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

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

I just reverted to the Shi'a Islam. I would like to know the Islamic position of vegetarianism?

You can refuse to eat meat even if it is not recommended in some religious texts.

Do Mujtahids differ in the laws of the prayer? For example one tells us to pray this way and another tells us to pray another way?

It is natural to have different derivations as people differ in their understanding of a single text, whereas the Mujtahids deal with numerous texts, plus the fact that as time passes further away from the time of the texts, fallacies and probabilities increase. From this, the mission of a Mujtahid becomes harder and his responsibility becomes greater in protecting the religion in a correct way and to the greatest possible extent. The oppressors and the liars throughout the times have made obstacles for us in obtaining the truths from the Imams (peace be upon them) which made the mission of the Mujtahids more difficult. Therefore some variations are to be expected.

I am a Shia, and I have come across criticism about how the Shias commemorate the tragedy of Karbala and the ways of mourning for Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and his family and companions. How can we explain to them the reasoning and purpose behind this?

What the lovers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) do in the acts of mourning is expressing their grief and pain for what happened to Imam Hussein and his household on the day of Ashura. It is not something strange. It is, rather, an expression of the love and loyalty that Almighty Allah has ordered the Islamic nation to hold when He said: "Say (O , unto mankind): I ask of you no recompense for this, except love for the kinsfolk." (23:42). Sunnis and even non-Muslims participate in these commemorations since the loyalty to the Ahlulbait and loving them is not limited to the Shia.These commemorations are not a tradition but it is an implementation of the orders of the Imams of the Ahlulbait to their followers, when they ordered them to hold such commemorations. It is narrated that Imam Ja'afar al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) said: "Enliven our commemoration. May Allah have mercy on those who enliven our commemorations". There are many other such narrations.Yes, people and nations differ in their expressions of sadness, since the aim is to commemorate these tragic incidents, as means of sharing their grief and sorrow.

Recently I started to practice my religion and began to offer prayers. I know that I have missed many prayers and fasts. What should I do, taking into consideration that I am not sure when I reached the age of Sharia-defined adulthood and how many days I have missed?

You should make up your fasting and your prayers that you have missed after you reached the age of adulthood, which is recognized by the completion of fifteen lunar years, the discharge of semen or the presence of hard hair on the face or in the pubic area, whichever happens first.