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ABWA’s statement in response to strange sentence of Azerbaijan Attorney General

ABWA’s statement in response to strange sentence of Azerbaijan Attorney General

In response to the strange sentence of the Republic of Azerbaijan Attorney General, AhlulBayt World Assembly issued a statement.


The statement is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


The request for 18 years of imprisonment for Mr. Haj Ilham Aliyev, the leader of the Islamic Party of the Republic of Azerbaijan, by the country’s Attorney General, saddened the Muslims of the world - especially the Shiites and the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


The request for a long prison sentence for this prominent cleric, who has always strived to promote Islam and has a special personality among the people of Azerbaijan in terms of piety and morality, is not acceptable at all and is against human rights laws.


In line with its inherent duty, which is to protect the rights of the world’s Shiites, reminding the religious capacity of the Muslim people and followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school of Azerbaijan in the exaltation and development of civilization and the Husseini-like efforts of Ulama (Islamic scholars) and Shiites of the country on the battlefields of the recent war in Karabakh, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly expect the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan – with a large population of Shiites – while tactfully stand against the divisive evil plots of the enemies of Islam, to pave the way for pardon and release of Haj Ilham Aliyev and all prisoner Islamists.


It is hoped that international and human rights organizations, the European Union, and especially Islamic countries, will be more sensitive to such issues and will take timely action to protect the rights of Muslims.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

April 14, 2021

Seminar to introduce important works related to Shiites situation in contemporary Afghanistan

Seminar to introduce important works related to Shiites situation in contemporary Afghanistan

A seminar introducing the most important works related to the situation of Shiites in the contemporary history of Afghanistan will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at AhlulBayt International University.


According to the public relations of AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University, the seminar which is organized by the deputy for Research and Technology of the university, will be held in the conference hall.


Hojat al-Islam Dr. “Mohammad Reza Zare Khourmizi”, a member of the faculty of the university, and Hojat al-Islam Dr. “Mohammad Reza Piri”, a researcher of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the field of Afghanistan, will present their research in the seminar.

This seminar will be held from 14:00 to 16:00 in the conference hall of AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University.

Five great lessons from Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s life: Hosseini Kouhsari discussed

Five great lessons from Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s life: Hosseini Kouhsari discussed

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

An online commemoration meeting was held on the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the great scholar of the Islamic world and great Shiite thinker, the late Professor Jalal al-Din Rahmat, a prominent member of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the late Chairman of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Association of Indonesia (IJABI).


In this online meeting which was organized by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and started at 16:30, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Tehran time (8 pm Jakarta time), some Iranian and Indonesian figures delivered their speech.




Jalal al-Din Rahmat
was a trans-denomination and even trans-religious figure: Hosseini Kouhsari


The second guest who delivered his speech at the ceremony was Hojat al-Islam “Sayed Mofid Hosseini Kouhsari”, director of the Center for Communication and International Affairs of the Seminaries. At the beginning of his speech, expressing regret and sorrow on the demise of this great Shiite thinker, he said, “The Grand Sources of Emulation, the director of seminaries, Islamic Scholars and seminary professors issued messages of condolence for the demise of Prof. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.”


Emphasizing that many lessons can be learned from the life and personality of Prof. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, he added, “In this brief opportunity, I will point out five characteristics of the deceased that we can use to learn five great lessons for our lives.”


Hojat al-Islam Hosseini Kouhsari considered the combination of university and seminary studies as the first characteristic of the late prof. Jalal al-Din Rahmat and said, “The first lesson of Dr. Jalaluddin Rahmat’s life was that he tried to combine academic studies and Islamic studies. He also tried to combine attending seminary and attending university. This requires a lot of effort.”


“Today, we need people who are familiar with both the new sciences and religious sciences; people who research on interdisciplinary studies and be influential personalities. The late Jalal al-Din Rahmat was an example of this and in addition to studying at universities in Indonesia, Australia, and the United States, he also studied at the seminary in Qom. A large part of this professor’s life was spent in university and seminary education,” he continued.


“Having a scholarly personality and connections with Indonesian scholars, thinkers, and writers in various countries, Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s elite connections did not prevent him from communicating with the ordinary people. Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat had a lot of services for orphans, the poor, and different segments of the people and his life showed that man can be a thinker and a scholar and can communicate with the elites and the masses of the people, and his benefit will reach everyone,” explained the Director of the Center for Communication and International Affairs of the Seminaries, considering “being popular” as the second characteristic of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.




