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Ayatollha Akhtari: Presence of servants caravan in different countries attracts hearts to Imam Reza

Ayatollha Akhtari: Presence of servants caravan in different countries attracts hearts to Imam Reza

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Hujjat al-Islam Muhammad Hasan Akhtari noted, “Revival of religious rites in the today’s society by any rational, logical, and religiously allowed means is admirable and the grounds for people’s further acquaintance with religious instructions should be paved.”

 

“The ‘Under the Shade of the Sun’ caravans plan, that was initiated by Astan Quds Razavi and now has turned into an integrated movement, is an admirable act whereby the flag of Imam Reza (A.S.) became an excuse for celebrating Karamat days and showing devotion to Imam Reza (A.S.) in different places”, General Secretary of ABWA added.

 

Recounting the rising of special attachment toward the eighth Imam (A.S.) as a consequence of Razavi servants’ caravan, he said, “This causes that those who have few acquaintance with Imam Reza (A.S.), seek for the Razavi conduct by seeing the flag.”

 

Stressing on the necessity of raising insightfulness following such plans, General Secretary of ABWA added, “Following this emotional and pathetic connection, raising the insightfulness should be also put on agenda. It deserves that besides this spiritual movement, cultural-religious centers are also established and the books on the Razavi conduct need to be presented in foreign languages.”

 

He mentioned to creating film, documentary, and cultural-artistic works as other activities that can add to the effect of this movement and added, “This activity causes that more hearts will bring more attention to Imam Reza (A.S.) in the future.”

Ayatollah Akhtari urges int'l community to take responsibilities over Bahraini crisis

Ayatollah Akhtari urges int'l community to take responsibilities over Bahraini crisis

Sunday, 12 March 2017
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Following the approach of Sheikh Isa Qasim’s trial by Al-Khalifa regime Secretary General of the AhlulBayt World Assembly Ayatollah Muhammad Hasan Akhtari has written a letter to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

Part of the letter: “Unfortunately, the international community has not given the Bahraini crisis due attention and the criticism is valid that this ongoing violation of human rights and the intensification of the suppression of the protestors in Bahrain is happening in the silence and neglect of the international community and due to the support of certain countries.”

Full text of the letter is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Mr. Antonio Guterres
 
Secretary-General of the United Nations


As you know, Bahrain has fallen into a social-political crisis since the start of peaceful protests on February 14, 2011. The crisis has not only continued, it has complicated due to the regimes hostile approach towards the issue.

Bahrain currently has the highest number of political prisoners in the region despite it being the smallest and least populated country in the region. Four thousand people have been imprisoned and are being tortured physically and psychologically for protesting the status quo in their country. This has led to international legal bodies including the Human Rights Watch and the United States’ Department of State to warn against the human rights situation in Bahrain.  

Since the begin in of the crisis, the Bahraini government has tried to paint the demands of its people for their civil rights as sectarian. The destruction of tens of mosques and places of worship for fabricated accusations; preventing and limiting religious ceremonies; removing religious symbols which are deeply routed in the history and culture of the Bahraini people; the summoning of numerous scholars and preachers; arranged court cases and imprisoning religious and political leaders respected by the masses; preventing 120 clerics from delivering religious speeches; and in their latest attempt interfering in Islamic rulings and revoking the citizenship of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qasim, the religious leader of the Shias of Bahrain are some of the measures taken by the regime in Bahrain against the national identity and religious belief of the dominant majority of its population. A majority who, despite having the strongest routs in Bahrain, have minimal civil rights.

Despite the repeated recommendations of the international community for reform, the halt of human rights violations and returning to a political dialog to resolve differences, the Bahraini regime has not only not paid any head to fulfilling these recommendations but has made conditions worse than ever before. Although the Bahraini governments vows to adhere to international conventions, the recommendations of the UNHRC in Geneva and the independent fact-finding committee lead by Dr. Basyouni have been neglected and except for ineffective and superficial measures no positive change has occurred in Bahrain.

