Message of ABWA’s Secretary-General on the occasion of Great Eid al-Adha to Islamic Ummah

Message of ABWA’s Secretary-General on the occasion of Great Eid al-Adha to Islamic Ummah

On the occasion of the great Eid al-Adha, the day of man’s liberation from material dependence, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly issued an important message.

In this message, with Quranic references, he mentioned the truth of the Qorban (sacrifice), and reminded the points that today Muslims should follow upon the example of the life of Prophet Ibrahim Khalil (a.s.).

Ayatollah Reza Ramazani’s message is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled: He said: ‘I will make thee an Imam to the Nations’.”1

Eid al-Adha is the anniversary of the release of the “perfect righteous man” from all the constraints, each of which was enough to is eternal imprisonment, whether these constraints are the tricks of the devil, or the bonds to the complexity of carnal desires, or the obsessions that aim at the assurance of the heart, or the dependencies that are rooted in the depths of the human soul.

On the way to this liberation, Ibrahim (a.s.), the father of the prophets, was tested with the most severe afflictions to prove the verse “I love not those that set”2 in practice. So, when he took the “beloved who sets (his non-eternal son, Ishmael)” to the slaughter place to sacrifice for the “beloved who is eternal (God, Almighty)”, the message came: “O Abraham! * Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!”3. It was then that he became Khalilullah (friend of God), and when he became “Khalil of God”, he qualified to become “the Imam of the worlds”.

So, no messenger was sent after him unless he was sent to follow the religion of that prophet (Ibrahim): “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith”4, and, no Ummah came, unless that Imam (Ibrahim) was his good model: “There is a goodly pattern for you in Abraham” 5.

In the meantime, the Ummah of the last Prophet (p.b.u.h) is the most rightful to this follow, and the most deserving to follow this example: “Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Abraham, are those who follow him, as are also this Prophet and those who believe: And Allah is the Protector of those who have faith” 6.

The truth of the Qorban (sacrifice) is to leave any kind of belonging and sacrifice the all “Ishmaels” within, so that man can be guided to the path of Tawhid, and only by reaching this truth the message of the great architect of Tawhid can be fully received: “Say: Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds”7.

Now, in the age of the parade of lust, Satan and doubt, the path of emancipation and liberation of the children of the Ummah is to follow the covenant and nation of that father, and struggle upon his way: “And strive hard in (the way of) Allah, (such) a striving a is due to Him; He has chosen you and has not laid upon you a hardship in religion; the faith of your father Ibrahim; He named you Muslims before”8.

On this auspicious day, while congratulating this great Eid to all the Islamic Ummah - especially the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) - as well as congratulating the Eids that will follow, and connect the “Abrahamic Imamate” to “Muhammadi Mubahila” and “Alawite Velayat”, I invite everyone to follow the example and tradition of the owner of this dear Eid, namely Ibrahim Khalilullah.

“Self-Cultivation”, “Strengthening faith”, “Breaking worldly ties”, “Scarifying the inner obstacles to reaching God”, “Rising for God”, “Disavowal from polytheism and polytheists”, “Invitation to monotheism”, “Courage and breaking idols”, “Fighting against tyranny and arrogance”, “Struggle and resistance in the way of guidance”, “Refusing to submit to lust”, “Stoning the devil and who have devil traits”, and “To prosper mosques for the worship of God”, all are clear examples of the life of the Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.), and If Muslims follow them, no power or superpower will prevail over them.

Eid al-Adha is the return of man to the pure divine nature, and to himself, to look at the Tafsir of “I am going to place in the earth a khalif”9 in the perspective of “And We ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice”10, and in the Karbala-like glory, put the ascension of the “Righteous Soul”11 envied by “Marked angels”.

This is the path by which one can attain the status of God’s friend and chosen one in this world, and one be among the righteous and those who are close to God in the Hereafter.

“We certainly chose him in the [present] world, and in the Hereafter, he will indeed be among the Righteous”12

