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

For performing Umrah on behalf of somebody else, does the performer have to form the intention of Umrah Mufradah for such-and-such person, or is just the intention of Umrah sufficient?

It is sufficient to intend to perform the Umrah on behalf of somebody else. Mentioning their individual names is not obligatory.

Is it obligatory to obey one’s father in choosing a wife for marriage?

Disobeying the parents in such a matter is not considered as ingratitude (Uqooq), but one should refrain from breaking the relationship with them because of such an issue.

Does Islam reject violence?

Islam stressed on guarding the values of morality, wisdom and dialogue. Almighty Allah said: “Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way” 16:125. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) said: “leniency is not used with anything and not made it better and is not striped from anything and made it worse”. And he also said: “Islam enchains betrayal, so a believer does not betray”. The teachings of Islam stressed on guarding lives and protecting innocent people and to avoid criminal actions and unjustified violence.

Do I need to pay Khums on the money for which I have paid last year?

It is not obligatory to pay Khums from monies that Khums was paid from in past years.