Al-Sayyid al-Hakeem Passes Away

Al-Sayyid al-Hakeem Passes Away

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Indeed, we belong to Allah, and to Him do we indeed return.

His Eminence, Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Muhammad Sa’eed al-Tabataba’i al-Hakeem, has passed away to and returned to his Lord, the Most High. We pay our condolences to the nation of Islam, especially to the followers of the Ahlulbait (Peace be upon them) and the Islamic seminaries (Hawzas).

 We pray to Allah Almighty to bestow upon him His extensive and abundant mercy and blessings, and to raise him with the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon him).

There is no power or strength, except that of Allah, the Most High, the Most Mighty.


The Office of His Eminence al-Sayyid al-Hakeem, 25 Muharram 1443 (3 September, 2021)

Day Questions

Is it permissible for a Shia lady to marry a Muslim non-Shia man?

It is prohibited for a Shia lady to marry a follower of a misguided sect if there is fear for the lady's faith arising from such a marriage. It is permissible but disliked if the mentioned fear does not exist. It is prohibited based on compulsory precaution for a Shia girl to marry a Nasibi, whether the fear for the woman’s religion exists or not.

Is the blood of an Imam or a Prophet (peace be upon them) najis?

It is not fruitful to discuss such issues that do not concern us. The Imam (peace be upon him) knows his duties best.

In Canada, it is very difficult to see the New Moon of Ramadan and Shawwal with the naked eye, so can we depend on scientific calculations?

If the new moon has been ascertained through the religiously valid way in any place in the Americas, then one should act upon it in all the regions of the Americas. If the sighting of the new moon has not been established, but there is certainty derived from scientific calculations that the new moon has reached the level where it is possible to be seen by the naked eye, then one should act upon that too. If there is no such certainty, then one should assume that the month is continuing until the completion of thirty days.

Is there any kaffarah for a lady to pull out her hair in grief and mourning?

It is prohibited for the woman to do so. The kaffarah for doing so is either giving ten needy people 900 grams of food each - staple food items such as dates, flour and rice - or clothing them; if neither of these are possible, then she should fast for three consecutive days.