His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Basheer al-Najafi

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Basheer al-Najafi
2019/05/10

During the Holy month of Ramadhan and its spiritual atmosphere, His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem, receives His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Basheer al-Najafi, on Thursday night the 4th of the holy month.

Day Questions

If one performs Umrah, does it remove his sins? If yes, does this include major sins as well? Is it true that when one leaves the sacred place in Mecca after performing Umrah it’s as if he or she was born again?

It has been reported that Umrah is expiation from sin and this is a manifestation of God's mercy and kindness to His slaves when He legislated for them certain acts of obedience that lead to forgiveness of sins. This is a common message in the religious texts. Despite that, a devotee should be afraid of his sins so he may become closer to Allah's mercy and acceptance, and this may be an encouragement to perform more good deeds and avoid committing sins. Almighty Allah said: "And those who give that which they give with hearts afraid because they are about to return unto their Lord; these race for the good things, and they shall win them in the race"(23:60-61).

I have heard that some people reject those who were born out of wedlock because they see them as bad people. Does the Islamic Sharia condone the rejection of marrying someone because they are of illegitimate birth?

Marrying those people is permissible. Everybody is entitled to choose his/her life partner in the way that he/she sees suitable whether they were born from a legitimate marriage or not.The father of the girl that is approached for marriage should choose what is best for his daughter. Defining what is best for her depends on the particular circumstances, social values and maybe other factors. It is possible that the father may see marrying his daughter to a person born out of wedlock to be against her best interests.

Is it permissible to take gifts and prizes from banks?

Yes, it is permissible, provided that it is not pursuant to the terms of a loan contract from a bank owned by Muslims. It is permissible to take them from a bank owned by non-Muslims even if it is pursuant to a loan contract from a bank.