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

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

As Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) was hidden by God’s wish at the age of 5, what will be his age at when he reappears again?

It was narrated from the Imams (peace be upon them) that when he reappears again he would look like forty years old. Nobody knows saves Almighty Allah his original age after the reappearance.

Does a believer have to face Barzakh after death? Or can he get the intercession of Imam Ali (peace be upon him)?

It appears from the narrations that Almighty Allah may punish the sinner because of his sins in this life by subjecting him to several hardships, including poverty, illness and the like, in order to reduce the punishment after death. The sinner might also undergo suffering as a form of punishment after his death, in the stage of Barzakh. At the same time, he might be given the chance of obtaining the intercession of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). In some narrations, the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) visit the believer when he is dying to ease the hardship of death and to give him the good tiding of Heaven. Mohammed bin Handhala asked Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) that some of the Shia companions stated that the best time for the believer to see the benefit of his belief in the Imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) is when he is about to die. Is this true? The Imam (peace be upon him) replied: Yes.

Can a man shave his beard? Is your ruling based on a precaution or an edict? I am unemployed and have to provide for my family. A job is offered to me and they asked me to shave. What should I do?

It is not permissible to shave. The ruling is an edict and not an obligated precautionary measure. You are advised to look for a permissible kind of livelihood, as Almighty Allah is with whoever looks for a permissible sustenance. Almighty Allah said: “And whosoever keeps his duty to Allah, Allah will appoint a way out for him” (65:2).

I have been engaged to marry a girl, and both parties have expressed serious commitment. We will get married soon, God willing. In this situation, can I engage in a temporary marriage with the girl until we get married permanently, to keep us from prohibited acts, without our parents knowing?

Yes, it is permissible for you to perform a temporary marriage contract without the permission of the father, but it is prohibited to have sexual intercourse, even if it is anal intercourse, but other sexual enjoyments are permissible then.