Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem Praises the Sacrifices of the Female Freed Prisoners of the Shia Turkmen and Shabak, and Recommends Everyone to be Proud of them, honor them and Sympathize with them

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem Praises the Sacrifices of the Female Freed Prisoners of the Shia Turkmen and Shabak, and Recommends Everyone to be Proud of them, honor them and Sympathize with them
2019/08/17

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem praised the sacrifices of the oppressed female freed prisoners of the Shiite Turkmen and Shabak, who were subjected to a great injustice, by the Dash criminals, who invaded the sanctities, sacred places and souls. His Eminence recommended all, especially believers, tribal chiefs and others to be proud of them and respected them, and honored them.

This took place during the reception of His Eminence to the female prisoners of the Shia Turkmen and Shabak, Tuesday, the 16th of July, 2019 who were freed from the hands of Dash criminal gangs.

His eminence, advised them to at the highest level of psychological comfort and since the oppressed should not consider injustice to be a disgrace to him. His eminence was pointing to the words of Imam Ali (peace be upon him): “a believer is not belittled when being oppressed.

At the end of the reception, His eminence asked the Almighty Allah to avenge them from their oppressors, and to compensate them with the best awards in this world and the hereafter.

Day Questions

Please explain to me the verses 1-11 from Surah 80 (Abasa) as many commentaries are contradicting about these verses.

What is known in the Sunni traditions is that these verses were referring to the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) and the description in the verse “frowned and turned away” refer to him, when Ibn Umm Maktoom approached him when he was talking to certain dignitaries of Quraish. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was hoping that they would accept the religion of Islam. Ibn Umm Maktoom was blind and came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) seeking for guidance and knowledge with insistence when the latter was busy talking to those people. The Prophet allegedly did not like this and turned away from the blind man frowning. The verses were revealed to rebuke the Prophet for his behavior. This is the common version of the Sunni sect. However, the mentioned incident was not narrated – according to this interpretation – by a person who were present at its time. It was narrated by Aisha who was a child at the time of the revelation or was not born (based on the difference in her birth year). It was also narrated by Anas and Aslam, and both of them are from the tribes of Ansar in Medina, whereas the verses were revealed in Mecca. In addition to this, there are also issues with the authenticity of the chain of narrators of this interpretation. Some Sunni scholar did not agree with this interpretation of the verses. Ibn Hajar stated that Dawardi said that the one who “frowned” was a non-believer. Tirmidhi described this narration as “Odd”. These are clues that this version of the story does not corresponds to what is known to all Muslims about the high level of morality of the Messenger of Allah, and his patience and tolerance. Shia scholars – to the contrary – unanimously agree that the one who ‘frowned and turned’ was not the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) as this does not correspond to his ethical behavior. A narration from the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) stated that Ibn Umm Maktoom came to the Prophet when he was sitting with his companions, one of them embraced Islam in Mecca and was wealthy and from the tribe of Bani Umayya. The Messenger of Allah welcomed Ibn Umm Maktoom and favored him over the rich man; the latter frowned in the face of the blind man. The verses were revealed to rebuke this act by stating: “As for him who is wealthy unto him thou payest regard. Yet it is not thy concern if he grow not (in grace). But as for him who cometh unto thee with earnest purpose and hath fear, from him thou art distracted.”

There is a tournament online using a games console where the winner wins a money prize. Is this gambling?

If the participant pays the money and remains as its owner and the monies are accumulated with a condition that some of it or all of it is to be given to the winner in the draw, then this is gambling and it is prohibited to participate in it.

Is it true that eating cheese without nuts is undesirable (makruh)?

It is has been reported that eating cheese with walnut is recommended.