Reza Ramazani

Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Eid al-Adha 1442 AH

July 21, 2021

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  1. “وَإذِ ابْتَلىٰ إِبراهيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِماتٍ فَأتَمَّهُنَّ قالَ إِنِّي جاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِماما” Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse: 124
  2. “لا أحبّ الآفِلین” Surah Al-An’am, Verse: 76
  3. “یا إبراهیمُ ٭ قَدْ صَدَّقْتَ الرُّؤْیَا” Surah As-Saaffat Verses: 104, 105
  4. “ثمَّ أوْحَينا إلَيكَ أَنِ اتَّبِعْ مِلَّةَ إبراهيمَ حَنيفا” Surah An-Nahl, Verse: 123
  5. “قَدْ كانَتْ‌ لَكُمْ‌ أُسْوَةٌ‌ حَسَنَةٌ‌ في إبراهيمَ” Surah Al-Mumtahanah, Verses: 4
  6. “إِنَّ أَوْلَى النَّاسِ بِإِبْرَاهِيمَ لَلَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُ وَهَذَا النَّبِيُّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَاللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ” Surah Al Imran, Verse: 68
  7. “قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ” Surah Al-An’am, Verse: 162
  8. “وَجَاهِدُوا فِي اللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِ هُوَ اجْتَبَاكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ مِلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ هُوَ سَمَّاكُمُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ مِنْ قَبْلُ” Surah Hajj, Verses: 78
  9. “إِنّي جاعِلٌ فِي الأرضِ خَليفَة” Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse: 30
  10. “وَ فَدَیناهُ بِذِبْحٍ عَظِیم” Surah As-Saaffat, Verse: 107
  11. “نفس مطمئنه” Surah Al-Fajr, Verse: 27
  12. “وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ” Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse: 130

 

Today we need religion, health institutions/ Religion guarantee for human health: Ayatollah Ramazani

Today we need religion, health institutions/ Religion guarantee for human health: Ayatollah Ramazani

In the conference “Religion, Health, and Humanitarian Aid” which was held on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the International University of AhlulBayt (a.s.), Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, while appreciating the organizers, called for the invitation of scientists in various fields, scientific discussions and called for the international dimension of the conference to be more highlighted.

While condoling the martyrdom of Imam Baqer (a.s.), the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “Among the Imams (a.s.), the scholarly character of Imam Baqer (a.s.) provided the ground for a great university, in which he trained students and various enthusiasts in various fields. The first ten days of Dhuʻl-Hijjah are the stage of reaching the perfection of the conduct of the people of knowledge. These are the days when the man can reflect on his true self.”

“Health comes from perfection, which can be related to both the body and the soul. If we examine different areas related to humans, we will reach this relationship,” he said, referring to the theme of the conference “Religion, Health and Humanitarian Aid”, describing it as important.

“In recent centuries in the West, there has been a pessimistic approach to religion. Some have claimed that there is no connection between religion and truth and that religion is not real and, as Ayatollah Motahhari quoted from them, it is superstitious,” stated the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.

“Herbert Spencer and Auguste Comte, and some other Western scholars, consider ignorance as to the cause of worship and inclination towards religion. The attitude of these people towards religion has nothing to do with spirituality, mysticism, and health. Even today, spirituality is propagated without revelatory religion and God. In this pessimistic view, religion has nothing to do with physical and mental health and is in conflict with it,” Ayatollah Ramazani continued.

“According to the late Ayatollah Motahhari, the prophets were sent to invite mankind to worship God. Worship is one of the inner and innate tendencies of human beings. The prophets were sent to call humanity to the true Deity, to distinguish the true Deity from the false Deity,” he said, pointing out that there is no era in human history when religion and God have not been mentioned.

“Concerning humans, there are three types of definitions: At first view, man is limited to sense and matter, the second view is the view of the rational man, and the third view is that of the intuitive human being. Some thinkers also believe that man has two realms of matter and the realm of meaning,” added Ayatollah Ramazani, pointing out that knowing about the man and his existential areas is one of the most important points that should be analyzed today.

“Man must be able to manage himself accurately with rational and revelatory management,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“Religion has a duty to provide a program to regulate and balance the realms of matter and meaning. With this view on religion, each of these terms finds its own place. When we look at religion from this perspective, religion is responsible for modifying the health of the body as well as modifying the health of the human soul and mind,” he said, stating that the field of matter and the field of meaning should be examined.

“If the truth of religion, which is related to the truth of human life and Fitra, is introduced, humanity, today’s generation and the young generation of society will fall in love with religion and its truth, and this issue depends on what discourse and literature we use to introduce religion. There is definitely no violence in Islam, but this religion is full of mercy and love. Like weeds, Some people try to prevent the deepening of the truth of religion and we must stand against these people” Ayatollah Ramazani emphasized.

“In a classification, Imam Ali (a.s.) classified the sciences into four branches: ‘Jurisprudence is for religion, medicine, for the treatment of diseases of the body, grammar, for the protection of language from error, and astronomy for the knowledge of time.’ This classification shows the importance of health science and being aware of the sciences of the time,” said the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.

“Today, many books and narrations have been written about the health of the body, for example, Imam Ali (a.s.) told Imam Hassan (a.s.), ‘Son! Shall I not teach you four tips to help you get rid of medicine?’ Imam Hassan replied, ‘Yes, Amir al-Mu'minin!’ Imam Ali said, ‘Do not sit at the table, except when you are hungry and do not get up from the table, except when you still want to eat; chew the food completely; and Go to the bathroom before going to bed. If you apply these four tips, you will not need medicine’,” he added.

