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Supreme Council: All activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly are carried out on the basis of policies determined by the Supreme Council. The council is composed of Shiite personalities and elites from various geographical areas and lands where a significant number of followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) live; Countries such as Iran, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Bahrain and ... 

High Council Meeting:
The Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.)World Assembly  meets twice a year in the presence of a majority of its Iranian and non-Iranian members. In addition to this annual meeting, occasional meetings such as meetings to review fortuitous event - such as the budget committee or contingency review - are also held with the presence of some members. 

Real members:
Since the establishment of the Assembly in 1990 to this day, a group of top-level Islamic scholars have served as full members of the council, but are no longer members due to martyrdom, demise, or other important occupations; Such as Ayatollahs Javadi Amoli, Hashemi Shahroudi, Amini (from Iran), Fazlullah (from Lebanon), Hakim and Asefi (from Iraq) and Al-Fazli (from Saudi Arabia).

The following are now full members of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Messrs, Ayatollahs, Hojjatolislams and Gentlemen:

- Mohsen Araki (from Iran);

- Mohammad Ali Tsakhiri (from Iran);

- Mohammad Ali Mohsen Taghavi (from India);

- Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim (from Iraq);

- Nabil Al-Halbawi (from Syria);

- Seyyed Ahmad Khatami (from Iran);

- Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi (from Iran);

- Sayyid Hashim al-Shakhs (from Saudi Arabia);

- Issa Ahmad Qasim (from Bahrain);

- Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari (from Iran);

- Mohammad Asif Mohseni (from Afghanistan);

- Mahmoud Mohammadi Iraqi (from Iran);

- Sayed Morteza Morteza Al-Ameli (from Kenya);

- Hussein Al-Mu'taq (from Kuwait);

- Sayed Hassan Nasrallah (from Lebanon);

- Sayed Sajed Ali Naqavi (from Pakistan);

- Sayed Abolhassan Nawab (from Iran);

- Abbas Vaez Tabasi (from Iran);

- Ali Akbar Velayati (from Iran);

- Mehdi Hadavi Tehrani (from Iran).

Juridical members

A number of personalities are also members of the Supreme Council due to their Juridical status; Including:

* Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly;

* International Deputy Office of the Supreme Leader;

* Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought;

* President of the World Federation of KSIMC;

* President of the Al-Mustafa (PBUH) University and

* Head of Islamic Culture and Communication Organization (ICRO)


Chairman of the Supreme Council

The Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly conducts the annual and occasional meetings of this council, and with the help of the Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Supreme Council, supervises the proper implementation of the resolutions of the Council. So far, three prominent figures in the Shiite world have been elected by the direct vote of the members of the Supreme Council:

- Ayatollah Ibrahim Amini; from its inception (1990) to June 1997; 

- Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi; From June 1997 to November 2012; 

- Ayatollah Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari: Since November 2012.

General Assembly meeting

After the formation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, according to the statute of the Assembly, an international meeting is held every four years with the presence of the members of the General Assembly. In this meeting, while taking decisions to improve the cultural, social, economic and legal situation of Muslims, plans and proposals to achieve the goals of the Assembly are presented and discussed. 

The first meeting of the General Assembly was held in February 1993 in Tehran and over 330 members of the Assembly from 61 countries, as well as a group of scientists, researchers and experts on various issues from different Islamic countries participated.

The second meeting

The second session of the General Assembly was held in February 1997, which was attended by more than 350 thinkers of the Islamic world from 65 countries.

The third meeting 

The third session of the General Assembly was held in September 2003 with the participation of 500 people from 80 countries, in which, in addition to examining the issues under discussion, committees were established to organize the economic issues of the Shiites and to defend their rights based on the principles and concepts of human rights. 

Fourth Summit

The fourth session of the General Assembly in August 2007, coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr of 2007. It was attended by more than 510 members of the Assembly from 110 countries.

Fifth Summit

The fifth session of the General Assembly in September 2011 coincide with September 2011. It was held in Tehran with the presence of more than 600 members of the General Assembly from 21 countries.

Sixth Summit

The sixth session of the General Assembly was held in August 2015, coincide with August and September 2015 in Tehran.

Local Assemblies and Offices

In order to strengthen and expand relations with the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and considering the political and social conditions and the appropriateness of the presence of Shiites in different parts of the world, so far several local associations and centers in nearly 90 countries focusing on localization of religious cultural activities of followers The AhlulBayt (a.s.) have been set up to run the cultural, religious and social affairs of the Shiites in those areas.

It should be noted that in some countries and cities, due to the dispersion of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) followers, there are two or more active Ahl al-Bayt institutions, all of which are affiliated with their central local assembly.

Also, these assemblies and offices of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) have an official and independent identity and operate in accordance with the domestic laws of their respective countries.

