International Prize 114

Lady Ruqayyah (a.s.) symbol of oppressed, resistance against oppression / Shiites of 40 countries Participate World Prize 114: Zarean

Lady Ruqayyah (a.s.) symbol of oppressed, resistance against oppression / Shiites of 40 countries Participate World Prize 114: Zarean

Sunday, 12 September 2021

As a guest on the IRIB Quran Channel’s “Mesbah” TV program on Saturday evening, September 11, 2021, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarean, Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and Secretary of the World Prize 114 Festival, presented a report on the festival.

At the beginning of the program, which aired on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hazrat Ruqayyah, the daughter of Imam Hussein (a.s.), the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “On the surface, the Ashura event was a military confrontation between the two oppressive and justice fronts, but in reality, Ashura is a training school in the context of spirituality, resistance, and being oppressed.”

“Imam Hussain (a.s.) was the great teacher of this school and Lady Ruqayyah (a.s.) was one of the prominent figures of this educational path who, despite being oppressed and young, became a manifestation of resistance against oppression,” Zarean emphasized, praising the martyrs of this instructive school.

“In Yazid’s palace, Lady Ruqayyah was the messenger of resistance against his oppression. This young lady showed us, the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.), that even a three-year-old child can be educated in a way that fights against oppression,” he continued.

“As a community of AhlulBayt (a.s.) followers, while paying attention to the dimensions of mourning for AhlulBayt (a.s.), we must learn the lesson of educating our children in such a way that they are ready to serve their community at any age and with any gender,” added the seminary and university professor.

Then, the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly reported on the World Prize 114 Festival, “Based on its mission, which is to arrange the affairs of the Shiites of the world, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has entered into various activity fields. One of the areas that distinguishes Shiites from others is the cultural arena, and the holy Quran is at the forefront of cultural affairs. Therefore, based on its mission and to respond to the accusations against the Shiites in the field of the Quran, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly must enter this field.”

“Intentionally or unintentionally, there is always the suspicion that the Shiite community does not pay enough attention to the Quran as it should. While in fact, according to the Prophet, Thaqalayn (Quran and AhlulBayt) are two issues that have been taken care of by the infallible Imams (as) simultaneously. Also, the tradition of the scholars has been that they paid attention to the Quran as the greatest weight. Therefore, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly set its Quranic program in this direction and designed a plan called “World Prize 114”,” he continued.

“One of the main objectives of the festival is to enumerate international Quranic activities carried out in Shiite centers in order to create a network between these activities, and, if necessary, to encourage and direct them,” said Mr. Zarean, expressing the main goals of holding the “World Prize 114” festival.

“After the call for the “World Prize 114”, considering the global audience of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in less than three months about 500 works from 40 countries, from different continents, were submitted to the Secretariat of the Festival. The variety of works and nationalities participating in the World Prize 114 was interesting for us,” added the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“The World Prize 114 is an initiative by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the field of the Quran, of media and art. Most of the works submitted to the festival secretariat were related to the activities of young people and women. Interacting with young people and allowing them to play a role provides amazing opportunities,” he added.

“Activists in different fields must find each other in this field. Although this has been done to some extent, when a popular institution such as the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly initiates, the connection between activists in the Quranic field in the communities following the AhlulBayt (a.s.) boosts,” Zarean stated, considering the current age as the era of communication.

“The works submitted to the Secretariat of the “World Prize 114” were from different participants, both in the men’s and the women’s section. In some of these activities, young people were in charge. All activities of the “World Prize 114” were announced to all audiences, and learning of these activities, they became motivated,” he continued.

“We are currently implementing the “Ahsan Al-Aza World Mourning” project to connect with the communities following the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the world, and to count their activities in the field of Muharram, Safar and Arbaeen mourning,” mentioned the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly on the future plans of this deputy office.

