His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Swedish Ambassador to the OIC and Calls the International Community to Block the Sources of Terrorism and Extremism

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Swedish Ambassador to the OIC and Calls the International Community to Block the Sources of Terrorism and Extremism
2019/04/27

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem received Mr. Joachim Bergstrom, the Swedish Ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on 27 April 2019.

During the meeting, His Eminence called the international community towards a serious attempt to blocking the sources of terrorism and extremism, in all its types and manners, and to eliminate this cancerous illness from its roots, and not to ignore it. It has created much misery and tragedy in different societies and is spreading its culture, as well as distorting the true image of Islam, which the Holy Quran and the Holy Infallibles (peace be upon them) deliver.

His Eminence indicated the importance of the international community giving due regard to noble ethical traits, which will lead to participating in forming good societies and families.

His Eminence also mentioned the role of Marji'iyya, which requires of its followers to follow the laws of the land, to be truthful, responsible, sincere and to abstain from creating hardships. The Marji'iyya emphasizes the peaceful coexistence and respect for others, whatever ethnicity or creed they may have.

Mr. Bergstrom thanked His Eminence, appreciated his warm welcome. He also expressed his appreciation of the role of Marji'iyya in bringing about peace and easing religious tension in the region.

Day Questions

I have heard that alcohol that is in perfumes and creams is not intoxicating; is this true? If so, does this mean that these perfumes and creams are not najis?

If the alcohol itself is intoxicating by nature then it is najis, even when it is mixed with other substances that makes the mixture non-consumable – due it being harmful or poisonous – or non-intoxicating. If the alcohol itself is not intoxicating by nature, then it is tahir.

For those that have a Sayyida mother, but whose father is not a Sayyid, are they permitted to collect Zakat ul-Fitra?

They are not considered as Hashemite, so they are permitted to collect Zakat ul-Fitra from non-Hashemites. The Zakat of non-Hashemites cannot be given to a needy Hashemite.

Can I follow a prayer imam if I do not know whether he is Adil?

The prayer behind a person whose Adalah is not established is void.

I have enough money for pilgrimage itself, but not enough to bear the expenses after Hajj, but my father will bear my expenses for some months. Is the pilgrimage therefore obligatory on me? Will it be regarded as Hijjat-ul-Islam?

If your father will bear your expenses after your return from pilgrimage, you must accept it if there is no obstacle in accepting it, and your pilgrimage would be considered as Hijjat-ul-Islam (i.e. the obligatory Hajj that one has to undertake once in a lifetime).