The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack against Tuz Khormato - Iraq

The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack against Tuz Khormato - Iraq

The terrorist attacks against the innocent followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) have increased recently in tens of bombings of civilian gatherings in a number of governates in Iraq. These terrorist acts include targeting the followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) in the city of Tuz khormato, attacking worshippers in Mosques, youths in the stadiums, visitors of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) in their way back and many others. 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 judiciary system to take the 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.
We also emphasize on the importance of allowing the people of the targetted areas like Tuz Khormato and Tal Afar to protect their own cities.
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

One person tells me to proof your belief in the imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) by the Quran.

<p style="text-align: left;">The imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) can be proven from the holy Quran by a number of ways.<br />Amongst them:<br /> - "Your guardian can be only Allah, and His messenger and those who believe, who establish worship and pay the poor due while bowing down (in prayer)". (Quran 5:55). This verse was revealed because of the incident of the payment of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) to the charity - his ring - while he was bowing in prayer. The verse joined his guardianship to the guardianship of the messenger of Allah, which is the leadership of the Muslim nation i.e. the imamate. <br /> - "Nor does he speak of (his own) desire" (Quran 53:3). The verse indicates that what the Prophet says is from Almighty Allah. The orders of the Prophet were to follow his household when he said in this commonly known narration: I leave among you the two weighty things, the book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you are attached to them both, you will never be misguided". The Prophet also ordered us to follow Imam Ali in the famous narration of Ghadeer: "Whosoever's master I am, Ali is his master". In another narration, the Prophet said: "Ali is your master after my demise," and many more narrations.</p>

How do I make myself tahir if I touch real leather of an animal that has not been slaughtered in accordance to Islamic religion? I would normally remove the najasah, then pour water over it a certain number of times, but in this case is there anything to remove?

<p style="text-align: left;">If your hand comes in contact with the impure leather with dampness then it becomes najis even without the actual najasah being transferred to the hand. The hand can be made tahir then by washing it once with water.<br /> If the contact took place without dampness, then this does not make the hand najis.</p>

Can we perform ghusl of janaba under a shower by allowing water to fall on the head and neck, then on the right side of the body and then on the left side?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, performing ghusl in this way is correct, but one must ensure that the water reaches all parts of the body.</p>

I have two homes, one in a city and another at my native village, and the distance between them is about 200 km. I mainly work and live in the city and visit my village every month or so for a few days. What is the ruling of fasting and praying there?

<p style="text-align: left;">As long as the native village was your hometown where you used to live and you did not abandon it – i.e. you still consider it as your home town – then your prayer must be offered in full and you can fast as well while you are staying there.</p>

Many youth today use drugs like marijuana. They claim that it does not cause intoxication and thus can be viewed the same way as tobacco. Please provide us with a clear ruling of the validity of marijuana.

It is impermissible to consume intoxicating material whether they are fluids like wine or dry like hashish and other such drugs. It is also impermissible to consume non-intoxicating substances that cause addiction if such an addiction harms the individual in a severe way that leads to trouble, scandals or humiliation.