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We must inform world on message of Arbaeen/Arbaeen, identity factor for Shiites: Ahmadi Tabar

We must inform world on message of Arbaeen/Arbaeen, identity factor for Shiites: Ahmadi Tabar

The meeting “Strategies to strengthen the enthusiasm of Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (a.s.) in the current situation” was held on Thursday morning, August 26, 2021, in the presence of Mawkeb owners and thinkers from different countries, in the conference hall of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom.

In this ceremony, appreciating the presence of Mawkeb owners and thinkers, the Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “I hope that the spread of the Arbaeen culture will protect the achievements of the revolution of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and that we will be able to promote it.”

“In the hadiths, there is a special look at the pilgrimage of Aba Abdullah, Imam Hussain (a.s.). Imam Sadegh (a.s.) considered the pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (a.s.) as the best deeds after Divine Ma'refat. The pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is also the pilgrimage of all the infallible Imams (a.s.) and the pilgrimage of God Almighty,” added Hojat al-Islam Ahmad Ahmadi Tabar, the Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“The pilgrim of Imam Hussein (a.s.) does not become poor, he does not burn in the fire of the hell and he does not stay under the rubble. The pilgrim of Sayed al-Shuhada (a.s.) is constantly in the light of the prayers of the angels, and Aba Abdullah (a.s.) seeks forgiveness for his pilgrim. The pilgrims of Imam Hussein (a.s.) are the first to enter Paradise, where is their refuge and abode,” he stated, regarding the worldly and otherworldly effects and blessings of the pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (a.s.) based on hadiths.

“With Ma’refat, all the activities of the pilgrim of Imam Hussain (a.s.) become Hosseini, and he makes a permanent covenant with Hussein (a.s.),” added the Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“In the hadiths, one of the signs of Shiites is the Arbaeen pilgrimage. In the past, it was the Arbaeen walk, but in recent years, a flow has emerged that has offered a conclusive argument for all the people of the world. Because Arbaeen movement is for the conclusive argument,” he stated on the importance of Arbaeen pilgrimage.

“Last year, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly held such a meeting. At that meeting, it was stated that during the Covid-19, the Arbaeen ceremonies should be held passionately. It was also decided to hold the Arbaeen walk in different countries, and thank God, this plan was well received,” said Ahmadi Tabar, regarding the holding of the meeting “Strategies to strengthen the enthusiasm of Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (a.s.) in the current situation”.

“This year, too, we have to hold Arbaeen ceremonies fervently. This year, we must spread the passion of Arbaeen in cyberspace in different languages, in different countries, so that we can convey the message of Arbaeen to the world,” he continued.

Hojat al-Islam Dr. Hamid Ahmadi, the head of the cultural committee of the Arbaeen headquarters also stated in this meeting, “There is a war of narratives in cyberspace and the media, and Arbaeen is a narrative that the Supreme Leader emphasizes to be globalized.”

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Mawkeb owners, and thinkers should take more serious and active measures about Arbaeen. They must also have a continuous presence on the international stages. Therefore, in order for Arbaeen to become global, it is necessary to create a discourse for Arbaeen literature,” Dr. Ahmadi added.

Arbaeen is a transnational, trans-Islamic denomination, trans-regional, and even trans-religious phenomenon, and we must be active in these conditions accordingly. While we have to communicate with Muslims and different Islamic denominations, Arbaeen is a factor which makes an identity for Shiites and is important,” he stated.

“This year’s Arbaeen slogan is ‘Al-Hussein, Safina al-Najah’ (Hussain the Shio of Salvation). Because Imam Hussein (a.s.) bring salvation for humanity and saves human beings from darkness and ignorance,” Ahmadi said about this year’s Arbaeen slogan.

“There are various rumors in cyberspace and the media, and some are looking for making confrontations. Therefore, we do not enter these issues. There have been many discussions and consultations, and the goal is to go and we must prepare for it. Therefore, it is necessary to transfer the passion of Arbaeen to the country,” he said on the Arbaeen walk.

“The Mawkeb owners donated 76,000 meals to the country’s prisons, and Mawkebs were set up in prisons. The headquarters also released 608 prisoners with the help of donors and Mawkeb owners,” said the head of the Cultural Committee of the Arbaeen Central Headquarters, regarding the activities of the committee in the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

“Arbaeen must become a school of thought in the world, and we must convey the message of Imam Hussein (a.s.) to the world. Therefore, in this regard, we must actively use cyberspace and media,” he concluded in the end.

Following this meeting, Mawkeb owners and thinkers from different countries expressed their views and opinions on ways to enhance the enthusiasm of Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.) in the current situation.

To see photos of the meeting, click here.

