His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Hakeem, Speaks of the Life of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him)

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Hakeem, Speaks of the Life of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him)

His Eminence, Grand Ayat0llah Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakeem, spoke to a group of students of Islamic sciences on a few aspects of the life of Imam Ali (peace be upon him), and about the hardships and tribulations he and his Shi’ahs faced, because of their steadfastness on their principles that originated from the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny).

He spoke about Hadith al-Thaqlayn, in which the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: “I indeed leave behind amongst you two weighty things: the Holy Book, and my progeny, the Ahlulbait; as long as you hold on to both, you will never go astray.”

He spoke of the fortitude of the Shi’ahs, the followers of Amir al-Momineen (Peace be upon him) in staying upon the Truth, despite the pressures and injustices they faced. There came a point when their enemies thought they could finally eradicate true Islam, the Islam that was founded upon the divinely-ordained authority of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). However, their strength made them a well-known respected nation.

His Eminence spoke of other critical moments that the Shi’ahs have faced, such as the recent Baathist regime. This despotic regime turned its attention to the Seminary of Najaf and began expelling foreign students and scholars. Then it began arresting and assassinating the Iraqi students and scholars, until this city became almost empty of students and scholars, except a few who insisted on continuing their duties. The religious seminary suffered greatly and lost many great scholars. The 90s passed with its hardships, but with the fall of the regime the Seminary of Najaf has returned to its former state to play its role in the study, teaching and research of Islamic sciences, the propagation of the path of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and in leading the Shi’ahs.

His Eminence concluded by praying to the Almighty to help and support the students of the Seminary to pursue their studies with sincerity to Him, and in fulfilling their responsibilities in a manner that pleases God, and that they are in their guidance of the Imam (may God hasten his reappearance), and that they see the rewards of their work in this life and the Hereafter.

Day Questions

Can the Sun make permanent fixtures inside a house tahir through glass windows?

As an obligatory precaution, the sun can not make anything tahir through glass and the like.

If I was married to a woman in a permanent marriage and we have divorced, is the mother of my ex-wife still a Mahram to me? And does the ruling differ in case of temporary marriage?

If a man conducts a marriage contract with a woman, it is permanently prohibited to marry her mother. This ruling does not differ between temporary and permanent marriage.

My baby’s diaper starts leaking in the house and I am sure that one wet spot in the house is urine, but I am not sure whether most of the other wet spots in the house are urine. There is a trail of wetness where he was running but I do not know if it is urine or something else. What should I do? Can I use bleach or chemical cleaning products or a mop?

The suggested way does not return the taharah of the place. Taharah is done with the use of water. After the removal of the najasah and if under-Kurr water is being used, the najis place should be washed twice, with the removal of the water after each time. This can be done by a piece of cloth or a mop or the like to soak it up. The collected water is najis so one should make sure that najasah does not spread because of it. A bucket or a large utensil can be used near the najis place to put the cloth with the najis collected water. If running water is used, it is enough to wash the place once with or after the removal of any traces of najasah. To be sure that the whole place is Tahir, all parts which are suspected to be najis must be made tahir.

Can there be a divorce in temporary marriage?

There is no divorce in temporary marriage. The husband can waive the remaining period of the contract. If he did, then she is no longer his wife.