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

Is the Friday Prayer obligatory or recommended, and what is the ruling on performing the Dhuhr prayer after the Friday prayer?

It is permissible to perform the Dhuhr prayer on Fridays, and it is also permissible to perform the Friday prayer provided that the conditions of the Friday prayer are fulfilled. Performing both the Friday prayer and the Dhuhr prayer is also permissible as a precautionary measure.

Some people believe that Imam Ali (peace be upon him) divides and delivers livelihood. Is such a belief permissible in our faith?

There is no doubt that the presence of the Imam (peace be upon him) has its blessings and great effects on the welfare of mankind other than his role as the guide of people. Many narrations indicate such existence of blessings, like what is reported in some phrases of the Ziyarat al-Jami’ah.

If the tradition that Paradise is under the feet of mothers is authentic, how can it be understood? Does it mean that the mother of a child has more rights to her child than the father, for example?

The mentioned tradition does not mean that the mother has more rights over the child than the father. Some narrations indicate that being good to the mother is more emphasized than being good to the father.