Revoking the citizenship of over 250 Bahraini citizens over dubious charges, which is in violation of articles 15 of the UDHR which states that “everyone has the right to a nationality,” and that “no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality”; arresting and prosecuting human rights activists; preventing free speech and religion; banning peaceful congregations; arbitrary detentions; and preventing protestors and victims of human rights violations from leaving the country are all showing the continued systematic violation of human rights in
Bahrain.


Your Excellency!

The Bahraini government has tried Sheikh Isa Qassim in his absence and without any defense for “money laundering” and will give its final verdict on March 14.  It is predicted that he will be deported/exiled before the sentencing.

This is happening while we see a sixth year of an illegal occupation of Bahrain by Saudi armed forces. The military forces known as the Peninsula Shield Force attacked this country and, in addition to suppressing the peaceful protests and terrorizing the defenseless people, it has arrested many human rights activists and dissolved political organizations and social institutions. This unfortunate behavior by an alien occupying force has continued up to date.

Unfortunately, the international community has not given the Bahraini crisis due attention and the criticism is valid that this ongoing violation of human rights and the intensification of the suppression of the protestors in Bahrain is happening in the silence and neglect of the international community and due to the support of certain countries.

The fact that the peaceful protest of the Bahraini people has not bared any cost on the international community should not cause neglect towards the crisis. It is feared that the Bahraini government may take actions under international disregard that will cause the protest to no longer be peaceful.

The Bahraini regime is attacking the identity, beliefs, and rites of the majority of the Bahraini society and the inevitable result of that is nothing but sectarian conflict. Without a doubt, such a conflict will not be limited to the national borders of Bahrain but will bear regional consequences.

Mr. Guterres!

It is expected that the international community takes its responsibilities as per the charter of the United Nations and various international conventions seriously. That is, that by having an accurate understanding of the crisis in Bahrain and its consequences including a lasting sectarian conflict in Bahrain and the region, and in order to prevent systematic violation of human rights as well as religious and sectarian persecution and to preserve international peace and security, the international community must act based on its responsibilities in order that the opportunity for peaceful reform in Bahrain is not lost.  

Considering the ongoing trend and the possible raid against Sheikh Isa Qassim who has had a very positive role in preventing violence and extremism in Bahrain, it is of utmost importance that the necessary measures are taken to prevent any such raid and to ensure in his prosecution he is granted his full rights and that his citizenship is reinstated with hast.

Mr. Secretary-General!

The AhlulBayt World Assembly, as an NGO which is active in social, cultural, propagational, human, and religious matters, and which has over 300 million followers of the Household of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and them) under its coverage, is hereby warning the international community against the suppression conducted by the Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain. 

These actions will lead to the increase of violence in that country and will have catastrophic results.

We believe any aggressive action against the religious leader of the Muslims in Bahrain, his eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, especially the unwise decision to exile or imprison him will lead to tension and bloodshed in that country.

It is thus deemed necessary that your respected self, the High Representative of the European Union of Foreign Affairs, take effective preventive action before March 14 and advise the Bahraini government to ensure security, peace and stability in the region by accepting democracy, respecting civil rights, and granting the Bahraini people the right to vote.

It is evident that the continuation of the current approach will cause the situation to intensify and will have no outcome other than the change in approach by the people in their protests and this will lead to an obscure outlook for Bahrain and the region.  We emphasize that any form of neglect and lack of appropriate and timed action could lead to a human catastrophe and cause bloodshed towards people. Thus, we request for you to take immediate action.    


Respectfully,
Muhammad Hasan Akhtari
Secretary General of the AhlulBayt World Assembly


This letter with the same content was also sent to seven the following:

- "Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker", President of the European Commission
- "Mr. Antonio Tajani", President of the European Parliament
- "Ms. Federica Mogherini", High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs
- "Mr. Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad", United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- "Mr. Ahmed Shaheed", Expert on human rights and advocate for democracy
- "Mr. David Key", United Nations special rapporteur on On freedom of opinion and expression
- "Mr. Maina Kiai", United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

The petition also has been sent to "Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations".