Deadline for submitting articles to Academic Conference of “Umana al-Rosol” extended

Deadline for submitting articles to Academic Conference of “Umana al-Rosol” extended

The deadline for submitting works and articles to the “Umana al-Rosol” (Trustees of the Prophets) Academic Conference, for commemoration of Ayatollah Mousavi Al-Kharsan, has been extended to November 6, 2021.

Depending on the disciplines of the competition, professors, researchers and clerics can submit their works in the secretariat of the conference.

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Content disciplines of the “Umana al-Rosol” Conference

A) Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Mousavi Al-Kharsan

1 - Biography and history

. The socio-political situation of the Ayatollah Al- Mousavi Al-Kharsan era;

. The situation of seminaries in the Ayatollah Al- Mousavi Al-Kharsan era and his role in maintaining and promoting seminaries;

. The great scholars and contemporary scholarly figures of the Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan era;

. Scholars and scholarly figures emphasized by Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Professors of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Moral characteristics of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Getting acquaintance with the family of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan from the perspective of figures and scholars who were contemporary with him.

 2 - Scientific-research characteristics of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan

. Hadith and Rijal fields of study in the works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Scientific and research efforts of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan in reviving the works;

. Methodology of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan researches on Torath;

. Theological study of the scientific works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Methodology of researches and writings of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Methodology of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan in introducing and criticizing historical sources and narrations;

. Quranic studies in the works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Methodology of the proximity approach of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan (between Islamic denominations and Shiite thinkers);

. The role of the works and books of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan in the transcendence of religious knowledge;

. Introducing, criticizing and reviewing the works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan.

B) The status of seminaries and religious schools

1- Characteristics of seminaries in the training of scholars;

2- The position of research in seminaries;

. The role of contemporary seminaries in researching and reviving Torath and producing scientific works;

3- The role of seminaries in dealing with anti-religious attacks and false claimants and how to do it;

4- The role of seminaries in protecting religion and beliefs and preventing deviations in Islamic societies during the Occultation Era (of Imam Mahdi (a.s.));

5- The role of seminaries in contemporary social and political fields;

6- Rooted, influential and famous scientific families in seminaries;

7- Originality and dynamism of seminaries;

8- The role of seminaries in dispelling suspicions and getting out of incidents and seditions;

9- The necessity of interaction, communication and convergence of seminaries;

10- The role of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) in maintaining and dynamism of seminaries;

11- Sociological critique of seminaries in the last century;

Academic Conference of “Umana al-Rosol” (Trustees of the Prophets), in commemoration of the insightful reviver, Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Mousavi Al-Kharsan, will be held with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and similar institutions in the seminaries of Qom and Najaf, with the content disciplines of “Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Kharsan”, and “The position of seminaries”.

Ayatollah Akhtari offered his condolences on demise of Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi

Ayatollah Akhtari offered his condolences on demise of Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

In a message, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and head of the International Ashura Foundation, expressed his condolences on the demise of Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi.

The message of Ayatollah Mohammad Hassan Akhtari is as follows:

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“Whenever an Alem passes away, there will be an irreparable breach in Islam.” Imam Ali (a.s.)

Divine ascension and the sad and irreparable departure of the eminent scholar, educated thinker, prominent litterateur, theologist sage, philosopher and mystic, honorable Allameh Professor Mohammad Reza Hakimi, caused regret and impression on us and the scientific community of the country and its lovers, students and family and relatives.

This pious and ascetic scholar and thinker of the school of the Infallible AhlulBayt (a.s.), spent his blessed life explaining and introducing Islamic and religious knowledge.

By writing more than one hundred titles of valuable books and scientific-research articles in the field of Quranic teachings and the enlightening School of Islamic Studies – including the valuable encyclopedias are “Al-Hayat”, “Quranic Community Building”, “Red Wisdom”, “Imam in the Objectivity of Society”, “Maghrib Sun”, “Ashura”, “Tafsir Aftab”, etc. –, he left modern, precious and lasting services and valuable heritage services for the Islamic society, as well as scientific and theological centers and lovers and followers of the path of truth.

The late Professor Allameh Hakimi was one of the humble and sincere followers and lovers of Imam Khomeini (r.h.) and the Islamic Movement, and he always unwaveringly defended the anti-arrogance and anti-tyranny movements of the Imam of the Ummah, and his novel ideas derived from Imam Khomeini’s enlightened thought. The ascetic life of this pious mystic, the purity of his soul, and his spiritual struggles – which was taken from the mystical teachings of his great teacher, the divine mystic, the late Grand Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Mojtaba Qazvini (r.a.) and other mystics of the school of Intuition – had made this great scholar one of the pioneers of mysticism and the role model of the followers of truth, knowledge and conduct.

