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Cutting kinship ties is a great sin, must seize opportunity while hearts are soft in Ramadan: Supreme Religious Authority

The representative of the supreme religious authority, Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai, noted that the individual need to seize the opportunity of the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan to reform their social relations with family members and society.

Al-Karbalai said in the Friday’s sermon held at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein "pbuh" on May 24, 2019, that the quote  “Don’t let the day you fasting be like the day you didn’t,” was a center of attention of most of the infallible Imams "peace be upon them all", noting that this attention, emphasis and repetition, has come to assert that the holy month of Ramadan is characterized with atmosphere of faith, blessings and divine grace that make the hearts thin and softly- responsive more than the rest of the months.

"In our lives, we are subjected to slips and bumps and volatility, which makes us in dire need for self-review and for looking back at those mistakes on constant basis," he added, pointing out that "The holy month of Ramadan represents the best time for this process of review, evaluation and error correction."

He also added that "Among the things that threaten us, are divergence, abandonment and cutting ties with relatives due to competition, conflicts and different opinions, which generate hatred, envy and conflict among close people," noting that many Koranic verses and Hadiths had stressed on the need for kinship due to its great rewards in this life such as the purification of deeds, increasing the wealth and long lives, while other Hadiths had ranked the sin of cutting ties with relative as the second worst sin after polytheism, as mentioned with a quote by Imam Ali "peace be upon him" that said "The ugliest sin is abandonment".

The representative of the supreme religious authority illustrated that Islam and the infallible Imams, wanted the Islamic society to be strong and cohesive with its social relations in order to have the ability to confront and overcome the problems and crises successfully and to face the enemies and to prevent them from penetrating it or influencing its members, which is the true image of Islam that the Imams wanted us to present in front of the world.

Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai reiterated at the conclusion of the sermon that true fasting is the one that deliver the individual to true piety, not only for the purpose of hunger and thirst

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