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  • Islamic lifestyle discussions should be considered: Ayatollah Ramazani

    Islamic lifestyle discussions should be considered: Ayatollah Ramazani

    During his visit to Lebanon, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly visited the headquarters of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon, and met Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Akram Barakat, the head of the Association.

    At the beginning of the meeting, presenting a report on the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon, Sheikh Barakat said, “This center has several subdivisions such as center for preparing educational texts, translations center, publications center, art productions, Islamic Maaref television network, Imam Mahdi (a.s.) Cultural Center, Hazrat Zahra Cultural Center with 27 branches of special activities for women throughout Lebanon, Maaref Center for Religious Activities, Values Center, Prayer Center, Cultural Research Center, Lebanese Thought Club, Imam Khomeini (r.a.) Cultural Center, Literacy Center, Propagation Center, and Hosseini Speech Training Center.”

    “We are graduates of Imam Khomeini’s school,” the head of Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon emphasized, “Thanks to the views of this great leader, we were able to promote cultural activities with the efforts of our colleagues, and achieve great success.”

    “The media is trying to deviate people from true faith-jihadist movement. But, with the right cultural activities, we are trying to show the faith-jihadi movement well,” he mentioned.

    “The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described Hezbollah as a faith-jihadist movement. Accordingly, we have based our activities on the two axes of “faith” and “jihad”,” continued the head of this cultural organization affiliated with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    “At one time in Lebanon, various interpretations and explanations of Imam Khomeini’s views became popular, and everyone explained and interpreted the views of the late Imam in a specific way, some of which were incorrect. Therefore, we decided to provide a correct interpretation of Imam Khomeini’s views,” Barakat said, referring to the approach of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon.

    “Today, we can claim that the correct interpretation of the views of late Imam (r.a.) is provided to the Lebanese society and abroad through the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon,” he added.

    “The Cultural Association of Islamic Education of Lebanon also provides educational resources for the applicant centers based on the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school. These educational texts are distributed and used in the name of this Association or those applicant centers in different countries, some of which have been translated into other languages,” he continued.

    “In this Association, we created an approximate framework for the mourning of Imam Hussain (a.s.) so that the gatherings related to Imam Hussain (a.s.) do not create any sensitivity among the Sunni brothers. Therefore, this framework made Muharram mourning welcomed by other denominations as well,” Sheikh Barakat said, referring to the importance of Ashura teachings.

    “Our other activities include teaching propagation, sermons and reciting the mourning for AhlulBayt (a.s.), because more than 60% of the Lebanese Shiites are influenced by the Hussaini gaherings,” stated the head of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon, pointing out the scope of activities of the Association.

    “The “Imam Khomeini Center” has 15 branches throughout Lebanon and is conducting educational activities. “Noor Center” also provides literacy and so far, 13,000 people have graduated from this center. These people learned to read and write based on Quranic sources and Nahj al-Balaghah. We have 27 institutes relared to women’s affairs throughout Lebanon in which women engage in academic and religious activities - not just seminary activities. Also, according to the order of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, a section for the education of prisoners has been set up under the auspices of the Prisoners’ Rights Association, which manages cultural and propagation programs in 13 Lebanese prisons,” he said, introducing some educational centers covered by the Association.

    “The purpose of the “Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon” cultural activities is to address the social challenges facing the Shiite community and the institution of the family, inside and outside Lebanon. Therefore, this Association is a strategic research center that was established at the suggestion of the martyr General Haj Qassem Soleimani,” Barakat pointed out.

    “Thanks to this dear martyr, we have translated 50 books of memoirs of the war of the Iranian commanders in Arabic, and made these books available to the audience,” he said in the end.

    The importance of lifestyle issues

    Following the report of Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Barakat, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani expressed his satisfaction with the extensive activities of him and his colleagues in the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon and congratulated Hojat al-Islam Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah in Lebanon, who oversees the activities of this Association.

