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Sahifeh Sajjadiya, heritage for all humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

Sahifeh Sajjadiya, heritage for all humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the Secretary General of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, who has traveled to Syria, met Dr. Mohammad Abd al-Sattar al-Sayed, the Minister of Endowments of the Syrian Arab Republic.


“The people and the President of Syria, Mr. Bashar al-Assad, were able to stand up and give the word resistance a real meaning. Iran also considers itself a friend and brother of Syria and supports their resistance,” said the Secretary General of the Assembly in the meeting, appreciating the Syrian people and government for resisting the Takfiri terrorists.




“Our Islam is a compassionate Islam; But compassionate Islam alone is not enough, and resistance must be placed alongside compassion,” he said, “The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) is “رحمة للعالمین” (mercy for the worlds), but mercy is only one dimension of Islam and one of its other dimensions is resistance.”


“Unfortunately, some new religious currents, with extremism in religion and under names such as “ISIL”, opposed the true Islam. In the name of Islam, they actually strengthened Zionism. To confront these currents, we must be united. By strengthening compassionate Islam alongside the resistance, we must increase the power of Muslims in the fields of science, technology, and even the military to increase the power of Muslims in the face of enemies. Because, if the Muslims do not have access to sufficient knowledge and acceptable military power in the way of resistance, the enemies of Islam will estimate the axis of resistance as weak and destroy it,” Ayatollah Ramazani continued.


“Praise be to God; we have achieved many successes in the fields of science and technology. In recent months, a major medical breakthrough has been unveiled: producing the Iranian Quid-19 vaccine, which is comparable with English and French ones. Access to this advanced vaccine by Iranian scientists is an example of strengthening the scientific and medical strength of the Axis of Resistance,” he said, referring to Iran’s scientific advances in various fields after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.


“Supplications in the Sahifa Sajjadiya are not just for Shiites or even Muslims. Rather, all of humanity can benefit from it,” referring to the holding of the Sahifa Sajjadiya Conference in Syria, the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly also expressed the great importance of this legacy of Imam Ali ibn al-Hussein al-Sajjad (a.s.) and the precious aspects of the supplications of this valuable book.


“Anne-Marie Schimmel, a German scientist, and philosopher who knew several languages, did not stop translating Sahifa Sajjadiya into German, even beside the illness bed of her mother. This translation is now available in German and has been well received by non-Muslims in that country and European continent,” said the former president of the European Union of Shiite Scholars and Theologians, as an example of the book’s impact on Western thinkers.


“The prayers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) also include the whole of humanity - Muslims and non-Muslims. For example, when they say in the prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, “اللهم أغنِ کلّ فقیر؛ اللهم أشبع کلّ جائع؛ اللهم اشف کلّ مریض” (O God! Make every poor person needless, O God! Satisfy all the hungry, O God! Heal all the sick) they do not set a limit between humanity. Therefore, we must also spread these universal moral teachings well among all the worlds so that they too may enjoy this divine blessing,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.


“We were informed that you are also a pure descendant of Imam Sajjad (a.s.). I congratulate you on belonging to the generation of AhlulBayt (a.s.),” noted the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the lineage of the Syrian Minister of Endowments.




I completely agree with your deep, precise, and meaningful statements: Syrian Minister of Endowments


“It is my honor to be from the pure generation of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) and his holy family (AhlulBayt),” stated Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Abd al-Sattar al-Sayed in the meeting, while welcoming the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the accompanying delegation.


“Last year, we managed to hold the “Sahifa Sajjadiya Conference” in our country, and this was due to the importance of the prayers in this book,” said the Minister of Endowments of the Syrian Arab Republic.


“I completely agree with your deep, precise, and meaningful statements and I emphasize that the prayers of Sahifa Sajjadiya have no religious boundaries and belong to the whole of humanity. This book has no specific time, place, or boundaries to use,” he added.


“If we did not have Nahj al-Balaghah and Sahifa Sajjadiya, we would not be able to achieve our current position in Islamic sciences and knowledge, including prayers,’ continued the Sunni scholar.


“Such concepts should be spread in the face of the actions of the enemies of Islam, who try to ignore Islamic virtues and morals and accuse Muslims of terrorism and violence,” said Mohammad Abd al-Sattar al-Sayed, referring to Islamophobic propaganda in the world.


