What is his eminence's opinion regarding the following practices considering that they are distorting the Shia school of thought: (a) tatbeer (b) beating the back with blades which leads to the flow of blood (c) walking on fire (d) Tatbeer of women and children (e) crawling to the shrine of Imam Hussain (a.s) (f) placing weights on one's chests so that the blood of the body may flow?

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In the name of Allah: There is no objection to all that you have mentioned. Those who look to these actions with belittlement-such as the West-have many gross ways of entertainment that any person with a pure soul would look down upon such as horror movies, wrestling, stripping clubs, and plays that contain total nudity. It is not sensible to depend on the opinions of such nations. Furthermore, tatbeer should not be observed in places where people are ignorant of the cause of Imam Hussain (a.s) if you believe that doing so would repel its people and distance them from Imam Hussain (a.s) and his message. Allah know best and May Allah guide us all.



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