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ABWA Message of condolence for death of founder of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Center in Tanzania

ABWA Message of condolence for death of founder of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Center in Tanzania

In a message, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly expressed its condolences on the demise of “Morteza Karbala”, a member of the Twelver Shiite community of Tanzania and the founder of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Center in the country.


The message of condolences is as follows:




In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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


The demise of Haj Morteza Karbala, one of Shite activist and founder of AhlulBayt (a.s.) center in Tanzania caused great grief and sorrow.


The deceased was a key member of Tanzania’s Twelver Shiite community, who spent his blessed life establishing and supporting Shiite activities.


The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly extends its condolences to his honorable family, all friends and acquaintances, especially the Shiites of the Twelver Khoja and other friends of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) for this loss, and the Assembly asks God to exalt him and provide his family with a lot of patience.


The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

April 11, 2021

Endurance, patience in the face of enemies, hardships, factors of victory of Islamic society: Ayatollah Ramazani

Endurance, patience in the face of enemies, hardships, factors of victory of Islamic society: Ayatollah Ramazani

The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly delivered a speech at the birth ceremony of Imam Ali (a.s.) in the presence of Shiites and the followers of this Imam on the night of Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Assembly of Hazrat Fatemeh Al-Zahra (a.s.) in Syria.


“According to a narration of Imam Ali (a.s.), in order to strengthen the Islamic society, it is necessary to pay attention to four points: First, man must be pious. The Quran says that piety is the best clothing for man. A society without God would be naked and worthless. The enemies of Islam have always sought to erase the name of God because they seek to erase Islam. God’s name gives meaning to human life and the identity of society takes on a transcendent form in connection with God,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani in the ceremony.


“The West seeks to promote liberalism and indecency in Islamic society. To this end, the West has targeted our women, girls, youth, and families to separate them from God. Therefore, to create a healthy society, we must pay attention to the necessities,” he added.


“Islam opposes laziness. Therefore, the Qur'an advises us to do righteous deeds. “[to see] which of you is best in conduct” (Holy Quran 67:2) means to seek the best action, not the most action. The effort is the key to the success of Islamic society. In order to achieve a pure life, we must strive day and night, and this effort is not about the quantity of actions, but according to the Quran, we must also increase the quality of them,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, introducing ijtihad and effort as the second issue from Imam Ali’s point of view to strengthen the Islamic society.


“The third point in the statement of Imam Ali (a.s.) is “chastity and purity”. Imam Ali (a.s.) says, “Pure people are about to become angels”. Chastity is the adornment and beauty of divine life. Maintaining hijab and chastity is a must for girls and boys against the cultural invasion of the West. The enemies of Islam are trying to destroy the Islamic society from within by creating a breach in the chastity of the family through the youth. In the face of these attacks, it is our duty to maintain the family and emphasize public decency,” he continued.


“The fourth point from Imam Ali’s point of view to strengthen the Islamic society is “stability and endurance”. Everything we are going to do must be right and correct. That is, to pray correctly and pay zakat correctly, and so on. Therefore, we must be strong and powerful in performing our duties and avoiding Haram things. Therefore, endurance and patience in the face of enemies and hardships is another factor in the victory and success of Islamic society,” Ayatollah Ramazani also stated.

Resistance Front in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon has established true position of Shiites in region, world: Ayatollah Ramazani

Resistance Front in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon has established true position of Shiites in region, world: Ayatollah Ramazani

 During his visit to Syria on Thursday, February 25, 2021, the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly met Hojat al-Islam Sayed Abdullah Nezam, the President of the Assembly of Hazrat Fatemeh Al-Zahra (a.s.).


“Michel Foucault believed that there would never be a religious revolution and that all revolutions would be secular and atheistic. But the Islamic Revolution of Iran rejected his theory and caused him to change his theory. Previously, Muslims did not have scientific power and global status and were considered third world and underdeveloped countries. But today, Islamic centers have expanded in the world. In Germany, for example, there were 100 Islamic centers, which has grown to 200 today. We are faced with the quantitative development of Islamic centers. But, more important than quantitative development, we need the qualitative development that exists. It is also one of the most serious discussions in scientific centers of the world such as Harvard, Cambridge and Sorbonne, are Islam and approaches to understanding Islam,” Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated in this meeting.