“Dear Ayatollah Ramazani! your words made our hearts happy,” stated the Minister of Endowments of the Syrian Arab Republic, confirming the words of the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly that “compassion and resistance in Islam should be together”.


Ignoring the resistance in Islam is a thoroughly incomplete and unacceptable interpretation of compassionate Islam. As the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) by going to the She’b (Valley) of Abi Talib (during the boycott of Quraysh against Bani Hashem, Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) and his followers) and also migrating from Mecca to Medina, introduced the true meaning of resistance in Islam.


“Today, we are witnessing the normalization of relations between some Arab countries and the Zionist regime; their argument is that “we have a religion of mercy so we should coexist in brotherhood with the followers of other religions - such as Jews!” This argument is completely wrong and rejected,” added the Sunni writer and commentator.


“First, God explicitly identifies the Jews as the enemies of Islam; Secondly, did they accept the Prophet (p.b.u.h) and you as brothers, that you, the leaders of the Arab countries, accepted the Zionists as brothers? Or do they still call Muslims terrorists?!” the Syrian minister clarified.


“How can we consider the Jews, who have distorted the religion of God, as our brothers?! How can the Zionists who take Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque from Muslims and propagate distorted Judaism be considered brothers and how we can have a normal relationship with them?!” Mohammad Abd al-Sattar al-Sayed asked.


“The meaning of resistance must be known. The truth of the resistance of the prophets against the arrogant of time makes us have this resistance against the arrogant today,” he said, reiterating that mercy and compassion must be together with resistance.


“Praise be to God, since the time of Imam Khomeini (may God have mercy on him) until today and under the wise leadership of Imam Khamenei, the progress of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a source of pride for Muslims and the Axis of Resistance,” he said, referring to another part of Ayatollah Ramazani’s speech, and considered the strengthening of the scientific and military strength of Muslims to be very effective in strengthening the resistance front.


“Today, the scientific and military powers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have prevented anyone like Saddam from invading this country. Iran has reached acceptable military power; As in other areas, we see these developments,” continued Mohammad Abd al-Sattar al-Sayed.


“We hope that Iran’s scientific experiences will be transferred to us as well”, Minister of Endowments of the Syrian Arab Republic concluded, “We hope that the fraternal relations between Iran and Syria will be further strengthened more than ever. The reason for unity and brotherhood between us is the Quran and the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h).”



ABWA message of condolences on demise of a Burundian Shiite cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo

ABWA message of condolences on demise of a Burundian Shiite cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo

In a message, AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly offered its condolences on demise of the previous chairman of the Ithna-Ashar Shiite Ulema Assembly of Burundi (a Twelver Shiite Institute), Hujat al-Islam Sheikh Kikomo.


The message of condolences 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 demise of Hujat al-Islam Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo, one of the scholars of the of Burundi, caused grief and sorrow.


The deceased was one of the founders of the “Ithna-Ashar Shiite Ulema Institute” and one of the pioneers in publishing the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), who spent his blessed life preaching and teaching in different parts of the country and was a preacher of the Islam and the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly express its condolences to his honorable family and all his friends, and acquaintances, and prays to God for his exaltation in heaven and patience for his family.


AhlulBayt World Assembly

Jumada al-Thani 9, 1442

January 23, 2021

 
The late Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo was born in 1964 in the city of Rumge in Burundi in East Africa.


He completed his primary and high school in his hometown, and after receiving high school diploma at the “Madresa al-Thiqafa al-Islamia” (Islamic Cultural School), he began to study religious knowledge. After completing this course, he emigrated to Sudan and studied at higher levels.


After returning home from Sudan, due to his studies, he became interested in the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.), and became Shiite. This incident 1990 changed his destiny.


Engaged in propagating the teachings of the Quran and AhlulBayt in his country, he and his friends founded the “Ithna Ashar (Twelver) Shiite institute” in 1990 and chaired as the deputy chairman of the institute.


In 2004, the late Hujat al-Islam Ibrahim Kikomo was elected as the chairman of the “Ithna-Ashar (Twelver) Shiite Ulema Assembly of Burundi” and also the “AhlulBayt (a.s.) Institute” of the country.


