The Press Release on the Attack Against two Mosques in New Zealand

The Press Release on the Attack Against two Mosques in New Zealand
2019/03/19

Surely, we are Allah’s, and surely to Him we shall return.

A group of xenophobic terrorists attacked Muslims who were praying in two mosques in New Zealand, in which around 50 innocent civilian Muslims were killed and more than 40 injured.

We condemn this act of terrorism, which has arisen from malicious xenophobia, and we call upon relevant parties to the following:
Firstly, the protection of the mosques and Islamic institutions and places of worship, and ensuring their right to safely and securely worship and practice their rituals of faith.

Secondly, to stand up against this xenophobic thinking which is another face of terrorism, and to follow up on those parties who are feeding it and supporting it, and to punish them appropriately, taking into regard the vicious crimes that have arisen from such hatred.

We pay our condolences to the families of the victims, and to all the Muslims living those lands, and we supplicate to the Almighty to heal hastily those injured and wounded, for He is the Most Merciful.

And there is no power and no might, save that of God’s.

Day Questions

Is it justified that I pay khums tax on my income every year, while I also have to pay taxes throughout the year to the Government?

The government collects tax for their own purposes and objectives, whereas the khums is a tax legislated in the Sharia taken on the yearly profits that remains after deducting the yearly expenses. The khums is legislated for specific goals which the Holy Legislator intended. Those goals are totally different from the uses of the government imposed taxes. It is natural then for the duty-bound individual to be obligated by the Sharia to pay khums regardless of whether he is paying other taxes or not.

If a person lives very distant from the shrines of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and cannot reach there, is the recitation of Ziyara and salutation from afar equally virtuous and acceptable?

There are no narrated texts from the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that explain such an issue and clarify it. However, there is nothing wrong with reciting the Ziyara from far away with the hope that it is rewarded.

Are we allowed the tongue, lungs, heart, liver and brain of the cow?

Yes, it is permissible to eat all of the said parts.

What is the ruling of the person who misunderstood the ruling of masturbating and had complete faith that masturbating during the fast was appropriate according to the Islamic laws? Does he have to fast again?

Masturbation is prohibited at all times, and invalidates the fast if the semen is ejaculated. However, if he sees that it is permissible in the Sharia mistakenly then this does not invalidate the fast even if ejaculation takes place.