“Many times, the deprivation of the people leads the elites of the society to enter social services, but because social work takes a lot of time, these elites stay away from scientific activities and can no longer study as they used to,” stated Hosseini Kouhsari, considering it necessary to serve the people.


“Despite being involved in social work, he had many scientific activities and wrote about 50 volumes of books on various topics such as psychology, communication sciences, the life of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), and the Imams (a.s.), exegesis (of Quran) and mysticism. Despite these scientific and research activities, he did not neglect the provision of social services and maintained his extensive communication with the people. Despite these scientific and research activities, he did not neglect the provision of social services and maintained his extensive communication with the people,” continued the former head of the representation of Al-Mustafa International University in Indonesia, who was closely acquainted with the activities of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat due to his responsibility.


The third lesson from his life is that he was a believer in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school, a prominent Shiite figure, and the head of “IJABI”, one of Indonesia’s official Shiite associations. But he did not limit himself to the Shiite world and Shiite thought.


“Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat Rahmat’s Shiite approach was outstanding. He chaired an Indonesian Shiite organization, translated the Sahifa al-Sajadiyya, and wrote many books about the AhlulBayt (a.s.). But at the same time, he was a very pro- Proximity (of Shia and Sunni) and worked for the unity and ideals of the Islamic world,” he continued, introducing pro- Proximity (of Shia and Sunni) as the third characteristic of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.


“With this pro- Proximity spirit, Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat was an Indonesian national figure, and all Indonesians, when they listen to him, felt that he was a pro-Indonesia who had a lot of passion for his country and has done a lot of activities for Indonesia. From the life of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, we learn the lesson that while adhering to the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.), we can also have general Islamic and national approaches. Also, although Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei) are among the greatest Shiite figures, they have always strived for the Islamic world and the cause of humanity,” Hosseini Kouhsari added.


“Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s trans-denomination and trans-religious characteristics led him to associate with many Indonesian figures, thinkers, and ministers. Beyond Shiism and even Islam, he was active in defending the rights of religious minorities in Indonesia. After the death of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, more than 50 Indonesian figures from different religions and tribes issued messages of condolence. This shows that he was not just a Muslim,” stated the director of the Center for Communication and International Affairs of the Seminaries.s.




“The fourth lesson from the life of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat is that one can have both political and religious activities. At the same time that he was a religious figure and had sermons and wrote religious books, Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat was also active in politics. He was a member of the Indonesian parliament and consulted with Indonesian political figures to improve the country’s affairs. We need figures who, while being religious thinkers, are influential in the political arena of their countries and use this capacity to serve religion and the people,” continued Hosseini Kouhsari, recognizing the “integration between religious and political activities” as his fourth characteristic.


“The fifth lesson from the life of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat is that while he was active in social, political and managerial fields, he was not unaware of spirituality, worship, and asceticism and valued self-purification and spiritual and moral issues,” noted the director of the Center for Communication and International Seminaries, recognizing the “attention to spirituality” as the fifth characteristic of the blissed deceased.


“Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat was a humble man and always tried to maintain his moral asceticism, spirituality, and inner purity. This is an important point that we need. Because many people distance themselves from the inner manners, piety, and spirituality after entering social, political and managerial work,” he concluded in the end.


It should be mentioned that in an online ceremony which was held for the commemoration of the 7th day of the demise of the great scholar of the Islamic world and the great Shiite thinker, the late Professor Jalal al-Din Rahmat, the following figures spoke at the ceremony: Deputy of International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Javad Zarean, Director of the Center for Communication and International affairs of the Seminaries Sayed Mofid Hosseini Kouhsari, Chairman of the Council of the AhlulBayt Organization of Indonesia (ABI) Sayed Omar Shahab, Representative of the Supreme Leader in Indonesia Abdul Majid Hakim Elahi and son of the late Jalal al-Din Rahmat Meftah Fawzi Rahmat.


The ceremony was organized by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the speeches were translated into three languages: Persian, Indonesian, and English. Hojat al-Islam “Hossein Bahrami”, a scholar active in Southeast Asian studies, and Mr. “Ismail Amin”, an Indonesian student of Al-Mustafa International University, were the secretary and translator of this ceremony.


In the beginning, “Ali Alizadeh”, an international Quran reciter, recited verses from the Quran and presented its reward to the soul of the late Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat and his dear wife. In addition to the Adobe Connect webinar environment, the meeting was also broadcast live on IJABI’s YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as on the AhlulBayt virtual meeting page on Instagram, and was welcomed by thousands of enthusiasts of the late Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.


To see pictures of the webinar, click here.


Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, the chairman of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Society of Indonesia (IJABI), a former representative in the country’s Parliament, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021, at the age of 72 due to Covid-19.


He was a prominent member of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and was considered as one of the moderate and popular figures of Indonesia Muslims. The late Jalal al-Din Rahmat was one of the pioneers of Istibsar in Indonesia and the AhlulBayt IJABI Society, which honored millions of people to convert to the religion of the AhlulBayt (a.s.). This Society which was chaired by him has branches and is active in most Indonesian provinces.


The late Jalal al-Din Rahmat educated from Iowa US, International Studies, Australia, the Islamic University of Makasar in Indonesia in the fields of Political Science, International Relations, and Hadith Studies. Since 1978, he joined the University of Padjeran as a Professor and was teaching, writing, and propagating until his demise.


Four days before his demise, the wife of the late Jalal al-Din Rahmat, Hajiyeh “Evis Kartini”, had died of the Covid-19 too.

Commemoration ceremony for Jalaluddin Rakhmat to be held on Tuesday (+Poster)

Commemoration ceremony for Jalaluddin Rakhmat to be held on Tuesday (+Poster)

 

A virtual commemoration ceremony will be held on the occasion of the seventh day of the demise of the grand scholar of the Islamic world and senior Shiite scholar, the late Professor Jalaluddin Rakhmat, the president of the Indonesian Ahlul Bayt (AS) Association (IJABI).


The virtual ceremony, which will be organized by the the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, will feature lectures in Persian, Indonesian and English and will be broadcast live.


Hujjat al-Islam Muhammad Javad Zarean, deputy of International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hujjat al-Islam "Abdul Majid Hakim Elahi", the representative of the Supreme Leader in Indonesia and Hujjat al-Islam "Sayyed Mofid Husseini Kouhsari", head of Hawzeh International Affairs will delivered speech at the ceremony.


Also, Dr. Sayyed Omar Shahab, Chairman of the Council of the AhluBayt (a.s.) Organization of Indonesia (ABI), and Mr. KH. Muftah Fouzi Rakhmat, son of the late Jalaluddin Rakhmat, are Indonesian personalities who will speak at the ceremony.


Hujjat al-Islam "Hussein Bahrami", one of the most active cleric in Southeast Asian studies, will be the secretary of the ceremony and "Ali Alizadeh", an international Quran reciter, recited verses from Holy Qura at the begining the ceremony.


The virtual ceremony will start at 16:30 on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.


Participation in this ceremony is allowed for the public and those interested can click the following link to enter the ceremony and view it:


https://class.mou.ir/jalasat

 
 
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Commemoration ceremony of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat held in holy shrine of Imam Reza (+ Photos)

Commemoration ceremony of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat held in holy shrine of Imam Reza (+ Photos)

Monday, 22 February 2021

Organized by Astan Quds Razavi, a special program was held in the holy shrine of Imam Reza (a.s.) in honor of the great Scholar of the Islamic world and great Shiite thinker, chairman of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Society of Indonesia (IJABI) the late Professor Jalal al-Din Rahmat.


The ceremony was held on Sunday, February 21, 2021, in the courtyard of Dar al-Marhama of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, organized by the Deputy of non-Iranian pilgrims of Astan Quds Razavi and the Deputy of International Affairs of the Academic and Cultural Organization of Astan Quds Razavi, with the presence of a group of scholars, “Mostafa Khaksar Ghahroudi” the deputy custodian of Astan Quds and a group of officials and managers of the holy shrine, as well as some Indonesian scholars.


The ceremony began with the recitation of a few verses from the Holy Quran. The recitation of the Ziarat of Rajabiyya of Imam Reza, speeches, and the broadcast of the gratitude message of the son of Prof. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, were among the programs.



The representative of the Supreme Leader in Indonesia, Hojat al-Islam Abdul Majid Hakim Elahi, delivered a speech at the ceremony. He explained the situation of Islam in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, and the activities of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, as well as the process of his influence in spreading the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.


Known as Malay, Southeast Asia is a strategic region of interest to various countries. Trade relations between the region and the Middle East have existed for 4,000 years, and the travels of merchants have brought Iranians and Arabs to the region.


“The Islam which entered the region had three origins with Shiite roots. First, due to the oppression of the Abbasids and the Umayyads against the Shiites, some of them migrated to the Malay region,” said Hojat al-Islam Hakim Elahi, stating that in the 3rd century AH, Islam entered the region of the Malay Archipelago.


