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

Is learning to play a musical instrument forbidden?

Learning music without practicing it is permissible, but such a thing is merely a theoretical assumption since learning music is associated with listening to it and playing it. It is prohibited to learn or play music that causes rapture.

Does a believer have to face Barzakh after death? Or can he get the intercession of Imam Ali (peace be upon him)?

It appears from the narrations that Almighty Allah may punish the sinner because of his sins in this life by subjecting him to several hardships that he faces, including poverty, illness and the like, in order to reduce the punishment after death. The sinner might also undergo suffering as a form of punishment after his death, in the stage of Barzakh. At the same time, he might be given the chance of obtaining the intercession of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). In some narrations, the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) visit the believer when he is dying to ease the hardship of death and to give him the good tiding of Heaven. Mohammed bin Hanthala asked Imam Jaffer Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) that some of the Shia companions stated that the best time for the believer to see the benefit of his belief in the Imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) is when he is about to die. Is this true? The Imam (peace be upon him) replied: Yes.

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?

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. If the contact took place without dampness, then this does not make the hand najis.

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