He continued his efforts for many years until, in 2019, he was unfortunately infected with hepatitis C.


The Mustabsir (a person who finds the right path after being in wrong one) cleric passed away in on the morning of January 13, 2021 at the age of 57./trns/

Senior Burundian Shiite cleric passes away

Senior Burundian Shiite cleric passes away

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Hujjat al-Islam Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo, one of the Shiite clerics active in Burundi, passed away.


The late Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo was born in 1964 in the city of Rumge in Burundi in East Africa.


He completed his primary and secondary education in his hometown, and after receiving his diploma at the Islamic Cultural School, he began to study religious sciences. After completing this course, he emigrated to Sudan and studied at higher levels.


After returning from Sudan, he became interested to the religion of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) due to his studies and became a Shiite. This happened in 1990 and changed his destiny.


He was engaged in promoting the teachings of the Qur'an and Atrat in his country and established "Isna-Ashar Shiite Institute" with the help of his friends in 1999 and became the vice president of the institute.


Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo was elected chairman of the Isna-Ashar Shiite Ulema Assembly and the AhluBayt (a.s.) Institute in 2004.


These activities continued for many years and unfortunately he infected with hepatitis C in 2019.


Sheikh Ibrahim Kikomo passed away on January 13, 2021 at the age of 57./cp/

Judging stage of International competition of Grand Prize of Poetry of Year over

Judging stage of International competition of Grand Prize of Poetry of Year over

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Judging stage of International competition of Grand Prize of Poetry of Year is over.


The jury announced the results of the judging as follows:


1248 works out of 484 poets did not go to the next stage and 464 poems out of 211 poets reaches to the middle judging stage.


Selected works of this stage can be viewed separately on the contest site and click here to access the contest site.


If a participant's poem is not posted on the site, it does not have the necessary visual points to reach the next stage; However, the spiritual reward of some of these poems may be greater than the selected works, and the efforts of the participants will certainly not go unnoticed by Imam Hussain (a.s.).


The names of the judges of the middle stage will be introduced and the work of the judges will begin.


It is worth mentioning that the international competition "Grand Poetry Award of the Year" was organized by the Islamic Center of South Africa with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the Cultural Counselor of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Pretoria.


Spokesman of al-Nujaba: Martyr Soleimani was Ayatollah al-Sistani’s advisor in issuing jihad fatwa

Spokesman of al-Nujaba: Martyr Soleimani was Ayatollah al-Sistani’s advisor in issuing jihad fatwa

Thursday, 31 December 2020

According to al-Shammari, at the height of the attacks by Daesh, in which large parts of Iraq ‎fell and the holy shrines were endangered, Haj Qasem attended the offices of the religious authorities and explained the situation in full detail, helping to have the ‘obligatory jihad’ fatwa to ‎fight against terrorism issued.


According to the Communication and Media Affairs Centre of al-‎Nujaba in Iran‎, Nasr al-Shammari, the ‎spokesman of the al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance movement, spoke via video conference at an ‎academic webinar entitled “The Role of the Islamic Resistance in Defending the Shi’ah Shrines” ‎hosted by the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom, Iran on December 30, 2020.‎


Al-Shammari addressed the topic of his speech as “The Role of Martyr ‎General Qasem Soleimani in Defending the Holy Shrines of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) in Iraq,” and recalling the deplorable situation in neighbouring Syria and the subsequent occupation of ‎large areas of Iraq by Takfiri terrorists, he said, “Major governorates such as Nineveh, Salah ‎al-Din and al-Anbar fell within a day and Daesh quickly reached the threshold of ‎Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala governorate and Samarra was also completely besieged.”


He continued, “In that situation, Haj Qasem Soleimani entered Iraq on the night of the fall of Mosul and implemented a two-stage plan that, in the first step, would remove the danger from Baghdad, Najaf and Karbala, and in the next step, would open the way for the security forces to reach Samarra so that the catastrophic tragedy of 2006 (the destruction of the Holy al-Askari Shrine) is not repeated.”


Referring to the numerous meetings of Martyr Soleimani with Islamic Resistance commanders, ‎government officials and influential Iraqi figures, the al-Nujaba spokesman noted, “It was Haj Qasem who, by attending the offices of the religious authorities and explaining in full detail the prevailing conditions, helped to have the ‘obligatory jihad’ fatwa issued against Daesh.”


