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

If a patient is diagnosed as brain dead and expert medical opinion says that he is not going to get out of his coma, is it permissible to switch off the ventilator machine that he is using? Furthermore, if the treatment which is being offered to the patient is not helping him medically and he is considered incurable, is it allowed to stop his treatment and medications?

If the machines and the instruments are keeping the heart beating and the blood circulating, then it is permissible to disconnect them. If they are helping the heart in such a way that it would continue to beat when the machines are disconnected – although with difficulties and weakness – then it is not permissible to disconnect the machines. It is not obligatory to continue treating the patient in the first case and it is obligatory in the second case.

I have not fasted during the month of Ramadan for many years deliberately. Is there a way I can repent for this and be forgiven?

Fasting is among the obligatory pillars that Islam was built upon. Not performing it is amongst the big sins for which Almighty Allah has threatened to punish with hellfire. However, Almighty Allah has also opened the doors of mercy for his slaves when he said: "Say: O My slaves who have wronged their own selves! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgives all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful." (53:39). We ask Almighty Allah to forgive all believers and bless us all. However, alongside this, it is obligatory to make up for all the fasts missed, as well as undertaking the Kaffara and paying the Fidya, as explained in detailed in the treatise of Islamic laws.

Does ‘Yaum al warood’ that is mentioned in Ziyara mean the first day in the grave or the Day of Judgment?

It appears that the term ‘Yaum al-Warood’ refers to the Day of Judgment.