The Press Release on the Terrorist Attacks against the Shia in Egypt

The Press Release on the Terrorist Attacks against the Shia in Egypt
2013/06/25

We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that lead to the martyrdom and wounding of tens of innocent lovers of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) in Egypt and the dragging of deceased bodies along the ground that took place afterwards.

As we ask the Almighty Allah to send His mercy on the souls of the martyrs and to grant the wounded fast recovery, we call the government and the judiciary of Egypt to take the responsibility in bringing the perpetrators and those who motivated them with incitement verdicts to justice. In addition, we call the Egyptian government to take the necessary steps in preventing the recurrence of similar events.

We pray to the Almighty Lord to bless the efforts of Al-Azhar in promoting a culture of moderation and rejecting extremism and hatred, which distort the image of Muslims and rupture the unity of the peaceful Egyptian nation.

"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

If a woman in her menstrual period hears the verse with the obligatory prostration, is she obligated to perform the prostration? Is it possible to do so without a hijab, and on a carpet?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, it is obligatory on her to prostrate when hearing the verse of prostration. It is permissible without hijab, and based on an obligatory precaution it should be on natural earth like soil, stones, rocks and similar materials, or on what grows on earth provided that it is not consumed for food or worn as clothing.</p>

I have been offered a job at a supermarket that sells alcohol. I requested if I can avoid working on the cashier but the manager replied it is very unlikely due to the necessity of me having to work there at times. Will it be lawful for me to take this job?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is not permissible to be part of a transaction of selling wine or pork or meat not slaughtered according to the Sharia. It is permissible to sell other items.</p>

When I go to study in the Islamic seminary of Najaf, what do I have to study to become a mujtahid?

<p style="text-align: left;">A believer should aim to fulfill the religious responsibilities of upholding the orders of the Sharia; one of them is learning the Islamic laws and teaching them. This could be achieved by learning more about the religion – and not necessarily reaching the level of ijtihad – by which a believer could serve Islam. One could serve the religion and be a role model amongst his society, family and friends by being obedient to the Islamic laws and by spreading the religious teachings in the areas where he resides. Therefore, ijtihad is not a goal that a student should have from the beginning.<br /> Ijtihad is a talent that can be achieved by studying and with the guidance of Almighty Allah. A student of Islamic studies should study hard and make use of his time as much as possible. If he achieves this, then he can thank Almighty Allah for this bounty. If he does not, he can still serve the religion.</p>

Please let me know about the progeny of Sayyida Zainab (if any), as I have heard that she had one son namely Ali Zainabi, and her lineage was carried on by him. Is it true?

It was reported in some lineage books that amongst the sons of Abdullah bin Jafer and Zainab (peace be upon them) is one by the name of Ali. His agnomen is Zainabi, relating him to his noble mother. This indicates the divine relation to Fatima Al-Zahra when the son relates to his mother and not to his father. Some experts in lineage said that he was a noble man and he has a progeny as per the book of "Umdat-ul-Talib".