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

Some people in our society have a faith that Imam Ali (Peace be upon him) is superior to Prophet Muhammad (Peace upon him and his holy progeny). What is the truth?

This is a big fabrication and cannot be accepted. There is no doubt in the narrations of the Ahlulbait that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) is better than all mankind and the superiority of the Ahlulbait over mankind is based on their relation to him and being the closest ever to him in their action and faith. It is enough to refer to this narration that Al-Kulayni reported to clear this fallacy: “A man asked Imam Ali (peace be upon him): Since when has your Lord existed? Imam replied: "When was He ever absent so one could ask: since when did He exist?". The man then asked the Imam: “O Commander of the Believers, are you a prophet?” Imam replied by saying: "Woe to you, I am only one of Mohammad’s slaves."

Is it permissible to recite the names of the infallibles (peace be upon them) just after the prayers?

Yes, it is recommended to offer the Salam on every one of them (peace be upon them) after the prayers.

My sister’s marriage took place with a man who suffers from acute schizophrenia, but his family never told us about his illness. This is a mental disease that is incurable. After coming to know about his mental condition my sister left him. The marriage was never consummated, and they have been living separately for one-and-a-half years. What options does she have to get out of this situation?

If the mentioned person is ill in such a way that he loses his mind and he is considered to be insane, by acting in a way that sane people do not act, even for a limited period of time, then the wife has the right to annul the marriage. Otherwise, the marriage can only be ended through the husband divorcing the wife. However, if the wife is willing to live with him and undertake her religious obligations to him and the husband is not willing to maintain her and provide for her, then the religious authority, the marja, can divorce the wife in this particular case if the husband refuses to divorce her.