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

What supplication one can recite when using the toilet?

<p style="text-align: left;">When one enters the place where he will relieve himself, it is recommended to say: "Bismillah, Allahumma Inee A'outhu bika min-al-khabeeth al-mukhabbath ar-rijs an-najis ash-Shaytan ar-rajeem".</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong> </strong><strong>"بسم الله اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الخبيث المخبث الرجس النجس الشيطان الرجيم".</strong></p>

What is the philosophy of Infallibility? Is it true that the Shia believe that the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) cannot make mistakes?

<p style="text-align: left;">There is no dispute amongst the followers of the Ahlul-bait (peace be upon them) that the Prophets and the Imams are sinless, in such a way that they do not commit what opposes the religion. Our scholars have explained in their books of beliefs the evidences to prove this concept. There is no doubt that the Prophet and the Imam are appointed by Almighty Allah. He has ordered people to follow them. So, if it is possible for them to commit sins, they might order people to do so as well and people have to follow them. So their orders would not be trusted to be from Almighty Allah, and He will not order us to follow somebody who can misguide us. Similarly, they are to be taken by their followers as role models. If they were to commit sins, others will be encouraged to do the same.</p>

My wife included in the marriage contract that she has the right to divorce herself whenever she wants. Is this valid?

<p style="text-align: left;">Such condition in the marriage contact is invalid but it does not invalidate the marriage contact. Yes, if the wife puts a condition in the marriage contract that she will be his agent in divorcing herself in such a way that she cannot be discharged from such appointment and the husband agreed to this, then she can divorce herself on behalf of her husband.</p>

Is it permissible for a husband and wife to have ghusl together?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, it is permissible.</p>