Al-Shammari further mentioned the general panic that had gripped Iraq in those days, ‎the flight of many government officials from the capital, the collapse of the army and ‎security forces, the emptying of the treasury and weapons depots and added, “Major General ‎Soleimani held a meeting in those days and he warned that we should not allow these ‎dangers to threaten the holy shrines under the pretext of these problems.‎”


Referring to Haj Qasem’s bravery in the operation to prevent the fall of Samarra, he ‎added, “He was on the verge of martyrdom many times there and in addition to being ‎a high-ranking and experienced combatant, his humane and ideological personality ‎strengthened the morale of the warriors defending the shrines.”‎


‎According to the deputy secretary-general of al-Nujaba, in the bloody operation “Jurf ‎al-Sakhr” (later called “Jurf al-Nasr”), Daesh also openly attacked with the slogan of ‎destroying the holy shrines of al-Kadhimayn, Karbala and Najaf. Therefore, Haj Qasem ‎Soleimani kept telling the warriors, ‘You are now like the companions of Imam al-Husayn and you must defend the holy shrines.’”


al-Shammari stated in this regard, “I heard from Haj Qasem that he said ‘this war is ‎the most honourable war and I am ready to be martyred in defence of the shrines of the Ahl ‎al-Bayt (a).’ So it was. By following Hadhrat Aba al-Fadhl al-Abbas (a), his hands were cut ‎off and he was torn to pieces in defence of the holy shrines in this land.”


In the continuation of this video speech, he described Martyr Soleimani as a man who ‎melted in Islam and the love of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) and added, “Haj Qasem’s efforts ‎beyond Iran and Iraq were as great as the Islamic ummah. He considered himself the ‎defender of all Muslims in the world.”


The official spokesman of al-Nujaba referred to the toughness, tact and martyrdom-seeking nature of ‎Martyr Soleimani and noted, “With his presence on the scene of the operation, problems ‎were solved and the fighters rushed to the battlefield with double speed and force because they saw that this beloved elder was standing on the front line before ‎all others.”


al-Shammari emphasized in conclusion, “The will of God Almighty was such ‎that this great warrior achieved his eternal dream of martyrdom and left great and ‎lasting effects by sacrificing his blood.”


It is worth mentioning that Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, the secretary-general of the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly (a.s.), Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Abolhasan Navvab, the president of the ‎University of Religions and Denominations, Shaykh Nabil al-Halbawi, the custodian of the Holy Shrine of Lady Ruqayyah, and Hujjat al-Islam Mahdi Farmanian, the vice-chancellor for research at the University of Religions and Denominations, were the other speakers at this academic ‎webinar.

Hujat al-Islam Hosseini calls Sheikh Zakzaky lion of Africa

Hujat al-Islam Hosseini calls Sheikh Zakzaky lion of Africa

Referring to bravery and courage to spread Islam, the head of the Islamic Center of Johannesburg, Hujat al-Islam Hosseini called Sheikh Zakzaky the lion of Africa.


On the 5th anniversary of the capture of Shaikh Zakzaky and martyrdom of some of his followers and family by the Nigerian army, the head of the Islamic Center of Johannesburg, Hujat al-Islam Hosseini referred to Sheikh Zakzaky’s high character and how he met him.


He said that right after the Islamic revolution of Iran, Sheikh Zakzaky used to come to Iran and participate in conferences which were held there whether for Islamic Unity or the Revolution anniversary.


“He was full of energy in every single committee which he was a member, he was outspoken member, trying to communicate with other guests”, he said.


“Personality of Sheikh was amazing. In several meetings I had with him, simplicity and also type of determination, energy, and positiveness are something that I learned from him.


Just one example that is enough for us to come to the conclusion that Sheikh is in the height of real Iman and that is when he lost his six children were they martyred in the protection of Islamic rights and also Palestinian rights in the international day of Quds”, said the head of the Islamic Center of Johannesburg, Hujat al-Islam Hosseini on the personality of Sheikh Zakzaky.


