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Normalization of ties with Israel, test of sensitivity of Islamic world

Normalization of ties with Israel, test of sensitivity of Islamic world

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Spokesman for the Presiding Board of Assembly of Experts said that normalization of ties with the occupying regime of Israel is a test of sensitivity of the Islamic world.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami added, “If normalization is met with a decisive and revolutionary reaction from the Islamic world, those countries which want to normalize ties with Israel will certainly retreat.”

Turning to the normalization of ties between United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Zionist regime in an interview with IRNA, the Ayatollah said, “The Islamic Republic has been aware of the secret relations of reactionary Arab countries with the Zionist regime for a long time. It seems that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and some Arab countries have the same relations with this occupying regime but the Emirati government revealed these secret relations openly.”

Tehran interior Friday prayers leader termed the disclosure of relations with the Zionist regime as a test to measure sensitivity and reaction of the Islamic world to this ominous act and reiterated, “If normalization is met with a decisive and revolutionary reaction of the Islamic world, those who are in the line of this normalization will retreat.”

By normalizing its relations with the occupying regime in Jerusalem, the UAE government has betrayed both Islam and the Arab world as well as the aspirations of the oppressed Palestinian people, he said, adding, “Surely, this great treason and betrayal will remain in the memory of the rest of the region and they will regret sooner or later.”

The UAE government must take the advice of Leader of the Islamic Revolution seriously before it is too late and consider the usurping Zionist regime as an enemy.

Trump, in his imagination, seeks to gain concessions for the upcoming election by using such measures in the election campaign, but the consequences of this conspiracy will return to them with God's help, because the fake Zionist government cannot survive, Ayatollah Khatami underlined.

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Ayatollah Ramezani denounced “Violation of Religious, Social Rights in Sweden & France”

Ayatollah Ramezani denounced “Violation of Religious, Social Rights in Sweden & France”

Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Deploring the “Violation of religious and social rights in Sweden and France”, secretary-general of the World Assembly of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) said, “It is peculiar to us that in the modern age,where science and technology are at the apex of progress, such irrational actions sometimes inflame and disturb human societies – unexpectedly in Europe, which claims to be the flagship of thought and culture in the modern centuries.”

Following the insult of some anti-Islamists to the Holy Quran in Sweden, and the republishing of an insulting image of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) by the French publication, the Secretary General of the World Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) issued an important statement.

In this statement which is composed with a look beyond religions, Ayatollah Reza Ramezani called on intellectuals, human rights organizations, and European governments to employall peaceful and cultural meansavailable to root out such hateful behaviorswhich are anti-social, and against human rights from their societies.

“Both sides of extremism are destructive – whether religious extremism which manifested in groups like “ISIL” and “Boko Haram” or anti-religious extremism which manifested in groups like “Hard Line” (Danish: StramKurs) and Charlie Hebdo (which has insulted Prophet Muhammad). Both of them aim at rationality, security, democracy, peace, freedom, spirituality, and tranquility of human societies”, Ayatollah Ramezani emphasized.

The full text of Ayatollah Reza Ramezani's statement is as follows:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

In recent days, unfortunately,two anti-religious and anti-human rights incidents in two European countries upset Muslims and worried human rights advocates: Danish anti-Islam extremists burned the Holy Quran in Sweden and Charlie Hebdo magazine insulted Prophet Muhammad in France.

It is too peculiar to us that in the modern age, where science and technology are at the apex of flourishing, sometimes such irrational actions inflame and disturb human societies – unexpectedly in Europe, which claims to be the flagship of thought and culture in the modern centuries.

Stranger still, these actions were carried out under the pretext of “Freedom of speech and expression.” Whereas the freedom of speech and expression is quite different from “insulting the sanctities and beliefs of the others.”

In this regard, and as the Secretary-General of an assembly whose members are the intellectuals of more than 100 countries, I need to draw the attention of scholars, thinkers, libertarians, and human rights institutions of the world - especially from Sweden and France - to some important points:

1. Regardless of religious or theological issues, the abnormal actions of far-right extremists in Sweden and the misdeeds of a publication in France, are clear examples of hatred and, as a result, a clear violation of the right to freedom of religion, belief, and opinion.

