His Eminence Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem advises students of foreign universities to do good deeds and present Islam in its true luminous nature

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem advises students of foreign universities to do good deeds and present Islam in its true luminous nature
2018/12/26

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem, advised university students from Western countries to do good and beneficial deeds, and to co-exist with others in those societies in the best of ways, truthfulness and steadfastness, showing the true light of Islamic teachings and beliefs; and they should continue to strive to serve their religion. He gave this message while hosting a group of guests consisting of students from American and British universities.

His Eminence called his guests to fulfil their responsibilities in serving their religion, their faith, their values and to remain steadfast on them, and not to allow these things to melt away in such environments. They should invest themselves into their communities while remaining strong on their faith and connected to God Almighty, and following path of the Holy Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them all).

To conclude the meeting, His Eminence, prayed for God Almighty to support them and give them strength and success, and he requested the guests to convey his advice and his greetings to the communities in which they live in.

Day Questions

Is it compulsory to grow a beard in Islam? Did any of our twelve Imams emphasize on growing a beard?

It is prohibited to shave the beard, and there are narrations from the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that state this.

There are various opinions amongst the Shia about some rituals of commemorating the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them) and mourning for them, and these differences become more apparent in the month of Muharram. What is your advice in this regard?

There is no doubt that we should commemorate the tragedy of Ashura and express our grief and sorrow over what happened to Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and his family and companions; and the Imams (peace be upon them) emphasized this in a well-known manner that is recorded in the books of narrations.However, differences have occurred in respect to some practices and rituals, and opinions have differed about them for some time.Our advice to all the believers is that they should refer in this issue to those Maraji who they follow and fulfill the conditions of Taqleed, and they should distance themselves from conflicting and quarrelling over it, as a believer may commit a sin as a result of such arguing. Rather, it is best at times to leave such quarrelling when there is no benefit in it. This may even cause harm and lead to animosity and hostility between believers.

What is the Kaffara (expiation) for drinking alcohol?

There is no special Kaffara prescribed for this act. One should repent and seek forgiveness.

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