The Press Release on the Terrorist Attacks during the month of Ramadan

The Press Release on the Terrorist Attacks during the month of Ramadan

Press Release on the Terrorist Attacks during the month of Ramadan

"Those who do wrong will come to know by what a (great) reverse they will be overturned!" (Holy Quran 26:227)

The terrorist attacks against the innocent followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) in Iraq have increased recently in various bombings of civilian gatherings in Baghdad and number of governates in Iraq during the Holy month of Ramadan. These terrorist acts have resulted in the martyrdom and wounding of hundreds of civilians, while the international, Islamic and Arabic organizations remain quiet. This confirms that these attacks are part of regional plot that will have dangerous consequences on the security of the regional and of the world.

As we ask Almighty Allah to send His mercy on the souls of the martyrs and to grant the wounded fast recovery. We strongly condemn these savage attacks and emphasize on the following:
Firstly: It is necessary for the Iraqi government and the Judiciary to fulfill their responsibility in bringing the perpetrators to justice and in protecting civilian citizens, especially the followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) as they are the primary target of terrorism.
Secondly: We call the international community, especially the international organizations, to classify such crimes as crimes against humanity, since they are genocides that resulted from hate culture and shedding human blood on religious bases which are violations of the international laws and ethics.

"There is no power save from Allah, the All-High, the All-Great".

The Office of the Religious Authority, Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem.

Day Questions

Is there any religious prohibition in wearing black shoes?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is not prohibited to wear black shoes.</p>

Does a believer have to face Barzakh after death? Or can he get the intercession of Imam Ali (peace be upon him)?

<p style="text-align: left;">It appears from the narrations that Almighty Allah may punish the sinner because of his sins in this life by subjecting him to several hardships that he faces, including poverty, illness and the like, in order to reduce the punishment after death. The sinner might also undergo suffering as a form of punishment after his death, in the stage of Barzakh. At the same time, he might be given the chance of obtaining the intercession of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). In some narrations, the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) visit the believer when he is dying to ease the hardship of death and to give him the good tiding of Heaven. Mohammed bin Hanthala asked Imam Jaffer Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) that some of the Shia companions stated that the best time for the believer to see the benefit of his belief in the Imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) is when he is about to die. Is this true? The Imam (peace be upon him) replied: Yes.</p>

There are various opinions amongst the Shia about some rituals of commemorating the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them) and mourning for them, and these differences become more apparent in the month of Muharram. What is your advice in this regard?

<p style="text-align: left;">There is no doubt that we should commemorate the tragedy of Ashura and express our grief and sorrow over what happened to Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and his family and companions; and the Imams (peace be upon them) emphasized this in a well-known manner that is recorded in the books of narrations.<br />However, differences have occurred in respect to some practices and rituals, and opinions have differed about them for some time.<br />Our advice to all the believers is that they should refer in this issue to those Maraji who they follow and fulfill the conditions of Taqleed, and they should distance themselves from conflicting and quarrelling over it, as a believer may commit a sin as a result of such arguing. Rather, it is best at times to leave such quarrelling when there is no benefit in it. This may even cause harm and lead to animosity and hostility between believers.</p>

What is the kaffara for having intercourse with the spouse during menstruation?

<p style="text-align: left;">There is no obligatory kaffara but it is recommended. The recommended kaffara is 4.25 gm. of gold or its worth if the sexual intercourse was in the beginning of menstruation, half of this amount if it was in the middle of menstruation and its quarter if it occurred at the end.<br />It is sufficient to pay the value of the gold.</p>

If an Islamic food authority is providing halal meat, but one doubts whether Allah's name has been mentioned over it, will it be permissible to eat?

<p style="text-align: left;">If the meat is taken from a Muslim and there is a probability that he slaughtered it in accordance to the Sharia, then it is permissible to consume it.</p>