The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack in Quetta Pakistan

The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack in Quetta Pakistan
2013/01/16

We were shocked by the heinous crime that was committed by the terrorists in the city of Quetta in Pakistan, that lead to the martyrdom and wounding of a huge number of innocent people. This crime is part of sequence of organized assaults against the followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them).

As we ask the Almighty Allah to send His mercy on the souls of the martyrs and to grant the wounded fast recovery, we condemn this crime and all crimes that were committed by the terrorist groups. These crimes violate all humane criterion and values, and they tarnish the image of Islam and the name of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny). We hold the Pakistani government responsible for protecting its own innocent citizens and to bring the perpetrators to justice. We also consider the silence of the Muslim dignitaries and foundations and the carelessness of the international community as important factors that encourage the terrorists to continue shedding blood of innocent people.

Day Questions

Could one buy goods from someone who sells Alcohol in his shop?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, but it is better to choose shops that do not sell such prohibited items.</p>

I am a professional photographer. Can I take photographs of women and men in wedding ceremonies where women wear traditional clothes (not proper Hijab) and there is mix gathering, but there is no chance of me falling into a sin and there is no alcohol served there? Would the income from this be lawful? Is photography of women by itself prohibited? Can I employ a woman who does the photography so that I do not have to go the mix gathering?

<p style="text-align: left;">Taking photographs is a permissible profession. You can also take photographs in mixed gathering such as weddings where women are not observing Hijab, but it is prohibited to look at non-Mahram women with lust. Having said that, women must wear the Hijab in the presence of non-Mahram men even in wedding ceremonies. Observing Hijab is obligatory on the woman in any place in the presence of non-Mahram men, even at her own house. <br />It is better to hire a woman to do the photography in such cases.</p>

When must a dying or deceased person be made to face qiblah? Does this also apply to after he has been washed in the ghusl?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is recommended to make the dying person face the qibla such that the soles of his feet are facing the qibla, so if he were to sit he would be facing it with his face. It is obligatory to make him do so after his death. It is recommended after ghusl for the body to be placed perpendicular to the direction of the qibla.</p>

I am in the process of selecting a Marja for Taqleed and have been recommended Sayyid Hakeem. However, I am in need of his book of Islamic laws before I can make a well judged decision.

It is obligatory on individuals to follow the most knowledgeable when possible and that can be determined by referring to the experts that are able to know him. It is not permissible to base the choice of the Mujtahid on learning about his verdicts and feeling comfortable with them.