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Afghanistan, priority to be supported by AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly: Moinian

Afghanistan, priority to be supported by AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly: Moinian

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, coincides with Safer 1, 1443 and as Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.) anniversary approaches, the conference “Ashura to Arbaeen; Messages and Results”, and also in its sideline, appreciation of the Haya’ats of Afghan immigrants in Tehran was held in compliance with health protocols in Cultural Revolution Complex (Sarcheshmeh), by the representative office of Tebyan Center for Social and Cultural Activities in Tehran, in cooperation with the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the Islamic Development Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

At the beginning of the meeting, referring to the fact that God appointed successors for the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), who are the Infallible Imams (a.s.) including Imam Mahdi (a.s.), in order for the guidance line of the humanity not be lost, Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Ali Moinian, Director-General of Asia-Pacific Affairs of the Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “These nobles are in fact the successors of the Last Prophet (p.b.u.h) until the Day of Judgment, and their most important duty is to protect the divine religion.”

“In their time, the duty of infallible Imams (a.s.) were protecting this religion which with great difficulty was presented to the people by the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h). In his time, according to the time and place conditions, every Imam performed his duty in the best way,” he added.

“In the time of Imam Hussain (a.s.), the situation had changed in a way that the appearances of Islam were fading, and the place of good and wrong was changed. Especially after the death of Muawiyah, when Yazid came to power, the spread of evil and ugliness in society, was rapid. It got to the point where Imam Hussein (a.s.) said, “There is nothing left of Islam and only one name remains.” In such an atmosphere, the Imam’s duty was to protect the religion of God. Imam Hussain (a.s.) said, “If the survival of this religion is achieved by killing me, O swords! embrace me”, said Moinian about the era of Imam Hussain (a.s.).

“Today, we owe the religion that reached us, to the blood of the martyrs,” he added.

“The most important message of the uprising of Imam Hussain (a.s.) is enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. In his will, Imam Hussain (a.s.) wrote, “I rose to revive enjoining the good and forbidding the bad, in order to reform the Ummah of my grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h)”; the Ummah that was on the verge of annihilation,” said the Director-General of Asia-Pacific Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the two important messages and consequences of the movement of Imam Hussain (a.s.).

“One of the most important lessons we learn from Ashura culture is enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. But today, unfortunately, in Islamic societies, they are not observed. Some even dare to commit an ugly act openly without fear of anyone. This is while enjoining the good and forbidding the evil is a social Wajib and the duty of every human being. Because the result of neglecting them is the increase of sin and ugliness in society,” he stressed.

“If one achieves true faith, the real fruit of it is emigration and struggle in the way of God. Imam Hussain (a.s.) migrated and struggled to preserve the religion and the survival of Islam,” Moinian said, considering the second message of the movement of Imam Hussein (a.s.) as emigration and struggle in the way of God, referring to a verse of the Holy Quran.

“The minor migration of Imam Hussain (a.s.) was from Medina to Mecca to avoid the allegiance of Yazd. Major migration is related to the human soul, and migration from anything other than God to God,” he said, stating that migration and struggle have two physical and spiritual aspects.

“The minor jihad was the battle that brought the Imam and his companions to the battlefield, and until the last moment of their lives, their faith and will were not damaged. But the major jihad means the battle against carnal desires,” asserted the Director-General of the Asia-Pacific affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“Today, we must also learn from the message of Imam Hussain (a.s.),” he stressed.

“About three decades ago, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly was established. Headquartered in Tehran, it has 700 members from prominent figures, Ulama, university professors and elites around the world in its branches, which meet every 4 years under the title of General Assembly,” said Moinian in the second part of his speech, about the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“One of the priorities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is to pay special attention to neighboring countries, which have the largest population of followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and Shiites. In the meantime, it can be said that Afghanistan is among the top support priorities of this forum. Of the 700 key members of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, about 20 are from Afghanistan, including Hojat al-Islam Hosseini Mazari, head of the Tebyan Center for Socio-Cultural Activities, who attends general assemblies meetings and is influential,” he mentioned.

“Hojat al-Islam Hossaini Mazari works very powerful in the field of real activities as well as media. We appreciate his efforts,” said the Director-General of Asia-Pacific Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“The appropriate measures have been taken so far by some of our members and the Council of Shiite Ulama of Afghanistan. All efforts and meetings are made to avoid endangering the Shiite community and preserving its interests,” he said by referring to the current situation in Afghanistan, stating that the most important concern of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is to defend the unity of the community of followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and Shiites.

