On Thursday morning, May 12, 2022, members of the Union of International Associations met with the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the meeting hall of the Qom Assembly.
In this meeting, after welcoming the guests, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated, “In the serious atmosphere and conditions of the historical turning point and world order, moving in the direction of the new Islamic civilization is of great importance, and this issue should be carefully considered and studied.”
“Today, more than ever, the conditions for the young generation to be ctive in the international arena are better prepared,” he added.
About the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly
Explaining the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the professor of the highest levels of the seminary of Qom said, “Since I started working in the Assembly, I have raised the issue of change discourse. Because we should not be content with just upgrading. In this direction, getting acquainted of international institutions leads to a common understanding, and the fruit of a common understanding is interaction and synergy. Synergy, in turn, will be the prelude to development and change.”
“WikiShia Virtual Encyclopedia has 10 languages, and we are about to add 6 more languages this year. ABNA News Agency can play an irreplaceable role in informing and creating networks, so that there is a link between the Marjaiat and the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.). Thawalayn satellite TV is broadcast in one language, and we are looking to expand its activities into several other languages. 3200 foreign missionaries cooperate with us, and the majority of students at AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University are from foreign countries. These students must be trained in such a way that they can be officials and successful cultural directors in their country in the future,” he added.
“In the new structure of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, changes were made in the economic, cultural, scientific, etc. fields, and we designed and approved the new structure and chart,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.
Regarding the requirements of working in the international arena, he said, “We need to become familiar with international language, literature, and discourse, and get to know our audiences and environments. Because the introduction of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings in different environments and regions requires its own literature. Needs, priorities and exploring the harms in the international arena must be addressed.”
“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has the strongest Supreme Council, and the members of the Supreme Council of the Assembly are important and influential real and legal figures such as Sheikh Zakzaky, etc. in different countries,” continued the member of the Assembly of Leadership Experts.
Stating that the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly oversees Shiite affairs, he added, “In its activities, the Assembly must reach a stage where it has scientific and spiritual authority in the world. We must present the AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings in a way that pleases everyone.”
Rationality, spirituality, justice, and resistance are among the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school
“Rationality, spirituality, justice, and resistance are among the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school. We do not seek absolute peace, because peace should be based on justice. Peace is the realization of human dignity in the comprehensive sense of the word, not in the sense of what the West says,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.
Emphasizing the need to introduce the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in different continents with the specific literature of those areas, he added, “The late Yahya Bono, recalling the situation in the early days of Islam, said, ‘We must know our audience correctly, because in the era of the Reappearance (of Imam Mahdi), the Meccan audience is different from the Medina audience’. Because in Medina, Islam ruled and had its own rules, but the literature of Mecca was different.”
“We have to work hard in the cultural field in other countries. It is necessary to have a good score in qualitative and quantitative indicators,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the need for cultural management.
We must introduce Islam comprehensively, accurately, and deeply
Stating that Islam must be introduced comprehensively, accurately and deeply, he added, “Unfortunately, some intellectuals introduce Islam in a very minimal and individual way. Someone told Ayatollah Kashani ‘Leave politics to us and you tell religious issues.’ In response, he said, ‘Politics with cheating meaning belongs to you,’ and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) are real politicians and policymakers.”
“British Shiites and American Sunnis are harmful. These views in introducing Islam have been deviant and eclectic. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce Islam comprehensively, accurately, and deeply,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.
“In the past, there was a confrontation between the West and the East. But today, thanks to the Islamic Revolution of Iran, the confrontation between Islam and arrogance is taking place,” he emphasized.
Referring to the statement of the second phase of the Islamic Revolution (emphasized by the Supreme Leader of the Revolution), he said, “We can work with the international literature on the second step statement. Muslims were once the center of science, and this authority can be reached again. Advances in science bring dominance and authority. Therefore, it is necessary to emphasize more on the development and advancement of science.”
“The West considers ethics to be in conflict with politics because ethics in politics is not compatible with Machiavellian system and politics. According to religious thought, if there is no moral system, there will be no progress, and our central difference with other systems is in morality and spirituality. Therefore, if we want justice to be implemented, we must pay for it. If there is no power, justice will not be achieved,” stated the member of the Assembly of Leadership Experts about the discussion of ethics and spirituality in the statement of the second phase of the Revolution.
“It is necessary to examine how the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the country and abroad have a freedom-seeking and anti-corruption approach,” he said on the need to fight corruption.
Lifestyle is the software for creating Islamic civilization
“Lifestyle is the software for creating Islamic civilization,” on Mahdaviat the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “Unfortunately, deviations and doubts have been raised on Mahdaviat. Citing weak hadiths, some claim that two-thirds of the people will be killed in the age of Reappearance! These issues must be analyzed, and we must introduce Mahdaviat in the international arena with the appropriate language and literature.”
“A book about Imam Ali (a.s.) was published in the Netherlands. In several pictures Imam Ali (a.s.) was illustrated with a sword! We should not introduce the Infallible Imams (a.s.) in the West in this way. In this regard, the producers of the film ‘Lady of Heaven’ betrayed (Islam) and seek to create religious conflicts,” he added.
“Media dictatorship does not allow the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school to be heard by everyone,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, emphasizing that more interaction and communication between international institutions to propagate the AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings.
After the speech of Ayatollah Ramazani, the members of the Union of International Associations presented their views and suggestions.
Among the points of view and speeches presented by the members of the Union of International Associations in this meeting was a brief introduction of the institution, history and goals of its formation and areas of activity, the importance of non-governmental organizations and the need to appreciate their activities, the duty and mission of nations to liberate Quds, the necessity of building nations’ fronts, popularizing the soft war, using the capacity of art to communicate with countries, using the common capacity of religions and (Islamic) denominations, the need to introduce the virtues of AhlulBayt (a.s.) to People of the Book, cooperation with priests who love the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and taking into consideration the theology of resistance to spread the message of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.