His Eminence Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem meets with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

His Eminence Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem meets with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem, on 15 February 2020, received representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN in Iraq, Dr. Salah Al-Haaj Hasan and his team.

Dr. Salah Al-Haaj Hasan presented a report on the projects undertaken by FAO, consisting of ways in which agriculture can be improved in rural and semi-urban areas in Iraq, in order to ensure food provision for Iraq and a decent life for farmers.

Day Questions

Does the religion obligate the wife to approach her husband for sex?

It is obligatory on the wife to permit for her husband all sexual activities with her when he asks her for it, except anal sex as she is permitted to refuse it. It is also obligatory on her to prepare herself for that, by applying beautifying agents and perfumes that are provided by the husband to her. She is not required to be prepared for him all the time, but only when he asks her.

Why did the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) marry Aisha? Was there any specific purpose behind it? I am asking this question because the non-Muslims get a chance of making accusations against the Prophet.

The Prophet’s (peace be upon him and his progeny) marriage to Aisha is looked at by the enemies of Islam as a negative episode in the Prophet’s life, using the current cultural view about the age of the wife. This cultural view about the success of the marriage and personal life of the wife when she marries at a later age is a result of our modern time and its complications, and did not exist during that time nor did it exist during later eras. Anyhow, a researcher will see that history did not reflect that she was forced into the marriage. All this shows that what the enemies of Islam present as a negative side in the personality of the Prophet is not based on a realistic foundation. It is, rather, using an old incident that took place during totally different social circumstances and judging it based on a modern view of marriage.

What is our obligation while the absence of Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his appearance)?

The narrations of the Ahlulbait stressed the believers on praying to hasten the relief of the Imam (peace be upon him). Every devotee is expected to be a good example for others in his actions and behaviors to give a good impression about Islam and Shiaism. It was reported that the Imams said: “Call for us (our path) by your (good) deeds”.

I did not fast for the whole of the month of Ramadan and I knew that it was a sin. Also, I have broken many fasts over the previous years, but I don't know how many. If I need to make up for all the fasts, how do I do so if I do not know how many I have missed? And is there anything else I am also obligated to do, such as giving charity?

It is obligatory upon you to make up for the days that you have failed to fast from this year and past years. If you did not know the number of days that you deliberately missed, you can consider it to be the lowest number of days that you are sure of. You should make up for the days that you have missed this last Ramadan before the next Ramadan. You do not have to make up for the rest of the days from previous Ramadans before the next Ramadan; however, you should not delay making up for them in such a way you are considered to be ignoring and negligent of the religious obligation. It is also obligatory to undertake the Kaffara for the deliberately missed fasts, and to pay the Fidya of 27 kg of food for every missed month, as explained in more detail in the treatise of Islamic laws.