“In the past, Muslim countries and cities were the center of science, but the West stole this science from Muslims and now rules the world with it,” added the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“Thanks God, the Islamic Republic of Iran, has been able to achieve an important scientific position. For example, in the medical sciences, Islamic Iran was able to produce the covid-19 vaccine, and in the next few months, this vaccine will overtake the French and British vaccines and will become international,” He said about the progress of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.


“Shiites could not have lived normally if the idea of resistance had not been accompanied by scientific development. The Resistance Front in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon has established the true position of the Shiites in the region and in the world,” Ayatollah Ramazani said about the position of thought and the role of resistance among Shiites.


“Allame Mujahid Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah in Lebanon, has a precise speech that gave me double morale and dignity. It was that “We will not allow Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) to be captured again.” This shows that the Shiites resisted the extremist elements with all their might. Let us remember the martyrs of the resistance and the honorable martyr, Sardar Haj Qasem Soleimani, for whom the funeral of a large number of people in Iran and Iraq was held. The funeral procession of the martyrs of the resistance shows the people’s acceptance of the culture of resistance and brought to fruition the words of the late Imam Khomeini, who said that “America can do no wrong”. Today, thanks to the struggles of the warriors of Islam, the power of resistance has increased and the enemies can do nothing,” he stated.


“The manifestation of the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) has reached a point where the former Secretary General of the United Nations said, “I wish Imam Khamenei would be the Secretary General of the United Nations to defend the people.” This statement is taken from the fact that Imam Khamenei is the son of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school,” emphasized the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

We must introduce golden rules of AhlulBayt (a.s.) to humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

We must introduce golden rules of AhlulBayt (a.s.) to humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

Ayatollah Reza Ramazani during his trip to Syria on Thursday, February 25, 2021, met with members of the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and visited the Mojamma of Hazrat Roghayeh (a.s.).


“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has considered a new system and program in its new round of activities. In this approach, Thaqalayn satellite TV and ABNA News Agency have taken over the media section of the assembly,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in this meeting, in describing the activities and programs of the Assembly.


“In addition to Arabic, we launched Russian on the Thaqalayn TV, which, with 18 million viewers, pursues its activities with a new policy and approach. ABNA News Agency also receives and publishes news and events of the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) from all over the world with new policies in 25 languages,” he added.


“In the scientific and student sector, the International University of AhlulBayt (a.s.) is active in 16 masters and doctoral programs that will be launched soon. Wiki Shia is also active in more than 10 languages and 25,000 scientific articles; two more languages are being added and soon we are going to reach 40,000 scientific articles. We hope that the esteemed professors of Hazrat Roghayeh Mojamma will participate in writing scientific articles on the Wiki Shia. We also ask the professors, students, and members of the General Assembly to provide us with their suggestions and strategies for the evolution of the Assembly,” Ayatollah Ramazani stated.


“All these media activities are for the best form of spreading the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and its teachings. We need to change our approach. AhlulBayt (a.s.) are the Imam of humanity, and in order to introduce AhlulBayt (a.s.), we must introduce their golden rules and convey the thirsty humanity the teachings of AhlulBayt (a.s.). One of the priests said that if the Christians had Nahj al-Balaghah, they would conquer the world. Nahj al-Balaghah, Sahifa al-Sajadiyya and other teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) are scientific resources that we can use to spread the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he emphasized.


“The school and jurisprudence of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) can answer all the existing questions. As the Minister of Endowments and the Honorable Mufti of Syria emphasized, we must know the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and introduce it to the new and future generations” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“I suggest that a connection be established between the International University of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the Mojamma of Hazrat Roghayeh (a.s.) so that the course materials can be shared and edited so that we can implement this horizon and perspective,” he said, with a suggestion.


“We appreciate the efforts of Hojat al-Islam Sayed Hassan Tabrizi in representing the Assembly in Syria, and we will definitely use his capacities in the new representation of the Assembly in Syria. God willing, the representation of the Assembly will be successful with the new management and will find its true place in this country,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani in another part of his speech.


