The Department for Youth and Universities in the Office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim organized a forum on the importance of the age of youth for the first batch of Iraqi university students and educational institutions.

The Department for Youth and Universities in the Office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim organized a forum on the importance of the age of youth for the first batch of Iraqi university students and educational institutions.
2018/06/25

The Department for Youth and Universities, under the Office of the His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakim, organized a forum for the first batch of Iraqi university students and educational institutions, which took place at Madrasah Ayatollah Sayyid Mohsin al-Hakim in the holy city of Najaf, during a summer holiday course. In this forum, the scholar Sayyid Tu’mah al-Jabiri gave a lecture entitled, ‘The Importance of the Age of Youth’.
The Sayyid began his talk by welcoming those attending and praised their participation in such an event in the vicinity of the grave of Imam Ali (peace be upon him). He spoke of the virtues of being on such sacred grounds, and of the need to capitalize on this time near the Imam (peace be upon him), and to feel the spiritual change within us.
He emphasized the importance of the age of youth in the life of a human, as that time in the life of a person which will define the success during his life journey, or lack thereof. During this important part of one’s life, it is necessary to have cognizance and education. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said, “You, the youth of the community, will soon be the elders of the community.” They have this responsibility and they are the future leaders of Iraq.

Day Questions

If one uses toilet paper to remove the urine or stool from the urinary organ or the anus, such that none remains upon wiping it, is this sufficient, or must they still be purified with water afterwards?

The organ of urination can only be purified with water. Toilet papers can be used to make it anus tahir by wiping it with three papers. Based on an obligatory precaution one must use paper thrice even if the najasah is removed before that. If the excrement has spread around the anus more than what is usual, water must be used to make the area tahir.

Is there any punishment (Hudd) mentioned in the holy Quran for Homosexuality?

There is punishment mentioned in the Holy Quran with regards to the homosexuality. However, it is mentioned in the Sunnah – narrations of the prophet and the imams of the Ahlulbait.

Does masturbation during the month of Ramadan void the fast, if it does not end with ejaculation?

If he intended to break the fast by such an act, his fasting is invalidated, whether or not ejaculation took place. He would then have to make it up later as qadha as well as pay the kaffarah. If he did not intend to break the fast, his fasting is not void. In any case, it is prohibited for the individual to masturbate even if it does not end with ejaculation. If one does so, he is required to seek the forgiveness from Allah Almighty and repent to Him.

If some body made a promise to Allah, (S.W.T) that he would do an obligatory act on that particular day, but due to some laziness he could not do so, then he sets a particular day that he will do the obligatory act on that day, So will the promise be fulfilled without any penalty if he does on that day rather than the day he mentioned at first? And one more thing, if some one broke his promise to Allah Almighty, then does asking for forgiveness be ok alone?

If the promise with almighty Allah was in the form of a vow - “Nethr”, then when revoked, a “keffara” should be paid. It is freeing a slave, feeding ten needy people or providing clothes for them. If the person is not able to do any of the mentioned, then he/she must fast three consecutive days. Feeding is by giving 9 kilograms of food. Based on compulsory precaution, it should be wheat, whether it is ground to be flour, or baked to be bread. It is not sufficient to pay the equal value of the said items. Provided clothes must be full in such a way that they can be worn in front of people. If the revoke to the promise was in the form of a covenant “Ahed”, then the keffara is freeing a slave, fasting two consecutive months or feeding sixty needy people. Feeding is by giving each one of them 900 grams of wheat, rice or similar kinds of food.

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