His Eminence Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem meets a group of orphaned children of the martyrs of the Popular Mobilization Forces

His Eminence Al-Sayyid Al-Hakeem meets a group of orphaned children of the martyrs of the Popular Mobilization Forces

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem, on 16 February 2020, received a group of youth from Baghdad, children of martyrs who died fighting in the Popular Mobilization Forces (Al-Hashd Al-Sha’bi) against Daesh.

His Eminence praised the clear and manifest courage of their fathers and their sacrifice for their religion, their homeland and the holy shrines. By the grace of Allah and through their sacrifice and spilling of their noble blood, they were victorious over the enemies.

His Eminence called them to follow the Holy Prophet and the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them all), and that their ethics and morals should by distinctly higher than others, and that they should adhere to the teachings of the Sharia.

His Eminence concluded by praying to the Most High and Mighty to provide support for them and to support those who serve and help the orphans, that their Ziyarah is accepted, and that they see the blessings of it in this life and the Hereafter. He finally requested that his greetings and best wishes be conveyed to their families.

Day Questions

If scientists genetically modify a fish that has no scales originally to produce (give birth to) fish that have scales, will those fish with scales be permissible to eat?

It is prohibited to consume fish that does not have scales. It is permissible to consume fish that have scales, even if they have them through genetic modification.

a) Is there any proof of Istikhara in the Sharia? b) Is everybody allowed to do Isikhara for himself? c) What are the rules of Istikhara and is it allowed to repeat an Isikhara for the same occasion?

There were narrations that explained the idea of Istikhara which is seeking goodness from almighty Allah when deciding to do a thing. This kind of Istikhara is the most common in the narrations. Books of narrations and supplications have explained certain ways to do the Istikhara. Yes, it is apparent in some texts that Istikhara is seeking help in deciding the better position in cases of hesitance and uncertainty in finding out the best choice for a person. These narrations did not specify the person that must do the Istikhara, so anyone is allowed to do it themselves or to ask others. There are no specific conditions for the Istikhara but it is supposed to be done when the right choice is unknown. Then it is meaningless to repeat it after it has been done.

I am an Ithna-Ashari Shia. I intend to marry a Sunni girl. The way adopted for marriage here is: The bride is asked by the marriage reciter directly or indirectly if she accepts the named groom as her husband with the specified amount of dower. It is repeated thrice and if she accepts it, the groom is asked in the same way by the marriage reciter. This process takes place in the native language. My question is: Is this marriage contract valid according to us?

Such a way of marriage is an indication of the approval of each party to marrying one another, and it is not a marriage contract between them. The marriage contract must be between the two parties directly, or indirectly via their representatives, consisting of an offer and then an acceptance; for example, the bride says: "I marry myself to you on a dower of so-and-so" or her representative says: "I marry my client to you on a dower of so-and-so", then the groom accepts by saying "I accept," or his representative will say that he accepts.This can be in any language.