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

Most of the banks propose to their clients mortgage loans with interest payments. Is it permissible for a Muslim to take these loans knowing that he will be obliged to pay interest for them?

It is not allowed to take mortgage loans with interest from private banks. It is permissible from government banks without the intention of borrowing, but the individual collects the funds on behalf of his Eminence (may Allah prolong his life) and then takes ownership of them after that. Interest is then paid just like paying taxes to the government.

Is it permissible to invest money in government saving schemes and bonds which pay an interest to the investor? National saving schemes are those where the government borrows from ordinary citizens in exchange for a fixed return with interest.

It is permissible to collect the mentioned interest but you should not intend the interest-based deal. However, any funds received from the bank should be taken on behalf of his Eminence and then one should take ownership of it after that. It is better to help the needy believers with some of the collected interest if all of it is not needed.

At what age am I allowed to have a girlfriend?

It is not permissible to have a relation between the male and the female unless there is a religious marriage contract with its specific conditions.

I have a question regarding donation of money to mourning Imam Hussein (peace be upon him). Can we spend this money in other good deeds like constructing a Hussaniya or a mosque?

Donations must be spent in the way the donor wants. However, if the donation is more than what the beneficiary requires and if postponing their spending leads to wasting the donation, it is permissible to spend them in other ceremonies of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).