“In the developed world, people have achieved many things in life welfare affairs and science. But anxiety, stress, depression and suffering from lack of identity are more prevalent in these countries than in developing countries,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to research and statistics published in Western countries on physical and mental health.

“Man needs the peace that comes from within him and his nature. If peace comes from within human nature, it will be lasting,” he added.

“Today we need religious and health institutions. Religion and health should be scientifically defined and compiled in textbooks, at different levels. Religion and health should also be addressed in different ways in the arts,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“If we consider the Quranic verses and the hadiths carefully, we will find that religion considers itself responsible for human health, and wants to guide human beings in a way that leads them to enjoy the health of body and soul,” Ayatollah Ramazani emphasized.

“In one of his fatwas, Imam Khomeini said, ‘It is Haram to consume anything that harms the human body.’ That is, religion deals directly and indirectly with health,” said the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, stating that human beings are not allowed to harm their bodies, and maintaining health is obligatory.

“Religion should not be introduced to today’s society dogmatically and stereotypically. Today’s human society, especially in the international arena, if become acquainted with the moral, mystical, rational and other dimensions of religion, the winner of the field will surely be the one who offers the best thought,” said Ayatollah Ramazani in the end.

Unveiling ceremony of book “Shiite Ambassador in West”/ Full report

Unveiling ceremony of book “Shiite Ambassador in West”/ Full report

Monday, 12 July 2021

The unveiling ceremony of the book “Shiite Ambassador to the West”, one of the latest publications of the Cultural and Artistic Institute of the Islamic Revolution Document Center, was held coinciding with the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Javad (a.s.).


The book is a description of the efforts of Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Mohagheghi Lahiji, the first Imam of Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque in the Islamic Center of Hamburg, Germany, and a documented narration of the history of the Islamic Center of Hamburg.


In the ceremony, which as held in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Mustafa Pour Mohammadi, the head of the Islamic Revolution Document Center, Hojat al-Islam Sayed Ali Qazi Askar, former representative of the Supreme Leader in Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs, Dr. Mahdi Mostafavi, Deputy for the Office of the Supreme Leader in the International Affairs, and Abu Zar Ebrahimi Turkaman, the head of the Islamic Culture and Communication Organization, delivered their speech.


“Building this mosque need a clean foundation”


In this ceremony, in honor of Hojjatoleslam Mohagheghi Lahiji, Ayatollah Ramezani said, “He can literally be considered a purposeful immigrant. That is, he migrated for God. The emigration he made (from Lahijan) to Rasht, and from Rasht to Tehran, and then to Mashhad and Qom, all were blessed. He benefited from the classes of the Seminary figures, in Fiqh and Osul, and ethics. Education in modern sciences made him a comprehensive figure. He emigrated for God, and because he had a scientific jihad, he was a scientific mujahid. These words apply to him.”


“Propagating means that the preacher conveys the truth to the heart and soul of the audience. “وَمَا عَلَى الرَّسُولِ إِلَّا الْبَلَاغُ الْمُبِينُ” (The messenger is only to convey the message plainly) (Quran, Surah Al-Ankabut, verse: 18). In my opinion, this statement of Imam Sadegh (a.s.) is true about the late Mohagheghi Lahiji: “إنّ اللّٰه أدّب نبيّه صلّى اللّٰه عليه و آله فأحسن تأديبه” (God Almighty disciplined his Prophet and his AhlulBayt (family), and it was the best discipline)” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly on the importance of the propagation.


“Those who want to be active in the field of propagation must have both a thorough knowledge of religion and spirituality to be more influential. The late Mr. Mohagheghi Lahiji had these two characteristics. He was both a jurist in the Islamic issues and had morals. It can be said that the reason for his success was that he was able to manifest the morality there (Hamburg). This is an art that religious scholars should have,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to Islamic narrations.


“There, we were not expected to quote Hegel and John Hick and others (Western scholars). Rather, they asked us to narrate from Quran and the AhlulBayt (a.s.). They asked us, “Tell us about the truth of the religion”,” added the former director of the Islamic Center of Hamburg.


“Mr. Abdoldjavad Falaturi was educated in the (Islamic) seminary and was a student of the late Ayatollah Khoei. In Germany, he received the academic professor position. When he was invited to teach at the University of Tehran, he said, “Do not expect me to teach what I have learned in Germany in Iran. In Germany, I speak either from the Quran or from Nahj al-Balaghah.” One who has Nahj al-Balaghah, has an orderly system of thought. Today we must present this system of thought to human society,” he continued.


