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

Can a brother or any relative of a girl – apart from her guardian – arrange her marriage?

If she appointed him to act on her behalf and she approved the marriage, then the marriage is valid.

Is there any Islamic law that says that if no sexual activity happens from the side of the husband for a specific time then the marriage is invalidated?

It is obligatory on the husband to sleep next to his permanent wife during the night with amiability once every four nights. It is not sufficient to do so with avoidance and reluctance. He must have sexual intercourse with her at least once every four months in the usual way to satisfy her sexual needs. Not doing so is considered a sin and she can then present her case to the hakim shar'i, i.e. the mujtahid.

What if a person has stolen something and he cannot find the owner? Is it then sufficient if he pays the value in Sadaqa? What if it is a big company or and it is hard to find out how he should pay it back?

Yes, it can be paid as a charity on behalf of the item’s owner, but it is not obligatory. It is sufficient to intend to give it back when the owner is found, although it is better to pay it as a charity on the owner’s behalf. If you stole from a big company, then the owner is known. He should turn the item or its value to the manager or deposit the amount in the company's bank account where the owner can access it.

How can we know that one Mujtahid is most knowledgeable?

The scholars have mentioned in their treatises of practical Islamic laws the ways to determine the most knowledgeable, and one of those ways to is to refer to the people of expert (known as the ahl-ul-khibrah) who can differentiate between mujtahids and determine the most knowledgeable.