“The future of Afghanistan’s political issues is not in our agenda in AhlulBayt (a.s.) Word Assembly. Because we are not politicians and our scope of work does not include political issues. But we pay attention to the Shiite, lovers, and followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) communities. All our efforts, the Shiite Ulama and elders of Afghanistan, are to talk to the people so that, God forbid, the situation in Afghanistan does not lead to ethnic-tribal and religious conflicts,” Moinian clarified.

“God willing, in the near future, we will witness the establishment of lasting peace and security in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the honor and pride of all the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in all parts of the world,” he expressed hope.

Arbaeen, divine phenomenon managed by God: Ayatollah Ramazani

Arbaeen, divine phenomenon managed by God: Ayatollah Ramazani

The unveiling ceremony of the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish was held in Qom on Thursday morning, September 23, 2021, with the presence of Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

In this ceremony, referring to the Holy Defense (8-year war imposed by Iraqi Ba'athists against Iran), Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated, “The Islamic Revolution has gone through golden eras, one of which was the holy defense. War was imposed on us, and for this reason, we consider defense sacred. We had to defend ourselves according to reason and religion, and we do not regret this defense.”

“The Holy Defense was full of bravery, struggle, and self-sacrifice. These virtues must always be vibrant in society so that we can resist tyranny,” he continued.

“The (Iranian) warriors voluntarily and sincerely participated in the Holy Defense. Love, intuition, and mysticism were visible at that time. True mysticism and mystic could be seen on the fronts. There were teenage warriors who had not even grown a beard, but prayed to God at night,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“Today we can best follow the example of the Holy Defense. Today more than ever we need the courage of that time,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the need to model the holy defense.

“Islamic art is the art that promotes the teachings of Islam, and even maybe a non-Muslim can create religious art. For example, we see non-Muslim photographers participate in the Arbaeen pilgrimage to capture this event,” he continued.

“Art has beauty, permanence, and influence. In the Holy Quran, we also see manifestations of art. The eloquence and rhetoric of the Holy Quran are two miracles of the holy book. Of course, the most comprehensive miracle of the Quran is the expression of knowledge related to human beings,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, considering art as a way to reach the truth.

“There are 300 verses in the Holy Quran about contemplation and thinking. Quranic verses have such deep meanings that some scholars and thinkers can talk for months about a single verse of the Holy Quran,” he added.

“God’s names are spread throughout the universe. For this reason, art is a divine gift to mankind. Art can have a great impact on society. Sometimes a wise poem easily conveys the facts to the audience and affects their mind,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the nature of art.

“Imam Ali (a.s.) stated the truths in the best and most beautiful way. Imam Sajjad (a.s.) also used the art of expression when he wanted to introduce himself,” he continued.

“Arbaeen has media, cultural and social dimensions. One should not look at Arbaeen from a single dimension. Arbaeen can be considered from different perspectives. So far, photographers have exhibited some of the Arbaeen facts by their works, and some of the Arbaeen photographs have become extremely lasting,” stated Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, saying that Arbaeen has various dimensions.

“Arbaeen is a global movement and artist photographers capture part of Arbaeen,” he said, referring to the characteristics of Arbaeen.

“Arbaeen is a divine phenomenon whose main management is in the hands of God and no one can claim to manage Arbaeen. Everyone who attends Arbaeen is impressed by its spirituality. God has taken over the management of Arbaeen with His saints,” pointed out the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“Arbaeen Photo Album” book in Spanish unveiled with Ayatollah Ramazani

“Arbaeen Photo Album” book in Spanish unveiled with Ayatollah Ramazani

The unveiling ceremony of the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish was held in Qom on Thursday morning, September 23, 2021, with the presence of Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

At the ceremony, referring to Arbaeen as an international movement, Hojat al-Islam Naji, head of the Nasim Rahmat Institute, said, “The global movement of Arbaeen has reached the Latin American region. When Imam Mahdi (a.s.) Reappeared, he will introduce himself with the name Imam Hussain (a.s.). Therefore, we must use the keyword of “Imam Hussain (a.s.)” to introduce the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.s.), and Arbaeen is the most important ritual that can introduce Imam Hussain (a.s.).”