2. These two incidents, and actions similar to them, are a clear violation of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”Insulting the respected symbols of about two billion people in the world is not considered just and brotherly behavior.

3. The incidents which took place in Sweden and France, are threats tothe Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, which explicitly states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes ... freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”This is while the insult and aggression against the sanctities of hundreds of millions of people which took place in these two countries, seek to spread fear of Islam and Muslims and there by suppressing the religious freedom of Muslims and restricting their teachings and rituals.

4. According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, education “shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups.”However, the aberrant actions in Sweden and France are in complete contradiction with the contents of this article and do not lead to the desired result –“It (the education) shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.”

5. According to Article 29 of the Declaration, “Everyone is liable to his community.” The second part of Article 29 reads, “In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.” However, the burning of the Holy Quran in the Swedish city of Malmö has endangered the city’s security, and also Charlie Hebdo’s inhumane behaviors have already led to several acts of violence in France and abroad.

6. In addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (signed by both Sweden and France and they are required to abide it), the incidents which have been taken place in these two European countries are also condemned according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted by United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966. According to Article 19 of the Covenant, “The exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities (and)it may therefore be subject to certain restrictions”, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:

(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;

(b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.

The two incidents in Sweden and France have, therefore, violated Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both in nature and in consequence.

The above six paragraphs were expressed from a human rights perspective and beyond religions. Of course, it is very clear that by examining these events from the perspective of religious teachings, they will be condemned by all religions of the world, the issue that needs to be discussed in detail elsewhere.

According to what has been mentioned above, we strongly expect, Firstly, from intellectual, libertarian, and normative figures; Secondly, from civil societies and human rights organizations; and Thirdly, from European governments; to root out such hateful, anti-social, and anti-human rights actions of their communities through various peaceful and cultural methods.

Both sides of extremism are destructive – whether religious extremism manifested in groups like “ISIL” and “Boko Haram” or anti-religious extremism which manifested in groups like “StramKurs” and Charlie Hebdo magazine. Both of them aim at rationality, security, democracy, peace, freedom, spirituality, and tranquility of human societies.

I declare here that the Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) World Assembly is ready to hold scientific and cultural meetings with all those who have questions or information about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Holy Quran, or Islamic rules and talk in a scientific and peaceful atmosphere, away from extremism. As God commanded us as “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good advice and dispute with them in a manner that is best.” (16:125)

Reza Ramezani
Secretary General of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) World Assembly
September 4, 2020

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Photos: Signing memorandum of cooperation between Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly, Al-Mustafa International University

Photos: Signing memorandum of cooperation between Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly, Al-Mustafa International University

Tuesday, 08 September 2020

A memorandum of cooperation was signed between the two groups in the presence of the officials and deputies of the World Assembly of the Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly and Al-Mustafa International University.

 

 

 

 

 

Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani denounced insulting Holy Qur'an in Sweden

Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani denounced insulting Holy Qur'an in Sweden

Sunday, 06 September 2020

Issuing a statement, Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden by anti-Islamists.

The text of this statement is as follows:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And they say, ‘No one will enter paradise except one who is a Jew or Christian.’ Those are their [false] hopes! Say, ‘Produce your evidence, should you be truthful.’ (2:111)

More than fourteen centuries ago, the Holy Qur'an invited Jews and Christians to present reasoning andit also introduced rational dialogue as a method of evaluating religions.

But it is surprising that in the age of science and technology, and in a land that introduces itself as a flagship of intellectuality, the Holy Qur'an, the latest version of divine guidance, is insulted by a few ignorant young people and the police who must keep the law and social order supports them with more ignorance.

This heartbreaking tragedy is a living irony of the ultimate darkness in the West and a clear evidencefor the legitimacy and rational ability of Islam and the Holy Qur'an over other religious schools.

We should feel sorry for such leaders whose signs of ignorance in their past and present lives have surprised everyone because they happily dance in ignorance while consider themselves supporters of freedom, and countless curses on the leaders of some Islamic countries who join this evil circle and in the meantime seek to strengthen their relations with the enemies of Islam, careless to the fact that they're flogging the dead horse and are just consolidating their place in the Hell.

