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

What is the difference between the conventional divorce and the divorce of khula?

If the wife hates her husband in such a way that she does not fulfill her marital religious obligations with her husband or she threatens him in a serious way to stop fulfilling such duties, then it is permissible to divorce her by way of khula, by her paying him in exchange for him giving her the divorce. In this case, the husband cannot return to the marital relations during the waiting period (the iddah). In other cases, the divorce may not be by khula, like when they both agree to drop the husband’s financial obligations for the wife in exchange for him divorcing her. The divorce in this case is conventional, i.e. the man has the right to return to the marital relation during the waiting period.

I have converted to Islam 5 years ago, and I am interest in becoming a Shia. However, I have been battling in my heart if I should be Sunni or Shia, and I quire guidance from scholars to clear confusion. My question is about the videos I see of people beating themselves with whips and swords sometimes until they bleed. Is this practice from the Sharia of the Shia faith, or is this practice something innovated by a small group of people who are following their own desires instead of any real authority in al Islam. If it is from the Sharia and it is one of the beloved actions to Allah then would you kindly explain this act to me, as it confuses me.

Thank you for contacting us and we emphasize our interest in submitting what can be to serve the truth and reality. We want to draw your attention to an important issue in your journey to seek the truth and pick the right path which is that you should search for the evidences that each side claim to prove the correctness of its view. So you should search for what the Shia give as a proof to the obligation of following the Ahlulbayt after the death of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) and do not look for the details at the present stage. Once the arguments were proven to you and you choose to follow the Ahlulbayt, then you can look for explanations to their practices. If you are convinced, you can practice them, otherwise you can refuse to practice them. If you were to start searching for the explanations to the details of the practices then this might confuse you more. The thing that the Imams of the Ahlulbayt emphasized on is the mourning and expressing pain and passion because of the oppression that the Ahlulbayt were subjected to, and the tragedies and hardships they faced. The course of practice that believers choose to express the mentioned obligation is entirely personal. Some express their feelings towards Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and his companions and his household by crying, expressing their sadness and wearing black clothes. Others do so by slapping their chests. Some others self-flagellate to the extent of bleeding as a way to express their grief and sorrow, mourning for the Imam and his family and companions as they were killed and stabbed with spears, swards and arrows.