ABWA Official Website – On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, with a message from Grand Ayatollah Noori Hamedani and the speech of Ayatollah Ramazani, Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and Ayatollah Marvi, a member of the Supreme Council of Seminaries, the 33-volume book collection of the “International Conference of AbuTalib (a.s.) Supporter of the Great Prophet (p.b.u.h)” was unveiled.
In his message to this ceremony, Grand Ayatollah Noori Hamedani stated, “This precious work of your dear ones and collecting the works and articles and researching, reviewing, and compiling them into a multi-volume collection is very auspicious. AbuTalib (a.s.) is a person whose life is full of honor, and in addition to Shiite scholars, he is also interested by Sunnis. Regarding the history of AbuTalib and his respected father, Ibn Abi al-Hadid says that those dignitaries were the elders of the Quraysh, the Amir, and the Lord of Mecca, and they used to accept and welcome the emigrants and travelers in the city. AbuTalib (a.s.) was born about thirty-five years before the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h). In the books, there are significant discussions about his birth and naming. He later became one of the powerful and influential men of Quraysh, and after the birth of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), he became very fond of him. In Tabaqat al-Kubra, Muhammad bin Saad writes, “The interest was such that AbuTalib’s declaration of friendship to the Prophet (p.b.u.h) was more than his declaration of love for his own children.” He kept the Prophet (p.b.u.h) by his side everywhere. In this regard, the late Allameh Amini and the late Allameh Majlesi said that AbuTalib assigned Ali (a.s.) and his brothers to protect the Prophet (p.b.u.h).”
Referring to some “enmities” towards the respected uncle of the Holy Prophet (a.s.), this Shiite Marja added, “Such a figure has been hated by some fanatics so that they talk about AbuTalib’s disbelief! In his book Bihar al-Anwar, Allameh Majlesi has dedicated about 150 pages and about 90 hadiths from Shiite and Sunni about the faith of AbuTalib. Allameh Amini has also dedicated about a hundred pages to answer the fanatics in volumes seven and eight of his book Al-Ghadir. He has responded to these haters, most of whom adhere to an unreliable hadith from Mughira bin Shu’ba, who was an enemy of AhlulBayt (a.s.). Also, Haider Qoli Kabuli, known as Sardar Kabuli, has mentioned valuable things in the description of the Lamia Ode by AbuTalib. One of the books that needs attention is the book by Sunni scholar, Al-Sayyid Muhammad bin Rasool al-Barzanji. At the end of his book (سداد الدين و سداد الدين في إثبات النجاة و الدرجات للوالدین), he mentioned important things about AbuTalib’s faith and disbelief, which later became an independent book (بغیة الطالب فی نجاة ابی طالب). Others have also promoted this book in this regard.”
In his message, while emphasizing saving this figure from oppression, and answering the slanders that have been hurled at him, he said, “In any case, the work is crucial, and this figure must be saved from oppression, and the accusations leveled against him must be answered. This significant work of yours will be very effective. I heard an institution has been established in Qom to research and publish about AbuTalib (a.s.), which is good tidings and auspicious action. There is a lot to say about AbuTalib, but there is no time to say it. I hope that in the published books which include the proceedings and articles of the conference, all its dimensions have been addressed. God willing, respected researchers and honorable scholars will take steps regarding other dignitaries of Islamic and Shiite history, answer the doubts, criticize them in a scientific and scholarly atmosphere, and shed light on the truths of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings.”
At the end of his message, while expressing his gratitude to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, especially its respected and diligent General Secretary, Grand Ayatollah Noori Hamedani praised all the researchers and organizers for preparing and publishing this 33-volume book.
At this ceremony, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the holding of the AbuTalib (a.s.) conference and the special attention that the Supreme Leader of the Revolution gave to the conference, said, “Our purpose of holding the AbuTalib (a.s.) conference was not only to prove his faith. Rather, the goal was to revive his character in the Islamic world in addition to proving his faith, and this would provide the basis for Islamic unity in the Islamic world. The AbuTalib (a.s.) is an Islamic and trans-religious personality, and this can lead to the proximity of Islamic schools.”
Referring to the especial attention of the sources of emulation Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, Grand Ayatollah Noori Hamedani, Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani, Grand Ayatollah Sistani, and the late Grand Ayatollah Alavi Gorgani to the holding of the conference of AbuTalib (a.s.), Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly added, “We need the help of all those who can play a role in promoting this culture. We must convey the virtues of the words of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the elites and members of human society. The better we can introduce AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the world, the more successful and victorious we will be.”
Further in the ceremony, Ayatollah Marvi, a member of the Supreme Council of Seminaries, emphasizing the need for the Islamic world to become familiar with the personality of AbuTalib (a.s.) and following the example of this great personality, stated, “The efforts to introduce AbuTalib (a.s.) are valuable. But his life story is capable of more planning, including turning into a TV series.”
“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly should try to make the poems of AbuTalib (a.s.) available to scholars and intellectuals. There is a need to include AbuTalib’s poems in the Arabic literature section of seminary textbooks. The poems of this outstanding figure of the Islamic world should be alive in our scientific societies,” added a member of the Society of Qom Seminary teachers.
“The educational role of AbuTalib (a.s.) is outstanding. One of the highlights that should be noted about him is the upbringing of an influential generation. In every virtuous person in history, the role of AbuTalib’s family can be seen,” Ayatollah Marvi stated.
At the beginning of this ceremony, after reading the message of Grand Ayatollah Noori Hamedani, Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, explained the details of holding the “International Conference of AbuTalib (a.s.), the Supporter of the Great Prophet (p.b.u.h)” that was held in 2019. “The outcome of this conference is the book of the collection of works about AbuTalib (a.s.), which has been compiled in 33 volumes and will be unveiled today.”
While expressing his appreciation and thanks for the efforts of the scientific council of the AbuTalib (a.s.) Conference, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Farmanian added, “In addition to the efforts of this scientific council, which is composed of intellectual figures, the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly also made a lot of efforts to prepare the collection of works of this conference as soon as possible, so that noble works about AbuTalib (a.s.) can be presented.”
At the end of this ceremony, in addition to the unveiling of the valuable 33-volume book of the AbuTalib (a.s.) Conference, professors and researchers, as well as the organizers of the AbuTalib Conference, were honored with certificates of appreciation.
It is worth mentioning that the message of Grand Ayatollah Noori Hamedani was read by Hojat al-Islam Jafari, the head of the Fundamental Studies Section of the Scientific and Cultural Department of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.
On March 9, 2021, at the same time as the demise anniversary of AbuTalib (a.s.), the international conference of AbuTalib (a.s.), attended by scholars and intellectuals from Iran and different countries, was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to commemorate the noble uncle of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) and the father of Imam Ali (a.s.), with a video message of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi.