His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem met with Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Baghdad, and advised for greater communication between different cultures

His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem met with Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Baghdad, and advised for greater communication between different cultures
2018/12/11

His Eminence, the Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Muhammed Saeed al-Hakeem, received the Norwegian Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq, Tone Allers, along with her aides, on Tuesday 11 December 2018. The guests expressed their appreciation for His Eminence in giving the opportunity for this meeting, and they congratulated the Marji’iyya on the first anniversary of the victory over Daesh.

His Eminence indicated that the victory over Daesh came from the blessings and guidance of God Almighty, as well as the people abiding by their religion and giving their sacrifices for it.

His Eminence called for greater communication between various cultures, and to keep away from bitterness and hate, and this will greatly benefit the people.

The meeting was concluded by the guests thanking His Eminence for this opportunity and appreciating his important advice.

Day Questions

If I travel to my brother-in-law's home which is 30 km away, can I keep fasting?

Traveling this much makes one a traveler as defined by the Sharia, and this obligates the shortening of prayers and prevents one from fasting.

Does Istihala occur when any component undergoes a chemical reaction?

We cannot present a general principle for this, since the change that results in the taharah of the changed substance occurs when the second state is different from the first one in the conventional understanding, in such a way that people – within conventional norms – consider the second form as a different matter. An obvious example is the Istihala of wood into smoke or ash.

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.)?

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.

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