The Press Release on the Tragedy at the Entrance of the Holy Shrine

 The Press Release on the Tragedy at the Entrance of the Holy Shrine

Indeed we are of Allah and to Him we shall return

It is with great sadness and pain that the news of the tragedy at the entrance of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) has reached us, which led to the loss of tens of lives, as they repeated the chant “Ya Husayn”, their hearts filled with the love and grief for the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), during their participation of the Tuwairich Run on the afternoon of Ashura.
We, therefore, pay condolences to the Imam of our Time (may Allah hasten his reappearance) as well as to their grieving families, and to all the believers and lovers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them).
We call upon those responsible in the Iraqi government and the Custodianship of the Holy Shrines to establish sound plans and to take precautionary measures to ensure that such a tragedy does not occur again.
Similarly, we call upon all the respected visitors to the holy shrines – may Allah honour them – to act in coordination with the brothers who have been tasked with managing the millions of visitors in order to enable the illumination of godly teachings and guidance, and the expression of love and sorrow for the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). Indeed, such service during this season is amongst the greatest of deeds in the eyes of Allah Almighty, and He is the greatest supporter and the Guardian of the believers.
In conclusion, we supplicate to Allah Almighty to bless those pure souls and to raise them in the highest ranks with the Master of Martyrs and his noble companions, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them all. We pray that He inspires their loved ones who they leave behind with patience and solace, and that He blesses the injured with a quick recovery, for He is the Most Merciful.

11 Muharram 1441

Day Questions

If a person does not want to marry anyone, and performs the rest of his religious duties properly and also protects himself from sin, is it fine to live like this? Or is it compulsory to marry?

Yes, it is permissible to live like that as marriage is highly recommended and not compulsory, although Islam strongly recommends it in many narrations, like when the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "There is no deed in Islam that Almighty Allah loves more than marriage."

What is the prescribed time for Dhuhrayn and Maghribayn prayers, and when does it become obligatory to perform them as Qadha?

The Dhuhr and Asr prescribed time ends at sunset. The Maghrib and Isha prescribed time ends in the middle of the night, which is the halfway point between sunset and fajr time. Beyond this time, the prayers should be offered with the intention of Qadha (making up lapsed prayers). However, if the Maghrib and Isha prayers have not been offered in their prescribed times due to forgetfulness or sleeping until the middle of the night, then their time is extended until Fajr time, and once Fajr time enters they will become lapsed and will need to be offered as Qadha.

If a Sunni husband is not fulfilling his rights in relation to his Sunni wife and does not give her a divorce, can she obtain a divorce according to Shia jurisprudence?

If she is intending to act upon the rulings of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), then she may refer to the Shia qualified jurist to divorce her provided that the conditions of divorce are fulfilled.

Please explain to me briefly what khums is and when it becomes obligatory. Who must I give it to and how often?

Khums is a divinely-ordained financial obligation. It is the fifth of the yearly income that remains unspent. So, you should determine a specific day to calculate your profits in coordination with the Marja’ or his appointed agent. Every year on this specific day, you calculate the fifth of all the net income that you possess plus the fifth of the worth of items that were not used during the year. The khums amount is divided into two equal amounts: one is to be given to needy people amongst the offspring of Hashim – the great-grandfather of the Prophet (peace be upon him) – and the second is to be spent with the coordination of the Marja’ by referring to him or his appointed agent to spend it in the ways of serving the religion and fulfilling the necessities of the believers.