His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Japanese Ambassador to Iraq and Clarifies the Importance of Entrenching the Correct Religious Understandings in Societies.

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Japanese Ambassador to Iraq and Clarifies the Importance of Entrenching the Correct Religious Understandings in Societies.

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received Mr. Naufumi Hashimoto, the new Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

His Eminence clarified to the guest the importance of entrenching the correct religious understandings in societies, in order to safeguard the society from the destruction lofty moral codes.

His Eminence explained the role of Marji'iyya and the Hawza (Islamic Seminary) in having the correct religious, humanitarian and ethical understandings firmly rooted amongst people, in order for them to preserve their identity. Thus society can keep to the great values of Islam which come from the instructions of God Almighty in the Holy Quran and the lives of the Holy Infallibles (peace be upon them). Through attaching oneself to such values, one will be able to defend himself, his land and those things which he deems sanctified, without the need of having such weaponry that the enemies may have, in terms of preparedness and quantity. He reverts to his origin in his religion, his creed and his noble values.

Were it not for all this, people of Iraq would not have been able to defeat the great challenges that they faced of recent times.

His Eminence also mentioned the necessity and importance of communication between different human communities.

The guest expressed his utmost happiness in having this opportunity to meet him, and appreciated the positive role of Marji'iyya in serving society.

Day Questions

A father died, leaving behind his two daughters and a son as inheritors. One daughter told her brother that she will not want her share. After several years, the daughter demands her share from her brother. Does she have the right to it now?

If she gave her share to her brother and he received it, then she cannot claim the given share back for herself. If she did not give it to him but only promised him that she will give him her share, then she is allowed to change her mind; the same ruling applies if she gave her share to him but he did not receive it.

I was following a Mujtahid who I believed to be worthy of being a Marja, but I later realized after some research that and he was not the most knowledgeable and his ijtihad was questionable. A trusted person told me that a particular Marja was amongst the most knowledgeable Mujtahids, and I began following him although I was not certain that He was the most knowledgeable. Is my taqleed valid?

If it has been proven to you via religious evidence that there are Marjas who are more knowledgeable than the Marja that you used to follow, you should refrain from following the latter and search for the most knowledgeable amongst those Marjas. If you could determine him by religious evidence then you should emulate him. If you could not, you must choose the most pious amongst them and if the said is not possible too, you can choose one of them and emulate him.

If a couple in the West are not officially married and they have a child and they get married after a year, can their child lead prayers since they were together but just not officially?

If the parents were non-Muslims at the time of conceiving the child, and if the relationship between them was legitimately recognized by their religion, then the child is considered to be from a legitimate birth and can lead the prayers.If the relationship was not religiously recognized in their religion, then he cannot lead the prayers even after embracing Islam.If the parents were Muslims at the time of conceiving the child and the relationship was governed by a religiously-accepted marriage contract - even if it is verbal and not recognized by the state - then the child is recognized as their legitimate child and therefore he can lead the prayers.If there was no such religious contract, then the child is not from a legitimate birth and then cannot lead the prayers.