“Although the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish is unveiled in Iran, the main unveiling ceremony will be on Arbaeen day (Monday, September 27, 2021) in Colombia. The book has been published in Mexico and Colombia. The book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish will be available in various Latin American countries until “Arbaeen” of next year,” he continued.

“There is an annual walk in the Lufan region, Argentina. In this area, a priest was killed for justice. Therefore, people walk to the Lufan area every year to honor him. We have to connect the local walks to the Arbaeen World Walk. Imam Hussain (a.s.) was a figure who was martyred to preserve human dignity,” pointed out the head of Nasim Rahmat Institute.

Following the ceremony, referring to the importance of photographing the Arbaeen ceremony, Ebrahim Soleimani, head of the Qom Photographers Association, said, “Everywhere in the world, those who see Arbaeen photos can have a good idea of this event.”

“The art of photography was born in the 18th century, and today the most powerful media owe it to the art of photography. Wherever words fail, the image comes to the fore. The photo reaches perfection when the audience sees it,” he continued.

“The Arbaeen walk is similar to the Hajj ceremony in terms of the presence of millions of people. Thinkers from different countries took part in the Arbaeen Walk pilgrimage and observed it. They consider the Arbaeen ceremony to be the greatest world event,” added the head of Qom Photographers Association.

“Those who compiled the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish, tried to inform the Spanish-speaking audience of an event attended by tens of millions of people. This work is more valuable than many virtual activities of institutions in Qom and Iran. Today, the people of the world need spirituality,” Soleimani stated, considering it necessary to convey the message of Arbaeen to the world.

“About half of the photographers whose works are in this book are from Qom. Qom has a lot of capacity in this field,” he mentioned.

At the ceremony, Ahmad Zahrabi, who compiled the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish, said, “About three years ago, it was suggested that we collect photos of Arbaeen Walk for exhibitions in Spanish-speaking countries. 6,000 photos were collected and finally, 110 photos were chosen. But due to Qovid-19, a permanent virtual exhibition of these images was prepared on the Internet.”

“The 700 million Spanish speakers in 20 countries are a major issue for photographers. In the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish, photos by 21 photographers are included. We hope that these images related to Arbaeen are a propagation for Imam Hussain (a.s.),” he continued.

Following the ceremony, referring to the importance of picture books, Hojat al-Islam Alireza Sobhani Nasab, the head of the Association of Child and Adolescent Publishers of Qom Province, said, “Arbaeen Photo Album in Spanish is one of the books that are spontaneously international. Even if there is no translation, and there is no caption for the photo, the photo itself is an international language for conveying meaning.”

“Most meaning transfer takes place through images. Picture books allow the audience to create meaning and reflection so that he or she can create a story for the picture in the mind,” he continued.

“There are difficulties with publishing books internationally. Therefore, activities in this environment must be of high quality, and such activities are costly,” added the head of the Association of Child and Adolescent Publishers of Qom Province.

“International publishing needs synergy, and everyone concerned about it should participate,” he mentioned.

Referring to the importance of the books, Mehdi Tavakolian, Director General of Public Relations and International Affairs of the Public Libraries Foundation, stated, “Books are not one-dimensional cultural products. Rather, audiobooks and picture books are influential in communicating with the audience.”

“All those who propagate Shiite teachings by art, recite lamentations in the form of illustrations. Today, Arbaeen is considered a global ritual,” he continued.

“The moral and behavioral examples seen in Arbaeen are of interest to all religions and human beings. These include respecting children and the elderly and sacrificing one’s properties to serve pilgrims,” added Director General of Public Relations and International Affairs of the Public Libraries Foundation.

“The enemy uses various techniques to spread Islamophobia, Shiaphobia, and Iranophobia. We must take advantage of the same techniques to counter these actions of the enemy,” e mentioned.

In another part of the ceremony, referring to his presence at the Arbaeen Walk ceremony, Pedro J. Saavedra, the famous Spanish photographer, stated, “For me, Arbaeen was a great experience that is influential in terms of spirit and human communication. Arbaeen must be introduced to the whole world. It has good subjects for photographers.”

“I was not afraid to go to Iraq (despite Western media propaganda). Because I was comfortable in this country and everyone helped me to take more beautiful photos,” he continued.

“I participated in the Arbaeen Walk pilgrimage through the “Tariq al-Ulama” route (or “Tariq al-Euphrates”, is the name of the old pilgrimage route from Kufa to Karbala, which crosses the Euphrates River and the grove.) Because it was a traditional route. Along the way, I saw a man who always saves his income during the year to serve the pilgrims of the Arbaeen Walk,” Saavedra noted.

