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

If my marja allows something, is it permissible for me to encourage others to do it even though other marjas have different opinions on the matter?

It is not permissible to encourage them to disobey the edicts of the marja that they follow, in a way that the call to act in a certain way is with the awareness that it is against the edict of the marja that they emulate. If someone asks about the ruling of a particular issue without stipulating that he wishes to the edict of his own marja or he does not have one to follow, then it is permissible to inform him of the ruling that is according to your own marja.

Certain branches of fast-food outlets in India advertise the food as Halal, so can we eat in those places?

It is not permissible in such a case if the meat was taken from non-Muslims in a country where non-Muslims are the majority. However, if the meat was taken from a Muslim - even in such a country - and a Muslim claims that it is slaughtered correctly in accordance to Islam then it is permissible to consume it if he finds it probable that the Muslim is saying the truth.

For whom should we do Tawalli and from whom should we do Tabarri? What is the permissible or recommended way of doing Tawalli and Tabarri?

Tawalli is friendship and love for the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) after him and their followers. Tabarri is the disassociation from the enemies of Allah including those who are obstinate to the truth and the deviated oppressors. The obligatory form of Tawalli and Tabarri is having them in the heart.

Can a woman, who is in the Iddah of a temporary marriage, marry the same person temporarily again without waiting for the Iddah period to end?

It is permissible to do so as long as she is still in the state of Iddah from him, as she is still considered as his wife.