Then, referring to the personality traits of the first Imam of the Hamburg Mosque, and knowing modesty, as one of the prominent moral characteristics of the late Mohagheghi Lahiji, Ayatollah Ramazani said, “God, in fact, blessed him for this modesty. Today, human society is truly eager for morality. Today, you see Hanston discussing universal ethics, many of which are derived from Islamic principles. The late Mohagheghi Lahiji was present in the land of exile only because of his religious duty. Our teacher said, “Just as learning science is necessary even in far areas, so is teaching it in remote areas,” But this teaching and learning will be lasting if it is for God. “وَيَبْقَىٰ وَجْهُ رَبِّكَ ذُو الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ” (yet lasting is the majestic and munificent Face of your Lord.) (Quran, Surah Ar-Rahman, verse: 27).”


Referring to the management course of Ayatollah martyr Beheshti in the Islamic Center of Hamburg, he said, “Ayatollah Shubairi said of Martyr Beheshti, “He was more meticulous than all of us. Even more than Mr. Musa Sadr.” These are very precise points that we need to pay attention to. Today, the Western world and humanity need such missionaries. We did not work in this field and we are behind schedule. We have not been able to send missionaries who know foreign languages and have scientific and spiritual prestige to foreign countries, and some who were sent were unsuccessful. Because some of them were afraid of the West, and others said, “The West has nothing (to be worried about).” But it should not be judged this way.”


Referring to the history of Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque, the former director of the Islamic Center of Hamburg said, “Three places were planned for the construction of the mosque. Ayatollah Borujerdi had said the best place should be chosen and had accepted to fund the project so that its money would be clean. When the decision was made to buy the place, the owner asked for the price of 300 thousand marks for the property. But when he found out what the land wanted to be used for, he discounted 50,000 marks.”


Mentioning a memory about Martyr Beheshti, Ayatollah Ramazani said, “One of the people who accompanied martyr Beheshti in Germany told me, “When the late Beheshti came to Hamburg, a meeting was held in the cemetery there and a large crowd attended. I told Shahid Beheshti, that now is the best time to raise money for the mosque. As martyr Beheshti heard this, he looked at me angrily and said, “This mosque needs clean money (for funding)”. This mosque is both founded on piety and funded with clean money.”


Shiite ambassadors’ role in Islamic history


Hojat al-Islam Pour Mohammadi, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Document Center, was another speaker at the event. Referring to Imam Reza’s emphasis on the blessings of Imam Javad (a.s.), and the role of Shiite ambassadors in his time, he said, “From the time of Imam Javad (a.s.) to the time of Imam Mahdi (a.s.), the story of advocacy, representation and embassy was formed in the Shiite world. What leads to the promotion of Islam through advocates, representatives, and ambassadors, and, as the moderns say, a systematic relationship with the Infallible Imam (a.s.) and the Shiite community, has begun since the time of Imam Javad (a.s.). These connections with the people and the Shiites were formed in the garrison living condition the Imams.”


“The story of the embassy and the advocacy has a strange story. Ambassadors and immigrants played a very important role in history. In Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, etc., the cultural development of the Shiites has been carried out by immigrants. Immigrants came from all walks of life, including businessmen, scholars, doctors, and so on. The role of immigrants in Africa and southern Europe is also clear. Immigration, emigration, and propagation have been very influential in the development of Shiite civilization. Today, we still see a prominent and distinguished role in these efforts,” continued Hojat al-Islam Pour Mohammadi.


“I knew the late Mohagheghi Lahiji in general. But because of this book, I found out more about his life,” said the head of the Islamic Revolution Document Center, referring to the character of the late Mohagheghi Lahiji.


“Here I want to refer to the seminary of Qom and Ayatollah Haeri. In the life and behavior of the late Sheikh Abdul Karim Haeri, we see that he performed all his duties as a Marja Taqlid (source of emulation) in Qom. For example, at night he went to the house of the poor and take coal and food, built houses for the poor. He had such activities. This lifestyle was his own, and this is very important. Mr. Mohagheghi Lahiji is the symbol of this school,” said Hojat al-Islam Pour Mohammadi, expressing that the late Mohagheghi Lahiji was trained in the seminary of Qom.


“The Iranian, Shiite, and Islamic, heritage, is unique, and we should introduce it. Fortunately, these actions have begun seriously at the Islamic Revolution Document Center, and here it is appropriate to mention our noble brother, the late Mr. Hosseinian. So far, 406 memories of the Ulama’s memories are registered in the Document Center. 70 memories have been printed, and the late Mohagheghi Lahiji memories are also published. These examples are very inspiring and we need to learn their lifestyle,” stated the Secretary of the Combatant Clergy Association.