“The General Assembly was delayed by one year due to a change of management, and another year due to Covid-19. God willing, with the blessings of Hazrat Roghayeh (a.s.) and Hazrat Zainab (a.s.), the evil of this virus will be eliminated and we will be able to hold the summit next year,” he said, in the end.

 

At the beginning of the meeting, Sheikh Nabil Halbavi, a Syrian member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly appreciated Ayatollah Ramazani, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the accompanying delegation for their visit to Syria and congratulated them the birthday of Imam Ali (a.s.).


“By the order of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the University of Belad al-Sham was established with three sections: the Mojamma of Sayeda Roghayeh (a.s.), the Mojamma of Sheikh Kaftaro and the Mojamma of the Al-Fath Al-Islami. Initially, the Mojamma of Sayeda Roghayeh (a.s.), which was established based on the school and teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), was supposed to accept students within the framework of the teachings of Islamic Sharia. After a few years, we also received the approval of the engineering technical fields from the Minister of Science, and on several occasions, we handed over the graduates in the undergraduate fields to the Syrian society. Unfortunately, in a completely unjustified manner, in a letter from the Minister of Science, the Mojamma was barred from admitting to non-Islamic Sharia disciplines until further notice. We hope that this problem will be resolved as soon as possible and that we will once again see the admission of the youth who are the follower of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the technical fields of engineering and humanities,” he stated.


“Graduate students with a bachelor’s degree are introduced to Damascus universities, etc. to complete postgraduate and doctoral courses. Therefore, I suggest that, if possible, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly provides the possibility for elite and active youth in Iranian universities to receive scholarships in graduate courses to witness the growth and promotion of the community of followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in Syria. Because the scientific growth of the youth of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in this country, and their entry into government offices and organizations, will strengthen the power of the Shiites,” added the Syrian member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


Following the meeting, the participants expressed their views to the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


It should be mentioned that Nabil Halbavi, Samir Kahal, Tamer Mostafa, Muhammad Amin Romani, Samir Shahitani, and Yaser Halbavi were present in this meeting.

Love for the AhlulBayt (a.s.), axis of Islamic unity: Ayatollah Ramazani

Love for the AhlulBayt (a.s.), axis of Islamic unity: Ayatollah Ramazani

Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, who paid an official visit to Syria and Lebanon earlier this month, met Sheikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.


During the meeting of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly with the Mufti of Syria, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Syria, Mr. Torkabadi, Deputy of Executive Affairs of the Assembly, Dr. “Abdolreza Rashed”, Representative of the Assembly in Lebanon, Hojat al-Islam “Mousavi Tabrizi”, and some deputy directors of international affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, were also present.




A unifying document and strategy must be considered

“Unfortunately, today some people are against the unity of Muslims and are working to deny the unity and create a rift among Muslims, and this is clear to everyone. While according to Hazrat Zahra (a.s.) “Our Imamate (leadership) is a refuge against division”. The unity of the Muslim Ummah requires global power in the cultural, political, scientific, and military fields to prevent the infiltration of arrogance front and the enemies of Islam into the ranks of Muslims,” Ayatollah “Reza Ramazani” said in the meeting.


“Division is a great danger. A unifying document and strategy must be considered and love for the AhlulBayt (a.s.) can be the axis of this unity,” he added, stating that the spread of differences between Shiites and Sunnis is a conspiracy of the enemies of Islam.


“In Hamburg, Germany, I was the representative of the Supreme Leader. A Christian asked me “Why Islam is a religion of violence and bloodshed?” For, at least twenty weeks at Hamburg Friday prayers, I spoke about love in the Quran, and these sermons were translated and published in German. The slanders against Islam tarnish the image of Islam. Our view of the issue of Islamophobia in the West must be deep and precise,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“The knowledge of the Muslim community about religion is not at the desired level for which a solution must be devised. The problems and sufferings of the Islamic Ummah are the lack of understanding of religion and a superficial view of it. Why the first concept some people teach about Islam is killing, and why should Islam be known by killing?! According to the first verses of Surah Al-Alaq, the first thing the Quran teaches Muslims is education,” he stated about the problems of the Islamic world.


