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Terrorist attack on Sayed Al-Shuhada High School, Kabul, one of most catastrophic terrorist incidents of contemporary era: Ayatollah Ramazani

Terrorist attack on Sayed Al-Shuhada High School, Kabul, one of most catastrophic terrorist incidents of contemporary era: Ayatollah Ramazani

On the 40th day of the terrorist attack on Sayed Al-Shuhada Girls’ High School in Dasht-e Barchi, Kabul, and the martyrdom of tens of innocent fasting student girls, a commemoration ceremony, organized by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, was held on Thursday, June 17, 202. The ceremony was a part of a series of AhlulBayt’s virtual meetings on the subject of “Why the Shiites are oppressed in Afghanistan; Strategies to strengthen the Shiite community.”


At the ceremony, referring to the painful tragedy of the martyrdom of Shiite schoolgirls in Afghanistan, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “The terrorist explosion at Sayed Al-Shuhada Girls’ High School in Dasht-e Barchi, Kabul, which killed 85 people and injured 150 others, was one of the most tragic terrorist incidents in the contemporary era. Most of the martyrs were 13- to 16-year-old girls. Some of the martyrs of the incident were torn to pieces. So that their identification was possible only by their stationery. On the other hand, the families of these martyrs were below the poverty line.”


“Regarding the crime of martyring female students in Kabul, one should read this verse: “بِأَيِّ ذَنْبٍ قُتِلَتْ” (For what sin she was slain) (Quran, 81: 9). Although condemnation messages were issued from all over the world after this incident, and the seminaries of Qom and Najaf, the Grand Source of Emulations, Sunni scholars, pope, and various organizations condemned it, this incident is one of the most painful and horrible incidents in Afghanistan since the beginning of the American military presence in the country, even in the contemporary era,” he continued.


“For the past 20 years, the United States, before that the former Soviet Union have been present in Afghanistan under the pretext of providing security. However, we have witnessed unrest in this country for the last two decades. Even these unrests still exist today and have not diminished,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“After this terrorist incident, different ethnic groups and parties in Afghanistan expressed their sympathy with the Shiite community of the country. Afghan Shiite clerics also unanimously condemned the Kabul terrorist attack and called on the international community to follow up on the incident internationally. They also called on the Afghan government to try to prevent a recurrence of such incidents, to introduce the criminal face of ISIL among the people, and to strengthen the national spirit in Afghanistan. These points should be followed up,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, Referring to the reaction of different segments of Afghanistan to the terrorist incident in Kabul.


“I must say that, first of all, in the Quranic culture, killing an oppressed person is equal to killing all human beings. God says in the Quran: “مَنْ قَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا” (whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men) (Quran, Sura Al-Ma'idah verse 32). This Quranic view must be taken into account. According to Islam and other Abrahamic religions, man has dignity, man is the center of creation on earth, and God has created all blessings for man. For the evolution and progress of man, God has entrusted a great trust to man, and man has been able to carry this great trust: “حَمَلَهَا الْإِنْسَانُ ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ ظَلُومًا جَهُولًا” (but man undertook it. Indeed, he is most unjust and ignorant) (Quran, Sura Al-Ahzaabverse 72). But throughout history we have seen extremist views about the status of man,” he continued.


“In recent times, and the past few decades, we have seen that takfiri thought has had many victims of people in the world, most of whom, of course, have been in Islamic countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. Also, due to these terrorist acts, we have had many victims in Iran. The martyrs Rajai, Bahonar, the martyrs of Hafte Tir bombing, the nuclear martyrs, and many other martyrs were the martyrs of terror. Unfortunately, some terrorists still believe in killing innocent people. Among the victims of their actions are defenseless women and children,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“In this terrorist incident, which we participated in the 40th day ceremony of it, 85 girls between the ages of 13 and 16 were martyred, and 150 were injured. The terrorist incident in Kabul is a very big crime, and in response to this incident, we have to say to the Western world and international organizations: For what sin were they killed? Unfortunately, the Western world reacted very little to this incident. Sometimes, in response to the smallest thing that happens to a person in the West, all the Western media, through propaganda, deafen the ears of all the people of the world. On the contrary, sometimes big and heartbreaking events take place in the world, during which innocent people are killed, but these media do not show any reaction, and this is a very bitter issue. While these kinds of crimes must be seriously pursued by international institutions, we see some international organizations are just expressing concern! By expressing concern no problem will be solved, and unless these crimes are prosecuted, and the perpetrators are brought to justice, the concern of the international community alone cannot heal the heart wound of families who have lost loved ones,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the martyrs of the Kabul terrorist incident.