“Contemporary history is very important. My brief analysis is that the 14th century Hijri Shamsi is one of the most influential centuries, and we can refer to as a turning point, especially in Iran. It is interesting that at the beginning of this century, 1301.1.1 (1922.03.22) the late Sheikh Abdul Karim Haeri Yazdi travels to the holy city of Qom from Sultan Abad (Arak) to participate in the eve of the Persian new year (Nowruz). There, the Ulama of Qom visited him and asked him, “Now that you have returned to Iran from Samarra and Karbala, stay in Qom”. Therefore, he stays in Qom and 1301.1.1 (1922.03.22), is the anniversary of the beginning of late Haeri’s residence in Qom,” reminded the head of the Islamic Revolution Document Center.


“With the presence of Haj Sheikh Haeri in Qom, great changes took place in the history of Iran. After that, great changes took place in the history of Islam and the region, and the Islamic movement marked great changes too. With the presence of Hajj Sheikh in Qom, the role of the seminary and the clergy became functionalist, which is very important. Along with the changes of the time, modernity and transformation were formed in the context of the seminary and the clergy, and the dispatching the late Mohagheghi Lahiji to Hamburg and the letter of Mr. Qomi to al-Azhar, Cairo, were in the same direction,” continued Hojat al-Islam Pour Mohammadi.


“Next year, God willing, the Islamic Revolution Document Center will hold a special program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Qom, which has been the source of cultural, social, and political developments in Iran, the region, and the world. Good books may have been written on the subject, but the work is not complete. At the Islamic Revolution Document Center, as a historiographical institute, we are collecting and supplementing information and data on this subject. The Document Center has published nearly forty works for the 40th anniversary of the revolution, and now it is going to publish works for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the seminary in Qom. We will complete some published works and republish others. We also ask for the help of all scholars and researchers so that, God willing, next year, which is the 100th year of new development in the history of Islamic Iran, we can commemorate the seminary of Qom and produce worthy works.” said the head of the Islamic Revolution Document Center, referring to the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the seminary in Qom.


Story of German officials’ presence in construction ceremony of Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque


The other speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Mahdi Mostafavi, Deputy for the Office of the Supreme Leader in the International Affairs. Introducing the book “Shiite Ambassador in the West”, he said, “This book is a biography of the educated scholar and thinker, Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Mohagheghi Lahiji. About 68 years have passed since the demise of the late Mohagheghi. His blessed life has been 58 years. He was 44 years old when he went to Germany. During his short stay in Germany, the late Mohagheghi Lahiji was able to propagate Islam outside of Iran, and to explain the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).”


“The fact that the late Mr. Mohagheghi went to Germany, and built a mosque in the city of Hamburg, the blessings of which still remain to this day, had undoubtedly conditions and requirements. Today, the center is still one of the most important Shiite and Islamic centers abroad. This is due to the sincerity of the founders of the center and the holy mosque. This sincerity is evident in the beliefs, behavior, and funding of its construction,” Mostafavi reminded.


“As the building of the center and the Islamic Mosque of Hamburg started, verses of the Quran were engraved on the building stone of the center, and there is no mentioning of the name of a person or institution or group, and only a Quranic verse, which refers to the construction of the Kaaba by Prophet Abraham (a.s.), was engraved on that symbolic building stone,” he continued.


“One of the factors that has made the center enduring, is the very good relations that the late Mohagheghi had established with the influential figures and centers in Germany. The people who attended the construction ceremony of the mosque show these connections. People such as members of the German parliament, the mayor of Hamburg, the consuls general of Islamic countries, university professors, and prominent Iranians who were present in Hamburg were among the guests of this ceremony. Thus, from the very beginning, these connections created security and stability for the activities of this center,” Dr. Mostafavi stated.


When rational Islam mentioned, all eyes on Islamic Center of Hamburg


Following the ceremony, the video message of Hojat al-Islam Dr. Mohammad Hadi Mofateh, the current director of the Islamic Center of Hamburg, was displayed. In a part of his speech, referring to verse 108 of Surah Tawbah, Hojat al-Islam Mufateh said, “Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque in Hamburg is a perfect example of this noble verse: “لَمَسْجِدٌ أُسِّسَ عَلَى التَّقْوَىٰ مِنْ أَوَّلِ يَوْمٍ” (A mosque founded on Godwariness from the [very] first day is worthier that you stand in it [for prayer]) (Quran, Surah At-Tawbah, verse: 108).”