Referring to the importance of art, Soheil Asad, head of the headquarters of Arbaeen in Latin America, said at the ceremony, “Art should be used as a sacred tool to convey the message of Islam. Benefiting from art is a great opportunity for us. Because in the past, it was not easy to talk about the tools of art in conveying Islamic knowledge, and if someone had spoken on this issue, it would not have been acceptable.

“We have seen great changes over the years and now is the age of media. The philosophy of the first Arbaeen pilgrimage was to convey the message of Imam Hussain (a.s.). Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, considers Imam Sajjad (a.s.) and Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) as media figures of Imam Hussain (a.s.) movement. In Arbaeen, we must convey the message of Imam Hussain (a.s.),” he continued.

“The event of Ashura originally has reached us by artists. Artists conveyed the message of Ashura to others in the forms of Noha reciting (eulogies) and other arts,” he added.

“Art has such a high status that God also used art in his revelations in Quran. There are 1800 verses in the Quran in the form of stories. One of the important tools for conveying Islamic knowledge is the tool of art,” specified Asad, considering the art to have a high status.

“By using the art of photography, the message of Arbaeen can be conveyed to other nations. The photo conveys reality. It should not be limited to publishing a photo book in Spanish about Arbaeen, and this book should be the beginning of a long journey. In covering the Arbaeen pilgrimage, photographers must pay attention to the divine and dignified aspects of Arbaeen,” he mentioned.

Saying that Arbaeen has various dimensions, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, as the last speaker of the ceremony, stated, “Arbaeen has media, cultural and social dimensions. One should not look at Arbaeen from a single dimension. Arbaeen can be considered from different perspectives. So far, photographers have exhibited some of the Arbaeen facts by their works, and some of the Arbaeen photographs have become extremely lasting.”

“Arbaeen is a global movement and artist photographers capture part of Arbaeen,” he said, referring to the characteristics of Arbaeen.

“Arbaeen is a divine phenomenon whose main management is in the hands of God and no one can claim to manage Arbaeen. Everyone who attends Arbaeen is impressed by its spirituality. God has taken over the management of Arbaeen with His saints,” pointed out the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

1st Intl. mourning titled “Ahsan Al-Aza” by ABWA + poster

1st Intl. mourning titled “Ahsan Al-Aza” by ABWA + poster

The first international mourning conference titled “Ahsan Al-Aza” will be held by AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly for non-Iranian audiences in order to communicate with the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) worldwide and list their activities in the field of mourning for Imam Hussain (a.s.) in the months of Muharram and Safar, and also in the days of Arbaeen.

Planned with the slogan “AhlulBayt (a.s.), the axis of revival and honoring of divine rituals” by the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the program is implemented with the objectives of introducing, selecting, appreciating, and directing all the Hosseini (a.s.) services, based on the teachings of the Quran and Etrat (AhlulBayt).

“Ahsan Al-Aza” International Mourning for Imam Hussain (a.s.) has the following objectives: introducing and selecting the best Hey’ats [singular: Hey’at. (a place or a group of people) in which people mourn for AhlulBayt (a.s.)], ceremonies, services, and servants of Imam Hossein (a.s.), and finally, organizing, supporting, strengthening, developing, and exalting them in the international arena.

The deadline for submitting short video reports to introduce Hey’ats and services for Imam Hossain (a.s.) by their own, in two formats of film and photo (short clip and slideshow) is the end of the month of Safar 1443 AH, October 7, 2021. It also includes all activities in Muharram and Safar this year.

This International Mourning Ceremony for Imam Hussain (a.s.), which has been designed by AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, especially for non-Iranian audiences by the, is underway with a propagation, artistic, and media approach of the live introduction of the following sections, and is ready to receive works:

- Theatrical programs (Ta’zieh, theater, etc.),

- Local mourning rituals,

- Lectures, Nowha (eulogies) and mourning ceremonies,

- Special programs for Arbaeen,

- and special experiences and innovative activities.

After receiving, screening, and judging the submitted video reports, the selected works in various sections will be supported for development and promotion. At the closing ceremony, these works will be honored. In addition, with the formation and launch of the Innovation Club, the ground for growth and excellence will be provided by dedicating the serious role to teenagers, youth, women, etc. in other religious occasions, with the aim of honoring divine rites.

