His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem clarifies to the EU and Belgian Ambassadors the stance of Marji’iyya in educating the people on their genuine Islamic identity as taught by the Holy Prophet and the Holy Imams (peace be upon the

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem clarifies to the EU and Belgian Ambassadors the stance of Marji’iyya in educating the people on their genuine Islamic identity as taught by the Holy Prophet and the Holy Imams (peace be upon the
2019/05/04

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received the Ambassador of the EU in Iraq, Ramon Blecua, and the Ambassador of Belgium in Iraq, Hendrik Van de Velde, on 9 April 2019.

His Eminence explained to the EU and Belgian Ambassadors in Iraq the role of Marji’iyya in propagating and delivering the true and genuine Islamic culture, which was taught by the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny), and then his Holy Progeny (peace be upon them) after his passing away. They themselves applied it and taught their followers to apply it, through their continuous call towards tolerance, moderateness, peaceful discussions, based on respect for others whatever their creed or ethnicity.

He also expressed the importance of openness between nations, so that they can coordinate and cooperate in matters of common interest, and to make this distant from harshness and compulsion, and based on rationality. Such discussions and meetings should be a cause for correction in the manners of politics and authoritative behaviour. It is the lack of rationality that leads to such authoritative governance.

The EU and Belgian Ambassadors expressed their appreciation of the Marji’iyya’s stance, and its efforts in defeating ISIS, and its strong and resilient role in stabilising the region and the world.

Day Questions

For those that have a Sayyida mother, but whose father is not a Sayyid, are they permitted to collect Zakat ul-Fitra?

They are not considered as Hashemite, so they are permitted to collect Zakat ul-Fitra from non-Hashemites. The Zakat of non-Hashemites cannot be given to a needy Hashemite.

If a woman considers that offering prayers with hands closed on the breast is obligatory or recommended, then is her prayer valid?

If the woman did this while not being aware of its being wrong, then this does not affect the validity of her prayers. If she was aware that it is not legislated and insisted on doing this then the prayer is invalid.

Is it permissible to eat a steak that isn't well done, but is medium cooked?

It is permissible to do so, but it is disliked to eat uncooked meat.

I cannot understand the fundamental difference when purchasing something between paying in installments and paying on credit with interest. When I purchase any items in installments, I pay a higher amount than the normal price, and this is termed as interest. When I pay on credit, I pay later with interest. So what is the difference?

The difference is that paying in installments is a purchase made for a specific agreed-upon price, albeit higher, over a set period; whereas buying on credit is a purchase of something for a fixed price, made through an interest-based loan, and as long as the loan is not fully repaid the interest will apply above the agreed-upon price. Therefore, paying in installments does not involve Riba as defined by the Sharia and is permissible, and paying on credit does involve Riba and is prohibited.