In the third part of his speech and in response to the question of the host of the Quranic program “Mesbah” on the structure and history of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the Deputy for the International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “This Assembly is a global non-governmental organization that is composed of elders, intellectuals and pioneers of the communities following AhlulBayt (a.s.) around the world.”

“Three decades ago, under the auspices of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly began its activities. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, large conferences were held every four years entitled “The General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly” in which the participants devised the affairs of the Shiites of the world,” he continued.

“The objective of this Assembly is to provide a basis for the growth and promotion of the situation of Shiites and Shiite sects in various cultural, social, and economic fields. The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly seeks to protect Shiite groups. Of course, the Assembly does not seek planning for Shiite communities. Because they have great potential within themselves. Local Shiite communities are active in different parts of the world, and in the month of Muharram, we have witnessed extensive mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s.) by Shiites around the world. We strive to protect and support the capacities of the Shiite communities, and dealing with Quranic activities is one of the original activities in this field,” stated Zarean, referring to the purpose of establishing the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“The late Ayatollah Taskhiri and the late Ayatollah Asefi were among the secretaries of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, who are known in the world as the pioneers of Quranic activities. They took steps to promote the teachings of Revelation through writings on Quranic and Tafsir issues,” he said in the end, while praising the two deceased Secretaries-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

At the beginning of the program, Mr. Hossein Mahdavi Manesh, one of the Directors of the Deputy for the International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and one of the organizers of the “World Prize 114” festival, explained for a few minutes about the call and fields of this festival.

Closing ceremony of 1st “World Prize 114”/Honoring 2 ever-lasting figures,14 winners

Closing ceremony of 1st “World Prize 114”/Honoring 2 ever-lasting figures,14 winners

The closing ceremony of the first “World Prize 114” was held on Monday, August 9, 2021 in the conference hall of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom, in full compliance with health protocols due to Covid-19.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the video message of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly was broadcast.

Unique reception of the World Prize 114

In his message on the Quranic activities after the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Ayatollah Ramazani said, “During the 42 years after the Islamic Revolution of Iran, great measures have been taken about the Quran. In the scientific and academic fields, valuable activities have been done in establishing disciplines related to the Tafsir and sciences of the Quran and research institutes. Researchers have done extensive research on various Quranic topics, and have presented them to the scientific and international community. However, despite the measures taken, not a drop of the boundless ocean of the Quran has been depicted yet. The Quran is an infinite manifestation of God Almighty and must be addressed from time to time with newer details. There are also magnificent activities and works of art related to the Quran in the world.”

“This valuable initiative, with its unparalleled reception, and the 500 magnificent works that were participated in from around the world, and judged by strong judges, could be a blessed start,” he said regarding the first World Prize 114.

“It is important that the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) all over the world become more acquainted with the Quran, and have a connection with this divine book. Because the Quran is a book of salvation for the human world, and if man wants to be liberated, he must use this book as a source,” added the professor of higher levels of the Islamic seminary of Qom.

More than 500 works submitted to 1st “World Prize 114”

Referring to the objectives for launching “World Prize 114”, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarean, Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, said, “In addition to the international Quranic activities carried out by various institutions, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly decided to have a special program for the Shiite communities and to promote the Quranic status of the Shiites. Therefore, “World Prize 114” was planned in this regard.”

“At the “World Prize 114”, Shiites around the world were asked to submit their works, so that the selected works would be honored after judging. With the least public announcement, and in less than four months, more than 500 works were submitted to the Prize Secretariat, many of which were valuable works. Out of 500 submitted works, about 200 works in the first judging, and 14 works in the final judging, were selected as the best works,” he continued.

Features of the World Prize 114

Explaining the works submitted to the first “World Prize 114”, Hossein Asadi, the chairman of the jury board of the competition, stated “More than 500 works were submitted to the Secretariat, which was unexpected. Most of the competition activities were during Ramadan and this amount of reception was very good. The submitted works were evaluated in three stages with the presence of judges of world Quranic figures, and 22 works made it to the final stage, of which 14 works were selected and will be honored in the current session.”