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“Global Coalition of NGOs for Peace” Conference in Tehran

“Global Coalition of NGOs for Peace” Conference in Tehran

On the occasion of International Day of Peace, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the International Conference “Global Coalition of NGOs for Peace, Justice, and Convergence of Nations” will be held virtually in Tehran on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 2021.

Emphasizing that peace is appropriate and desirable when it is based on justice, Davood Ameri, Secretary-General of the Islamic World Peace Forum, said, “For a variety of reasons, the world today faces challenges in the areas of peace, security, poverty, the environment, and the like, which governments alone cannot fully and successfully address.”

“Through the cooperation of the people, and with the government and the private sector, NGOs in many areas provide the basis for the development and growth of society. In fact, as civic institutions, they are an intermediary between the government and the people, and in this way form an important part of the people’s participation in the development of society,” he added.

“Explaining the scientific, legal, and law foundations of the formation of non-governmental organizations and explaining the role and position of these organizations in achieving peace, justice, and integration of nations is one of the objectives of this conference,” he continued.

“Programs aimed at promoting the discourse of peace and justice in the domestic and international dimensions include explaining the necessities and requirements for considering NGOs in the world, producing conceptual literature on NGOs and developing global peace and justice, and drawing the attention of the elites and media to NGOs in domestically and internationally,” clarified the Secretary-General of the Islamic World Peace Forum on the long-term plans of his institute.

“The conference will be attended by domestic and foreign experts in five sections: NGOs; Theoretical foundations and functions, the role of NGOs in establishing world peace and justice and combating oppression, NGOs and their relationship with powers and governments, public diplomacy and NGOs, and the soft power of non-governmental and societies. The Conference “Global Coalition of NGOs for Peace, Justice, and Convergence of Nations” will be pursued in five phases in 2021 and 2022 to lay the groundwork for this global coalition,” he said.

Arbaeen great divine convention for all religions, nations/Imam Hussein (a.s.) belongs to all humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

Arbaeen great divine convention for all religions, nations/Imam Hussein (a.s.) belongs to all humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

The opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America was held on Sunday morning, September 19, 2021, with the speech of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

While offering his condolences for the days of mourning for Imam Hussain (a.s.) and Arbaeen, and appreciating the establishment of the Arbaeen headquarters in Latin America, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani said, “I appreciate you for starting a valuable work and forming a headquarters called Arbaeen with the slogan “Service and Hope”.”

“I hope that by using the capacity set in Latin America, the members of Arbaeen headquarters will be able to get to know each other better and provide a platform for interaction, understanding, and synergy,” he said, expressing hope that the activity of Arbaeen headquarters should be seriously and actively pursued throughout the year.

 “Arbaeen should be considered as the largest convention of Muslims. Imam Hussain (a.s.) belongs to all nations and all religions. He is the teacher and educator of the freedmen. There are important lessons of seeking justice, confronting authoritarianism and oppression, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil in the teachings of Imam Hussain (a.s.),” emphasized the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.

“Imam Hussain (a.s.) belongs not only to the Shiites, but to all Muslims; he belongs not only to Muslims, but to all followers of the Abrahamic religions, and also he belongs not only to all followers of the Abrahamic religions, but to all human beings, and this is a global and international capacity,” continued Ayatollah Ramazani.

“Understanding this capacity is very important and should be studied and researched, and once the capacities are properly understood, we will be able to understand this event more comprehensively and accurately,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the various dimensions of Arbaeen Hosseini.

“Ashura and what happened up to Arbaeen (forty days after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and his companions in Karbala) in the year 61 AH, shows the most emotional truth. There can be no more emotional flow and movement than Ashura and Arbaeen. These feelings and emotions have been passed down from generation to generation,” he clarified, considering emotional capacity as one of the Arbaeen capacities.

“During 1400 years, the uprising of Sayyid al-Shuhada (a.s.) has created a great internal transformation and revolution; a large number of people gather in (Iraq) to pay their tribute (to Imam Hussein (a.s.) and his family and companions) and spend their lives and property to keep Ashura and Arbaeen alive. This great glory increases year by year in the Arbaeen ceremony,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.

Referring to the pandemic of the evil Covid-19 virus, which has outbroken the world, and deprived many people of the opportunity to participate in the Arbaeen Walk, the member of the Assembly of Leadership Experts expressed, “May God Almighty remove this calamity from human society so that Muslims and non-Muslims with a population of 20 million and more can participate in Arbaeen Walk.”

