The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack against Tuz Khormato - Iraq

The Press Release on the Terrorist Attack against Tuz Khormato - Iraq
2017/09/26

The terrorist attacks against the innocent followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) have increased recently in tens of bombings of civilian gatherings in a number of governates in Iraq. These terrorist acts include targeting the followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) in the city of Tuz khormato, attacking worshippers in Mosques, youths in the stadiums, visitors of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) in their way back and many others. This confirms that these attacks are part of regional plot that will have dangerous consequences on the security of the regional and of the world.

As we ask Almighty Allah to send His mercy on the souls of the martyrs and to grant the wounded fast recovery. We strongly condemn these savage attacks and emphasize on the following:
Firstly: It is necessary for the Iraqi government and judiciary system to take the responsibility in bringing the perpetrators to justice and in protecting civilian citizens especially the followers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) as they are the primary target of terrorism.
We also emphasize on the importance of allowing the people of the targetted areas like Tuz Khormato and Tal Afar to protect their own cities.
Secondly: We call the international community; especially the international organizations to classify such crimes as crimes against humanity, since they are genocides that resulted from hate culture and shedding human blood on religious bases which are violations of the international laws and ethics.

"There is no power save from Allah, the All-High, the All-Great"

The Office of the Religious Authority, Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem

Day Questions

Is payment of Zakat on any amount of money obligatory and what are the conditions to be met, if any?

It is not obligatory to pay the Zakat on cash, as it is not one of the nine things upon which Zakat is obligatory. However, it is obligatory to pay Khums if the necessary conditions are met.

If one chooses to spend the night in the Haram in Mecca instead of going to Mina, what time should he or she start? Can he or she start around 10:00 pm until Fajr? Would that suffice?

It is permissible for the pilgrim to stay overnight in Mecca while he is busy in worshipping, instead of Mina. The amount of time mentioned in the question is sufficient.

Is it permissible for Non-Shia Muslims to make use of your edicts (fatwas) without becoming Shia Muslims?

Our edicts are based on the jurisprudence of the Imams of the Ahlulbait and the narrations that reached us in authentic ways which all Muslims are required to act upon, since the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) ordered the nation of Islam to refer to the Ahlulbait and follow them in the famous well-known narration that is reported by numerous ways in the books of Shias and Sunnis: "I leave among you the two weighty things, the book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you follow both of them, you will never be misguided". Acting upon this narration and other narrations to follow the Ahlulbait is not obligatory on the Shias only, but it is an obligation on all Muslims.