“Despite their poverty, the victims of the Kabul terrorist incident walked with great difficulty every day to get to school and pursue their education. But on the other hand, we face extremist views that forbid education for girls and women. While according to the Quran and hadiths, education is necessary for every human being, and it is obligatory for a Muslim, both men, and women. Extremist views have dealt many blows to human beings, and because of these wrong views, they have taken many people away from us. Unfortunately, this view is attributed to religion. At one time in Iraq, terrorists beheaded innocent people while reciting “Allahu Akbar” and “La ilaha illallah”! Where in the logic of Islam are there such crimes? The first verses revealed to the Prophet (p.b.u.h) were about science, knowledge, and knowledge: “اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ* الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ*عَلَّمَ الْإِنْسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ*” (Read, and your Lord is the most generous, * who taught by the pen, *taught man what he did not know*) (Quran, Sura Al-Qalam, verses: 3, 4 & 5). Islam invites people to learn knowledge and says that everyone should either be students and seek knowledge, or lovers of knowledge. Islam thus emphasizes the learning of knowledge. On the other hand, Islam complains of ignorance and considers ignorance as to the basis of any evil and danger to human beings. Terrorist movements are born of ignorance,” he continued.


“Throughout history, there has been an extremist view among Muslims. Of course, this view has been among other religions as well. Because of such views, some attribute violence to Islam. While Islam has come for the mercy of human beings. God says in the Quran: “وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ” (We did not send you but as a mercy to all the nations.) (Quran, Sura Al-Anbiya, verse 107). They attribute violence to Islam. While the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) said, “I have been sent for mercy.” In recent centuries, due to their inability to analyze the events of the beginning of Islam, some opponents of Islam attributed the violence to Islam, and because of the occurrence of 80 wars during the time of the Prophet, they described him as the warrior. However, if we look at the wars of his time, it turns out that in these wars, the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) and the Muslims defended, and defense is based on nature and reason. By studying all these wars, this result is obtained. During his 13-year presence in Mecca and at the beginning of his prophetic period, the Prophet (p.b.u.h) witnessed only hardship, suffering, and torture, and Muslims endured these cases too; some of them were exiled, and others migrated to Abyssinia. After emigrating to Medina, from the second year of emigration, the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) witnessed the imposed wars. He defended against the attacks of the Mushrekin (Polytheists),” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“After the Khawarij, other people followed this extremist thinking in various ways. A century ago, the horrific incident of the demolition of al-Baqi (1806) was an example of the harsh view of ISIL and Takfiris. Owners of this view consider killing obligatory and educate their children with the words murder, violence, and terror. While according to the Islamic view, children should be brought up with kindness, love, and compassion for God and man,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the extremist thought of the Khawarij.


“In human society, some people create fear about Islam and write articles about it, and introduce the Prophet (p.b.u.h) as a power seeker and warrior. While the whole existence of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) was mercy and kindness. The polytheists harassed the Prophet (p.b.u.h) and poured dirt on him, but he prayed for them. Even he would visit the polytheists on the day when they did not pour dirt on him. Some people said to the Prophet (p.b.u.h) “Curse them (the polytheists),” but he replied, “O God! Guide my people, for they do not know”,” he continued.