“The second reason for the arrival of Islam in Southeast Asia was the Iranian merchants who while were trading, exchanged their culture, and took missionaries with them to propagate Islam,” he added.



“Shiites have ruled the Malay region for more than 300 years. But after the colonization of the region by the Netherlands, Portugal, and Britain, they were suppressed and forced to Taqiya (hiding the real belief),” added the representative of the Supreme Leader in Indonesia.


Continuing his speech, he examined the impact of the Islamic Revolution (of Iran) and Imam Khomeini in the international arena.


According to Hojat al-Islam “Hakim Elahi”, the most important impact of the Islamic Revolution (of Iran) in the international arena is the replacement of the Western ideology with Islamic ideology, and the introduction of religious symbols in society, and the tendency to spirituality.


“He was educated in the United States and was influenced by the wave of (Iran Islamic) Revolution. While communicating with Iranians, he changed his denomination (to Shia) and created a new discourse,” he said, introducing the prominent personality and activities of the late Jalal al-din Hekmat.


“In Indonesia, Jalal al-din Hekmat taught the thoughts and ideas of Imam Khomeini, Martyr Motahhari, and Martyr Sadr and published these thoughts. So that a large number of young people joined him and a philosophical enlightenment was formed,” said the representative of the Supreme Leader in Indonesia.



“Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the number of Shiites in the Malay region did not reach 100. However, with the activities of the late Jalal al-din Hekmat in order to spread the thoughts and ideas of Imam Khomeini, currently 2.5 to 4 million Shiites live in this country,” he stated.


According to this official, the establishment of Shahid Motahari Institute (in Indonesia), and primary, middle, and high schools in Malaysia, translation of all books by Shahid Motahari and Shahid Sadr, as well as the translation of Nahj al-Balaghah, and also authorship of more than 20 works, were among the including the activities of this Indonesian Shiite leader.


“Influence on commonalities between Shiites and Sunnis, strengthening the economic power of Muslims, using new social methods, holding specialized meetings, applying religious rituals, encouraging people to visit Imam Reza (a.s.), using the epistemological capacities of Shiites, etc., were among the activities of this Shiite scholar,” he said, referring to the activities of the late Jalal al-Din Hekmat.


Following the ceremony, Mr. Meftah Fawzi Rahmat, the son of the late Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, read a message of appreciation and thanks to the participants in an online call.


“My family and I sincerely thank and appreciate the holding of my father’s commemoration ceremony in the holy shrine of Reza,” he said in part of his message.


“It is a great honor to have a commemoration ceremony for my father in this holy place. We thank God for this,” he added.


“I thank all the scholars and thinkers for holding this commemoration ceremony, as well as the custodian of the Astan Quds Razavi,” Meftah Rahmat said, appreciating and thanking the custodian of Astan Quds Razavi for holding this ceremony.


“I have very good memories of my honoring to enter the holy city of Mashhad and the court of light of Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (a.s.). The role of Imam Reza (a.s.) has been very crucial in the life of our family and the days we spent in the city of Mashhad and the shrine of Imam Reza (a.s.) are among the best days of our lives,” he emphasized.


“I wish these hard days of Covid-19 were over and I could travel to Mashhad and touch the Panjareh Foulad (steel window of the holy shrine of Imam Reza),” Meftah Rahmat said.

Astan Quds Razavi’s chief custodian condoles demise of Indonesia’s head of Ahl al-Bayt community

Astan Quds Razavi’s chief custodian condoles demise of Indonesia’s head of Ahl al-Bayt community

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Astan Quds Razavi’s chief custodian Hoj. Ahmad Marvi has offered condolences in a message over the demise of Dr. Jalaluddin Rakhmat, Indonesia’s head of Ahl al-Bayt community.


The text of Hoj. Marvi’s message is as follows:


In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return


I would like to offer my condolences to all people, scholars, and lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) over passing away of the noble intellectual, Professor Jalaluddin Rakhmat, the head of Ahl al-Bayt community of Indonesia, former member of parliament, and founder of Martyr Motahhari Educational Complex. Late Dr. Rakhmat was among the pioneers of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) school of thought in Southeast Asia. Thanks to his perfect faith, eloquent pen, and influential expression, he played a very significant role in publicizing and promoting rich culture and teachings of Islam and thoughts of Imam Khomeini (RA) as well as viewpoints of Ayatollah Khamenei in different countries.


From the vicinity of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine, I wish Heaven and companionship with friends of God for him and enduring patience as well as great rewards for his family, in particular his intellectual son Dr. Meftah Rakhmat.


AQR Chief Custodian

Ahmad Marvi

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