His Eminence, Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem, receives the Romanian Ambassador in Iraq

His Eminence, Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem, receives the Romanian Ambassador in Iraq

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem received the Ambassador of Romania in Baghdad, Mr. Iacob Prada, with his aides.

His Eminence advised on the importance of communication between communities, distant from political and personal motives, in order to embed great human values with societies, and to enable cooperation.

His Eminence also spoke of the role of Marji'iyyah and its complete independence, and its relationship with different levels of society.

The respected guest, Mr. Prada, expressed his gratitude in being able to visit Najaf and meet his Eminence, and he praised the fatherly role of Marji'iyyah for the Iraqi people and beyond.

Day Questions

Could I know why playing chess is prohibited in Islam?

The Divine Legislator prohibits it even without betting. We are not aware of the real reasons for legislations and we should implement them even if we do not know its real reasons, as we should surrender to Almighty Allah's laws in all aspects.

Is it permissible to ascribe associates to the personality of God, His attributes, or the requirements of His attributes, with the intention of supplicating to the 14 Infallibles (Peace be upon them)?

Seeking intercession of the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) is not a kind of polytheism. It is one of the best forms of worship, since it includes presenting the request to Almighty Allah and submitting to His lordship, as all things are under His control: “His verily is all creation and commandment" (7:54). In this seeking of intercession, there is the submitting of the high positions of His close ones who He has chosen and this is one of the signs of faith. There are many proofs establishing the permissibility of such worship. One of them is when Almighty Allah said: "When they had wronged themselves, they had but come unto thee and asked forgiveness of Allah, and asked forgiveness of the messenger, they would have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful." (4:64).

If only half of the penis is inserted into the vagina, is this considered sexual intercourse?

The insertion of at least the penis glans into the vagina is considered to be sexual intercourse.

I am a married woman, is there any form of birth control that I am permitted to use in order to prevent pregnancy?

There are two scenarios, Firstly: if childbirth will cause bodily harm, it is permissible to disable the reproductive system even if this is permanent in order to alleviate the harm. Secondly: it is permissible to temporarily disable the reproductive system, even if childbirth does not cause any bodily harm. However, if this involves prohibited exposing or touching of the body then it is not permissible except if there is a conventional necessity that requires this.