His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Basheer al-Najafi

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Basheer al-Najafi

During the Holy month of Ramadhan and its spiritual atmosphere, His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Basheer al-Najafi, on Thursday night the 4th of the holy month.

Day Questions

Can a woman have sexual intercourse after her menstrual bleeding stops but before she does ghusl?

Yes, she can, but as an obligatory precaution she should wash her vagina before doing so.

I have heard from Ahl Al-Sunnah that a Shia Marja stated the following: "Reconciliatory Taqiyyah. This type of Taqiyyah is done when a person intends to reconcile with the other side or when he intends to soften their hearts. This kind of Taqiyyah is permissible but not obligatory." They have related this belief to the verse: “When they [hypocrites] meet those who believe, they say: ‘We believe.’ But when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: ‘We are really with you, we (were) only jesting.’” (Quran, 2:14) I am having a hard time replying to this.

The connection made between reconciliatory Taqiyya – which is based on softening the hearts – and the mentioned verse is originated from intolerance against the Shias and ignorance of the reasons and justifications behind Taqiyyah. All Muslims are under the flag of Islam and softening their heart by the decrease of their differences is amongst the interests that has concerned the Shias and their Imams throughout history. The mentioned verse speaks of the hypocrites who do not believe in the Hereafter or in the foundations of the religion, and they claim to be Muslims in front of other Muslims. So how are those people considered to be attempting to unite the Muslims and decrease the level of differences between them? Those fanatics do not understand anything but intolerance and rejection of other sects and disregarding them, and do not care about the image of Islam or its high concerns. Today they are more harmful than the direct enemies of Islam as a result of their behaviors that originated from narrow-minded thinking and blind prejudice.

What qualification should be imam of congregational and Friday prayers have? Is it necessary that he had studied in the Seminaries of Qum or Najaf?

It is necessary in the imam of the congregational prayers to fulfill certain conditions, such as being adil – i.e. to be adhering to the religions laws – and he should be able to recite correctly, and be aware of the religions laws on what is permissible and prohibited. It is not necessary for the imam of the congregational prayer to have been a student of the seminary of Qum or Najaf or any other seminary.

I have just reached age of 30 years, and I still have not found a wife, and I feel that marriage is obligatory on me because of the fear of sinning. I know a girl who is suitable, who prays and is modest in her actions in general, but she does not wear a hijab. Should I ask her to marry me, or should I prioritize waiting for a hijabi wife?

It is permissible to marry a non-hijabi girl if she a Muslim. It is better to choose a believer that fulfils all her religious obligations as she will be the mother of your children in the future and children will be affect by the behavior of their mother. At the meantime, you could increase your efforts in finding the suitable wife and maybe decrease other requirements in the wife will help you find one.