The Press Release on the Terrorist Attacks against the Shia in Egypt

The Press Release on the Terrorist Attacks against the Shia in Egypt
2013/06/25

We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that lead to the martyrdom and wounding of tens of innocent lovers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) in Egypt and the dragging of deceased bodies along the ground that took place afterwards.

As we ask the Almighty Allah to send His mercy on the souls of the martyrs and to grant the wounded fast recovery, we call the government and the judiciary of Egypt to take the responsibility in bringing the perpetrators and those who motivated them with incitement verdicts to justice. In addition, we call the Egyptian government to take the necessary steps in preventing the recurrence of similar events.

We pray to the Almighty Lord to bless the efforts of Al-Azhar in promoting a culture of moderation and rejecting extremism and hatred, which distort the image of Muslims and rupture the unity of the peaceful Egyptian nation.

"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 it permissible for a man to satisfy his wife with sex toys? Can he use a condom which is designed to arouse the woman more?

It is not permissible to use sex toys that are separate from the body in such a way that the enjoyment is because of the toy. Using the condom in such a way that the enjoyment is due to the penis itself is permissible.

What does one do if one cannot get married at this time, and the only way to marry here is to approach somebody for temporary marriage through prohibited ways, like going to places of promiscuity?

Temporary marriage is a legitimate way to refrain from doing adultery, but it is impermissible to use such non-religious ways to reach it. One who does not have the means to achieve it by a legitimate way, should have patience and dependence on Almighty Allah, as He said: “And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him” (65:3).

I have heard that alcohol that is in perfumes and creams is not intoxicating; is this true? If so, does this mean that these perfumes and creams are not najis?

If the alcohol itself is intoxicating by nature then it is najis, even when it is mixed with other substances that makes the mixture non-consumable – due it being harmful or poisonous – or non-intoxicating. If the alcohol itself is not intoxicating by nature, then it is tahir.

Is it obligatory to pray Eid Prayer?

Eid prayer is not obligatory in our time but recommended.