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Imam Musa Sadr implemented moderation culture accurately/West has stolen Islamic concepts: Ayatollah Ramazani

Imam Musa Sadr implemented moderation culture accurately/West has stolen Islamic concepts: Ayatollah Ramazani

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, met Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Ali Al-Khatib, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon.

In this meeting, while condoling the demise of Ayatollah Abdul Amir Qabalan, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Lebanese Shiites, and also congratulating Sheikh Ali Al-Khatib on his appointment as the Deputy of the Council, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “From the beginning of history until now, there have been three methods of Umayyads, Abbasids, and Alawites to introduce Islam. In the first and second methods, Islam is introduced in a deviant and untrue way. But in the Alawite moderative method, Islam is introduced correctly and truly. Therefore, through the introduction of true Islam by the culture of moderation, we can achieve a deep and accurate understanding of pure Muhammadan Islam.”

In response to the remarks of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Ali Al-Khatib, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon, said, “Firstly, I would like to thank you for your condolences on the demise of late Ayatollah Qabalan, and also congrats on my appointment as the deputy chairman of the council. I also would like to congratulate you on the occasion of the "Week of Unity" and the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h). I agree with you that the definition of true Islam should be through a culture of moderation. As we have read, after martyring Imam Hussain (a.s.), Yazid ibn Muawiyah denied Islam by reciting some poems.”

Following the meeting, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “Regarding the culture of moderation and the moderation method for introducing true Islam, we need to further define these concepts. Imam Khomeini’s (r.a.) views on the establishment of the government concerning these titles, and the introduction of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) definition of these concepts, as well as the establishment of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, are the blessings of pure Muhammadan Islam. We are ready to cooperate with you on this path and introduce a culture of moderation.”

“In communicating with the various religions and denominations in Lebanon, we saw that Imam Musa Sadr implemented the culture and concept of moderation accurately and deeply,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.

In response to the remarks of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Ali Al-Khatib, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon, said, “As you said, Imam Musa Sadr tried to confront extremism with the strategy of moderation. He used the culture of moderation for peace and peaceful living. Believing in this style of moderation, he was the first Muslim to enter the church and address Christians.”

“Imam Musa Sadr had a great moderate mind and was familiar with the affairs of his time. After Imam Musa Sadr, the late Shams al-Din succeeded him in the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon. In this position, he also played an active and moderate role in introducing the AhlulBayt (a.s.). During the time of Imam Musa Sadr, after him during the time of the late Shams al-Din, and also during the presidency of Allameh Qabalan, the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon has always taken the path of moderation in introducing AhlulBayt (a.s.) culture and interaction and coexistence with other religions. In the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon, we are ready to cooperate in various fields,” he continued.

“Not only in Lebanon but also in other Arab countries and other countries, the Council has a position and activity, and it has always sought to end the oppression against the Shiites. As in the case of supporting the Shiites of Bahrain and the Shiites of other countries, the Council established contacts with the officials of the Arab countries. We have taken many steps to support the Shiites in the world. Even with the help of the moderate Sunnis, we tried to counter the anti-Shiite actions, and we were able to acquit the Shiites of the charge of converting the Sunnis to Shiites. To convert others to Shiism, we do not need to make them convert to Shiism, but it is enough to introduce the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” added Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon.

In the final part of the meeting, addressing the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “The West has stolen and redefined our Islamic concepts, including peace, freedom, and moderation. We must cooperate with you to define these concepts correctly. We are aware of the global position of the Supreme Council of the Shiites of Lebanon and invite you to visit Iran and meet Iranian Ulama so that we can take more steps towards achieving our pure goals.”

Islamic lifestyle discussions should be considered: Ayatollah Ramazani

Islamic lifestyle discussions should be considered: Ayatollah Ramazani

During his visit to Lebanon, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly visited the headquarters of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon, and met Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Akram Barakat, the head of the Association.

At the beginning of the meeting, presenting a report on the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon, Sheikh Barakat said, “This center has several subdivisions such as center for preparing educational texts, translations center, publications center, art productions, Islamic Maaref television network, Imam Mahdi (a.s.) Cultural Center, Hazrat Zahra Cultural Center with 27 branches of special activities for women throughout Lebanon, Maaref Center for Religious Activities, Values Center, Prayer Center, Cultural Research Center, Lebanese Thought Club, Imam Khomeini (r.a.) Cultural Center, Literacy Center, Propagation Center, and Hosseini Speech Training Center.”

“We are graduates of Imam Khomeini’s school,” the head of Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon emphasized, “Thanks to the views of this great leader, we were able to promote cultural activities with the efforts of our colleagues, and achieve great success.”

“The media is trying to deviate people from true faith-jihadist movement. But, with the right cultural activities, we are trying to show the faith-jihadi movement well,” he mentioned.

