His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem received a group of reverts from Europe, amongst whom was French youth who declared himself a Muslim

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem received a group of reverts from Europe, amongst whom was French youth who declared himself a Muslim
2019/02/02

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohamed Saeed al-Hakeem received a group of reverts from Germany, France and Italy. Amongst them was a French youth who professed Islam and gave his Testimonies of Faith in the presence of His Eminence.

His Eminence advised the believers of the West to fortify themselves by abiding by the laws of Islam, and that they behave with the best of etiquettes, following in the footsteps of the Infallibles (peace be upon them), which they gave many sacrifices to preserve.

In the end of this meeting, His Eminence expressed his happiness on their guidance to the right path, and he called them to remain aloof from confusions and Satanic attacks, through further fortitude and faith, and he prayed to the Almighty to support them in their obedience to Him and that He accepts their pilgrimage, and that they see its blessings and bounties in this world and the Hereafter.

Day Questions

If a person lives very distant from the shrines of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and cannot reach there, is the recitation of Ziyara and salutation from afar equally virtuous and acceptable?

There are no narrated texts from the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that explain such an issue and clarify it. However, there is nothing wrong with reciting the Ziyara from far away with the hope that it is rewarded.

Is it permissible for the wife in a temporary marriage to end the marriage by forgoing the remaining time of marriage?

The time in the said marriage is the right of the husband and only he can forgo it. But it is permissible for the wife to make a condition in the contract that she acts on his behalf in this matter. She can then forgo the remaining time.

How can we understand the infinite long life of Imam Mahdi though we have a finite life? How can we perceive the 1200 years long life of the Imam, while he can live a further thousands of years?

Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) does not have an eternal life; rather, he is promised to live a long life. He will appear to people when the circumstances are right to establish justice on Earth. After that, the divine law of death will include him. Almighty Allah said:” Lo! You will die, and lo! They will die;” This long life is not common amongst most people, although it is proven to be for some of them, like prophet Noah (peace be upon him), who lived as a prophet before the flood for 950 years. In some narrations, Khidhr is also alive and he is older than Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). There is no cause for doubt about the Imam’s existence because of his long life, since the authenticated texts prove his presence and his Imamate.