The Press Release on the Tragedy at the Entrance of the Holy Shrine

 The Press Release on the Tragedy at the Entrance of the Holy Shrine
2019/09/14

Indeed we are of Allah and to Him we shall return

It is with great sadness and pain that the news of the tragedy at the entrance of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) has reached us, which led to the loss of tens of lives, as they repeated the chant “Ya Husayn”, their hearts filled with the love and grief for the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), during their participation of the Tuwairich Run on the afternoon of Ashura.
We, therefore, pay condolences to the Imam of our Time (may Allah hasten his reappearance) as well as to their grieving families, and to all the believers and lovers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them).
We call upon those responsible in the Iraqi government and the Custodianship of the Holy Shrines to establish sound plans and to take precautionary measures to ensure that such a tragedy does not occur again.
Similarly, we call upon all the respected visitors to the holy shrines – may Allah honour them – to act in coordination with the brothers who have been tasked with managing the millions of visitors in order to enable the illumination of godly teachings and guidance, and the expression of love and sorrow for the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). Indeed, such service during this season is amongst the greatest of deeds in the eyes of Allah Almighty, and He is the greatest supporter and the Guardian of the believers.
In conclusion, we supplicate to Allah Almighty to bless those pure souls and to raise them in the highest ranks with the Master of Martyrs and his noble companions, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them all. We pray that He inspires their loved ones who they leave behind with patience and solace, and that He blesses the injured with a quick recovery, for He is the Most Merciful.

11 Muharram 1441

Day Questions

There is a plant called Kratom. Kratom contains a chemical called mitragynine. Mitragynine works like opioid drugs such as codeine and morphine to relieve pain. This has helped individuals with anxiety, depression, and focusing. If this substance were to be used to help a person focus better in school and only for that use, is it permissible?

It is permissible to use this substance for medical purposes. It is prohibited to use if it causes prohibited harm, such as addiction to the level that one would be lower himself and humiliate himself in order to obtain it, and other such side effects that are usually associated with using such substances.

If I enter the state of Janabah through ejaculation in my sleep, and there is very little time left for the Fajr prayer, what should I do? What if there is a difficulty in performing the ghusl at that time?

If the time is sufficient to perform ghusl but the ghusl would cause harm to the body, then it is obligatory to switch to the tayammum. If the time is not sufficient to perform the ghusl and the ghusl would not harm the body, tayammum is not obligatory. One can perform the ghusl even if this leads to offering the prayer outside designated time of the prayer.

If I had $1000 at the end of a year after deducting expenses, and I paid khums leaving $800. During the following year, I spent $200 from the $800. By the end of the year, I saved an extra $400 after expenses. Must I pay khums on $200 or $400?

Your net wealth is $1000, whereas $800 is the 80% of last year’s net income after khums was paid. This means that your net income for this year is $200 from which you have to pay khums ($40). Therefore, for the next year $960 will be exempted from khums ($800 from the previous year, plus $160 remaining from the current year).

Is it a condition in ghusl to make sure that the body is dry before performing ghusl?

No, the body does not have to be dry before ghusl, but the entire body must be washed with the water in ghusl.