I offer my condolences for the great and sad loss of this grand scholar of the Islamic studies to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, all people of Iran, honorable family, especially his sage and scholar brother Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Mohammad Hakimi, his students and disciples.

I ask from God the Almighty for the exaltation, forgiveness and reunion with Divine Prophets and Infallible AhlulBayt (a.s.), for the deceased, and for all of his family members and relatives, I ask for great patience.

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

Mohammad Hassan Akhtari

Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly,

and head of the International Ashura Foundation

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Office in Pakistan denounces terrorist blast among Ashura mourners

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Office in Pakistan denounces terrorist blast among Ashura mourners

In a message, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Sayed Mohammad Najafi, head of the office of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Pakistan, condemned the terrorist attack in Bahawalnagar, Punjab.

In this message, he pointed to the enmity of the Wahhabi sect with Islam and the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

The message of the head of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Office in Pakistan is as follows:

The events that took place this year in Muharram al-Haram, especially in Bahawalnagar, are very reprehensible and should be condemned.

Imam Hussein (a.s.), the grandson of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), is the founder of Sharia, and love for him is found in every nation. But unfortunately, even today, the disgusting face of Wahhabism shows its enmity towards Islam and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and perpetrates such attacks.

Shiite figures held a conference on unity among Muslims around the world, in which the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Islamabad Office, also played a special role.

We strongly condemn the incident that took place in Ashura and will never allow mourning (for Imam Hussein) to be tarnished.

In the end, for the martyrs of Bahawalnagar, we ask for the exaltation from God and patience for their family and relatives

It should be mentioned that the terrorist blast among the mourners of Ashura in the city of Bahawalnagar, in Punjab, eastern Pakistan, left 5 martyrs and at least 50 wounded.

 

Virtual ceremony held for commemoration of late Professor Pishvaee

Virtual ceremony held for commemoration of late Professor Pishvaee

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

Late Pishvaee's books were among textbooks: Arafi

At the beginning of the meeting, referring to the characteristics of the late Pishvaee, Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, the head of the seminaries, stated, “He had a media personality, and since the founding of “Maktab-e-Islam” magazine, he wrote for that. He had more than 200 articles in magazines. He was one of the top experts in Radio Ma’aref.”

“The late Pishvaee had an eloquent tone in his writings and some of his books are among the textbooks that show the power of his pen. The late Pishvaee generated important resources in the field of history,” he added.

The works of the late Pishvaee are influential nationally and internationally

Saying that the late Professor Pishvaee was a pious, moral, patient, and kind person, Hojat al-Islam Mahmoud Rajabi, president of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, as another speaker at the meeting, stated, “Those who came to him were greeted beautifully. He answered questions calmly and expressed his precise opinions.”

“His works were welcomed by academics and seminarians and were introduced as a textbook in both the seminary and the university. These works were written in a way that has been welcomed internationally, and have been translated and published in various languages,” he continued.

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam

Hojat al-Islam Ali Akbar Zakeri, a faculty member of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, as one of the speakers at the commemoration of the late Pishvaee, said, “The late Pishvaee was one of the figures who specialized in the history of Islam and wrote several books in this field. His most famous book in this field is “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders). “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada” (The comprehensive description of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein), in two volumes, was another valuable work of the late Pishvaee, written by him in collaboration with a group of historians.”

“In the book “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada”, the late Pishvaee researched the Ashura event from beginning to end, along with the issues surrounding it” he added.

Professor Pishvaee was one of the pioneers of Islamic history in the seminary of Qom

Hojat al-Islam Motahari, the head of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) History and Life Research Institute, stated, Professor Mahdi Pishvaee was one of the pioneers of the Islamic history in the seminary of Qom, and through him, many scholars and clerics became acquainted with the history of Islam.”

“Professor Pishvaee was a unique figure in the seminary of Qom who performed very valuable services in history field of study,” he mentioned.

“Sire-ye Pishvayan” by late Pishvaee, filled the textbook gap of seminary, university

Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Reza Jabbari, professor of Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, said in the commemoration meeting of the late Professor Pishvaee, “Professor Pishvaee was one of the leading professors in the history of Islam, with decades of research, teaching, and managing research affairs.”

“Professor Pishvaee was a good writer and had an eloquent expression. Evidence of this is the book “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders) which filled the curriculum gap in the seminary and the university in this field and became a textbook,” he continued.

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.)

In the final part of the commemoration ceremony for the late Pishvaee, Hojat al-Islam Najaf Lakzai, the head of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, said, “The late Pishvaei was an undisputed professor of Islamic history and the political life of the Imams (a.s.). The political life of the Imams (a.s.) is important for Muslims and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, society-building based on Islam and Islamic models became the basis of all affairs. According to the Quran, the way to build a society is to follow role models.”

