The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack in Quetta Pakistan

The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack in Quetta Pakistan
2013/01/16

We were shocked by the heinous crime that was committed by the terrorists in the city of Quetta in Pakistan, that lead to the martyrdom and wounding of a huge number of innocent people. This crime is part of sequence of organized assaults against the followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them).

As we ask the Almighty Allah to send His mercy on the souls of the martyrs and to grant the wounded fast recovery, we condemn this crime and all crimes that were committed by the terrorist groups. These crimes violate all humane criterion and values, and they tarnish the image of Islam and the name of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny). We hold the Pakistani government responsible for protecting its own innocent citizens and to bring the perpetrators to justice. We also consider the silence of the Muslim dignitaries and foundations and the carelessness of the international community as important factors that encourage the terrorists to continue shedding blood of innocent people.

Day Questions

If I was married to a woman in a permanent marriage and we have divorced, is the mother of my ex-wife still a Mahram to me? And does the ruling differ in case of temporary marriage?

If a man conducts a marriage contract with a woman, it is permanently prohibited to marry her mother. This ruling does not differ between temporary and permanent marriage.

If one knows without a doubt that he himself is a sinner, but people do not know this and consider him pious and ask him to lead prayers, is it permissible for him to do so and will their prayers be accepted?

It is not permissible for him to present himself to lead the congregational prayer if he knows that he does not fulfil the requirements of the Imam of the prayer, in such a way he would be considered as cheating them.If they asked him to lead the prayer, it is permissible to do so, although it is better not to in this particular case as well. If he was praying alone and someone decided to pray behind him in congregation, then his prayer is in order and he has not committed a sin. If he was not qualified to lead the prayer, he should not apply the laws of the congregational prayer on him, for example, referring to the people praying behind him when he has doubts.

My maternal uncle has passed away, and we are not sure whether his relatives are still Muslims or not. We heard that one of them is atheist and the other is Salafi, but we are not sure if this is true. What should we do?

One should be sure that those relatives are no long Muslims before excluding them from the inheritance. It is not sufficient to consider them as non-Muslims if they do not perform some obligatory worships, like prayers and fasts. If the Salafi does not reach the level whereby he has hatred for the Imams (peace be upon them) themselves, he is considered a Muslim and he will inherit too.

Is it obligatory for a married Muslim woman to become a mother?

Based on compulsory precaution, a wife should not prevent herself from being pregnant unless it is with the consent of the husband.