    The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “Extensive cultural activities in the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon and their wide range differ from similar institutions, and the activities of this Association should be modeled for other centers.”

    “The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly also has such activities. Therefore, we need to share our activities by signing memoranda of understanding,” he added.

    Then, citing examples of the cultural activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Ramazani said,” We have extensive activities in research, education, academia and media. For example, about 2000 books in more than 60 languages have been written and published in the Assembly. The Assembly is ready to provide hard copies or electronic copies of these books to the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon. Also, 25,000 articles in the “Wiki Shia Encyclopedia” have been prepared in 10 languages and are available online.”

    “The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has a satellite television called “Thaqalayn”. “AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University” is also affiliated with the Assembly, in which students of 15 nationalities enroll in both master’s and doctoral degrees,” he continued.

    “In all of mentioned areas synergy and interaction are important,” the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “But synergy and interaction need familiarity. That is, the parties must first know each other’s capabilities. This requires more relationships, and as communication and familiarity increase, we can use each other’s experiences.”

    “Cultural activities should be carried out at all levels of general, specialized and advanced,” Ayatollah Ramazani stated, referring to some strategic and important points.

    “In the seventh part of the Statement of the Second Phase of the Revolution, the Supreme Leader has emphasized the discussion of lifestyle. This issue should be considered in cultural activities, and Islamic lifestyle can be the beginning of the project of Islamic civilization,” he stated, referring to the importance of “lifestyle issues”.

    “At present, due to the activities of the West and the enemies of Islam, liberal culture has replaced Islamic culture. We have to stand against the West in terms of hardware and software in order to gain our true position,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

    “For example, liberal culture in Western countries has found a position that when a Muslim goes to the West, he must accept the Integration rule or integration into Western culture. But the Supreme Leader of the Revolution said that we are facing a cultural invasion and we must reach the stage of invading Western culture,” continued the former president of the “European Union of Shiite Scholars and Theologians”.

    “There are many things that can be done together. One of the most important tasks can be the establishment of elementary schools. We now face challenges in universities that are rooted in elementary education. Why do we face this challenge? Because we have been away from cultural activities for children,” he added.

    “Moderation in the activities of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings is very good and appropriate. Because whatever is confirmed by reason and Fitrah (nature) is accepted in human societies. Therefore, we must put moderation in culture and religion at the forefront of our activities,” concluded the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

    It should be mentioned that Ayatollah Ramazani and a delegation of the authorities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly have traveled to Lebanon to meet Lebanese scholars and thinkers.

  • Photos: Secretary-General of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly welcomed at Beirut Airport

    Photos: Secretary-General of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly welcomed at Beirut Airport

  • Dr. Ahmed Hilal, Egyptian Shiite thinker passed away

    Dr. Ahmed Hilal, Egyptian Shiite thinker passed away

    Dr. Ahmad Hilal, a prominent Egyptian Shiite thinker, passed away.

    The late Dr. Hilal spent his life promoting the knowledge of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and had many activities in this field in his home country.

    He also debated with scholars of other denominations in various Egyptian media and networks to prove the rightfulness of the Shiite religion. Defending the holy system of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the false accusations of the Hebrew-Western-Arab axis was another effective activity of the blessed deceased.

    These activities caused the late Dr. Hilal to suffer many hardships. But none of these problems stopped him from continuing on his path.

  • Prophet’s  morality played key role in promoting Islam: Ayatollah Ramazani

    Prophet’s morality played key role in promoting Islam: Ayatollah Ramazani

    On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in a speech to the staff of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, while congratulating on the occasion of the beginning of the month of Rabiʽ al-Awwal, about the success factors of the mission of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), Ayatollah Reza Ramazani said, “Some consider the sword of Imam Ali (a.s.) and the wealth of Khadija (a.s.) as the factors of this success, which is not an accurate analysis.”

