His Eminence, Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem, receives the Romanian Ambassador in Iraq

His Eminence, Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem, receives the Romanian Ambassador in Iraq

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem received the Ambassador of Romania in Baghdad, Mr. Iacob Prada, with his aides.

His Eminence advised on the importance of communication between communities, distant from political and personal motives, in order to embed great human values with societies, and to enable cooperation.

His Eminence also spoke of the role of Marji'iyyah and its complete independence, and its relationship with different levels of society.

The respected guest, Mr. Prada, expressed his gratitude in being able to visit Najaf and meet his Eminence, and he praised the fatherly role of Marji'iyyah for the Iraqi people and beyond.

Day Questions

Do we have to recite takbeeratul-ihram in an audible voice?

One should recite takbeeratul-ihram in an audible voice for all prayers; in such a way that one can hear himself if there were no obstacles.

I live in a Sunni majority country. The government had announced that the Eid Fitr will fall on 30th Ramadan. As others in the neighborhood are Sunnis who follow the government announcement, we decided to not fast on 30th Ramadan to strengthen ties with them. Is it obligatory to us to go for a journey early morning on 30th Ramadan in order to break the fast that day and avoid the kaffara?

It is prohibited to break the fast during the month of Ramadan even for the mentioned reason. Yes, it is permissible to travel in order to break the fast. However, strengthening the ties of Muslim brotherhood does not require breaking the fast. One can greet them with the Eid felicitations and greetings while one is fasting.

Is it permissible to sit in ceremonies were forbidden songs are played?

It is not permissible to listen to songs if such songs usually cause ‘tarab’. ‘Tarab’ means the psychological interaction with the music or singing, whether it leads to joy, sadness, pride or any other emotion. Even if this is not the case, attending such ceremonies is prohibited if it encourages and propagates prohibited acts and evil.

I want to fast for two months as a Kaffara for breaking one day’s fast 23 years ago. Should I keep them continuously? Or should I fast for one month together and remaining 30 casually?

The Kaffara for deliberate breaking one day of fasting is feeding sixty needy people. Alternatively, it can be fasting two consecutive months. If the fasting begins on the first day of a lunar month, it is sufficient to fast one day from the second month to satisfy the condition of fasting consecutively, and one can separate the fasting of the remaining days as he wishes after that. If fasting started after the beginning of the lunar month, then based on compulsory precaution, 31 consecutive days must be fasted. The remaining fasts do not have to be consecutive.