“The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described Hezbollah as a faith-jihadist movement. Accordingly, we have based our activities on the two axes of “faith” and “jihad”,” continued the head of this cultural organization affiliated with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“At one time in Lebanon, various interpretations and explanations of Imam Khomeini’s views became popular, and everyone explained and interpreted the views of the late Imam in a specific way, some of which were incorrect. Therefore, we decided to provide a correct interpretation of Imam Khomeini’s views,” Barakat said, referring to the approach of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon.

“Today, we can claim that the correct interpretation of the views of late Imam (r.a.) is provided to the Lebanese society and abroad through the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon,” he added.

“The Cultural Association of Islamic Education of Lebanon also provides educational resources for the applicant centers based on the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school. These educational texts are distributed and used in the name of this Association or those applicant centers in different countries, some of which have been translated into other languages,” he continued.

“In this Association, we created an approximate framework for the mourning of Imam Hussain (a.s.) so that the gatherings related to Imam Hussain (a.s.) do not create any sensitivity among the Sunni brothers. Therefore, this framework made Muharram mourning welcomed by other denominations as well,” Sheikh Barakat said, referring to the importance of Ashura teachings.

“Our other activities include teaching propagation, sermons and reciting the mourning for AhlulBayt (a.s.), because more than 60% of the Lebanese Shiites are influenced by the Hussaini gaherings,” stated the head of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon, pointing out the scope of activities of the Association.

“The “Imam Khomeini Center” has 15 branches throughout Lebanon and is conducting educational activities. “Noor Center” also provides literacy and so far, 13,000 people have graduated from this center. These people learned to read and write based on Quranic sources and Nahj al-Balaghah. We have 27 institutes relared to women’s affairs throughout Lebanon in which women engage in academic and religious activities - not just seminary activities. Also, according to the order of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, a section for the education of prisoners has been set up under the auspices of the Prisoners’ Rights Association, which manages cultural and propagation programs in 13 Lebanese prisons,” he said, introducing some educational centers covered by the Association.

“The purpose of the “Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon” cultural activities is to address the social challenges facing the Shiite community and the institution of the family, inside and outside Lebanon. Therefore, this Association is a strategic research center that was established at the suggestion of the martyr General Haj Qassem Soleimani,” Barakat pointed out.

“Thanks to this dear martyr, we have translated 50 books of memoirs of the war of the Iranian commanders in Arabic, and made these books available to the audience,” he said in the end.

The importance of lifestyle issues

Following the report of Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Barakat, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani expressed his satisfaction with the extensive activities of him and his colleagues in the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon and congratulated Hojat al-Islam Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah in Lebanon, who oversees the activities of this Association.

The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “Extensive cultural activities in the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon and their wide range differ from similar institutions, and the activities of this Association should be modeled for other centers.”

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly also has such activities. Therefore, we need to share our activities by signing memoranda of understanding,” he added.

Then, citing examples of the cultural activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Ramazani said,” We have extensive activities in research, education, academia and media. For example, about 2000 books in more than 60 languages have been written and published in the Assembly. The Assembly is ready to provide hard copies or electronic copies of these books to the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings of Lebanon. Also, 25,000 articles in the “Wiki Shia Encyclopedia” have been prepared in 10 languages and are available online.”

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has a satellite television called “Thaqalayn”. “AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University” is also affiliated with the Assembly, in which students of 15 nationalities enroll in both master’s and doctoral degrees,” he continued.

“In all of mentioned areas synergy and interaction are important,” the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “But synergy and interaction need familiarity. That is, the parties must first know each other’s capabilities. This requires more relationships, and as communication and familiarity increase, we can use each other’s experiences.”

“Cultural activities should be carried out at all levels of general, specialized and advanced,” Ayatollah Ramazani stated, referring to some strategic and important points.

“In the seventh part of the Statement of the Second Phase of the Revolution, the Supreme Leader has emphasized the discussion of lifestyle. This issue should be considered in cultural activities, and Islamic lifestyle can be the beginning of the project of Islamic civilization,” he stated, referring to the importance of “lifestyle issues”.

“At present, due to the activities of the West and the enemies of Islam, liberal culture has replaced Islamic culture. We have to stand against the West in terms of hardware and software in order to gain our true position,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“For example, liberal culture in Western countries has found a position that when a Muslim goes to the West, he must accept the Integration rule or integration into Western culture. But the Supreme Leader of the Revolution said that we are facing a cultural invasion and we must reach the stage of invading Western culture,” continued the former president of the “European Union of Shiite Scholars and Theologians”.

“There are many things that can be done together. One of the most important tasks can be the establishment of elementary schools. We now face challenges in universities that are rooted in elementary education. Why do we face this challenge? Because we have been away from cultural activities for children,” he added.

