Press Release on the American Administration’s Decision to Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Press Release on the American Administration’s Decision to Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is to God, the Lord of the worlds; and may God send his blessings on our master Mohammed and his holy progeny.

We condemn the decision of the American administration to move the US Embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem, as it is an affront to the Palestinian people and disregard for the feelings of Muslims.

We want to point out that this stance is a natural consequence of the distancing of the Muslims from the teachings of their true religion, their neglect of their shared matters and interests, their fighting amongst themselves, and the spread of the epidemic of extremism and terrorism which has targeted them, and destroyed their societies and their towns, and has distorted the name of their religion. God Almighty has said: “And obey God, and obey the Messenger, and do not into disputes, lest you lose heart and your power departs.”

Today, all are invited – especially those fostering and supporting terrorism – to seriously revise their previous stances, and to open a new page, to unify the positions of the Islamic nations and to build firm foundations in establishing good relations with other nations, which reflects the pliability of their religion and its genuine values.

We seek support and help from only Him, and He is the guardian of the believers

Day Questions

How can we understand the infinite long life of Imam Mahdi though we have a finite life? How can we perceive the 1200 years long life of the Imam, while he can live a further thousands of years?

Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) does not have an eternal life; rather, he is promised to live a long life. He will appear to people when the circumstances are right to establish justice on Earth. After that, the divine law of death will include him. Almighty Allah said:” Lo! You will die, and lo! They will die;” This long life is not common amongst most people, although it is proven to be for some of them, like prophet Noah (peace be upon him), who lived as a prophet before the flood for 950 years. In some narrations, Khidhr is also alive and he is older than Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him). There is no cause for doubt about the Imam’s existence because of his long life, since the authenticated texts prove his presence and his Imamate.

If a butcher is a non-practicing Muslim, i.e. he does not offer prayers and other obligations and refrain from prohibited things, and I know that he does not observe the conditions of slaughtering, such as placing the animals to face Qibla and reciting the Name of Allah, is his meat permissible?

If the butcher knows that the animal must face the Qibla when slaughtered and he does not observe such a condition deliberately, then the meat of the animal is not lawful to consume. If he forgot to do so or he did not know that this is a condition then the meat is permissible to consume. If the butcher forget to recite the Name of Allah when slaughtering the animal, then it is lawful to consume the meat. If he did not do so deliberately or out of ignorance then the meat is unlawful to consume.

Is there any Islamic law that says that if no sexual activity happens from the side of the husband for a specific time then the marriage is invalidated?

It is obligatory on the husband to sleep next to his permanent wife during the night with amiability once every four nights. It is not sufficient to do so with avoidance and reluctance. He must have sexual intercourse with her at least once every four months in the usual way to satisfy her sexual needs. Not doing so is considered a sin and she can then present her case to the hakim shar'i, i.e. the mujtahid.

Most of the banks propose to their clients mortgage loans with interest payments. Is it permissible for Muslims to take these loans knowing that one will be obliged to pay interest for them?

It is not allowed to take mortgage loans with interest from private banks. It is permissible from government banks without the intention of borrowing, but the individual collects the funds on behalf of his Eminence (may Allah prolong his life) and then takes ownership of them after that. Interest is then paid just like paying taxes to the government.