“The attractiveness of the competition disciplines is in a new way and in the field of propagation-promotion, clips, motion graphics, radio productions, photo-text, etc. Propagation activities, Minbar and religious lectures, Quranic circles, holding Quranic home meetings, reciting Quranic Juz’s, Islamic teaching classes, and Tafsir were also part of the competition. Many users have the potential to generate content in cyberspace but they should be encouraged. During the first “World Prize 114” we saw that there are many talents among the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he added.

At the end of his speech, Asadi expressed his hope that with the establishment of the “Quranic Growth and Excellence Club 114”, such promotional and encouraging measures will continue.

The formation of the Islamic Republic of Iran was based on the Quran

In the closing ceremony of the “World Prize 114”, Dr. Mostafavi, the Head of the Quran Committee of the International Cultural Policy Council of the Office of the Supreme Leader said, ““The Pahlavi regime wanted the Quran to remain abandoned. While the Islamic Republic of Iran was formed based on Quranic values. The officials of the Islamic Republic, the laws, as well as the structures are all based on Quranic values. The Islamic Republic of Iran makes every effort to implement the Quran in the field of knowledge and behavior of individuals and society. Introducing the Quran and deepening the Quranic knowledge through educational and artistic programs of the media and magazines, as well as the transmission of Quranic knowledge and getting acquaintance with this divine book is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“Today, we see that Quranic courses are included in various fields from elementary school to the end of seminary and university education. There are Quranic teachers and glorious books about the teachings of the Quran. Also, Quranic dissertations and researches in our seminaries and universities are very honorable,” Dr. Mostafavi emphasized.

The story of compiling the book “Al-Mukhtasar Al-Mufid Fi Tafsit al-Quran al-Majid”

Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Al-No’mani the chairman of the Islamic Thought Association stated in the final part of the ceremony, “The book “Al-Mukhtasar Al-Mufid Fi Tafsir Al-Quran Al-Majid” is a memento of our teacher, the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Baqer Sadr, who suggested writing this Tafsir to the late Ayatollah Taskhiri.”

“Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Tafsir of 10 Juz’s of the Holy Quran were written. But after the Revolution, due to Ayatollah Taskhiri’s occupation, completing the other Juz’s of Quran postponed,” he added.

“At last, the late Ayatollah Taskhiri and I came concluded that we should perform “I’tekaf”, that is, put aside other works in order to complete this specialized and useful Tafsir, and finally it happened,” said the Iraqi scholar.

The final part of the closing ceremony of the first “World Prize 114” was honoring of two ver-lasting figures. In this ceremony, 14 selected persons and works were appreciated in the category of the Quranic institutes and centers, as well as Quranic preachers and activists, and these winners were awarded plaques, statues and prizes. The representative of the Yemeni Islamic Resistance was also praised as an “honorary guest”.

The full list of winners and honorees of the first “World Prize 114” is as follows:

“Ever-Lasing Figures” of the first “World Prize 114”

The late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri from Iran, and Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Al-No’mani from Iraq, for their valuable book “Al-Mukhtasar Al-Mufid Fi Tafsir Al-Quran Al-Majid”.

Top Quranic institutes and centers (legal entities)

Winner: “Dar Al-Sayeda Ruqayyah (a.s.) for the Holy Quran” from Saudi Arabia

Second prize winner: “Sabil al-Quran Institute” from India

Third prize winner: “Al-Nun Quranic Institute” from Yemen

Fourth prize winner: “Tratil Al-Fajr Institute” from Saudi Arabia

Worthy of appreciation: “Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) for Iraq” from Iraq

Worthy of appreciation: “Lisbon AhlulBayt (a.s.) Center” from Portugal

Worthy of appreciation: “Jami’at Nasim” from Albania

Top Quranic preachers and activists

Winner: Sheikh “Abrar Hossein Galgati” from Pakistan

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Fatemeh Raad” from the United States of America

Worthy of appreciation: Dr. “Ali Abu al-Khair” from Egypt

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Umm Farwah Naqvi” from England

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Mun Nizar Ahmad Ibrahim” from Iraq

Worthy of appreciation: Sheikh “Salim Akbar” from Canada

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Masoumeh Jaamir Akayev” from the Republic of Azerbaijan

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The ceremony was broadcast live in Arabic on the Al-Thaqalin satellite network, the Instagram page of the “AhlulBayt Virtual Majales”, the “Hiya’t Online” website, and the Abarat website.

