His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Hakeem, Speaks of the Life of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him)

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Hakeem, Speaks of the Life of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him)
2019/06/01

His Eminence, Grand Ayat0llah Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakeem, spoke to a group of students of Islamic sciences on a few aspects of the life of Imam Ali (peace be upon him), and about the hardships and tribulations he and his Shi’ahs faced, because of their steadfastness on their principles that originated from the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny).

He spoke about Hadith al-Thaqlayn, in which the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: “I indeed leave behind amongst you two weighty things: the Holy Book, and my progeny, the Ahlulbait; as long as you hold on to both, you will never go astray.”

He spoke of the fortitude of the Shi’ahs, the followers of Amir al-Momineen (Peace be upon him) in staying upon the Truth, despite the pressures and injustices they faced. There came a point when their enemies thought they could finally eradicate true Islam, the Islam that was founded upon the divinely-ordained authority of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). However, their strength made them a well-known respected nation.

His Eminence spoke of other critical moments that the Shi’ahs have faced, such as the recent Baathist regime. This despotic regime turned its attention to the Seminary of Najaf and began expelling foreign students and scholars. Then it began arresting and assassinating the Iraqi students and scholars, until this city became almost empty of students and scholars, except a few who insisted on continuing their duties. The religious seminary suffered greatly and lost many great scholars. The 90s passed with its hardships, but with the fall of the regime the Seminary of Najaf has returned to its former state to play its role in the study, teaching and research of Islamic sciences, the propagation of the path of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and in leading the Shi’ahs.

His Eminence concluded by praying to the Almighty to help and support the students of the Seminary to pursue their studies with sincerity to Him, and in fulfilling their responsibilities in a manner that pleases God, and that they are in their guidance of the Imam (may God hasten his reappearance), and that they see the rewards of their work in this life and the Hereafter.

Day Questions

I suspect that magic or sorcery has been cast on me. I started getting angry about two months ago and always feel agitated. I also noticed signs in the genitalia area along with obsessive desire which I ignored at first. Please could you check if my suspicion is right, and if so what I should do?

We advise you to refrain from such thoughts. It is known that "Ayat-ul-Kursi" (verse 2:255) is useful to defeat the effects of magic and demons. You should recite it constantly and ignore these illusions and not think about them.

Is it forbidden to work on Friday after hearing the Adhan at noon?

Work is not prohibited after the Adhan on Fridays, since one has the choice at that time between offering Friday prayer or Dhuhr prayer, and the obligation is in between these two choices.

Is it possible to use mouthwash that contains alcohol?

It is permissible to use the mouthwash even if it contains alcohol. If the alcohol in it is such that causes intoxication, then one should not swallow the mouthwash that contains such alcohol.

There are two traditions that I have come across, and I would like to know which books they can be found in, and which of the Sunni books have reported them: 1. Innal Husayn Misbahul Huda wa Safinatun Najaa 2. Al-Husayn Minniy wa Ana Minal Husayn.

The first narration is narrated in the book al-Maqtal authored by Al-Turayhi who narrated it from Ubay bin Kaab. The content of the said narration, i.e. that Hussein is a light of guidance to the truth and whoever follows him will be saved from misguidance, is one of those concepts that is found in many narrations about the Ahlulbait, like the tradition of al-Thaqalain and the tradition of al-Safeenah and others. The second tradition is narrated in many Sunni and Shia sources of narrations; Ahmad bin Hanbal mentioned it in his Musnad (vol. 4, p. 174), as well as al-Tirmidhi (vol. 5, p. 324), Mustadrak al-Hakim (vol. 3, p. 177), and many more.