Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem meets with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Shaykh Hasan al-Rouhani.

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem meets with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Shaykh Hasan al-Rouhani.

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem, received the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Shaykh Hasan al-Rouhani and his aides, on Wednesday 13th March 2019. President Rouhani presented a summary of his talks with the Iraqi government in Baghdad.

His Eminence Sayyid al-Hakeem emphasized the importance of the realistic view of the officials to the circumstances which the country is going through and its effect on people. They should perceive the pains and hardships that the people are experiencing, especially in difficult times. This will lead to the people cooperating with and appreciating those in positions of power, and to receiving trust, and this will enable the people to be patient in such times of difficulties.

His Eminence also emphasized the importance of those in power to resolve the issues and disagreements with wisdom and broad-mindedness, to remove those tensions. President Rouhani expressed his thanks to His Eminence for hosting him.

Day Questions

What are your views regarding the story of burning the door of Fatima Al- Zahra (peace be upon her)?

There is no doubt that the attack against the house of Fatima Al-Zahra (peace be upon her) took place in order to force Imam Ali (peace be upon him) to pay allegiance. The Sunni and Shia books of history have recorded this, like Tareekh Al-Tabari (v.2, p.619). This indicates that in order to strengthen their power they were prepared to violate the sanctity of the most noble respected house in Islam, where the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) himself used to seek permission before entering it. The details of the attack are mentioned in various books of Sunnis and Shias.

Is contemplating sin a sin?

Contemplation of a sin is not a sin. Yes, the individual deserves godly punishment when he starts the actual act of the sin practically.

I own a store where lottery tickets are sold, and I receive a certain profit on each ticket sold. Is this permissible for me?

The transaction of the commonly-known lottery tickets is based on purchasing a paper ticket confirming certain numbers he has chosen, and as a result he is entered into a lottery draw. If the chosen numbers match the numbers randomly drawn, they win the prize. Such a transaction is permissible, and selling the tickets of such a lottery is permissible.