Press Release on the American Administration’s Decision to Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Press Release on the American Administration’s Decision to Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is to God, the Lord of the worlds; and may God send his blessings on our master Mohammed and his holy progeny.

We condemn the decision of the American administration to move the US Embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem, as it is an affront to the Palestinian people and disregard for the feelings of Muslims.

We want to point out that this stance is a natural consequence of the distancing of the Muslims from the teachings of their true religion, their neglect of their shared matters and interests, their fighting amongst themselves, and the spread of the epidemic of extremism and terrorism which has targeted them, and destroyed their societies and their towns, and has distorted the name of their religion. God Almighty has said: “And obey God, and obey the Messenger, and do not into disputes, lest you lose heart and your power departs.”

Today, all are invited – especially those fostering and supporting terrorism – to seriously revise their previous stances, and to open a new page, to unify the positions of the Islamic nations and to build firm foundations in establishing good relations with other nations, which reflects the pliability of their religion and its genuine values.

We seek support and help from only Him, and He is the guardian of the believers

Day Questions

When the soldiers left Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) in Karbala after the lights were extinguished, have they committed a sin for which they will be punished? Given the fact that the Imam said to them, you are free and you can go, can the Imam (peace be upon him) urge others towards sinning?

It is obligatory to help the Imam (peace be upon him) if he asks for help. He is also permitted to excuse his companions from fighting for him. He is the leader and can make such a decision as per the current circumstances. The reason for such a decision as it appears from the narrations is that Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) knew that he will be killed in the battlefield as the little number of his followers cannot protect him. Therefore, he gave them the choice of leaving him to face his destiny. This shows the high ethical position of the Imam (peace be upon him) and the great values that he possessed. Similarly, his companions were excused from undertaking the hardship of the fighting and facing certain death in the battlefield, and fighting was not obligatory on them, but they refused to take this opportunity and decided to fight and show the highest level of selflessness and sacrifice.

We know from verse (33:33) that the Ahlulbait are Imam Ali, Fatimah Hasan and Husain (peace be upon them) and we also know from the hadith the names of the twelve Imams. Can the other offspring of the Imam be considered amongst the Ahlulbait?

The verses and the narrations that are reported in the superiority of the Ahlulbait are specific to the five infallibles: The Prophet, Imam Ali, Fatima Al-Zahra, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace be upon them all). Sometimes, one can understand that some religious texts include the rest of the twelve Imams (peace be upon them). This does not include the other offspring of the Imams.

Our mosque has two rooms; one of them is a prayer room and has been designated as the ‘masjid’. The second room is the shoes room, wudhu area and entrance area but this has not been intended to be a part of the ‘masjid’. Is it permissible during I’tikaf to enter this second room?

I’tikaf is valid only if it takes place in a central mosque that most people in the town go to; it is not sufficient for it to be in any mosque in the town. It is also a condition in the validity of the I’tikaf that it takes place in a mosque in which the congregational prayer is being offered, or has been offered in it before even once – based on obligatory precaution. I’tikaf is not in order if it is in a room that is not a mosque. It is not permissible for the person during I’tikaf to leave the mosque unless for a religious or conventional necessity.

Is there any punishment (Hudd) mentioned in the holy Quran for Homosexuality?

There is punishment mentioned in the Holy Quran with regards to the homosexuality. However, it is mentioned in the Sunnah – narrations of the prophet and the imams of the Ahlulbait.