“They committed atrocities and crimes against humanity and committed oppression. What sin have 13- and 15-year-old girls committed? They were studying to eliminate ignorance. Eliminating ignorance can lead to the growth of society, and make it a progressive society,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“The dangerous enemy created Wahhabism in order to hide the mercy of Islam. Because if the man becomes acquainted with the merciful thinking of Islam, he will incline to it. Quranic chapters begin with “بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ” (In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful), a sentence that refers to the Mercy and Compassion attributes of God. Words of kindness, humanity, and value, such as Rahman and Raouf, have been mentioned many times in the Quran,” clarified Ayatollah Ramazani, pointing out that the dangerous view of ISIL is made by the enemies of Islam.


“In dealing with non-Muslims, we must treat them well, because God says in the Qur'an: “قُولُوا لِلنَّاسِ حُسْنًا” (speak kindly to mankind) (Quran, Sura al-Baqarah, verse: 83). The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said that even if a non-Muslim asks a Muslim for help and he does not respond and does not support him, he is not a Muslim. But we see that an extremist thought destroys a society that must seek science, knowledge, rationality, spirituality, and relationship with God, and emphasize the development of its relationship and be on the path to a peaceful life,” he continued.


“The spirit of resistance of the Afghan people, especially the youth of this country, has always been well-known. They must resist misconceptions, and follow the path of correct knowledge about Islam, a rational Islam that is based on justice and resists dictators by reason and nature. Those who seek to attack and encroach on the honor of a country and its intellectual and geographical borders must be resisted,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“These pure teenagers were killed without any guilt, and killing any of them means killing all of humanity. May God punishes the perpetrators of these violent actions so that these heartbreaking and painful scenes will not happen again in human society,” he mentioned.


It should be mentioned that on the evening of Saturday, May 8, 2021, 85 people were martyred and more than 150 were injured in three consecutive explosions in front of Sayed al-Shuhada High School in the west of Kabul (Dasht-e Barchi). The bombings took place in the 13th security district west of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. As the school closed and students left, a Toyota Corolla car bomb exploded at the entrance to a clinic connected to the school. Then, as the students were fleeing, two landmines exploded in their path.

Commemoration ceremony on 40th day of terrorist attack on Sayed Al-Shuhada Girls’ High School, Kabul

Commemoration ceremony on 40th day of terrorist attack on Sayed Al-Shuhada Girls’ High School, Kabul

A commemoration ceremony will be held on the 40th day of the terrorist attack on Sayed Al-Shuhada Girls’ High School in Dasht-e Barchi, Kabul, and the martyrdom of tens of innocent fasting student girls.


The ceremony is organized by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and is part of a series of AhlulBayt’s virtual meetings on the subject of “Why the Shiites are oppressed in Afghanistan; Strategies to strengthen the Shiite community.” The speakers of the ceremony will be: Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Mohammad Hashem Salehi Modarres, Chairman of the Council of Shiite Scholars of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Sayed Hossein Alemi Balkhi, a member of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and the former Minister of Refugees of Afghanistan, and Ms. Tavakoli, the principal of Sayed Al-Shuhada Girls’ High School in Dasht-e Barchi, Kabul.


Commemoration ceremony on 40th day of terrorist attack on Sayed Al-Shuhada Girls’ High School, Kabul will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 5:00 PM Kabul and Tehran time. Those interested in participating in this webinar can refer to the following address:


http://class.mou.ir/jalasat


 

Women are most suffered by acts of terrorism: Adeleh Mashhadi

Women are most suffered by acts of terrorism: Adeleh Mashhadi

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


At the beginning of the meeting, referring to Islamophobia in the world, Adeleh Mashhadi, a senior expert in private law, said, “Now, we see that wherever there is talk of terrorism in the world, the name of Muslims comes to the minds of the people. There are different definitions of terrorism. Some idealistic groups believe that terrorism is a complication that needs to be treated. But realist groups see terrorism as the beginning of a war.”


“According to the Strasbourg Convention, any act using bombs, mines or other devices with the intent to intimidate or disrupt public order and destroy public property is terrorism,” She continued.


“The people of Afghanistan are exposed to terrorism, and women are most suffered by terrorist acts, and if men are martyred in terrorist incidents, the responsibility of family will be on women,” added the senior expert of private law.


