His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Lebanese Ambassador to Iraq

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives the Lebanese Ambassador to Iraq

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammed Saeed al-Hakeem received Mr. Ali Adib al-Habhab, the Ambassador of Lebanon in Baghdad, along with his aides, on Sunday 5 May 2019.

Day Questions

Is it prohibited to tear one’s clothes? And is there any kaffarah if one does it?

It is prohibited for the man to tear his clothes in mourning over his child or wife, and the kaffarah for doing so is giving ten needy people 900 grams of food each - staple food items such as dates, flour and rice - or clothing them; if neither of these are possible, then he should fast for three consecutive days. Tearing the clothes for other than that is not prohibited, like a man tearing his clothes in mourning for his brother, or a woman tearing her clothes in mourning her husband, son, or brother.

Verse 185 of Suratul-Baqarah says that those who can afford a redemption should feed a poor person. Does this verse say that if one cannot fast he can give food to a poor person instead of fasting?

A number of narrations explain this verse to refer to the old man/woman who suffer from thirst or similar conditions when fasting, which leads to severe hardship and discomfort, so they are permitted to break their fast and pay the Fidya.

There is a plant called Kratom. Kratom contains a chemical called mitragynine. Mitragynine works like opioid drugs such as codeine and morphine to relieve pain. This has helped individuals with anxiety, depression, and focusing. If this substance were to be used to help a person focus better in school and only for that use, is it permissible?

It is permissible to use this substance for medical purposes. It is prohibited to use if it causes prohibited harm, such as addiction to the level that one would be lower himself and humiliate himself in order to obtain it, and other such side effects that are usually associated with using such substances.