International Conference for Commemorating Ayatollah Al-KhersanIntroducing the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to the guests of the Umana Al-Rosol conference

Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “Our most important task is the intellectual management of the world. This is the need of human societies and seminaries, knowing their duty, should address this issue.”

ABWA Official Website - On Thursday, November 24, 2022, the Iraqi guests and the organizers of the conference “Umana Al-Rosol; Commemoration of the Insightful Reviver Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Al-Musawi Al-Khersan” welcomed at the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly headquarters in Qom and learned about the activities of this institution.

In this meeting, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “I sincerely appreciate and thank the institutions that organized the conference of Umana Al-Rosol and the Hoy Shrines of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and Imam Ali (a.s.), especially Hojat al-Islam Eskandari, who made diligent efforts to hold the conference.”

Regarding the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani said, “Students from 23 nationalities study at AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University. Also, Thaqalayn TV is active in Arabic, and we are trying to increase its languages. On the other hand, at the Ashura International Foundation, we are looking to monitor and collect information about the activities regarding Ashura and Arbaeen in different countries.”

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is the connecting link between the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and Marjaiat

Regarding other activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, he added, “We have connections with many missionaries in the world and we are looking for synergy for more activities.”

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is a non-governmental organization,” Ayatollah Ramazani added, “The Assembly is related to Marjaiat, and the members of its Supreme Council are from all countries of the world. Currently, the members of the General Assembly are 670 people and 400 people are applying for membership and we are considering it.”

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is the connecting link between the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and Marjaiat,” he said, “Wherever Marjaiat has a role, we are present there and inform the Shiites of the world about their words and statements.”

Regarding the mission of the seminaries in the field of propagating the teachings of AhlulBayt (a.s.), the professor of the higher levels of the seminary stated, “The golden opportunity that has arisen today for seminaries in the field of Islamic propagation all over the world is unprecedented and this opportunity should be used. The West is facing a spiritual crisis. Therefore, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school, with its comprehensiveness, can save the human society in various fields.”

The clergy and clerics need to get acquainted with the literature, language, and culture of the world

“I was in Europe for more than thirteen years and was associated with academic institutions. At the Sorbonne University, one of the scholars pointed out that Shiite Fiqh (jurisprudence) can respond to the challenges of humanity. Therefore, there is this golden opportunity, and by uniting and synergizing the capacities between the seminaries of Qom and Najaf, we can be influential in the international arena,” he added.

Emphasizing the necessity of avoiding sideline issues in religious activities in the international arena, about the method of international propagation of Islam he said, “The Iranian clerics with Iranian literature and Iraqi clerics with Iraqi literature cannot communicate with the world. Therefore, the clergy and clerics should get acquainted with the literature, language, and culture of the world so that they can convey the virtues of the words of AhlulBayt (a.s.).”

Referring to the necessity of producing literature for the world, the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “Just as the West produce literature for the world, we should also produce literature and discourse for the world with the AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings. They talk about human rights, justice, and freedom. While in practice these things are just a tool for domination. We must introduce the rationality, spirituality, and justice in the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world in the real sense, and with influential literature.”

“In ultra-neocolonialism, the West colonizes the world with its literature. Therefore, nowadays, it is not possible to operate only with Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and Osul (Islamic Fiqh principles). Rather, it is possible to work in the international arena by contemplating and mastery in different dimensions,” he added.

“Western academic institutions monitor the events of our seminaries,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, “The Sorbonne Catholic Institute monitors the latest debates in our seminary and studies the difference between Qom and Najaf approach and the most detailed issues such as Marjaiat and School of Distinction and has master’s and doctoral theses in these fields.”

“It is important that our seminaries can have an international perspective, and not be satisfied with looking at their own boundaries. Our most important task is the intellectual management of the world. This is the need of human societies and seminaries, knowing their duty, should address this issue,” he said in the end.

A report on the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

At the beginning of this meeting, in a report on the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the Assembly said, “So far, the Assembly has produced more than two thousand books in more than 36 languages ​​in the field of publishing the AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings. It has also more than 500 works under research and translation.

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has sent more than one million books to Shiites all over the world. On the other hand, ABNA News Agency covers the news and developments of the Shiite world in 25 languages. WikiShia is also active in 15 languages ​​and this online encyclopedia has offered the AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings on the Internet for those interested all over the world,” Dr. Mahdi Farmanian added.

Regarding the new plans of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the new era, he said, “The General Directorate of Cyberspace and the General Directorate of Education have recently been established and their activities will be expanded.”

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly was one of the pillars of holding Conference Umana Al-Rosol: Eskandari

Also, in this meeting, Hojat al-Islam Reza Eskandari, Secretary of Umana Al-Rosol Scientific Conference, in a short speech, appreciated the cooperation and participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in holding this conference and stated, “The Assembly was one of the pillars of holding the Umana Al-Rosol Scientific Conference. Also, Ayatollah Ramazani himself, since he was appointed as the General-Secretary of the Assembly, has had valuable companionship and cooperation in various dimensions.”

“I hope that with the cooperation of the Holy Shrines of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and Imam Ali (a.s.), as well as other institutions, we will hold Umana Al-Rosol Scientific Conference for other figures and ulama and reach valuable achievements,” he added.

It worth mentioning that the Najaf section of the “1st Conference of the Umana al-Rosol (Trustees of the Messengers): Commemoration of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Muhammad Mahdi Al-Musawi Al-Khersan” with research meetings was held in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (a.s.). The closing ceremony of this section was also held on the Tuesday evening, October 18, 2022, in the conference hall of Lady Fatimah Zahra (a.s.), and the authors of the selected articles and a number of organizers of the conference were appreciated.

Also, the two holy shrines of Imam Ali (a.s.) and Imam Hussain (a.s.), as well as about 30 scientific and cultural institutions – including the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly – have participated in holding this conference. /345/

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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