The names of local offices and active assemblies (summer 2015) are as follows:

Asia - 39 countries

Jordan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Iran, Bahrain, Brunei, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Palestine, Philippines Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Cambodia, South Korea, Kashmir, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam, India, Yemen.

Africa - 42 countries

South Africa - Central Africa - Angola - Ethiopia - Algeria - Uganda - Burundi - Benin - Botswana - Burkina Faso - Tanzania - Togo - Tunisia - Zambia - Ivory Coast - Senegal - Swaziland - Sudan - Somalia - Sierra Leone - Grenada - Ghana -Congo Kinshasa - Kenya - Comoros - Gabon - Gambia - Guinea - Bissau - Guinea Conakry - Liberia - Libya - Madagascar - Malawi - Mali - Egypt - Mauritania - Mauritius - Mozambique - Namibia - Niger - Nigeria.

Americas - 18 countries

Argentina - Uruguay - El Salvador - USA - Brazil - Bolivia - Panama - Peru - Chile - Canada - Colombia - Cuba - Guatemala - Guyana - Mexico - Haiti - Honduras - Venezuela.

Europe - 40 countries

Azerbaijan, Albania, Germany, Austria, Armenia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, England, Italy, Ireland, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Tatarstan (Autonomous Republic), Turkey, Czech Republic, Dagestan ( autonomous republic ) ,Denmark, Russia, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, France, Finland, Cyprus, Kosovo, Croatia, Georgia, Poland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Macedonia, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece.

Oceania - 2 countries

Australia - New Zealand

Religious institutions and cultural centers

Religious institutions, cultural centers, missionaries, mosques and Islamic-social centers in line with the World Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) of the scientific elite-Cultivated and educated clerics and religious missionaries are formed in Islamic seminaries. These centers and centers, which are active in all parts of the world, operate in the following cases:

1. Revival of religious rites and holding religious ceremonies and Husseini assemblies;

2. Efforts to teach and memorize the Qur'an and to promote and teach the teachings of pure Islam;

3. Promoting peace and friendship, cooperation and assistance with all citizens and followers of religions and spreading Islamic unity among the people;

4. Assessing the cultural needs of the target areas in various cultural programs;

5. Organizing propaganda and cultural programs abroad;

6. Supporting cultural activities in the fields of cyberspace, written products, media productions and conferences;

7. Observing the most important news and discussions about the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in their respective countries;

8. Holding religious, cultural and educational classes and training courses for women, children and adolescents;

9. Holding cultural, educational, tourist and pilgrimage camps.

Activities related to women and family

Efforts to promote the cultural, religious, social, political and scientific character of Muslim women, defend their religious and legal rights, support their cultural movements, provide social, scientific and educational assistance to children and adolescents and strengthen emotional ties in families of followers Bayt (AS) is one of the important actions and activities of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.).

In this regard, the Assembly has taken effective measures in this regard by using all legitimate and effective cultural, scientific and artistic tools and to the best of its ability and inspired by the rich culture of the Qur'an and Etrat (offspring), the most important of which is the establishment of a world community of women followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.). The International Society of Women Followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) with 2,000 members from 84 countries works to promote the cultural and religious status of women followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), defend their rights and eliminate discrimination and oppression against them. This population is also a center for identifying, organizing and exchanging views of women followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

The activities of this society can be listed in the following cases:

1. Establishment of population branches in different countries; Including: Azerbaijan, Pakistan, India, Russia, Australia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Mongolia, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Bahrain, Iraq, Guinea-Conakry, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Argentina, Afghanistan, USA, Indonesia, Kashmir India, Sri Lanka And Chile;

2. Holding scientific meetings, conferences and seminars in various countries;

3. Holding educational, cultural and propaganda camps;

4. Holding special training courses for women, girls and children;

5. Holding cultural and artistic exhibitions, calling scientific and artistic competitions and holding special question and answer sessions for women;

6. Preparing leaflets and cultural products on the subject of the position of women in the system of existence and sending them to different countries;

7. Establishing relations between women followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and other active groups of women from different religions and sects in different countries and different branches;

8. Helping to strengthen the scientific and educational status of women followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and promoting their status to higher levels by providing them with scholarships or helping them to be admitted to universities;

9. Holding religious and cultural ceremonies on the occasion of holidays and deaths;

10. Participate in international meetings in different parts of the world and inform other women thinkers to participate in them;

11. Taking the opportunity to get real cognition the people of the world about the characters of AhlulBayt (a.s.);

12. Writing scientific articles and attending official circles and academic centers on the subject of women.

Social activities and cultural support

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly supports and encourages the cultural and social activities of the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

Supporting activities related to research, publishing, magazines, distributing books, sending cultural packages and media productions, encouraging scientific productions, etc. around the world, are among the activities of the forum.