It should be mentioned that more than 130 participants from more than 40 countries, by submitting more than 500 works to the secretariat of the first “World Prize 114”, participated in the fields of production, distribution, and propagation-promotion activities of the festival.

After submitting the works in the secretariat of the competition, the first stage of judging and selection of works was done and among the works and reports received from all over the world, more than 20 works and activities entered the final stage of judging. The final stage of judging was done by judges from four countries and today the winners of this competition were announced.

The winners of the first “World Prize 114” were announced

The winners of the first “World Prize 114” were announced

The closing ceremony of the first “World Prize 114” was held on Monday, August 9, 2021 in the conference hall of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom, in full compliance with health protocols due to Covid-19.

The winners of the World Prize 114 were announced in the categories of “Ever-Lasing Figures”, “Quranic Institutions and Centers (legal entities)” and “Quranic Preachers and Activists (natural persons)”.

The representative of the Yemeni Islamic Resistance was also praised as an “honorary guest”.

The full list of winners and honorees of the first “World Prize 114” is as follows:

“Ever-Lasing Figures” of the first “World Prize 114”

The late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri from Iran, and Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Al-No’mani from Iraq, for their valuable book “Al-Mukhtasar Al-Mufid Fi Tafsir Al-Quran Al-Majid”.

Top Quranic institutes and centers (legal entities)

Winner: “Dar Al-Sayeda Ruqayyah (a.s.) for the Holy Quran” from Saudi Arabia

Second prize winner: “Sabil al-Quran Institute” from India

Third prize winner: “Al-Nun Quranic Institute” from Yemen

Fourth prize winner: “Tratil Al-Fajr Institute” from Saudi Arabia

Worthy of appreciation: “Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) for Iraq” from Iraq

Worthy of appreciation: “Lisbon AhlulBayt (a.s.) Center” from Portugal

Worthy of appreciation: “Jami’at Nasim” from Albania

Top Quranic preachers and activists

Winner: Sheikh “Abrar Hossein Galgati” from Pakistan

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Fatemeh Raad” from the United States of America

Worthy of appreciation: Dr. “Ali Abu al-Khair” from Egypt

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Umm Farwah Naqvi” from England

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Mun Nizar Ahmad Ibrahim” from Iraq

Worthy of appreciation: Sheikh “Salim Akbar” from Canada

Worthy of appreciation: Ms. “Masoumeh Jaamir Akayev” from the Republic of Azerbaijan

Honorary guest of first “World Prize 114”

Mr. Al-Sayed Sadegh Al-Sharafi from Yemen was also honored as an honorary guest (Zaif Al-Sharaf) of the first “World Prize 114”.

Click here to see the photos of awarding the winners of the first “World Prize 114”.

World Prize 114 unique initiative has never been done before in world: Asadi

World Prize 114 unique initiative has never been done before in world: Asadi

The closing ceremony of the first “World Prize 114” was held on Monday, August 9, 2021 in the conference hall of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom, in full compliance with health protocols due to Covid-19.

Presenting a brief report, the chairman of the jury board of the World Prize 114 stated, “Over the past decades, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has performed Quranic services and honorable works in this regard. The idea of the World Prize 114 was to create a new format for Quranic activities at the international level.”

“This international prize was a unique initiative that has never been done in the world,” Mr. Hossein Asadi stated.

