His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Hakeem, Speaks of the Life of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him)

His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Al-Hakeem, Speaks of the Life of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him)
2019/06/01

His Eminence, Grand Ayat0llah Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakeem, spoke to a group of students of Islamic sciences on a few aspects of the life of Imam Ali (peace be upon him), and about the hardships and tribulations he and his Shi’ahs faced, because of their steadfastness on their principles that originated from the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny).

He spoke about Hadith al-Thaqlayn, in which the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: “I indeed leave behind amongst you two weighty things: the Holy Book, and my progeny, the Ahlulbait; as long as you hold on to both, you will never go astray.”

He spoke of the fortitude of the Shi’ahs, the followers of Amir al-Momineen (Peace be upon him) in staying upon the Truth, despite the pressures and injustices they faced. There came a point when their enemies thought they could finally eradicate true Islam, the Islam that was founded upon the divinely-ordained authority of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). However, their strength made them a well-known respected nation.

His Eminence spoke of other critical moments that the Shi’ahs have faced, such as the recent Baathist regime. This despotic regime turned its attention to the Seminary of Najaf and began expelling foreign students and scholars. Then it began arresting and assassinating the Iraqi students and scholars, until this city became almost empty of students and scholars, except a few who insisted on continuing their duties. The religious seminary suffered greatly and lost many great scholars. The 90s passed with its hardships, but with the fall of the regime the Seminary of Najaf has returned to its former state to play its role in the study, teaching and research of Islamic sciences, the propagation of the path of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and in leading the Shi’ahs.

His Eminence concluded by praying to the Almighty to help and support the students of the Seminary to pursue their studies with sincerity to Him, and in fulfilling their responsibilities in a manner that pleases God, and that they are in their guidance of the Imam (may God hasten his reappearance), and that they see the rewards of their work in this life and the Hereafter.

Day Questions

My niece is seeking divorce from her husband. At the time of the wedding two years ago, she received jewelry as gifts from her in-laws. They now want to take the gifts back. Are they allowed to seek this gift back?

If the relatives of the husband are her relatives as well, like cousins, then they are not allowed to take the gifts back. If they are not her relatives and the gift items were not used, then they are entitled to have them back.

Has the Quran undergone alteration – tahrif – of the order of its verses, or is the order of the verses the same order as that during the time of our Holy prophet (PBUHF)?

The sequence of the verses is same as the sequence in the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).

A Sunni man was married to a Shia woman. After some time, they were separated. She filed for divorce against him in the courts. He went to a Sunni judge and divorced her but her civil divorce is not completed yet. Is she considered as divorced? Can she remarry again?

If the divorce by the Sunni judge was based on the religious laws of the sect of the husband, the divorce is correct, even if it is not registered in a legal way. She can remarry after observing the waiting period (the iddah).