The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli

The Press Release on the Martydom of Shaikh Tawakkuli
2018/06/23

“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

Can I prostrate on carpet while praying with Sunnis in congregation or even without congregation?

If doing so prevents harm or is out of fear, then it is permissible. Otherwise, it is not permissible to do so.

Can my fiance have the marriage contract with a scholar as my representative without my presence, or vice versa?

The religious cleric can be the agent of the husband or the agent of the wife if one of them is not present at the place of the contract.

When must a dying or deceased person be made to face qiblah? Does this also apply to after he has been washed in the ghusl?

It is recommended to make the dying person face the qibla such that the soles of his feet are facing the qibla, so if he were to sit he would be facing it with his face. It is obligatory to make him do so after his death. It is recommended after ghusl for the body to be placed perpendicular to the direction of the qibla.