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

I just wanted to know if dancing is haram. I know that its haram to dance in weddings and in front of others and you have to be married to dance and that is only in front of your husband, but what if you are not married, is it completely that you are not allowed to dance at all?

Dancing is not prohibited by itself. If it was associated with a prohibition like sexual excitement to other than the husband then it is prohibited. If it is based on musical rhythm then it is unlawful based on compulsory precaution.

Why do we say "Ya Ali Madad"? Is it proven by Islamic teachings?

<p style="text-align: left;">This phrase refers to seeking intercession to Almighty Allah by Imam Ali (peace be upon him). Intercession is one of the Islamic concepts that verses from the holy Book and narrations of the Prophet and the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them all) indicate.</p>

When I go outside, I put perfume and some people say it is haram. Is it?

<p style="text-align: left;">A women is not allowed to put on perfume that can be smelled by Non Mahram Men.</p>

Could I know why playing chess is prohibited in Islam?

Chess is an ancient game. The Divine Legislator prohibits it even without betting. We are not aware of the real reasons for legislations and we should implement them even if we did not know its real reasons as we should surrender to Almighty Allah's laws in all aspects.