“In an article in Europe, three inappropriate traits were attributed to the Holy Prophet of Islam (p.b.u.h): militancy, power-seeking, and lust. These have become important Western media lines against Islam. We must plan in the seminaries and change this inappropriate view toward the model of ethics and education in Islam, and introduce the religion correctly,” added Ayatollah Ramazani.


Resistance must be introduced under divine mercy

“We must redefine a new method in the Islamic world and present it against the misinterpretation of Islam and religion. Just as you sacrifice your dear child in the way of Islam with this positive spirit and outlook,” he emphasized.


“We must introduce resistance under divine mercy and stand against colonialism and arrogance in order to preserve true Islam,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, saying that Syria correctly implemented the concept of resistance during this period, which is a Quranic truth.


Imamate is more important than the caliphate

“With Imam Ali (as), the Imamate gained more superiority over the caliphate in the true sense. There are two real concepts of caliphate and Imamate. From the Sunni point of view, the caliphate is a matter of human duty and has a definite and limited duration. But the Imamate, which is derived from faith, remains eternal and has no expiration date. So, we must strengthen the faith,” said Grand Mufti of Syria “Sheikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun”, in this meeting, congratulating the birthday of Imam Ali (a.s.) to Ayatollah Ramazani.


“Today, the thousand-year-ago concepts of Islam are incomprehensible to our children, and we must edit and present these concepts in today’s language,” added Sheikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun.


We have failed in approximation (between Islamic denominations)/ We must eliminate the divisions between Shiites and Sunnis and religions


“To this end, I propose to form a committee consisting of you, the Chairman of The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, and I to examine ways to strengthen and expand this important issue among Muslims, in order to transfer what the late Imam (Khomeini) said about the idea of the proximity of Islamic denominations to scholars, centers, mosques, and seminaries,” he said in a proposal to the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, stating that we have fallen short in the matter of proximity and we must strengthen the axis of the proximity of Muslims and within our Islamic society.


“I also suggest that a brief interpretation of the Quran in three to four volumes be prepared for the international community with an approach of approximation and ethics, so that we can introduce the meanings of the verses of the Quran to non-Muslims in simple language and away from religious views,” he added.

“We must note that we must be under the shadow of the Imamate and not the Caliphate. We should not forget that if it were not for Imam Ali (a.s.), others would not have become caliphs. Imamate is stable until the Day of Judgment, but the caliphate is perishable. As the Mufti is under the shadow of the Imamate, but the Minister is under the shadow of the Caliphate,” emphasized Sheikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun.


“Unfortunately, some Sunnis also have this ugly view of the Prophet (p.b.u.h),” he said, confirming Ayatollah Ramazani’s words about some inappropriate views towards the Messenger of God (p.b.u.h).


“The Iranian delegation, whether ambassador or representative of the leadership, should not remain in their office. They should come among the society and meet people and remove the existing doubts. They must be with the nation and they must teach the principle of religion. We have to describe ourselves. We must introduce the meaning of Velayat-e-Faqih. We belong to the nation, not the government. Our mission is to introduce the enemies to our children. Because the enemies introduce us to our children incorrectly,” he said, in another part of his speech.


“Today, our mission is not with our nation, it is with others. We must eliminate the differences between Shiites and Sunnis and denominations,” added Sheikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun.


I was impressed by Sahifa Sajjadieh

“When I read the books of AhlulBayt (a.s.), I was impressed by Sahifa Sajjadieh. I learned from Imam Sajjad (a.s.) to be among the enemies and to attract them with good morals. Therefore, as you said, we must first invite people to love and affection, then guide and introduce them to religion,” He said about the teachings of AhlulBayt (a.s.).


“Unfortunately, some false innovations by the Shiites have tarnished the image of Muslims and Shiites. This indicates our shortcomings in propagation. When Imam Khamenei insisted that you preach abroad, the word is very useful and I thank and appreciate him,” he stated.


“The achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the scientific and military fields strengthen the resistance front, and when Iran gained space power, I congratulated the Muslims on this success,” concluded the Grand Mufti of Syria, emphasizing that AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is a center for educating the Islamic community based on peace.

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