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

When I am taking into account whether I am financially able to perform the pilgrimage, one should have money for the expenses of how many days after Hajj?

It is not obligatory to perform pilgrimage if one does not have the financial capability to cover the expenses to travel to and from the sacred lands, in such a way that it does not negatively affect his dignity or cause hardship to him.

I just want to ask you if it is true when people say that marriage is due to fate. If this is true that means that a person does not have a choice in their marriage and does not have free-will?

Everything in this universe is under the godly control but Almighty Allah gave the human being the ability to act and enabled him to do the act or not to do it. Therefore, the individual should choose the life partner based on what is good for him in this life and the hereafter.

Shaikh Saduq in "Al-Ilal" narrated the sermon of Shiqshiqiya via a chain of narrators ending with Ibn Abbas. There is Ikrima in that chain. Was he an enemy of the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them)?

The mentioned sermon is famous and was narrated by different chains of narrators. Furthermore, if the one who narrates an incident or a narration that does not support some of his beliefs and even goes against him, then this is an indication that the narration is true. It is known that some of the content of this sermon does not correspond to the beliefs of the enemies of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them); therefore, the authenticity of the sermon is beyond doubt.

Does a Christian woman need to still take divorce from her Christian husband once she becomes Muslim?

If she embraced Islam but her husband did not, then her marriage has become null and void, and she can get married again after observing the waiting period (iddah).