Liaison office of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Al Sistani (L.M.H.L) in London, Europe, North and South America.

Statement of condemnation and denunciation of the heinous crime against the Scholar Martyr Shaykh Hassan Shehata

In The Name of Allah The Compassionate, Most Merciful.
((Surely [as for] those who persecute the believing men and the believing women, then do not repent, they shall have the chastisement of hell, and they shall have the chastisement of burning)) Holy Quran 85:10
(( And reckon not those who are slain in the way of Allah as dead; nay, they are alive and getting sustenance from their Lord)) Holy Quran 3:169

It is with deep grief and sorrow that Imam Ali (a.s.) Foundation in London received news of the tragic and painful crime that led to the death of the prominent Scholar Shaykh Hassan Shehata and fellow Shi’ites of Amirul-Momineen (a.s.) who were commemorating the blessed night of mid-Sha’ban in a peaceful spiritual atmosphere. At those very moments, the sanctity of their home was violated with fire, terrifying their wives and savagely killing them with unmatched brutality.

The loss of these innocent souls would not have been without the wave of sectarian and religious incitement coupled with overt fatwas of atonement against followers of Islamic faiths – all under the eerie silence of the authorities.

Whilst we ask the Almighty to bless the martyrs’ souls with his mercy and join them with Mohammad and his household (peace be upon them), we have no doubt that these pure blood will remain a beacon of splendour to illuminate the darkness of the lost truth of our days. Their persecution will remain alive in the consciousness of the free mind only to become a witness to the criminality of such Takfiri thoughts, which unfortunately have managed to infiltrate the centuries long fabric of tolerance and kindliness of Egyptian society.

Imam Ali (a.s.) Foundation hereby calls upon the Egyptian government and its security forces to assume their responsibility and to defend their citizens and appeals to religious scholars, especially the noble Al-Azhar and civil society institutions not to just make do with condemnation but to seek to extinguish the flame of strife and enact laws to protect national unity and criminalize hate speech, violence and incitement against other Islamic schools of thought and heavenly religions.

While we thank the noble Al-Azhar on its denunciation and condemnation of the awful crime, we regret its equating between the murderer and the murdered by saying that: “It is clear if Muslims meet by the sword then the murderer and the murdered are in hell.” Noting that the [martyred] group neither carried a sword nor a sharp instrument not even a stick to defend themselves with against such unprecedented barbaric and savage attack – as shown in the media. They were only commemorating the occasion of a blessed night with prayers and worship, beseeching the Almighty to forgive the believers’ faults and sins.

From our position of responsibility, we appeal to Muslims everywhere not to be dragged into this reckless sectarian attack issued by some wicked scholars (preachers of the sultans) who do not desire any good for Muslims, but harbour all the evil in their calls for disunity between one entity through provocative Takfiri fatwas in the interest of the enemies of Islam. We should therefore hold tight by the firm covenant of Allah and adopt His straight path.

((And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited..)) Holy Quran 3:103
((O you who believe! If you help [the cause] of Allah, He will help you and make firm you feet)) Holy Quran 47:7

May Allah, therefore have mercy upon you O Shaykh Hassan and your fellow believers and congratulations to you all on your martyrdom. May Allah join you with his prophet The Mustafa, his pure household and the righteous martyrs.

Imam Ali (a.s.) Foundation
15 Sha’ban 1434
25 June 2013