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

I am a Shia Muslim girl living in Europe and I am interested in a Christian co-worker. Can I engage in temporary marriage with him, even if it is without consummation?

It is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man, even in temporary marriage. You can present Islam to him and if he accepts it and becomes a Muslim by reciting the two testimonies, you can then marry him. Otherwise, it is absolutely impermissible to marry him.

In the month of Ramadan there are days which are longer than 18 hours in some countries. I heard that there are different views, one of them being that you can shorten your fast according to Mecca when the days are longer than 18 hours. What is your point of view when we have to fast for such a long period and it has a negative effect on health?

It is obligatory to fast from dawn to sunset according to the person’s location. Mecca – or any other city - is not a criterion for him. If the fast causes illness then it is not obligatory. It is permissible to travel the Sharia-prescribed distance to be regarded as a traveler, so one can break his fast and make it up later when fasting is easier.