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

Can I perform wudhu for prayers by immersing the parts of wudhu in water, like in ghusl?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is not necessary to use the hands in washing the face and arms during wudhu. It is valid to wash them by placing them under the tap directly, such that they are washed from the top downwards. It is also a condition of the wudhu to wipe the head and the feet with the dampness on the hand that originates from the wudhu process only, and not to allow the hand to become wet from other than that before wiping.<br />In light of the above, before one proceeds to wiping the head and feet, one should ensure that a part of the left arm is unwashed before using the right hand to wash the left arm, in order for the right hand to have only the water of wudhu on it. Otherwise, the water on the right hand might be extra water and wiping with it will invalidate the wudhu.</p>

If a jurist (Marja) does not find a solution from the Quran and Sunnah, then on which basis does he present a verdict?

The scholars discuss this issue in detail in the "Principles of Jurisprudence". We can say here that when the Quran and Sunnah does not directly provide a solution, the jurists still refer to the verses of the Holy Book and the narrations of the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) to get the general guidance in such situations in order to arrive at the practical duty in them. Some narrations can be used to reveal basic principles denoting the practical duty of the individual in certain cases, like "everything is permissible unless one knows that it is prohibited".

I am ignorant of the concept of Janabah, and did not know that Ghusl was binding if it happened. During the holy month of Ramadan I kept my fast without doing Ghusl of Janabah. A few months later I came to know about Ghusl and performed it. What should I do in regards to the previous fasts?

There is no Kaffara for breaking the fast in the said case. One should make up the fast before the next Ramadan. If he does not make them up before the next Ramadan, an amount of 900 grams of dates, wheat, floor, rice, lentils and the like for every day must be given to the needy people as Fidya.

I want to ask if it is permissible or suitable in the gatherings of the month of Muharram to serve food items that are used also during marriage parties or other happy occasions.

Serving food in Muharram is permissible, but one should refrain from overspending in the prohibited way. It is better to have such gatherings with sadness and grief that associate with Ashura, so it may correspond to the emphasis of the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) on expressing such feeling on these days.