“After the 9/11 terrorist attack, the United Nations sought to allow countries to legitimately defend themselves against terrorism by enacting a set of rules. In this regard, the international community thought only of armed struggle and did not pay attention to the consequences of these terrorist acts,” said Mashhadi, referring to the fight against terrorism in the world.


“Due to their characteristics, women suffer the most in terrorist acts, and it is easier and less expensive for terrorist groups to use women than men. After occupying an area, takfiri groups enslave women and violate their rights,” she continued.


“There are violations of women’s rights in Afghanistan, and violence against women is taking place in the country. Takfiris use women in some terrorist attacks, such as suicide bombings.” concluded the senior expert of private law.

Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan exposed to genocide: Mohammad Ali Juya

Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan exposed to genocide: Mohammad Ali Juya

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


Referring to the “crime against humanity”, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Mohammad Ali Juya, a faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University stated at the beginning of the meeting, “The crime against humanity is an international crime. At first, its concept was vague. But then, international talks made it identifiable and provable.”


“The first document on crimes against humanity is the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal. The tribunal was set up by victorious governments in World War II to try Nazi war criminals. The Nuremberg Charter stated that international premeditated murder, and the extermination of a civilian population, is a crime against humanity,” he continued.


“123 countries are member states of the International Criminal Court. The task of this court is to investigate crimes against humanity. Under the International Criminal Court, it can try crimes such as massacre, genocide, and expulsion of nations. That is, crimes committed in the context of a large-scale and organized attack on a civilian population. The condition for examining such crimes in the International Criminal Court is that they be widespread, organized, and against civilians,” added the faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University.


“Since 2001, we have witnessed widespread and organized attacks against Hazara Shiites. The attacks targeted mosques and Hazara educational centers. Afghanistan’s Hazara Shiite population is at risk of genocide,” said Juya, referring to the attacks on Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan


“In the international arena, two actions can be taken for protecting Hazara Shiites against crimes. The first is to ask the International Court of Justice to investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice, which is one of the inherent duties of this court. Another step is to call on the international community to protect the Hazara Shiite population in accordance with international standards. This has already been done for the Kurds, Yazidis, and Muslims of Bosnia, and they have been protected by the international community,” he continued.


“We are faced with ambiguity in dealing with the perpetrators of crimes against the Hazara Shiites, and the perpetrators of these attacks are not clear. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, and although Daesh is present in Afghanistan, it does not have a specific address. The solution to this problem is to set up a commission of experts, which was set up in courts such as the Nuremberg Trials, in which defendants were arrested and interrogated,” added the faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University.


“The enforcement of rulings by the International Court of Justice in The Hague is low, and the punishment imposed by the tribunal has little deterrence. We must introduce the genocide of the Hazara Shiites of Afghanistan to the world as an international catastrophe so that the international conscience realizes this genocide and intervenes to solve it,” Juya said, referring to the Hague tribunal.


“There are many and at the same time contradictory international documents in this case. Genocide is a set of actions taken to destroy all or part of a racial, ethnic, or religious group. Hazara Shiites have been subjected to genocide in Afghanistan since the time of Abdul Rahman, and since then, a series of actions have been taken against Hazara Shiites, the latest example being the attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul. These measures are aimed at marginalizing and gradually destroying an ethnic group,” he noted, considering the genocide as one of the internationally recognized crimes.

Afghan Shiites, more exposed to terrorist attacks than others: Muhammad Awaz Etemadi

Afghan Shiites, more exposed to terrorist attacks than others: Muhammad Awaz Etemadi

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


Dr. Mohammad Awaz Etemadi, the scientific secretary of the meeting, said at the beginning of the meeting, “The political tradition in Afghanistan is based on fear, monopoly, and racial, ethnic, linguistic, and gender discriminations. After years of war, and after the fall of the Taliban, and the establishment of a new system of government with democracy, the people of Afghanistan expected an end to these attitudes and witness social justice, peace, and security to prevail in the country, and experience a quiet life.”


