His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem directs university students towards investing into the tragedy of Karbala, for the purpose of calling to the right path, towards salvation and accomplishment of this world and the Hereafter.

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem directs university students towards investing into the tragedy of Karbala, for the purpose of calling to the right path, towards salvation and accomplishment of this world and the Hereafter.
2018/12/05

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem directed the students of Iraqi universities towards investing into the sorrowful tragedy of Karbala and to gain from it in today’s era. The tragedy calls to the true path of salvation and achievement of this word and the Hereafter. He gave these words of guidance to a contingent of medical and engineering students from various parts of the country on 16th September 2018.
Similarly, he advised them to make use of the educational courses of beliefs and Sharia laws, so that one can form a strong foundation of reality and pass it on to others; one can thus avoid misguidance from the truth. One should try to fully comprehend the revolution of Imam Husain (peace be upon him) and his sacrifices, as he gave everything that he had for the cause of the religion and its sanctity, so that his mission and purpose can give fruit to a path to it, all in the interest of this religion and in the struggle against deviation and unveiling falsification.
In the end of this meeting, His Eminence prayed to the Most High and Powerful to accept their pilgrimage, (Zyarat) and their good deeds, and to support them to the path that pleases Him. Indeed He is the Al-Hearing and the Responder to supplications.

Day Questions

Shaikh Saduq in "Al-Ilal" narrated the sermon of Shiqshiqiya via a chain of narrators ending with Ibn Abbas. There is Ikrima in that chain. Was he an enemy of the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them)?

The mentioned sermon is famous and was narrated by different chains of narrators. Furthermore, if the one who narrates an incident or a narration that does not support some of his beliefs and even goes against him, then this is an indication that the narration is true. It is known that some of the content of this sermon does not correspond to the beliefs of the enemies of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them); therefore, the authenticity of the sermon is beyond doubt.

I have committed a lot of sins in my life. Those sins keep coming back to haunt me and I don't know what to do. I have been praying for Allah's forgiveness day and night. For many years now I haven't found peace of mind. Specifically, please tell me how should I know that my sins have been forgiven?

All sins can be forgiven by sincere repentance. Almighty Allah said: “Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgives all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful”. Yes, it is recommended to seek forgiveness whenever the committed sins are remembered but should not turn into psychological complication.

I am living in India. Is it sufficient hijab for me to wear a Manto (a form of a long coat) along with a Niqab (which covers the nose and mouth)?

It is prohibited for women to expose any part of her body, except her face and hands, in the presence of non-Mahrams. Any kind of clothing which provides such Hijab is sufficient. It is not obligatory to cover the face.

Is the act of emulation (taqleed) obligatory? If yes, then kindly give me a reference from the Quran?

Taqleed is an obligation based on intellect. Muslims are required to implement the laws of the Islamic religion, and they cannot be known in details and in a correct way except by referring to the people of expertise, who are the religious scholars and relying on them in their findings that they concluded by research and study. Evidence of this concept from the Holy Quran is when Almighty Allah said: “And the believers should not all go out to fight. Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may gain sound knowledge in religion, and that they may warn their folk when they return to them, so that they may beware.”(Qur'an, 122:9).