. that Hussein is a light of guidance to the truth and whoever follows him will be saved from misguidance, is one of those concepts that is found in many narrations about the Ahlulbait, like the tradition of al-Thaqalain and the tradition of al-Safeenah and others. The second tradition is narrated in many Sunni and Shia sources of narrations; Ahmad bin Hanbal mentioned it in his Musnad (vol. 4, p. 174), as well as al-Tirmidhi (vol. 5, p. 324), Mustadrak al-Hakim (vol. 3, p. 177), and many more.

Can a Shia Sayyid girl get married to a new convert to Islam? Can she marry him if her father does not allow it?

It is permissible for the Muslim woman, whether she was from a Sayyid family or not, to marry a Muslim man even if he used to follow another religion, but it should be with the consent of the father of the woman if she is a virgin.