The Press Release on the Attack Against two Mosques in New Zealand

The Press Release on the Attack Against two Mosques in New Zealand
2019/03/19

Surely, we are Allah’s, and surely to Him we shall return.

A group of xenophobic terrorists attacked Muslims who were praying in two mosques in New Zealand, in which around 50 innocent civilian Muslims were killed and more than 40 injured.

We condemn this act of terrorism, which has arisen from malicious xenophobia, and we call upon relevant parties to the following:
Firstly, the protection of the mosques and Islamic institutions and places of worship, and ensuring their right to safely and securely worship and practice their rituals of faith.

Secondly, to stand up against this xenophobic thinking which is another face of terrorism, and to follow up on those parties who are feeding it and supporting it, and to punish them appropriately, taking into regard the vicious crimes that have arisen from such hatred.

We pay our condolences to the families of the victims, and to all the Muslims living those lands, and we supplicate to the Almighty to heal hastily those injured and wounded, for He is the Most Merciful.

And there is no power and no might, save that of God’s.

Day Questions

I am researching about Shia Islam. My wife is Sunni and is not interested in studying Shia Islam. I want to know if she is still considered a Muslim.

Anybody who submits to the religion of Islam with the two testimonies is a Muslim, provided there is no animosity against any of the Imams (peace be upon them). Iman depends on believing in the Wilayah of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them).

Why did the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) marry Aisha? Was there any specific purpose behind it? I am asking this question because the non-Muslims get a chance of making accusations against the Prophet.

The Prophet’s (peace be upon him and his progeny) marriage to Aisha is looked at by the enemies of Islam as a negative episode in the Prophet’s life, using the current cultural view about the age of the wife. This cultural view about the success of the marriage and personal life of the wife when she marries at a later age is a result of our modern time and its complications, and did not exist during that time nor did it exist during later eras. Anyhow, a researcher will see that history did not reflect that she was forced into the marriage. All this shows that what the enemies of Islam present as a negative side in the personality of the Prophet is not based on a realistic foundation. It is, rather, using an old incident that took place during totally different social circumstances and judging it based on a modern view of marriage.

If I am not mistaken, according to a verse of the Holy Quran, Almighty Allah said that if you refrain from major sins, your minor sins will be wiped out. On the other hand, scholars say that we should refrain from minor sins too. How do we find consistency between these two points?

The point that this verse express is that if one refrains from committing big sins, this will become a cause for the mercy of the Almighty Allah in the forgiveness of the small sins. This does not mean that one can commit small sins and disobey Almighty Allah. Furthermore, according to traditions the belittling of committing small sins or persisting in committing them is considered to be a major sin.