“60 years have passed since the foundation of this mosque by the late Mohagheghi Lahiji and by the order of Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi. During these 60 years, different people came and went in this mosque, and different imams were in charge of the mosque and the center and transferred this responsibility to the next Imam. Different people attended this mosque, worked, prayed, and left, and it has always continued to shine throughout continental Europe and in Germany,” continued the head of the Islamic Center of Hamburg.


“During these 60 years, whenever there has been a talk of rational and moral Islam, all eyes have been on the Islamic Center of Hamburg. This is due to the spirit of piety, spirituality, and sincerity, which was founded from the beginning by the order of Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi and at the request and initiative of a group of trusted and pious Iranian businessmen in Hamburg, and by the late Mohagheghi Lahiji,” noted Hojat al-Islam Mofateh, referring to the role of this center in reflecting true Islam in Europe.


Art of Hojat al-Islam Mohagheghi Lahiji was the power of convincing


Abuzar Ebrahimi Turkaman was another speaker at the ceremony. While emphasizing the importance of the art of propagation, the head of the Islamic Culture and Communication Organization stated, “The late Hojat al-Islam Mohagheghi Lahiji was sent to Hamburg in 1955 to propagate Islam. One of his outstanding features is the art of propagation.”


“Convincing is the job of the artist. The late Mohagheghi Lahiji was able to persuade” he stated, emphasizing that in cultural affairs we do not seek to prove but to convince.


“Propagation is not just speaking by a speaker and listening by the audience, but the preacher should create interaction. Because he is a mediator for the words. When Mohagheghi Lahiji entered the (Islamic) seminary of Qom, he did not limit himself to seminary courses, and in addition to learning Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), he learned other sciences such as mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Because he had studied at the Darolfunun and was moving towards sciences that no one paid attention to,” Turkaman continued.


“In Germany, the late Mohagheghi Lahiji brings together Turks, Afghans, and Iranians, which shows his convincing power. He had no material or financial motive for being sent to Germany,” he mentioned.


In another part of the ceremony, Dr. Mohammad Javad Mohaghegh Lahiji, the son of the first Imam of the Hamburg Mosque, introduced the Islamic Center of Hamburg and Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque in a video message from Germany, and provided a brief and useful history of the center.


Importance, position of propagation in Islam


Qazi Askar then addressed the ceremony. Referring to the importance of propagation in Islam, he said, “The issue of propagation in the country is a very important and delicate issue, and unfortunately, there are shortcomings in this regard.”


“What made late Mohagheghi Lahiji successful abroad was the comprehensiveness of his character. He had a high vision and did not just look at the domestic issues of Iran. Even before the age of 20, he was looking to learn Russian so that he could go abroad to study science and use his knowledge,” noted the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, referring to the activities of the late Mohagheghi Lahiji.


“When the late Mohagheghi Lahiji entered the Islamic seminary, he did not pay attention to only one part of the religious knowledge. Rather, he took advantage of the Darolfunun and various theological sciences such as Fiqh, Osul, law, and philosophy, and succeeded in using all these sciences in propagating Islam, and inviting people to the path of truth. Therefore, the first step in propagating religion is to have the knowledge,” Qazi Askar added.


“The second characteristic of this prominent scholar is knowing the audience. When we read his biography, we see that he had plans for all his audiences. He had plans for teenagers, students, women, and even non-Muslims,” he continued.


“When Friday prayers are held in the Islamic Center and Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque in Hamburg, Muslims of different nationalities attend and consider there as their home. The late Mohagheghi Lahiji did not see Islam as one-dimensional, and succeeded in uniting Muslims of all persuasions under a single flag,” said the former representative of the Supreme Leader in Hajj and Pilgrimage affairs.


“The late Mohagheghi Lahiji had a humble personality and lived a simple life. He visited the sick, bathed and shrouded the dead, visited houses, and showed love to people. He even turned his house into a place for the propagation of Islam, where he himself welcomed and received the guests in clerical garb. This was an example of his simple life, and his modesty, and one of the reasons for his success. Such people are unfortunately very strange and neglected in their own time. If you read the history of building Imam Ali (a.s.) mosque, you know very well how hard they toiled to build a mosque in the best part of Hamburg,” added Hojat al-Islam Qazi Askar.


“The late Mohagheghi Lahiji was able to have 8 years of successful Islamic propagation in Germany, attracting all sections of society, and turning their hearts to Islam. After all this effort and experience, he came to Qom and started a small bookstore for a living, and finally died in exile,” he mentioned.


The final part of the ceremony was the signing of the book “Shiite Ambassador to the West”.