But there is no doubt that these childish behaviors have no effect other than furthering Islam and strengthening the Muslims' belief.However, this does not alleviate the responsibility of the Islamic countries, especially the Islamic Republic of Iran, in dealing with such ignorant acts as firmly as possible. It is the heavy duty of all faith and religions' scholars, to prevent these childish behaviors and to thwart the plots of arrogant anti-religionsin order to provide an environmentfor rational dialogue among all faith believers of the world and to replace peace and security with war and bloodshed.

Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani
September 2, 2020
Shahrivar 12, 1399
Muharram 13, 1442

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Photos: Mourning ceremony held in Rasht on night of Tasua

Photos: Mourning ceremony held in Rasht on night of Tasua

Monday, 31 August 2020

Mourning ceremony held at "Abu Dharr" mosque with speech of Ayatollah Ramazani in Rasht on night of Tasua.

Member of English Hey'at in Tehran offers condolences on death of Dr. Rashid Farokhi

Member of English Hey'at in Tehran offers condolences on death of Dr. Rashid Farokhi

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Ms. Sedigheh Forqan, a member of the English-speaking Hey'at in Tehran, expressed her condolences on the death of Dr. Mohammad Vahid Rashid Farokhi.

The text of the message is as follow:

"We come from Allah and we return to Allah

Dr. Wahid Rashid Farokhi, was a member of the English Hey'at of Tehran under the direction of Sister MarziehHashemi. He was my physician, a Dr. of Endocrinology. He was also administrator and founding member of African Majmeh, and a member of 313 group.

My memories of him are as a real brother. Whenever he came to the English Hey'at, and whatever location we had him in, he never sat down like an observer. He would say "what can I do to help?"

When visiting a physician we should pay money, right? He would never let me leave his office without giving me an envelope full of money.

My name is Sediqa Jamila al-Forqan. Al Hamdulellah I am a resident of the Islamic Republic of Iran but I was born in the Great Satan, America[the United States]. "

After enduring coronavirus for a while, Dr. Mohammad Vahid Rashid Farokhi, a member of the General Assembly of the World Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and an active member of the International Charity Foundation of Muslim Physicians (ICFMP), passed awayin Tehran on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

Member of General Assembly of Ahlulbayt (a.s.) World Assembly passed away

Member of General Assembly of Ahlulbayt (a.s.) World Assembly passed away

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Dr. Mohammad Vahid Rashid Farokhi, a member of the General Assembly of the World Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and an active member of the International Charity Foundation of Muslim Physicians (ICFMP) died of coronavirus on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

He was an activist for the Assembly on Shiites issues in Central and Latin America, who offered many services in the region to the Shiites and Ahl al-Bayt (AS)school.

Consulting and cooperating with the central office of Europe and the United States of World Assembly of Ahl al-Bayt (AS), efforts to promote the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) in Latin America, interaction to organize the Shiite affairs of Central American countries (such as Haiti), and friendly and compassionate assistance to Latin seminary students studying in Iran, were of his services that the late scholar sincerely provided.

He was also an active member of the International Charity Foundation of Muslim Physicians (ICFMP) which is a charity foundation and subsidiary institution of the World Assembly of Ahlal-Bayt (AS).

The foundation has provided many services in deprived Shiite areas and provided medical assistance to displaced persons and victims of natural disasters in Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Myanmar, etc.

Among the services of the late Dr. Mohammad Vahid Rashid Farokhi at the ICFMP charity foundation are the following: preparing and sending medicine and medical supplies for the Arbaeen Mawkebs [places set up to cater Husseini pilgrims], presence in Iraq and providing free medical services to participants in Arbaeen Great Walk, supplying and sending medicine and medical items to the displaced and presence in the border area of Myanmar and Bangladesh to serve the expelled Rohingya people.

The free visit for clergies and seminary students was another voluntary and benevolent act of the Dr. Rashid Farokhi that he performed in some seminary centers.

Dr. Rashid Farokhi also had an outstanding moral character. He was a man of sincerity, love, compassion, unpretentiousness and humility which made him popular with his colleagues as well as Latin seminary students.

After enduring coronavirus for a while, he finally passed away in Tehran on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

Ahlulbayt (AS) News Agency offers condolences to Imam Mahdi (AS), all Shiites and especially family of the deceased for this irreparable loss, and wishes divine mercy and forgiveness for him, and patience and reward for his family.

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