“The activities of the late Professor Pishvaee are important because he went into the history of Islam and organized important researches and studies, nurtured many students and researchers, and supervised important dissertations,” he mentioned.

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It should be mentioned that Hojat al-Islam Mahdi Pishvaee, one of the prominent professors of the seminary of Qom, passed away on August 14, 2021. Many books on religious issues, the history of Islam, and the life of the Infallible Imams (a.s.) have been published by this researcher and professor of the seminary of Qom, who was born in 1942.

Among the famous and important books of Professor Pishvaee, are “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders) which is the textbook of Islamic seminaries, and “History of Islam (from Jahiliyyah to the demise of the Prophet of Islam)” which is the textbook of universities. He was one of the professors of Imam Sadegh (a.s.) Research and Training Institute and the director of the history department of Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute.

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.): Lakzai

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.): Lakzai

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.)

As another speaker of the commemoration ceremony for the late Pishvaee, Hojat al-Islam Najaf Lakzai, the head of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, said, “The late Pishvaee was an undisputed professor of Islamic history and the political life of the Imams (a.s.). The political life of the Imams (a.s.) is important for Muslims and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, society-building based on Islam and Islamic models became the basis of all affairs. According to the Quran, the way to build a society is to follow role models.”

“If one succeeds in discovering patterns and acting on those patterns, one will reach felicity. But if he does not discover these patterns and goes the wrong way, he will not reach his destination and he will go astray,” continued Hojat al-Islam Najaf Lakzai.

“The activities of the late Professor Pishvaee are important because he went into the history of Islam and organized important researches and studies, nurtured many students and researchers, and supervised important dissertations,” he added.

Referring to the book “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders), Lakzai stated, “This book of the late Pishvaee, is a textbook and one of the resources that are introduced to the clergies and students.”

“For history, there are grounds for misunderstanding. Because the researcher in history deals with the selection of data, he or she may be misled instead of guided,” he continued.

“By focusing on research into the history of Islam, the late Pishvaee stopped those who, in their research, emphasized Muashtabah (allegorical) matters in order to mislead the path of guidance. He helped to identify the right path, because it is possible to understand the Muhkamat and Mutashabihat (decisive and allegorical matters) by focusing on the “Raskhoon fi al-Alam” (those who are firm in the knowledge) tradition, that is, the infallible Imams (a.s.),” noted the head of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy.

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam: Zakeri

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam: Zakeri

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam: Zakeri

Hojat al-Islam Ali Akbar Zakeri, a faculty member of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, as one of the speakers at the commemoration of the late Pishvaee, said, “The late Pishvaee was one of the figures who specialized in the history of Islam and wrote several books in this field. His most famous book in this field is “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders). “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada” (The comprehensive description of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein), in two volumes, was another valuable work of the late Pishvaee, written by him in collaboration with a group of historians.”

“In the book “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada”, the late Pishvaee researched the Ashura event from beginning to end, along with the issues surrounding it” Hojat al-Islam Ali Akbar Zakeri continued.

“I first heard the name of the late Pishvaee in Maktab-e Eslam (The School of Islam) magazine. He wrote chain articles in the magazine. The late Pishvaee was interested in the history of Islam. His book “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders) is accompanied by critics and review and that has been selected as a textbook,” he added.

“The book “True Heroes of Islam” is one of the works of the late Pishvaee, which was written before the Islamic Revolution in the form of stories in order to be both attractive and understandable to everyone,” said Zakeri, referring to the books of Professor Pishvaee.

“On the advice of Ayatollah Meshkini, the late Pishvaee came to Qom. Answering religious questions was one of the activities of the late Pishvaee on Radio Maaref. His answers had a special feature. These answers were both scholarly and concise, so that they could be used by everyone,” he mentioned.

The loss of a Faqih creates a breach in religion

In another part of the ceremony, Ayatollah Mohammad Hadi Yousefi Gharavi, a of the higher levels of Islamic seminary in Qom and the university professor, gave a very short speech.

“According to the hadiths, whenever a Faqih passes away, there will be an irreparable breach in Islam that nothing can compensate it until the Day of Judgment,” he said.

“Imam Khomeini (ra) cited this hadith on the subject of Velayat-e-Faqih, which he presented in the Sheikh Ansari Mosque in Najaf. Because the hadith goes on to say: Such an Alem is like a fortress that protects Islam against the opposition,” the professor of history continued.

“May God unite the late Pishvaee with the infallible Imams (a.s.). Infallible Imams (a.s.) are leaders for all human beings and will welcome those who served their teachings,” he continued.

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