“In policy-making, we concluded that this program should be performed in the form of media and art, and with the subject of the Quran, and the distribution of Quranic products. Various competitions are held by Iran at the national level and in other countries, all of which are public competitions, and Sunni brothers and sisters also participate in them. But the “World Prize 114” is dedicated to the family of the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the world,” he added.

The attractiveness of the competition disciplines is in a new way and in the field of propagation-promotion, clips, motion graphics, radio productions, photo-text, etc. Propagation activities, Minbar and religious lectures, Quranic circles, holding Quranic home meetings, reciting Quranic Juz’s, Islamic teaching classes, and Tafsir were also part of the competition. Many users have the potential to generate content in cyberspace but they should be encouraged. During the first “World Prize 114” we saw that there are many talents among the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he added.

“More than 500 works were submitted to the Secretariat, which was unexpected. Most of the competition activities were during Ramadan and this amount of reception was very good. The submitted works were evaluated in three stages with the presence of judges of world Quranic figures, and 22 works made it to the final stage, of which 14 works were selected and will be honored in the current session,” stated the chairman of the jury, explaining the works submitted to the first “World Prize 114”.

At the end of his speech, Asadi expressed his hope that with the establishment of the “Quranic Growth and Excellence Club 114”, such promotional and encouraging measures will continue.

It should be mentioned that more than 130 participants from more than 40 countries, by submitting more than 500 works to the secretariat of the first “World Prize 114”, participated in the fields of production, distribution, and propagation-promotion activities of the festival.

After submitting the works in the secretariat of the competition, the first stage of judging and selection of works was done and among the works and reports received from all over the world, more than 20 works and activities entered the final stage of judging. The final stage of judging was done by judges from four countries and today the winners of this competition were announced.

Through Quranic activities, AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly proved slanders against Shiites are false: No’mani

Through Quranic activities, AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly proved slanders against Shiites are false: No’mani

Monday, 09 August 2021

The closing ceremony of the first “World Prize 114” was held in the conference hall of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom, in full compliance with health protocols due to Covid-19.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Al-No’mani from Iraq was one of the two ever-lasting figures of the first course of this international event, who was honored along with the late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri from Iran for the valuable book “Al-Mukhtasar Al-Mufid Fi Tafsir Al-Quran Al-Majid”.

“According to the hadith of Saqaleen from the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), the Quran and Itrat (family of the prophet) are the two basic elements of Islam that are the cause of the unity of the Islamic Ummah. But some wanted to separate the two pillars,” Ayatollah Al-No’mani stated in a short speech at the ceremony, referring to the Hadith of Thaqalayn.

“Some slandered the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school that they are far from the Quran and that they had no acquaintance with this divine book. They even claimed that the Shiites have another Quran! This was a great conspiracy to divide the Islamic Ummah,” he continued.

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly should be appreciated for its Quranic activities which have played a major role in refuting the accusations against the Shiites in the field of the Quran,” added the head of the Islamic Thought Association.

“For more than five decades, I had the honor of befriending the late Ayatollah Taskhiri from the seminary of Najaf,” al-No’mani said. “At the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, when we were with him in the Islamic Development Organization, we published many copies of the Holy Quran in the script of “Osman Taha” by the Organization in the name of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and they were presented in book fairs in different countries. With this action, we responded to the slanders against the Shiites.”

“The seminary of Qom, next to the seminary of Najaf, are two wings for the Shiite world, and these seminaries promote the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.),” said the honored figure of the first “World Prize 114”, referring to the role of seminaries in promoting the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.).

“The book “Al-Mukhtasar Al-Mufid Fi Tafsir Al-Quran Al-Majid” is a memento of our teacher, the Grand Ayatollah “Sayed Mohammad Baqer Sadr”, who suggested writing this Tafsir to the late Ayatollah Taskhiri,” Al-No’mani continued.

“I would like to appreciate the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, which is working to improve the situation of the Shiites,” concluded the head of the Islamic Thought Association.

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