The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli

The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli

“And reckon not those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead; rather, they are alive; they are provided substance from their Lord.” (3:169)

The terrorists attacked last night Allama Shaikh Mohammed Ja’far Tawakkuli, the head of the office of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim (may God prolong his life) in the Afghani city of Herat, after having lead the congregational prayers in the mosque. This heinous attack led to his martyrdom. Through his active his efforts – for many years – he aided the application of His Eminence’s programs in supporting and helping those injured in acts of terrorism, as well as orphans and needy families, and in implementing his programs in the propagation of the message of Islam on a wide scale across Afghanistan.

We condemn this act of terrorism in the strongest terms, and we urge the government of Afghanistan to strive seriously to uncover the criminals, to punish them and to protect the lives of the scholars, the students of the religious seminary and the innocent civilians there. We pray to the Almighty Creator to cover the felicitous deceased with His vast mercy, and to raise him amongst the righteous martyrs, and to bestow patience and solace upon those he left behind.

And there is no power, nor might, save that of Allah, the Most High, the Supreme.

Office of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim (may God prolong his life)

9th of Shawwal, 1439

Day Questions

Sometimes I get marriage invitations from non-Muslim or non-Shia friends in the month of Safar before 20th Safar (Arba’een). Could you please advise whether we can attend weddings during these days?

These days are days of sadness and mourning for the Shia because of the tragedies that befell the Ahlulbait in this period of the year.

Some Shia Muslims believe that certain stone rings give them luck, safety, or extra sustenance. Isn’t this shirk?

Believing in certain things having particular effects is not considered polytheism, like believe in the evil eye or in magic. However, claiming that a particular stone has a certain effect requires proof.

I did not fast during this month of Ramadan due to illness. Does this mean that I do not have to pay Zakat ul-Fitra?

A duty-bound individual who is not needy as per the Sharia is obligated to pay the Fitra for himself and all his dependents, even if he did not fast that month.

If one hears someone recites the Quran, is it obligatory on him to correct the mistakes of his recitation?

Although it is a good thing to correct another person’s recitation of the Quran, it is not obligatory to do so.