‘Family law in Islam; between the demands of
fiqh and society' workshop
Sayyed Jaafar Fadlullah has arrived at Birmingham,
UK, to take part in the 3rd annual jurisprudential
workshop held by Al-Mahdi Institute with the aim
of facilitating scholarship directly addressing
questions on ‘Family law in Islam; between the demands
of fiqh and society’...
On Mother’s day: The rights of women are human
In the first sermon, His Eminence, Sayyed Ali
Fadlullah, talked about the rights of women and
mothers, considering them a social issue that has
to do with human rights. In the second sermon, he
condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia.
In Palestine, the Sayyed reemphasized that the Palestinians
have to rely on their unity and not on any Zionist
elections that would change nothing. He also called
for dialogue in Syria and stopping bloodshed. The
Sayyed also praised the ongoing dialogue between
the Future Movement and Hezbollah in Lebanon and
called for widening it to include other parties.
Following is an edited version of the first sermon....
No for violence!
Allah says in His Glorious Book: “Nor can goodness
and evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better:
Then will he between whom and you was hatred become
as it were your friend and intimate” (41:34). The
Prophet (p.) also said: “Leniency and kindness are
never added to anything without adorning it, and
never removed from something without tarnishing
it... Allah is kind and lenient. He loves kindness
and awards it with what He does not award violence”....
A new reading for the texts that handle killing
The brutal operations carried out by extremist
Islamic groups have led to the resurfacing of the
Islamic penal system, with Muslims, before others,
widely criticizing these acts deemed as offending
to Islam and contradicting to its spirituality.
Among the said penalties included in the system
is the penalty of killing the apostate....
The man of truth
In this video, His Eminence, the late Religious
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra),
talks about the importance of committing to the
truth as a main element in the personality of a
true believer and its importance in pushing life
towards the better and establishing it on firm bases...
With regards to the mind’s ability to reach the level
of appreciating the greatness of Allah, the Most Exalted,
we believe that Allah granted the mind enough freedom
to open up to all the horizons it can reach in the universe,
in life, in man and in one’s self....
It is narrated that Imam Ali (a.s.) said: “The intellect
and lust are opposite to each other; knowledge supports
the intellect while the lust is supported by the passions
and inordinate desires. Self is a battlefield where
a war is waged between the intellect and lust; whoever
becomes victorious in this fight takes control of the
To discuss the topic of the value of the mind in
our life, we cannot but go back to the Holy Quran and
the Sunnah to determine the view of Islam from the mind;
the mind that we have neglected and resorted instead
to our instincts, which became the bases of our politics
Probably, the utmost form of self-sacrifice for the
sake of Allah is in the case of Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.).
The event of Karbala itself marks a landmark in Islam,
as it shaped the history of the Islamic nation....
“O you who believe! When it is said to you, Make
room in (your) assemblies, then make ample room, Allah
will give you ample, and when it is said: Rise up, then
rise up. Allah will exalt those of you who believe,
and those who are given knowledge, in high degrees;
and Allah is Aware of what you do.” (58:11)..
You do not own your child. It is Allah’s trust , which you should not deal
in any of its affairs except in what is good for it .
One of the conditions of criticism is not to slander your Muslim brother
or offend his dignity.
The good is the course of peace and gentleness, while the evil is violence.
Q: is it permissible to go to cafes where there
are prohibited games and singing?
A: no it is not.
Q: Can the woman pray beside the man?
A: She can in our opinion, although other jurists talked about a separating
distance of a hand span and others said more.
Q; Is it p0ermissible to recite the Basmalah
when the Imam is reciting the Surah?
A:In the congregational prayer, the one led in prayer should not read the Surahs
or the Basmalah (In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate)
in the first two Raka’s.