“Moderation in the activities of the Cultural Association of Islamic Teachings is very good and appropriate. Because whatever is confirmed by reason and Fitrah (nature) is accepted in human societies. Therefore, we must put moderation in culture and religion at the forefront of our activities,” concluded the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

It should be mentioned that Ayatollah Ramazani and a delegation of the authorities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly have traveled to Lebanon to meet Lebanese scholars and thinkers.

Dr. Ahmed Hilal, Egyptian Shiite thinker passed away

Dr. Ahmed Hilal, Egyptian Shiite thinker passed away

Dr. Ahmad Hilal, a prominent Egyptian Shiite thinker, passed away.

The late Dr. Hilal spent his life promoting the knowledge of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and had many activities in this field in his home country.

He also debated with scholars of other denominations in various Egyptian media and networks to prove the rightfulness of the Shiite religion. Defending the holy system of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the false accusations of the Hebrew-Western-Arab axis was another effective activity of the blessed deceased.

These activities caused the late Dr. Hilal to suffer many hardships. But none of these problems stopped him from continuing on his path.

Martyrdom of Imam Reza (a.s.), symbol of resistance: Sheikh Zakzaky

Martyrdom of Imam Reza (a.s.), symbol of resistance: Sheikh Zakzaky

Wednesday, 06 October 2021

The 6th Summit of “Mujahideen in Exile” was held in Tehran.

In this summit, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky stated in a video message, “The martyrdom of Imam Reza (a.s.) has become a symbol of resistance. Imam Reza (a.s.) fought the enemy with his knowledge. So that the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) called him “the Scholar of the family of Muhammad (p.b.u.h)”.”

“Imam Reza (a.s.) fought against atheists and misconceptions. In his debates with representatives of different religions, he defeated them all. Finally, Mamun Abbasi martyred him. Today, the jihad of Imam Reza (a.s.) is manifested and helps us in the war of thought, belief, and even weapons. They (the enemies of Islam) have occupied many Muslim lands. But today they are retreating,” he added.

“Today we live in an age where both war of ideas and war of arms are taking place. The enemy is trying to change the meaning of Islam and they are attacking it. They tarnish the name of Islam and seek to destroy Islamic values,” stated the official of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

“The enemies call the Muslims terrorists. But, Alhamdulillah, the enemy is in a position of retreat today. The resistance of Muslims around the world has shown that neither war against ideology nor field war against Muslims has worked. Therefore, on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Reza (a.s.), we celebrate the victory of the resistance,” he added.

“Today, millions of people go on the pilgrimage of Imam Reza (a.s.). In the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the Hajj was closed due to the Covid-19. But this year, millions of people went on the Arbaeen walk and the pilgrimage of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and Imam Reza (a.s.),” Sheikh Zakzaky added.

“God willing, Al-Aqsa Mosque will be liberated. I declare my solidarity with the Mujahideen of Palestine, Kashmir, Bahrain, Yemen,” he added, stating that the martyrs are alive.

Head of Iraq’s office of AhlulBayt World (a.s.) Assembly expressed condolences on demise of Hojat al-Islam al-Meqdadi

Head of Iraq’s office of AhlulBayt World (a.s.) Assembly expressed condolences on demise of Hojat al-Islam al-Meqdadi

In a message, Hojat al-Islam Pahlawanzadeh Behbahani, head of the office of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Iraq, expressed his condolences on the demise of Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Fuad al-Meqdadi, an Iraqi member of the General Assembly of the Assembly.

The English translation of this message of condolence, which was originally issued in Arabic, is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly of Iraq extends its condolences on the demise of Sheikh Fuad al-Meqdadi, a member of the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

The deceased spent his life in acquiring knowledge, jihad, fighting tyranny and seeking reform. He was very active in various religious, propagation, cultural, social and political fields.

On this occasion, I offer my condolences to all the missionary brothers and sisters, especially the missionary brothers and sisters of the Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.

I ask God to place the deceased in His paradise, and to grant his family and relatives endless patience and reward.

“Indeed, we belong to Allah and to Him do we indeed return” (Holy Quran 2:156)

Director of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly of Iraq

Abu Ali Behbahani

Safar 24, 1443

October 1, 2021

It should be mentioned that Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Fuad al-Meqdadi was an Iraqi member of the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and the Secretary-General of the Union of Iraqi Muslim Scholars.

Iraqi member of General Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly passed away

Iraqi member of General Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly passed away

Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Fuad al-Meqdadi, Iraqi member of the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly passed away.

He was a preacher and religious-cultural activist living in Baghdad, and spent his blessed life studying, jihad and fighting against oppressors.

The funeral procession of the deceased will be held on Sunday evening, October 3, 2021, in the Al-Attifiyah area of Baghdad.

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