The Press Release on the Tragedy at the Entrance of the Holy Shrine

 The Press Release on the Tragedy at the Entrance of the Holy Shrine

Indeed we are of Allah and to Him we shall return

It is with great sadness and pain that the news of the tragedy at the entrance of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) has reached us, which led to the loss of tens of lives, as they repeated the chant “Ya Husayn”, their hearts filled with the love and grief for the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), during their participation of the Tuwairich Run on the afternoon of Ashura.
We, therefore, pay condolences to the Imam of our Time (may Allah hasten his reappearance) as well as to their grieving families, and to all the believers and lovers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them).
We call upon those responsible in the Iraqi government and the Custodianship of the Holy Shrines to establish sound plans and to take precautionary measures to ensure that such a tragedy does not occur again.
Similarly, we call upon all the respected visitors to the holy shrines – may Allah honour them – to act in coordination with the brothers who have been tasked with managing the millions of visitors in order to enable the illumination of godly teachings and guidance, and the expression of love and sorrow for the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). Indeed, such service during this season is amongst the greatest of deeds in the eyes of Allah Almighty, and He is the greatest supporter and the Guardian of the believers.
In conclusion, we supplicate to Allah Almighty to bless those pure souls and to raise them in the highest ranks with the Master of Martyrs and his noble companions, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them all. We pray that He inspires their loved ones who they leave behind with patience and solace, and that He blesses the injured with a quick recovery, for He is the Most Merciful.

11 Muharram 1441

Day Questions

Does Islam reject violence?

Islam stressed on guarding the values of morality, wisdom and dialogue. Almighty Allah said: “Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way” 16:125. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) said: “leniency is not used with anything and not made it better and is not striped from anything and made it worse”. And he also said: “Islam enchains betrayal, so a believer does not betray”. The teachings of Islam stressed on guarding lives and protecting innocent people and to avoid criminal actions and unjustified violence.

What is your ruling about synthetic alcohol used in creams, shampoos, etc.? Is it najis?

If the said alcohol causes intoxication then it is considered to be najis, regardless of whether it is synthetic or not.

Is it possible to join in the 4th Raka'a of the imam after the bowing has already been completed? If so, then how?

Yes, it is possible to join after the last bow by reciting Takbeeratul-Ihram ("Allahu Akbar") and following the imam in prostration until the imam finishes the prayer. The prayer is continued - without counting the prostration with the imam as part of the first raka'a - by standing for his first raka'a without reciting Takbeeratul-Ihram again.

There are different floors at Jamrah these days; which floor should one take to stone the pillars? Also, the pillars' sizes have been enlarged. Does stoning at the edges of the pillar satisfy the requirement?

Based on compulsory precaution, one should stone the area of the original Jamrah itself – after trying to find out to a reasonable extent where it is – or as close to the original Jamrah as possible.