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

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.

استقبال طلبات التسجيل في الدورة الصيفية الحادية عشر للشباب المغترب

Day Questions

I had done Istikhara for a particular matter and I acted according to it then. However, after some time had passed the same issue arose again. If I act differently, will I be going against the Istikhara?

The original Istikhara was done according to the current circumstances then. The passage of time leads to different circumstances, so acting differently this time will not be considered going against the original Istikhara.

Nowadays, dogs are used in rescue services, to assist in searches and for security purposes. Can one purchase a dog for these purposes?

It is permissible to buy and sell hunting dogs. It is not permissible to purchase other kinds of dogs. However, one can pay money in exchange of the owner letting go of his right over the dog.

What are your views about the book al-Irshad?

It is one of the important sources that researchers refer to in order to learn about the biography of the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them all).

I just reverted to the shi’a Islam. I would like to know the Islamic position of vegetarianism?

You can refuse to eat meat even if it is not recommended in some religious texts.