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

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

Surah Baqarah, verse 62, states: “Verily those who believed, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabeans – whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, and does good deeds, shall have their rewards from their Lord. They will have nothing to fear or to be grieved for." This verse clearly indicates that non-Muslims can enter Heaven and attain salvation in the Hereafter. A person who has been raised in remote and distant places cannot learn about Islam and its teachings, so how can he go to Hell? This will be against the justice of Allah Almighty.

There is no doubt that Almighty Allah, after He sent the Messenger and required people to believe him and act upon the ruling of the religion, has established the evidences to prove the truth of the message, so He will reward those who obey and accept the call, and He will judge those who did not accept and did not have an excuse. As for those who had valid excuses for their non-acceptance, like the lack of available evidences or because of lack of sanity, Almighty Allah will judge them accordingly, since He “wrongeth not even of the weight of an ant” (4:40). However, we cannot determine those who are excused and those who are not, and one should undertake his personal search for the right religion. Allah Almighty knows the circumstances and the intentions of His slaves. We, as humans, are only aware of the apparent behavior of people. The verse that you were referring to, that talks about the believers in previous religions, is interpreted in many religious texts to be referring to the believers of those religions before the emergence of Islam. This interpretation of the verse is consistent with the teachings of the rest of the Quran, like when Almighty Allah said: “And whoso seeks as religion other than Islam it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the Hereafter” (3:85). The interpretation that you have chosen is inconsistent with the message of the rest of the Quran.

If I am sitting in a place in a cafe and a person is sitting with me with wine or beer, should I go away from that particular place because he has an alcoholic drink?

You should not use same dining table with a person drinking alcohol. If you and that person are dining separately – e.g. you are both using separate trays – but using the same table, or happening to be in the same place, then it is not obligatory to avoid the table.

If a najasah comes into contact with under-kurr water, will it become najis even if the amount of najasah, is very little, like a drop of urine?

If the water is less than kurr, it becomes najis when it simply comes into contact with the najasah, even if the najasah is very little that it does not cause any changes to the water.

What is the prohibition on eating fish [with scales] that is sold as frozen even though one is unaware that it is caught dead or alive?

If it is not known that the fish was caught alive, then it is prohibited to consume. Such knowledge could be obtained by learning about the method of fishing, as they generally catch fish alive from the water.