Late Mohagheghi Lahiji, immigrant for God, scientific Mujahid: Ayatollah Ramazani

Late Mohagheghi Lahiji, immigrant for God, scientific Mujahid: Ayatollah Ramazani

In the unveiling ceremony of the book “Shiite Ambassador in the West”, offering condolences on the occasion of the Imam Javad (a.s.) martyrdom anniversary, and thanking the participants in this meeting and members of the media, Ayatollah “Reza Ramazani” said, “Late Mohagheghi Lahiji can be considered literally an immigrant in the way of God, an immigrant who moved forward with thought and purpose. He was literally an immigrant for God and a scientific Mujahid.”


“To benefit from the treasure of Fiqh, Osul, and Islamic ethics, he migrated from Lahijan to Rasht, Tehran, Mashhad, and Qom. Studying modern science, and learning Russian and French, made him a comprehensive figure,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“Propagation (of Islam) is not just about words and inducing meanings, rather in the true sense of the word, it is conveying the truth to the heart and soul of the audience. If one wants to achieve this important issue, one must have the knowledge of religion and spirituality that arises from religious knowledge,” said the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.


Referring to the hadith of Imam Sadeq (a.s.) that said, “إنّ اللّٰه أدّب نبيّه صلّى اللّٰه عليه و آله فأحسن تأديبه (God Almighty disciplined and trained his Prophet)” Ayatollah Ramazani stated, “Preachers should be polite to divine etiquette, following the example of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), and the late Mohagheghi Lahiji had this attribute.”


“We have not been successful in sending missionaries who know a foreign language and have scientific and spiritual prestige,” said the former head of the Islamic Center in Hamburg, Germany, adding “The late Mohagheghi Lahiji had knowledge and science, as well as spirituality and righteous deeds. The key to his success was ethics, and this is the art that religious scholars should have.”


“If teaching and learning are based on divine commands, they will last. Also, in this case, the memory of the preacher will remain. Hojat al-Islam Mohagheghi Lahiji and the late Beheshti had these characteristics,” he added, emphasizing that today human society is eager for morality in the strict sense of the word.


“One of the prominent moral characteristics of the late Mohagheghi Lahiji was humility, and because of this humility, God blessed him,” said Ayatollah Ramazani.


It should be mentioned that the unveiling ceremony of the book “Shiite Ambassador in the West”, a description of the efforts of Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Mohagheghi Lahiji, the first Imam of Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque in the Islamic Center of Hamburg, Germany, was held on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


Other programs of the ceremony were: introduction of the Islamic Center of Hamburg, showing a documentary clip about the appointment of Mohammad Mohagheghi Lahiji as the first Imam of Imam Ali (a.s.) Mosque in the Islamic Center of Hamburg by Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, and his activities in the center, a short speech by Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Hadi Mofateh, current manager of the Islamic Center of Hamburg, and signing the book “Shiite Ambassador in the West”.


The “Shiite Ambassador in the West” book is collected by Dr. Mahdi Mostafavi (Deputy for the Office of the Supreme Leader in the International Affairs), through the Islamic Revolution Document Center, in 256 pages in five chapters, including “Sixty years after entering Hamburg”, “About Germany and Hamburg”, “from Gilan to Hamburg”, “The Hamburg’s Spirituality” and “Ode of Farewell”. The book “Shiite Ambassador in the West” is published by the Islamic Revolution Document Center in 500 copies.

Iran’s 1st Intl. Innovation Center opened

Iran’s 1st Intl. Innovation Center opened

Sunday, 11 July 2021

On Sunday, July 12, 2021, with the presence of Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and Dr. Sorena Sattari, Vice President for Science and Technology affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the first International Innovation Center of Iran, entitled “International Innovation Center of Yas” was opened at AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University.




Supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, entrepreneurship, student empowerment, the possibility of establishing extensive contacts with educational and research centers in the Islamic world, and attracting capable Muslim students of the world, are among the objectives of Yas Center, in which 15 knowledge-based and innovative companies operate. With the opening of this center, the process of commercialization of knowledge-based ideas will be facilitated.


In this opening ceremony, with a brief introduction of the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Ramazani, the Secretary-General of the Assembly said, “Currently, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly interacts with 144 countries and has an audience of tens of millions.”




“The development of international relations is our most important objective,” he emphasized, appreciating the officials of AhlulBayt (a.s.) University for launching this innovative center.


Dr. Sorena Sattari, Vice President for Science and Technology Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran also spoke at the event.




About the opening of this center, Dr. Sorena Sattari said, “With the support of the Science and Technology Vice-Presidency, Iranian Innovation Houses and Technology Exports have been established to facilitate the export of domestic technological products.”


“AhlulBayt (a.s.) University is literally an international university, and its all students are from other countries,” he continued.




