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

Is there any punishment (Hudd) mentioned in the holy Quran for Homosexuality?

There is punishment mentioned in the Holy Quran with regards to the homosexuality. However, it is mentioned in the Sunnah – narrations of the prophet and the imams of the Ahlulbait.

Is it prohibited for me – as a man – to work as a personal trainer in a gym?

It is not permissible for a man to work with females if it leads to skin contact with non-Mahram women, or it leads to sexual desire that results from looking at them.

Some books mention that Luqman was not really a Prophet. Is this true?

What is popularly known is that Luqman was granted wisdom and was not a prophet, as this is also mentioned in some narrations. And Allah knows best.

Nowadays there are many youths that are in a state of confusion and cannot get married easily; are they really to blame for this situation and could it really be prohibited?

It is not permissible to masturbate. To satisfy the sexual desire, one should look for proper and religiously accepted ways by permanent or temporary marriage.