His Eminence Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem meets a group of orphaned children of the martyrs of the Popular Mobilization Forces

His Eminence Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem meets a group of orphaned children of the martyrs of the Popular Mobilization Forces

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem, on 16 February 2020, received a group of youth from Baghdad, children of martyrs who died fighting in the Popular Mobilization Forces (Al-Hashd Al-Sha’bi) against Daesh.

His Eminence praised the clear and manifest courage of their fathers and their sacrifice for their religion, their homeland and the holy shrines. By the grace of Allah and through their sacrifice and spilling of their noble blood, they were victorious over the enemies.

His Eminence called them to follow the Holy Prophet and the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them all), and that their ethics and morals should by distinctly higher than others, and that they should adhere to the teachings of the Sharia.

His Eminence concluded by praying to the Most High and Mighty to provide support for them and to support those who serve and help the orphans, that their Ziyarah is accepted, and that they see the blessings of it in this life and the Hereafter. He finally requested that his greetings and best wishes be conveyed to their families.

Day Questions

According to Islamic law can the father of the girl that one wants to marry refuse to give his consent and blessing purely based on the fact that one was not born a Muslim or came from a different ethnic background to them?

It is obligatory on the father of the girl or her paternal grandfather to guard her welfare in accepting the marriage or refusing it. If the guardian in this case sees that the best interests of his daughter is not to marry this person, then he is permitted to refuse.

What are the beliefs of Shia? Do they differ from Sunnis’ beliefs?

The beliefs of Sunnis are not different than those of Shias with respect to the belief in the two testimonies. The difference is in the concept of Imamate – the leadership of the nation of Islam after the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) – where the followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) believe in the Imams from the Ahlulbait as the religious and the political leaders of the Muslim nation after the Prophet, as this is mentioned in a very clear and frank way in the tradition of Thaqalain. It is reported in the books of traditions of Shias and Sunnis that the Prophet said: “I leave among you the two weighty things, the book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you follow both of them, you will never be misguided".