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

I would like to know if Islam allows a woman to give the dower to the man.

In Islam, the dower is the responsibility of the husband.

Where would one start measuring the distance that he should cross to be considered as a traveler?

To be considered as a traveler as per the sharia, a certain distance must be considered. It starts from the edge of the city where the individual resides. This is true in small cities. As for large cities, in which the individual stays in a particular area for his residence, livelihood and day-to-day matters, and does not travel to other areas, the distance is measured from the edge of that area. If he lives in an area, and works in another, if he starts to travel onwards from his work place, he should consider the end of the municipality as the starting point for measuring the distance.

If a person does not want to marry anyone, and performs the rest of his religious duties properly and also protects himself from sin, is it fine to live like this? Or is it compulsory to marry?

Yes, it is permissible to live like that as marriage is highly recommended and not compulsory, although Islam strongly recommends it in many narrations, like when the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "There is no deed in Islam that Almighty Allah loves more than marriage."

I am facing a problem that I cannot marry due to family, education and career problems I have to establish myself first which will take a few years. I am doing as much as I can to stop masturbating, but sometimes I cannot help it. Am I committing a sin?

Masturbation is prohibited and you should stop doing to it, repent to Almighty Allah from committing it and seek His forgiveness. When you commit this sin again, you should quickly remember that it is prohibited and repent as this may be a cause for your success in overcoming the prohibited actions.