“We can see high spirituality during the Arbaeen Walk in Najaf and Karbala. Worship, mentioning the sufferings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), prayers, paying attention to the ideals of Imam Hussain (a.s.), the teachings of Ashura, and many other issues are quite evident in Arbaeen Walk. You can see the most beautiful service in Arbaeen,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the spiritual aspect as another achievement of the Arbaeen movement.

Considering the high hope for the best kind of life and tasting justice and the elimination of the oppression of wealth, force and hypocrisy colonialism, as lessons from the Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.), Ayatollah Ramazani said, “The intellectual and structural atmosphere of society must believe in this hope.”

Referring to the phrase, “بَذَلَ مُهْجَتَهُ فِيكَ لِيَسْتَنْقِذَ عِبَادَكَ مِنَ الْجَهَالَةِ وَ حَيْرَةِ الضَّلالَةِ” ((O’God) He (Imam Hussein (a.s.)) sacrificed his life in your way, to save your servants from ignorance and wandering misguidance) from the Arbaeen pilgrimage letter, Ayatollah Ramazani added, “Imam Hussein (a.s.) sacrificed the blood of his heart in the way of God and saved the people from ignorance. The Arbaeen pilgrimage letter reads: “Some authoritarians, worldly and ambitious people stood up the best of human beings. They behead the “Imam of the society” and the “Guardian of God” and put it on the spear. Less than 30 years after the demise of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), the enemies placed the silent Quran on a spear (referring to the Battle of Siffin between Muawiyah and Imam Ali (a.s.)), and 50 years later, they put the “speaking Quran” (Imam Hussain (a.s.)) on a spear.” All of these events were due to the ignorance of the society.”

“Arbaeen bestowed awakening and multidimensional awareness to human society: awakening in the emotional, spiritual, cultural and political dimensions,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, referring to the spiritual, justice, cultural and political aspects of Arbaeen.

“From the mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (a.s.) and Arbaeen, one should learn the lessons of monotheism, seeking justice, and confronting authoritarianism. In his analysis of the Husseini movement, Imam Khomeini (r.a.) said, “Weeping for Imam Hussein (a.s.) should have a political and reformist aspect”,” he said.

“If today’s human society reach the spirit of Ashura and Arbaeen, the ground for the growth of the individual, family, and society will be provided,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.)  World Assembly.

“Unfortunately, we are facing news boycott of Arbaeen, and some media outlets fail to cover the spirituality, love, self-sacrifice, and affection of the Arbaeen Hosseini March,” said Ayatollah Ramazani considering Arbaeen as a great divine convention of all religions and nations.

“Introduce Arbaeen and Ashura thinking to the people, and consider Arbaeen as great because this movement can be a great global event,” said the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts, addressing the organizers of the Arbaeen headquarters in Latin America, while appreciating them.

Following the ceremony, referring to the appointed activities of the headquarters, Soheil Assad, the secretary of the Arbaeen headquarters in Latin America, announced the release of the Arbaeen pilgrimage software with Spanish and French translations, which was prepared for the first time. He also announced, “For the first time, on Arbaeen Hosseini Day the Arbaeen pilgrimage letter will be recited online, simultaneously throughout the Latin American region.”

The next part of the opening ceremony of the special activities dedicated to Arbaeen in Latin America was describing the activities and actions of Islamic centers throughout this region by the officials of Islamic centers. In this meeting, the officials of the Islamic centers of countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, etc., briefly explained the activities of their center.

The responsibilities of the Arbaeen International Headquarters in the Latin American region are planning and coordination between countries, content production, regional and trans-regional support, special planning, and coordination with the holy shrines.

Also, some of the activities and programs of the Arbaeen International Headquarters in Latin America are: Publication of two new books in Latin American countries on the subject of Ashura and Arbaeen, holding street processions, launching a motorcade caravan, holding a national and coordinated Arbaeen pilgrimage throughout Latin America, holding ceremonies in Islamic centers and mosques, publishing a magazine for children on the subject of Arbaeen and Muharram, and production of Arbaeen pilgrimage software.

The meeting, which was held on Sunday morning, September 19, 2021, Tehran time, ended with mourning and praising for AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the recourse in AhlulBayt (a.s.) by activists and Latin American Muslims.

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