His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem called the researchers in theology to think freely to reach the truth, to spread it, to hold on to it and to act according to it.

His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem called the researchers in theology to think freely to reach the truth, to spread it, to hold on to it and to act according to it.

His Eminence, the Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem, advised the academics and scholars of various religious backgrounds to be free and unshackled in searching for the truths and realities, and to hold on to them and act according to them. He advised them not to place their recorded research and studies securely in their files and treat them as heritage documents. He expressed his advice during a meeting with a group of Muslim and Christian scholars and academics researching on Islamic studies from France, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Iraq.

His Eminence mentioned to the guests how the Quran, the Holy Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them all) revere and highly respect the Prophet Jesus and Mary (peace be upon them), more so than any other holy book. It is necessary to recognize this truth.

At the end of the discussion, His Eminence advised all the academics and scholars of religion to disseminate the spirit of love, co-existence and communication, and that they call to understanding and calm discussion, and to frequent visitations, in order to remove confusions and to reach the essential aim of all those concerned, i.e. the search for truth, and their work can be fruitful to all.

The guests expressed their thankfulness and appreciation to His Eminence in allowing this opportunity to meet him, hoping that this can be repeated.

Day Questions

Some people are calling Imam Ali (Peace be upon him) as their creator and sustainer. What do you thing about this?

This belief is invalid and it is not of the Shia scholars. Shia religious scholars have agreed that the Imams (peace be upon them) are created slaves of Almighty Allah. He created them like He created everybody else. The religious narrations of the Imams themselves confirm this truth. Yes, there is no doubt that the Imams showed miracles, like the prophets (peace be upon them). Almighty Allah said with respect to Jesus (peace be upon him): "I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah's leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah's leave. And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store up in your houses."(3:49)

You mentioned that it is permissible to take interest from non-Muslim banks, while it is not permissible to do so with Muslim banks. On the other hand, interest is forbidden in the Quran absolutely. How can this be explained?

Almighty Allah has made it prohibited to deal with interest in general, but the traditions of the Prophet and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them all) can explain certain exemptions to this general ruling. It has been reported in these narrations that there is no prohibition in dealing with interest between a husband and his wife and between a father and his son, and it is permissible to take interest from non-Muslims. The real reason behind such rulings have not been explained in the narrations. The wisdom behind the latter exception could be that non-Muslims accept such dealings for themselves, as they give and take interest in their dealings without hesitation or seeing anything wrong with it.

What is the reward for mourning for the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) as stated in the narrations and in the Holy Quran?

There are narrations that encourage mourning the Ahlulbait and showing grief for the injustices and tragedies they experienced. As an example, Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) used to recite while prostrating a long supplication, "O my Lord, have mercy on those hearts that mourned us and were burned because of our grief. O my Lord, have mercy on those eyes that shed tears for us…”.