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

Are Trinitarian Christians polytheists?

The followers of this belief are considered tahir, and all rulings that apply to Christians apply to them.

What are the days of the week which are especially recommended to fast on?

It is recommended to fast every Thursday and every Friday, as long as they do not coincide with the day of Eid.

What qualification should be imam of congregational and Friday prayers have? Is it necessary that he had studied in the Seminaries of Qum or Najaf?

It is necessary in the imam of the congregational prayers to fulfill certain conditions, such as being adil – i.e. to be adhering to the religions laws – and he should be able to recite correctly, and be aware of the religions laws on what is permissible and prohibited. It is not necessary for the imam of the congregational prayer to have been a student of the seminary of Qum or Najaf or any other seminary.

As the intention is an act of the heart and not the tongue, why do some say the intention aloud while raising their hands for the Takbeer, and before the Iqamah has ended?

There is no need for uttering the intention or saying it out aloud. Rather, it is recommended not to talk - even by pronouncing the intention - during the Adhan or Iqamah. The dislike of this is stronger in the Iqamah, and even greater if one speaks after the phrase "Qad Qamatis-Salah" is recited. It is recommended to repeat the whole Iqamah if one talked during it. People's practice in pronouncing the intention originates from the fact that the intention is a condition in worship, without understanding that there is no need to pronounce it.