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.
2018/12/30

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

In Surah al-Dhuha, verse 10, it is written: "And as for him, who asks, do not chide (him)." In the light of this verse what are our obligations if a person asks us of something?

It is not obligatory to give whoever asks you whatever they want. There is encouragement in this verse and other narrated texts from the Infallibles (peace be upon them) that you should not refuse who asks you even by giving a small portion of what he has asked for. Whenever the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked for anything, he never said, “No.” Rather, he gave what was asked if he could, or he responded with nice soft words.

What is our position in respect to the slaughtering of the animal on Eid-ul-Adha? Is it obligatory?

It is recommended to undertake the sacrifice of Eid-ul-Adha in the Islamic faith as it is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).

What names are recommended, according to the teachings of the Imams (peace be upon them), to give to a child?

Some narrations state that it is recommended to name children after the names of the prophets and the names that refer to the servitude of the Lord, like "Abdullah". Also, we find emphasis in some reports on certain names like Muhammad, Ali, Hasan, Hussein, Ja'far, Talib and Hamza, and amongst the female names, Fatima.

Is it allowed for Muslim women to marry Christian Men?

No, it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man.