The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli

The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli
2018/06/23

“And reckon not those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead; rather, they are alive; they are provided substance from their Lord.” (3:169)

The terrorists attacked last night Allama Shaikh Mohammed Ja’far Tawakkuli, the head of the office of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim (may God prolong his life) in the Afghani city of Herat, after having lead the congregational prayers in the mosque. This heinous attack led to his martyrdom. Through his active his efforts – for many years – he aided the application of His Eminence’s programs in supporting and helping those injured in acts of terrorism, as well as orphans and needy families, and in implementing his programs in the propagation of the message of Islam on a wide scale across Afghanistan.

We condemn this act of terrorism in the strongest terms, and we urge the government of Afghanistan to strive seriously to uncover the criminals, to punish them and to protect the lives of the scholars, the students of the religious seminary and the innocent civilians there. We pray to the Almighty Creator to cover the felicitous deceased with His vast mercy, and to raise him amongst the righteous martyrs, and to bestow patience and solace upon those he left behind.

And there is no power, nor might, save that of Allah, the Most High, the Supreme.

Office of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Al-Hakim (may God prolong his life)

9th of Shawwal, 1439

Day Questions

What do the names of Allah, al-Hannan, al-Haseeb, al-Basit mean?

Hannan is from "hunou" which is compassion and kindliness. So it is close to the name "Raheem" which means "merciful". Haseeb means the One who counts everything, so nothing unto Him is wasted. Basit means the One whose bounty is spread over His slaves so His power surrounds them.

My sister’s marriage took place with a man who suffers from acute schizophrenia, but his family never told us about his illness. This is a mental disease that is incurable. After coming to know about his mental condition my sister left him. The marriage was never consummated, and they have been living separately for one-and-a-half years. What options does she have to get out of this situation?

If the mentioned person is ill in such a way that he loses his mind and he is considered to be insane, by acting in a way that sane people do not act, even for a limited period of time, then the wife has the right to annul the marriage. Otherwise, the marriage can only be ended through the husband divorcing the wife. However, if the wife is willing to live with him and undertake her religious obligations to him and the husband is not willing to maintain her and provide for her, then the religious authority, the marja, can divorce the wife in this particular case if the husband refuses to divorce her.

I live where Muslims live in negligible ratio. There is no Muslim milkman. So is it allowed for us to take milk from a non-Muslim?

It is permissible to buy milk from non-Muslims, but if he is not from the People of the book – Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians - and you know that they touched it, it becomes najis and not permissible to consume based on an obligatory precaution.

If we deposit some amount in the bank and they offer some profit to us, is it permissible to take it?

If it is an unconditional grant, not pursuant to any loan contract, then it is permissible to take it.

Where did the Infallibles get their knowledge from? Was it taught to them by their parents and the Prophet (peace be upon him) or was it all given to them directly from God?

It is reported in the narrations of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that their knowledge is of two kinds: one is the inherited books from Imam Ali (peace be upon him) that he wrote down from the dictation of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). The other kind is the information that they need in their everyday life which they get from Almighty Allah.

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