“As time goes on, we witness new crises in Afghanistan, such as bombings and assassinations. More and more innocent people are being killed in this country every day. Afghanistan’s Shiites, especially the country’s Hazaras, are more vulnerable to terrorist attacks,” Etemadi, a Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Criminology continued.


“The Hazara genocide project began with the massacre of the Hazaras during the reign of Abdul Rahman, and the killing of Hazaras, especially women and children, continues. In recent years, we have witnessed a barrage of innocent Hazara people and terrorist attacks against their educational and religious centers. In the latest incident, the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school in Kabul was attacked, killing and injuring a large number of innocent children,” he added.


“We need to make it clear that genocide is being perpetrated against an ethnic group, and that there are solutions to save that ethnic group. Scholars, researchers, and lawyers have a responsibility in this regard,” Etemadi said, referring to the need to provide information about the genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan.


“Terrorist groups exploit women in their actions and enslave women after occupying a region,” he said.

The martyrdom of Afghan Shiite girls wounded the hearts of the Islamic Ummah: Ahmadi Tabar

The martyrdom of Afghan Shiite girls wounded the hearts of the Islamic Ummah: Ahmadi Tabar

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


At the beginning of the meeting, the Deputy of Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Ahmad Ahmadi Tabar, expressed his condolences on the martyrdom of Afghan Shiite schoolgirls, and said, “The tragic martyrdom of these martyrs wounded the hearts of the Islamic Ummah. A group of students in western Kabul was attacked by terrorists, and the Muslim Ummah mourned.”


“The Afghan authorities must establish peace and security throughout the country,” he continued.


“After the defeat in Afghanistan, Soviet troops withdrew from the country. Then, clashes broke out between various Afghan groups until the Taliban emerged. Shortly, the group was able to take control of many areas in Afghanistan. After a while, it became clear to the people of Afghanistan, both Shiites, and Sunnis, that not all members of the Taliban were pro-Islamic and did not pursue Islamic goals,” Ahmadi Tabar said, referring to the contemporary history of Afghanistan.


“When we look at the history of the Taliban, we come to Deobandi schools. During the British colonization of the subcontinent, they concluded that to succeed, they had to set up barracks in seminaries. In seminaries, students were introduced to military principles in addition to the curriculum so that the colonialists could later use them as infantry. In the recent past, we have witnessed peaceful coexistence between sects in the region. But over the past decades, groups such as the Sipah-e-Sahaba have emerged. The Taliban were established in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Soviet troops,” he added.


“The enemies concluded that the United States could no longer be present in the region (West Asia), and had to leave Afghanistan. So, they are using the Takfiris to destabilize Afghanistan so that the people of the country will be forced to ask foreign forces to stay in Afghanistan. Although foreign forces ostensibly came to Afghanistan to provide security, their goal was to plunder the country. Afghanistan is one of the richest countries in the world and there are many resources and mines in this country,” continued the Deputy of Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


Referring to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Ahmadi-Tabar said, “Before this withdrawal, the terrorists carry out large-scale terrorist operations. Anyone with a bit of compassion cries for hours for this crime, but the West and the Western media, which claim to defend human rights, are indifferent to the crimes of terrorists in Afghanistan.”


“The events in Palestine overshadowed the martyrdom of Afghan girls. This scientific meeting about the martyrdom of these girls is held to examine the legal aspects of the attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school. The Afghan brothers must be active all over the world, including the United States and Europe, and make public demands of international institutions to respond to this crime. Afghan schoolgirls were martyred as children and their martyrdom left a scar on the hearts of the Islamic Ummah in Afghanistan. The various dimensions of this issue should be examined and the media should be used in this regard. To reflect the oppression of these martyrs in the world, we must make maximum use of cyberspace. The people of Afghanistan are under attack due to their beliefs,” he continued.


“Afghanistan’s Shiite community has been oppressed, and many of the country’s Sunnis may agree with the Shiites. The different ethnicities and religions in Afghanistan must empathize with each other to witness a prosperous and free Afghanistan in which everyone can coexist peacefully, and a people’s government based on all ideas and thoughts in Afghanistan is in power,” added the Deputy of Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

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