Akhtari: Shiite clergy office must be formed in Russia / Shiite communities must be recognized

Akhtari: Shiite clergy office must be formed in Russia / Shiite communities must be recognized

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's secretary-general stressed on formation of Shiite clergy office in meeting with Sheikh "Akbari Jedi" Supreme Leader's office representative and director of the Islamic Center in Moscow.

Sheikh Akhtari added: In order to recognize the Shiite communities in Russia it is necessary to form a Shiite clergy office.

Affirming Sheikh Akhtari's statements, Sheikh Akbari said: We have begun carrying out this plan and soon we will see the results.

Other agreements in this meeting include: translation of Shiite works into Russian, and holding regional conferences for Assembly's Central Asian and Caucasian members in Moscow.

 

 

Sheikh Akhtari: Imams' good works can bring a mosque-oriented community

Sheikh Akhtari: Imams' good works can bring a mosque-oriented community

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sheikh Mohammad Hassan Akhtari, Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's secretary general, in an interview said that Imams play such key role in attracting people to mosques that no one else is equal to them in this regard.

He added: If a mosque becomes a source of reference for people through an Imam's efforts, the community will consider the mosque as a center too. He stressed that: Imams can attract people to mosques and create a strong bond between people and the mosque through pleasant and acceptable manners, statement of deep scientific and religious arguments, and desired subjects. Therefore Imams play the most significant role in making mosques the centers of the community.

He then explained: one of our problems is that there are no mosques in many rural areas. To deal with this issue the government must allocate a budget for building mosques in areas where there are not any [mosques].

At first we must build mosques, then encourage people to be actively present in the mosque. This presence will definitely lead the mosques into becoming the centers of the community.

A mosque is a religious and cultural base. Once we build the mosques we must begin to employ the intellectual and rational potential in the mosque. Authorities must stress on the fact that mosques are the very base and ground for religion. Therefore they must take propagation of religious ideas, religious insight, and ideological and spiritual arguments into serious consideration. Also active Imams and Board of Trustees who would lead the mosque towards the high aims can have positive effects on centralization of mosques in the community.

Mosques which are dynamic and active and have many participants can help the centralization of mosques in the community. In order to make a mosques truly dynamic, we must pave the way for meeting people's intellectual, ideological and religious needs by considering them scientifically, rationally, and exactly. Mosques can also meet spiritual needs of the people. Thus if the proposed scientific arguments be related to issues and needs of the day, they will be highly effective and consequentially will lead to centralization of the mosques in the community.

Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's Secretary General: Imam Reza (A) Festival a unique opportunity to introduce Islam to world

Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's Secretary General: Imam Reza (A) Festival a unique opportunity to introduce Islam to world

Monday, 22 August 2016

According to Ahlul Bayt News Agency – ABNA – Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's secretary general in the 14th Imam Reza Festival stated that: Imam Reza Festival is a unique opportunity to introduce Islam to the world, a world which day by day becomes keener to accept Islam.

He said: Among Ahlul Bayt, Imam Reza's life and practical behavior (Sireh) are very especial and unique to himsef.

He stated that: Ahlul Bayt's mission was to protect religion, therefore they sacrificed themselves to achieve it. In addition to that Imam Reza accepted "Velayah" [leadership].

He then added: today the Takfiri movements and Arrogant Powers are trying to use all political, cultural, social, and military potential to stand against Islam. However we witness a day by day increase in acceptance of Islam.

He said: it is obvious that Islam and Quran will endure to the Resurrection Day and none of the TakfiriMmovements will be able to prevent Islam's endurance by distorting and falsifying it.

He considered Imam Khanemeni's letter to Western youth a great move in introduction of true Islam and stated: Imam Khamenei has written two intelligent, logical, and clear letters to Western youth and we all witnessed the positive reactions to them.

Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's secretary general Ayatollah Akhtari considered wisdom and rationality the focus of Imam Reza Festival in 2016 and said: rationality is a principle in Islam and has been stressed on in Holy Quran several times.

He added: Imam Reza Festival is a unique opportunity both internationally an omestically. Given the constant attacks to Islam and Muslims, holding such festivals will prevent such attacks.