    “When the Prophet was in Mecca, he did not touch the sword for 13 years. There was either no talk of war in Medina for several years. The wars imposed on the Prophet took place when he emigrated from Mecca to Medina,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

    “In the 80 wars imposed on the Prophet (p.b.u.h), a maximum of 3,000 people were killed on each side of the war. The Prophet himself tried to prevent people from being killed in these wars. While in the twentieth century millions of people have been killed by wars,” he added.

    “The language of the Quran is the language of reason and Fitrah,” the representative of the Assembly of Leadership Experts added, “This language is not limited to the past, present and future, because the addressee of the Quran is human Fitrah and intellect. For the growth of human rationality, the Quran emphasizes reason and places reason at the highest position, so that there are about 300 verses in the Quran about thinking and reasoning.”

    “The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) had two types of miracles: verbal and practical. The Holy Quran is his verbal miracle. The practical miracles of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) have been about six thousand cases,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani.

    “The character and morals of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) were influential and played a key role in promoting Islam. The morality of the Prophet changed many of the enemies who had persecuted him. Bilal Habashi shed tears when heard the words of the Prophet. To convert to Islam, he did not ask the Prophet for a miracle. Maytham al-Tammar did not want a miracle either. Jafar ibn Abi Talib shed tears when he recited the verses of Surah Maryam to the king of Abyssinia. These verses are effective and in harmony with the soul,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

    “We are very far from the creation of the Prophet Muhammad’s (p.b.u.h) conduct. We need to know his path, which is the way of salvation. Lady Fatimah Zahra (a.s.) said about his holy father, Prophet (p.b.u.h), “His morality is the Quran.” It is narrated in other hadiths that the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) never felt comfortable, and was always concerned about society and human guidance, and felt the suffering of the people,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

    “The Quran introduces the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) as a role model. Today’s human society needs to follow the example of the Prophet,” he emphasized.

    “We must measure our actions by the traditions of the Prophet (p.b.u.h). In the book “Sunan al-Nabi” by Allameh Tabatabai, 800 hadiths have been quoted. He has tried to express the traditions of the Prophet in various matters,” emphasized Ayatollah Ramazani, saying that our understanding of religion is not according to the understanding of the Prophet, but according to our personal desire.

    “We must introduce the character of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) in the society and internationally with our behavior, and this is the most effective type of propagation,” added the Representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, referring to the actions of the enemies to make the face of the Prophet of Islam look violent.

  • Ayatollah Ramazani denounced terrorist attack on Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan

    Ayatollah Ramazani denounced terrorist attack on Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan

    In a message, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, denounced the terrorist attack on the Shiite Mosque in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and called for the perpetrators of this heinous crime to be identified and punished.

    The message of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is as follows:

    In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    “Indeed, we belong to Allah and to Him do we indeed return” (Holy Quran 2:156)

    The terrorist explosion by ISIS criminals in the Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz, which martyred and injured more than 200 Shiite worshipers, caused great sorrow and grief to Muslims, especially Shiites.

    The attack was the biggest terrorist crime since the Taliban came to power. While, before coming to power, the Taliban had promised the Afghan people and the international community to provide security and counter-ISIS and terrorist attacks.

    Therefore, it is necessary for the officials of Afghanistan to seriously identify and deal with the perpetrators of this barbaric crime and prevent the recurrence of such atrocities.

    It is essential for all right-seekers, humanitarians, and Shiites around the world to denounce this heinous crime.

    It is also necessary for all human rights and counter-terrorism organizations around the world to respond to such incidents. It is also imperative for all intelligence and security agencies to make more concerted efforts internationally to prevent these horrific and tragic events.

    Immediate action is also needed for relief agencies inside Afghanistan and around the world to provide services to the victims - especially given the current situation of the country.

    The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly strongly condemns this terrorist act, and while offering condolences and sympathy to the families of the martyrs and the people of Afghanistan, we pray for the martyrs of the attack divine mercy and paradise, and patience for the families and acquaintances of the martyrs, and immediate and complete healing for the injured.

    Reza Ramazani

    Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

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