The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli

The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli

“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

Is it permissible to wear leather jackets during prayers?

<p style="text-align: left;">If the leather was from an animal that was not slaughtered in accordance with the Sharia, then wearing it during the prayer invalidates it.</p>

When it is said that military music is permitted, what does this mean?

What is meant by this is the music that is not for amusement and does not cause rapture.

If one has recited the third testimony of the wilayah of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) in the tashahhud of every prayer, have his prayer become invalid? Does it make a difference if this was out of ignorance, or whether it was believed to be obligatory or recommended?

<p style="text-align: left;">Intentionally reciting the third testimony during the tashahhud makes the prayer void, since it is not amongst the divinely-authorized words that are allowed to be recited in the prayer. If he was unaware of the said ruling, his previous prayers are valid; also, they are valid if he recited it believing it to be recommended.</p>

What is the ruling if one was in the mosque and a little bit of blood came out of his wound onto the floor of the mosque?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is obligatory to remove the najasah from the mosque and restore its taharah again.</p>