He clarified that unfortunately Holy Quran's translations are not still available to many people around the world. The 15th Imam Reza Festival must focus on art and filmmakers and other artists must produce variety of artistic creations focusing on Imam Reza.

He then added: next year, the festival must focus on Imam Reza's manners and lifestyle, and character. Films and animations are simple instruments to propagate true Islam, and Imam Reza's manners to youth.

 

Sheikh Akhtari to Allama Jafri: Your healthiness & blessing presence more irritating for enemies of Quran and Islam

Sheikh Akhtari to Allama Jafri: Your healthiness & blessing presence more irritating for enemies of Quran and Islam

Sunday, 07 August 2016

Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt world Assembly sent a letter to Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri and asked to stop his hunger strike over deteriorating his physical condition.

In his letter sheikh Muhammad Hassan Akhtari referred to the courage and sacrifice of the people of Pakistan and thanked Mr Jafri and other hunger strikers for their perseverance.

The full text of the letter is as follows:

In the name of almighty Allah

Your Excellency Sheikh Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri
Leader of Majlis Wahdat-el-Muslimeen (MWM)
Salam Alaikum;

On the twenty-eighth anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Khomeini's student and late leader of Pakistani Shiite Muslims, martyr Sayyed Arif Hussain Al-Hussaini, the news about your terrible condition and illness have reached to me and the members of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly and make us worry about your health.

The courage of the Ahlul Bayt followers in Pakistan and their loyalty to the Prophet and his pure family are the things that everyone knows. It is for centuries that millions of Pakistani Shiite Muslims despite the pressure of hegemonic powers and bloodthirsty Takfiris have raised the flag of the Prophet's family and hold Hussaini rituals continuously and with strong passion; and in this way they have presented tens of thousands martyrs to Islam.

Undoubtedly, the presence of such figures like you and other Ulema scare American, Zionist and Takfiri enemies; because you have the task of guiding the masses by trying to create national unity and solidarity of Pakistan, among both Sunni and Shia Muslims, and always have tried to maintain the calm and peace and friendship among people; but the enemies want to create schism and excommunication by supporting Takfiri terrorists and keep the fire of the fratricidal war ablaze. So they want to get rid of the true religious scholars and moderate, peace-loving and pro-unity leaders who call for brotherhood.

Therefore, your healthiness and blessing presence is more irritating than anything else for the enemies of Quran and Ahlul Bayt (PBUH).  

Now, by appreciating your eighty-five days of hunger strike and the resistance of you and other brothers and sisters in different cities of Pakistan, and following the demand of the Shiite religious authority and especially after the promises that the Pakistani authorities have made, especially according to what 'Mr. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan', the Minister of the Interior, said yesterday,  I ask you to temporarily stop your hunger strike. In case of non-fulfillment of demands you can start your actions again.

Ahulul Bayt World Assembly (PBUH) is always ready to uproot Takfiri terrorism in  cooperation with the government of Pakistan.

I hope success for Your Excellency, and glory of whole sincere Muslims, seminary scholars, university professors and especially anti-terrorism Ulema.



Mohammad Hassan Aktari
Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt world Assembly

Aug. 7 2016

Extensive proceedings were done by Ahlul Bayt World Assembly in support of Sheikh Isa Qasim, Secretary General said

Extensive proceedings were done by Ahlul Bayt World Assembly in support of Sheikh Isa Qasim, Secretary General said

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt (A.S) World Assembly, Hojjat-ul-Islam Mohammad Hassan Akhtari explained about the extencive proceedings of the Assembly in sopprort of Sheikh Isa Qasim.

 

Following pressure of Al Khalifah on Bahraini people, a delegation of Qom scholars to Iraq met with religious and political figures.

 

Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt (A.S) World Assembly , Hojjat-ul-Islam Val Moslemin Mohammad Hassan Akhtari announced a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani: In the case of Sheikh Isa Qassim court and presence of people around his house it is probable to attack people by Al Khalifah, we deemed necessary to proceed new actions, thus Assembly Supreme Council decided to send a delegation to Iraq to meet with scholars and specifically with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

 

"The delegation of scholars are as follows: Ayatollah Taskhiri, Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, Hojjat-ol-Islam Navvab and I met some scholars including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani," he added.