Saying that the time doesn’t let him explain in detail about the full personality if Sheikh Zakzaky, Hossein added, “But one thing is for sure that he is the Lion of Africa, his action speaks louder than himself, and that’s why the people of Nigeria have been adopting the teachings of Sheikh because they are so natural and are so localized and in harmony with the culture of Nigerian people. The way he explains realities, the way he makes Tafsir of the Quran are in a way that captures that everyone’s heart. I have seen thousands of Mubaleghin have been dispatched all over the world but few have been successful like Sheikh Zakzaky.”


“In the anniversary of his arrest we ask Allah (SWT) give us the success to InshaAllah follow the footpath of the Shuhada of Nigeria and commemorate their memories and also we pray that Allah (SWT) organize for the release of Sheikh and his wife and bring him back to the leadership of Nigerian brothers and sisters”, Hosseini said.

 

“No one has got any doubt that what happened in Nigeria was initiated by Bin Salman of Saudi regime of Israel. Because the only regimes which were losing their interest in Nigeria were these two”, he concluded.

Dr. Shajareh: Sheikh Zakzaky barely alive; needs to be immediately releasd

Dr. Shajareh: Sheikh Zakzaky barely alive; needs to be immediately releasd

The Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission in the United Kingdom, Dr. Massoud Shajareh noted the bad condition of Sheikh Zakzaky in Nigerian prison and demand his immediate release.


On the 5th anniversary of the capture of Sheikh Zakzaky and martyrdom of some of his followers and family by the Nigerian army, the Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission in the United Kingdom, Dr. Massoud Shajareh noted the bad condition of Sheikh Zakzaky in Nigerian prison.


At the beginning he appreciated the organizers of the conference and said, “It is five years ago when this massacre took place against Sheikh Zakzaky and the Islamic movement of Nigeria. We know that during that period over 1000 people were massacred both in the Hosseinieh and also near the resident of Sheikh Zakzaky. That included his 3 remaining sons and his sister who was burned alive in that compound. Many children, a number of people who were pregnant women, men, elderly, young people (were killed) with no mercy.”


“Consequently, afterward when inquiry was set up by the governor, although there was no confident and that’s why Sheikh’s movement, Islamic Movement of Nigeria refused to take part, nevertheless, the findings were very alarming. The army admitted that they have at least killed 400 people and they have (also) admitted that they have buried them in mass graves without an information to their family or their loved ones, which resulted in now that we know that under 1000 people either confirmed killed or disappeared who are believed that to be killed on that day”, he added.


“The international court just started investigation when we reported the details of what has happened, the detailed names of those who have been killed in that massacre. Shortly after the investigation by highest court of Nigeria eventually said Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife arrest is unlawful, against the constitution, they should be released, compensation has to be paid, and safe accommodation should be given to them. Because the army had destroyed their house and every evidence. And the evidence is not usually destroyed by governments, they are usually destroyed by criminals, unless the government is also the criminal which here is the case”, Dr. Massoud Shajareh said.


“His abuse was as such at the time of arrest that the photographs show that he barely alive. After we took a team of doctors more than a year and half a go and for the first time, he had access to the independent doctors he’s got lid poisoning, heart condition, his wife has got many other conditions. They cannot be treated in the prison. That’s why the court ruled that he should be taken out”, Shajareh Added on the health condition of Sheikh Zakzaky.


“As the matter of the fact now we are still exactly where we were. Five years on he still hasn’t been properly charged. The courts are delaying and you know that although the highest ruled that he should be released, the government refuse to do it. The reality is that something needs to be done, this innocent man, and this man who is loved by so many needs to be released and in Nigeria his people are going out five days a week every working day, demonstrating for his released and as the consequent of that they have been shot at, tear gassed and died”, Shajareh added.


The Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission in the United Kingdom, Dr. Massoud Shajareh said, “We internationally need to recognize the reality that this abuse in such a clear daylight in front of the whole world, cannot be allowed to continue. And there is no appeasing for people who killed and admit killing thousands of people and bury them in mass graves. We need to put pressure on international community and everyone and we need to wake up and we continue not putting pressure on Nigerian government, these 5 years will become ten years and these 10 years will become 15 years and then will become basis for injustice not just for Islamic movement of Nigeria but for everyone else.”


In the end, Dr, Shajareh concluded, “I prayed that Allah give us tawfiq to be part of the campaign and pressure that is needed to release him. Thank you.”

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