Committee of Mosques and construction and support of public utility centers

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly also pays considerable attention to the development of infrastructure and the construction of permanent buildings. Helping to build mosques, husseiniyahs, religious centers, schools, libraries, medical centers and orphanages is one of the most important tasks of this section, which the Assembly undertakes or organizes with the support of benefactors.

In this regard, the Committee of Mosques of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly  has on its agenda the construction, repair and equipping of Shiite mosques in the four corners of the world. Statistics of some activities in this field (until the summer of 2015) are:

* Mosque construction by help method:

- Construction: 44 mosques;

- Completion: 58 mosques;

- Purchase: 12 mosques;

- Reconstruction: 27 mosques;

- Equipped: 7 mosques.

- Statistics of mosques by region:

- Asia: 62 mosques;

- Africa 61 mosques;

- Europe: 23 mosques;

- Oceania: 2 mosques.

Holding and participating in conferences

In order to spread the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the participation of the thinkers of the Islamic world in intellectual and ideological discussions, various national, regional and global conferences and meetings were held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly  or with the participation of the Assembly.

Independent conferences

In this regard, the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) has held hundreds of regional and international conferences so far, the most important of which are: Grand Prize of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), International Congress of Fatimid Studies, International Congress of the Great Prophet (PBUH), a series of conferences of Imam Hussein (a.s.) in several countries, Imam Sajjad (AS)Preliminary Conference, Imam Sadegh (a.s.) Conference, Conferences Al-Mahdawīyya, International Conference of Youth and Women Followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.), Conference on Lifestyle of AhlulBayt (a.s.), International Conference of Islamic Family, Series of Conferences Related to Palestine and World Al-Quds Day, International Conference on Chastity and Ethics, A series of conferences in support of the oppressed people of Bahrain, a series of meetings of the third wave of Shiite prosperity and a series of regional conferences of members of the General Assembly.

Participatory conferences

The Assembly also assists related institutions in holding cultural conferences. Conferences related to the Imams, the conference on the duration of the Ahl al-Bayt in the Holy Quran and the Prophetic tradition, the doctrine of Al-Mahdawīyya, the conference in honor of Allameh Askari, conferences in honor of Allama Fazlullah, the festival of the girls of the sun, the festival of resistance Islamic and numerous conferences on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir and among these

Defending the rights of Muslims following the AhlulBayt (a.s.)

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has taken effective steps to acquaint the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the Muslims of the world with their rights and methods of legal claim and the use of universal institutions, tools and methods to eliminate religious, racial and other discrimination and oppression. It hAS been able to bring the voice of the oppressed to the ears of international organizations. 

International Foundation for the Youth of the AhlulBayt (a.s.)

The International Foundation for the Youth of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) announced its existence in 2000. Efforts for Islamic unity, exchange of views and opinions among the youth of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and their empowerment, promotion of scientific and religious awareness, innovation and use of science and technology, strengthening the role of youth in dealing with identity crisis and developing communication to develop talents Young is one of the most important goals of this foundation.

Identifying common intellectual and cultural backgrounds of the youth of AhlulBayt (a.s.) through the use of cultural tools and holding various camps and meetings, establishing close communication and wide exchange of information in the field of science and technology and developing communication between scientific and research centers of the Islamic world In order to identify and flourish the talents of the youth following the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and to encourage local congregations and offices to form educational centers and training of the youth is one of the activities of this foundation.


The main tasks of the local missionaries are:

1. Teaching the interpretation of the Qur'an, hadith, beliefs, ethics, rules, history, etc;

2. Friday Imamate and congregation;

3. Establishment of training courses;

4. Holding religious and religious occasions and ceremonies;

5. Celebrating birthdays and mourning the martyrdom of the Infallibles (peace be upon them);

6. Research, translation and authorship;

7. Media activities;

8. Administration of centers and institutions;

9. Administration of cultural and educational camps.

Accordingly, over the past years, about 5300 indigenous sums have been identified and supported in nearly 70 countries; Its statistics are given in the following tables continue to separation of countries is mentioned:

Asia - 12 countries

Indonesia - Iran - Bangladesh - Pakistan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Sri Lanka - Singapore - Iraq - Philippines - Malaysia - Myanmar.

Africa - 31 countries

Ethiopia - Algeria - Uganda - Burundi - Benin - Burkina Faso - Togo - Tunisia - Rwanda - Zimbabwe - Ivory Coast - Senegal - Sudan - Sierra Leone - Ghana - Cameroon - Congo Kinshasa - Kenya - Comoros - Gambia - Guinea Bissau MadagAScar-Mali-Egypt-Mauritania-Mauritius-Namibia-Niger-Nigeria.

Americas - 4 countries


Europe - 20 countries

Azerbaijan, Germany, Austria, Spain, Ukraine, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, Tatarstan (Autonomous Republic), Turkey, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, France, Finland, Kosovo, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece.