 

"The delegation moved to Iraq on Monday and met some scholars in Najaf. We asked them to do some actions. In Baghdad we met PM and president of The Supreme Islamic Council that both declared they had done some actions and some will be taken too," Secretary General continued.

 

"The aim of the journey was to reflect Bahrain’s oppression, although they were aware of it and we emphasized the issue as well," he said.

 

Akhtari noted that according to religious duty, it is Ahlul Bayt (A.S) World Assembly’s responsibility to take some actions, following up the position of Ahlul Bayt believers in different countries so that sending the message of Bahrain’s oppressed people and our journey was in this regard.

 

"We are responsible for various Islamic countries including Bahrain, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Nigeria. When we witness oppression against Ahlul Bayt’s followers we would consult with International scholars and institutions," he added.

 

Letter was sent to Ban Ki Moon and various international institutions

 

Hojjat-ul-Islam Val Moslemin Mohammad Hassan Akhtari pointing to the actions and consulting of Ahlul Bayt (A.S) World Assembly in Bahrain’s issues said: In recent Bahrain’s case, deprive of s Sheikh Isa Qasim nationality, trial of Sheikh Isa Qasim, we sent a number of letters to Qom and Najaf Grand Ayatollahs as well as politicians in different countries and explained the issues to them.

 

"Last week I wrote a letter to UN Secretary General and asked him to claim responsibility for Bahrain’s issues and not confining to condemning Al Khalifah. I wrote a letter to Human Rights Watch too," he added.

 

Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt (A.S) World Assembly, Hojjat-ol-Islam Val Moslemin Mohammad Hassan Akhtari noted: I wrote separate letters to the president Rouhani and Head of Islamic Council to take necessary actions in order to unite against illegal Skeihk Isa Qasim’s nationality deprivation, because no government has the right to deprive of citizenship.

 

"Al Khalifah’s actions in court of law were unjust, even though people have surrounded prominent scholar not be attacked," he continued.

 

Al Khalifah’s actions are medieval

 

Hojjat-ol-Islam Hassan Akhtari pointed to Al Khalifah and said: Not only followers of Ahlul Bayt (A.S) but also Moslems and all noblemen in the world are acknowledged that pressure on Bahrain’s people is Medieval and today in no country such a government is seen.

 

Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt (A.S) World Assembly, Hojjat-ol-Islam Val Moslemin Mohammad Hassan Akhtari continued: Al Khalifah has support by Al Saud, Israel, and European countries. And if crimes are not committed by their governments’ command directly at least is done by their silence.

 

"When someone who is imprisoned or killed on the charges of espionage, Western countries dispute but are silent on Yemen’s people killings by American bombs though," he added.

 

He noted: "There is a paradoxical attitude toward Syria and Bahrain, in one side they support terrorist against legal government and on the other side support Al Khalifah’s dictatorship against peaceful movement of Bahrain’s people."

 

At the end he mentioned: I hope whole scholars of Islam do their duties in the issue and express simultaneously their hatred of Al Khalifah and support of oppressed Bahrain’s people.

We all find best ways to spread Islam in the 6th General Assembly: Akhtari

The Secretary General of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly appreciated the presence of all officials and guests especially of Iran's president.

He then added: "The General Assembly of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly is hold every 4 years according to our articles of association and this year we holds it by Imam Sajjad (AS)'s blessing."

Pointing out that the Ahlul Bayt (AS) and their followers have been subject to hatred and animosity throughout history, Akhtary stated: "We are going to discuss about Imam Sajjad (AS) and his life style, Sahifa Sajjadiya and his pupils in this glorious gathering.

Stating that we investigate the current issues and challenges in the commissions of this General Assembly, he added: "In these commissions we will find the best approach to spread Islam, to unity of Muslims and overcome the challenges."

Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly

The Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly  is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) that was established by a group of Shiite elites under the supervision of the great Islamic authority of the Shiites in 1990 to identify, organize, educate and support the followers of Ahl al-Bayt.

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