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

Is it permissible to rely on the result of the Istikhara and accept the man for marriage without the approval of the girl?

It is obligatory to seek the welfare of the girl and her acceptance is a must in marriage.

what is our obligation towards the neighbor?

It is prohibited to harm the neighbors, it is highly recommended to be kind with the neighbors and to deal with them in a good way.

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.

Is it allowed for Muslim women to marry Christian Men?

No, it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man.