Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem receives the French Foreign Minister and his team in his office in al-Najaf al-Ashraf

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem receives the French Foreign Minister and his team in his office in al-Najaf al-Ashraf
2019/01/15

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem received the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, with his team, on Tuesday 15 January 2019.

The Minister praised the stand that the Iraqi citizens have taken and the sacrifices they have made against the terrorists Daesh that targeted Iraq and other nations including France. He also expressed his appreciation of the role of the Shiite religious leadership – the Marji’yya – in al-Najaf al-Ashraf in spreading the culture of moderation and co-existence amongst the various groups that exist in Iraq.

His Eminence explained that the stance of the Marji’iyya has come from the school of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) which is based on logic, wisdom, moderation, and this school represents the true teachings of Islam which the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) came to deliver.

His Eminence presented various examples of the stance of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) in solving the problems of extremism and terrorism.

Day Questions

When I wipe my head in wudhu, I make a parting in my hair in order for the scalp to be wiped with the wetness of the wudhu. Do I need to do this?

It is not necessary to wipe in this way. It is sufficient to wipe over the hair of the front of the head and it is not obligatory for the dampness of the wudhu to reach the scalp.

If a man and a woman are praying in the same room, how far apart they must be from each other.

It is permissible for the man and woman to pray next to each other, although it is disliked. Such dislike can be avoided when the position of the man is ahead of the woman, in such a way that when she prostrates her forehead would be adjacent to his knees. It is better that the man's position is ahead of that of the woman's by a distance of a step.

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