“Considering the serious discussions about technology diplomacy in the Islamic Republic of Iran, when the students of AhlulBayt (a.s.) University return to their home countries after graduation, they will be Iran’s ambassadors on technology,” Dr. Sattari clarified.


It should be mentioned that on Sunday, July 12, 2021, with the initiation of the International University of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and with the cooperation the support of the Science and Technology Vice-Presidency, the Yas International Innovation Center officially started its activities.




This center has been established to support the entrepreneurship ecosystem, facilitating the process of commercialization of knowledge-based ideas, creating employment, and empowering Muslim students in the knowledge-based economy. It can establish extensive connections with educational and research centers in the Islamic world and attract talented and capable Muslim students from all over the world.


By attracting, organizing, managing, and synergizing accelerators, start-ups, technology companies, and knowledge-based companies active in the mission areas of AhlulBayt (a.s.) University, Yas International Innovation Center is to play a key role in empowering and developing the cultural and economic development of Muslims around the world.


The presence of foreign students in knowledge-based companies and startups will be possible by this innovation center. After graduation and being trained at Yas Innovation Center, these students can prepare for the development of knowledge-based products exports and the establishment of branches of knowledge-based companies and startups in their home countries.

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of prominent Palestinian fighter

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of prominent Palestinian fighter

In a message, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly expressed his condolences on the demise of Ahmed Jibril, the Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command.


The English translation of the message, which originally was in Arabic:




In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


With sorrow and grief, and submission to divine Qada (Decree) and Qadar (Destiny), we were informed about the demise of the great fighter and commander Ahmad Gabriel, one of the historical leaders of the Palestinian nation and national movement, who dedicated his entire life to the Islamic resistance and the Palestinian cause.


The deceased was one of the symbols of the Islamic Resistance, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, a brave commander in the face of the savage Zionist occupier in the occupied territories, and a strategic thinker. He is known as a pioneer in the exchange of prisoners, and who was able to release 1150 prisoners for three Zionist soldiers in 1985.


In the wake of this painful tragedy, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly offers the sincerest messages of condolences and sympathy to the family and relatives of the great fighter, the late Ahmed Jibril, and all his followers. We appreciate his jihad and efforts for the Islam, Muslims, the Islamic resistance, and the Holy Quds, and we ask God to accompany his pure soul and place this noble deceased in the highest paradise and with the divine Prophets (a.s.) and the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) and the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


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

Reza Ramazani

Secretary-General of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

July 8, 2021


It is worth mentioning that Ahmad Jabril, the Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, died on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at the age of 83, in a hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus.

 

Union of Muslim Scholars should be formed in Pakistan: Ayatollah Ramazani

Union of Muslim Scholars should be formed in Pakistan: Ayatollah Ramazani

Hojat al-Islam Allameh Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri, the Secretary-General of the Muslim Unity Assembly Party of Pakistan met Ayatollah Ramazani in the headquarter of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


In the meeting, describing Pakistan’s Shiites as having great potential, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani noted the need to design educational programs for different parts of society, including the elite, ulama, youth, and the general public.


While emphasizing the importance of research activities, he stressed the need for educational resources and programs to be developed according to the needs of the audience.


“Shiite thought believes in defending the oppressed in every spot of the world. Therefore, the issue of resistance in Islam must be well explained, and separated from the thought and behavior of extremist groups,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, confirming the movement of the Muslim Unity Assembly Party on the path of proximity and unity (of Muslims) and considering it necessary to establish a union of Muslim scholars in Pakistan.


“There are about 400 verses in the Quran on the subject of jihad. This shows the importance of jihad in Islam. Islamic resistance is, in fact, the mercy of Islam,” he said, regarding the importance of jihad and resistance in Islam.


“It is necessary to use the enormous capacity of the Arbaeen March to introduce the Resistance and confront arrogance,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the importance of the Arbaeen march.


Ruling thought in Pakistan Muslim Unity Assembly Party, thoughts of Imam Khomeini, Supreme Leader


In this meeting, Hojat al-Islam Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri stated, “During the life of Martyr Arif Hussain Hussaini, the movement of Pakistani Shiites was at its peak. But after his martyrdom, the Ulama changed and the scholars went to the margins. Therefore, with the establishment of the Muslim Unity Assembly Party, an attempt was made to keep the Ulama together.”


“The ruling ideology of the Pakistan Muslim Unity Assembly is the ideology of Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei). One of our objectives is to help the oppressed, including Shiites and Sunnis, and even non-Muslims such as Sikhs and Christians,” he said, explaining the ruling principles and activities of the Muslim Unity Assembly Party of Pakistan.


“Our relations with the Sunni brothers are very good. Because one of our main ideals is the unity of Shiites and Sunnis,” Allameh Jafari added.

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Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly

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