The Press Release on the Attack in Nigeria

The Press Release on the Attack in Nigeria
2016/07/02

We strongly condemn the savage attack that resulted in the horrible massacre against the Muslim followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) in Nigeria.

The circumstances and the intensity of the tragedy suggest the suspicious meditated intention of parties who do not care about the stability of the country or about the harmony between the sects of the nation.

We hold the Government of Nigeria fully responsible in investigating the circumstances of the tragedy, bringing the criminals to justice, freeing the innocents, and preventing this from taking place again.

We call the concerned international communities to uphold their responsibility in condemning this crime and pressuring those who caused it.

We ask Almighty Allah to grant the wounded fast recovery, to have His mercy on the souls of the victims and to give patience to their relatives. He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

Day Questions

If a person was not present during the sermon of the Friday prayer, can his prayer be valid?

If he was not present during the sermon, his Friday prayer is valid.

If the husband dies just after the marriage contract, but before the wedding ceremony and consummation of the marriage, does the wife inherit from him?

The wife inherits her husband once the marriage contract took place. However, if the man was ill – and clearly appeared to be so – when the marriage contract took place, she will inherit from him only if they consummated the marriage. If the marriage was not consummated in this case, she does not inherit from him after his death, and there is no dower, and there is no need for her to observe the waiting period (Iddah).

I hit my child when I was teaching him, and I struck him harder than I wanted to, which resulted in a red mark on his body. If I apologised to him and bought him sweets and treats, would that suffice in compensating him? Or, is there a diyah that I must pay?

There is a diyah (compensation) that you must pay him. You may speak to the guardian of the child, usually the father, and if he sees that forgiving you is in the best interest of the child then he can waive the diyah. Then when the child becomes adult – based on the Sharia defined adulthood - he can be asked to waive the diyah.

Is it permissible to pray behind an imam who cannot pronounce Arabic correctly? Is the prayer void?

If the person offering the prayer behind the imam knows the correct recitation, then following him in the morning prayers or in the first two rak'as of the Maghrib and Isha prayers is invalid based on compulsory precaution. If he is following the imam in the last two rak'as of the Maghrib and Isha then the prayer is valid. The prayer is also valid if the praying person and the imam make the same mistakes in the recitation. Following such an imam is also valid during the Dhuhr and Asr prayers if the praying person recites for himself.