His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem calls the Students of the Seminary towards Mastering Knowledge through Insight and Deliberation, and to Abstain from Hastening to Making Judgements far from the Standards and Principles of Quran and the Infall

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem calls the Students of the Seminary towards Mastering Knowledge through Insight and Deliberation, and to Abstain from Hastening to Making Judgements far from the Standards and Principles of Quran and the Infall

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem called the students of the Seminary towards mastering knowledge through insight and deliberation, and to abstain from hastening to making judgements that could be far from the standards and principles set by the Quran and taught by the Infallibles (peace be upon them) for all the Muslims. He said this to the students of Al-Mustafa University of the holy city of Qum, Iran, of various nationalities.
He also advised them to bear the trials and many difficult circumstances that they face in studying and will face in preaching. They will face those people in their homelands who might not have understanding or they might implement no teaching of religion. Therefore, it is necessary to be fortified in being accurate and precise in the jurisprudential sciences and the religious edicts, far from confusion. One should takes these teachings with solid proof, and from their original and pristine sources, with wisdom and accuracy, so that they may be presented to others in a convincing and calm way.
His Eminence concluded his talk by praying to the Almighty that He accepts their Ziyarah and that He supports them in their missions in bearing the enormous responsibility of spreading the word of Islam.

Day Questions

Many Muslims offer the “Taraweeh” prayer in Ramadan. What is the religious position of such prayer?

This prayer was not offered by the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) and was invented after his death. It is not legislated by the Sharia.

If the Dhuhr (noon) time has come, and after some time a woman starts her menstrual period before she started performing the prayer, is she still liable to offer the prayer?

If the woman starts the menstruation after the end of the preferred time of the prayer, she should make up this missed prayer after the end of the menstrual period as Qadha. In fact, as an obligatory precaution, she should still make up the missed prayer if sufficient time had passed for her to offer the prayer before the start of her period.

A man contracted temporary marriage. His wife became pregnant. During this period, he contracted permanent marriage with the same woman. Is this permanent marriage valid?

As long as the marriage duration has not ended, permanent marriage is not valid. She is still his wife by the temporary marriage. If this marriage expires or he ends it by forgoing the rest of the duration, then they can conduct a permanent marriage with the fulfillment of the rest of the conditions.

I have converted to Islam 5 years ago, and I am interest in becoming a Shia. However, I have been battling in my heart if I should be Sunni or Shia, and I quire guidance from scholars to clear confusion. My question is about the videos I see of people beating themselves with whips and swords sometimes until they bleed. Is this practice from the Sharia of the Shia faith, or is this practice something innovated by a small group of people who are following their own desires instead of any real authority in al Islam. If it is from the Sharia and it is one of the beloved actions to Allah then would you kindly explain this act to me, as it confuses me.

Thank you for contacting us and we emphasize our interest in submitting what can be to serve the truth and reality. We want to draw your attention to an important issue in your journey to seek the truth and pick the right path which is that you should search for the evidences that each side claim to prove the correctness of its view. So you should search for what the Shia give as a proof to the obligation of following the Ahlulbayt after the death of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) and do not look for the details at the present stage. Once the arguments were proven to you and you choose to follow the Ahlulbayt, then you can look for explanations to their practices. If you are convinced, you can practice them, otherwise you can refuse to practice them. If you were to start searching for the explanations to the details of the practices then this might confuse you more. The thing that the Imams of the Ahlulbayt emphasized on is the mourning and expressing pain and passion because of the oppression that the Ahlulbayt were subjected to, and the tragedies and hardships they faced. The course of practice that believers choose to express the mentioned obligation is entirely personal. Some express their feelings towards Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and his companions and his household by crying, expressing their sadness and wearing black clothes. Others do so by slapping their chests. Some others self-flagellate to the extent of bleeding as a way to express their grief and sorrow, mourning for the Imam and his family and companions as they were killed and stabbed with spears, swards and arrows.