Ashura International Foundation

All the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the world and many Muslims and even the followers of other religions love Hussein ibn Ali (a.s.) and take care of holding a mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein (a.s.).

Organizing this ceremony, supporting these Assemblies and protecting this sacred concept from deviations and superstitions requires a central organization to study and support it. The International Ashura Foundation was established to achieve these goals and operates under the auspices of the World Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


Associations and Guild Association

The followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) have many abilities, and in many countries of the world, they enjoy a special position or elite figures. The World Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) encourages the Shiite elites to form trade unions in order to use these capacities to provide services to other Muslims and Shiites.

Some of the trade unions that have been formed so far are:

- International Organization of Imami Physicians;

- Association of Lawyers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.);

- Writers and Journalists Association;

- Guild Association of merchants following the AhlulBayt (a.s.)

- Federation of Athletes following the AhlulBayt (a.s.);

- Association of Women Scientists following the AhlulBayt (a.s.);

- Associations on the verge of establishment;

- Association of Women Artists Following the AhlulBayt (a.s.);

- Association of missionary Women of AhlulBayt (a.s.);

- Association of Women panegyrist Followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

Dealing with other Shiite sects

Although most of the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) around the world are "Twelver", millions of them are followers of other Shiite sects in Islamic jurisprudence or beliefs. The distance of the followers of these religions from the original teachings of all the pure Imams (AS) causes them to be influenced by the instincts of the enemies of the truth, especially Wahhabism. The Ahl al-Bayt(AS) World Assembly, by forming various committees, seeks to provide intellectual and cultural support to the followers of these sects, such AS the Alawites, Zaidis, Ismailis, Dawoodi Bohra and Sufis of Africa.

Adopt positions and issue statements

In a situation where the Islamic society is facing various threats and the sanctities, beliefs, populations and property of the Muslims of the world are being attacked by the enemies of the truth, enlightenment in these areas and the announcement of groundbreaking positions by important international centers are very important. Accordingly, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in response to various events, by issuing statements and messages in defense of the Holy Prophet, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the Muslims of the world raises the sensitivity of those centers. The Secretary General and members of the Supreme Council of the Assembly also sent letters to the political and religious leaders of the world informing them of the oppression of the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and demanding that they take the necessary positions. Special occasional activities (Ghadir, AShura, Arbaeen, Mid-Shaban, Quds Day, etc.).

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in addition to its normal activities, tries to present religious and cultural propaganda appropriate to these periods on special days and religious occasions. An example of these measures was the compilation, translation and publication of 61 titles of instructional brochures, in 5 languages ​​Arabic, Persian, English, Istanbul Turkish and Urdu, with the subjects needed by pilgrims and in the circulation of more than one million copies in 2014. Done. This great event was done to take advantage of the great opportunity of the forty million pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (AS) and the Assembly delivered these cultural products to the pilgrims in several Arbaeen stations in Iran and Iraq. The topics of these brochures were: pilgrimage etiquette, guide for pilgrims on foot, in the morning of Imam Hussein (AS), the importance of the Holy Quran, prayer and its consequences, Islamic hijab, Imam Khomeini's message and the Supreme Leader to the Islamic Ummah, cleanliness and Purity, the danger of takfiri movements and ....The Ahl al-Bayt(AS) World Assembly on other important occasions - such AS Ghadir, the birth of Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra (AS), Ashura, mid-Sha'ban, and Quds Day - also special programs in the form of conferences, celebrations, mourning, marches and gatherings around the world Schedule or support.

Cooperation and synergy with related institutions

In addition to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, other institutions and organizations are also active in the field of propagating Islam and promoting the teachings of the Qur'an and Etrat in the international arena. Therefore, cooperation with these institutions has led to the use of their capacities to benefit more followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), will also cause the synergy of these institutions.

Some of the organizations with which the Assembly cooperates and synergies are:

- Al-Mustafa university;

- The holy shrines and observation of the Imams;

- The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance;

- The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought;

- Cultural consultations of the Islamic Republic in different countries;

- Beseh of the leadership in Hajj, Islamic Culture and Communication Organization;

- Islamic Development Organization;

- Qom Seminary Islamic Propaganda Office;

- Computer Research Center of Islamic Sciences (light);

- International Committee of the Women's Social Cultural Council (affiliated to the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution), and

- Women's scientific centers (such AS the Al-Zahra University and the Bent Al-Huda institute in Qom and the Narjis School in Mashhad).

Legal Associations and NGOs

Because most of the world's Shiites and many Muslims are in the minority in their own countries, they face many injustices and wASte of rights.The Ahl al-Bayt(AS) World ASsembly hAS formed or supported various legal organizations and NGOs with the aim of providing legal support to these oppressed people.

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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