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)
2019/06/01

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

I want to know if I have been divorced. The first time, my husband had a big argument with me and on a text message he wrote “divorced”, after which he expressed that he did not mean it. Also, I was in my menstrual periods at the time. The second time, the texted be the same, and I was in my postpartum bleeding. The third time, he said it in person out of severe anger where he just lost control. I also in my menstrual period at the time. Am I divorced?

I want to know if I have been divorced. The first time, my husband had a big argument with me and on a text message he wrote “divorced”, after which he expressed that he did not mean it. Also, I was in my menstrual periods at the time. The second time, the texted be the same, and I was in my postpartum bleeding. The third time, he said it in person out of severe anger where he just lost control. I also in my menstrual period at the time. Am I divorced? A: There are certain conditions for the validity of the divorce. If any of them is not met, the divorce does not take place. One of them is verbally stating the word of divorce. A written form or texted form will not suffice. Another condition is the presence of two ‘adil’ witnesses during the verbal pronunciation of the divorce. A further condition is that the women is not in her menstrual period. There are further conditions as well. So based on what you mentioned in your question, you are not divorced.

I would like to ask what is the procedure of changing one’s marja of taqleed?

You can change your marja by starting to refer to the edicts of the new marja and acting upon them. However, the change is permissible only if it is based on religious evidence, for example, when it is proven to you that the new marja is more knowledgeable than the current one.

Is forex trading allowed?

It is permissible to buy and sell foreign currencies.

What is our position in respect to the slaughtering of the animal on Eid-ul-Adha? Is it obligatory?

It is recommended to undertake the sacrifice of Eid-ul-Adha in the Islamic faith as it is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).