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True unity achieved around axis of love of AhlulBayt (a.s.)/Dependent rulers not interested in anyone: Araki

True unity achieved around axis of love of AhlulBayt (a.s.)/Dependent rulers not interested in anyone: Araki

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Following a series of conversations with the leading thinkers of the Islamic world, the website of the World Conference of the Followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), interviewed Ayatollah “Mohsen Araki”, a member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, a member of Assembly of Experts and the former chairman of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought.


Considering decades of international activity and experience, Ayatollah Araki is one of the people who has a very good knowledge of the concept of unity, and the issues of the Islamic world and the followers of Islamic denominations.


Part of the interview is as follows:


Given the current political and cultural conditions of the Islamic world and the recent developments in the region, how do you predict the future of Islamic unity?


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


I believe that in all circumstances, Islamic unity can be achieved on one level. The unity I mean is not that the whole Islamic world from east to west, from north to south, all groups and all tendencies must unite. Of course, such an alliance is a good thing, but unity does not mean that either unity occurs in all dimensions or there is no unity at all.


Unity is relative issue. Unity can be expanded in several ways. For example, unity among the active strata of Islamic society.


There are different strata in society such as religious scholars and scientists of experimental and modern sciences, art and political activists, parties and so on. There are many groups and collections in the Islamic world. Unity can be created between these groups. Not between all of them, at least between some of them. Our goal is to converge in the Islamic society as much as possible. Therefore, we believe that the goal, unity, is achievable. But unity does not necessarily mean universal unity. Rather, as much as possible, any amount of this alliance should be created. By doing so, we strengthened the Islamic Front and we were able to achieve the goals of Islam as well and get closer to our goals. This is the unity we seek, and this unity is quite achievable.


Due to the differences and the intense activity of Takfiri groups, some people are disappointed with the unity of the Islamic Ummah. What message do you have for such people?


Yes, these people expect an all-encompassing unity. No! If comprehensive unity cannot be achieved, it does not mean that no unity can be achieved at all. Certainly, unity can be created in many communities. Unity also has levels. That is, there are several circles of unity: the unity of countries, the unity of nations, the unity of unions, the unity of politicians, scientists, artists and other activists.


In the Islamic Republic of Iran, both in the country and abroad, has many alliances with active groups and other Islamic countries that there is the capacity of cooperation with. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been successful in creating unity, but success in creating unity does not mean that there is unity in all matters. Overall, my assessment of creating unity by the Islamic Republic of Iran is positive. I believe that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been able to take very big steps towards unity and has achieved many successes. But all these successes are definitely relative.

Courageous support of Iranians’ rights, of highlights of Anis Naghash’s career: Ayatollah Mohseni Qomi

Courageous support of Iranians’ rights, of highlights of Anis Naghash’s career: Ayatollah Mohseni Qomi

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

In a message, the member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the Deputy of International Affairs of the Office of the Supreme Leader expressed his condolences on the death of “Anis Naghash”, Lebanese Mujahid, thinker and researcher.


The text of the condolence message is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


“مِنَ المُؤمِنینَ رِجالٌ صَدَقوا ما عاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَیهِ ۖ فَمِنهُم مَن قَضیٰ نَحبَهُ وَمِنهُم مَن یَنتَظِرُ ۖ وَما بَدَّلوا تَبدیلًا”


“Of the believers are men who are true to that which they covenanted with Allah. Some of them have paid their vow by death (in battle), and some of them still are waiting; and they have not altered in the least;” (Holy Quran, 33:23)


The death of the tireless fighter and Mujahid, “Anis Naghash” caused great grief and sorrow. The Cause of Palestine and Holy Quds had pervaded the thought of this prominent figure in the Islamic world and the Resistance Front.


As an expressive voice for the free and deprived of the world, he devoted his blessed life to defending the oppressed around the world, and he did not miss a moment of intellectual, cultural, and media struggle to elevate the oppressed.


Anis Naghash’s courageous support for the rights of the Iranian people against the global arrogant front is one of the highlights of his career that will not be erased from the memory of the great nation of Iran and the freedom fighters of the world.


I offer my condolences to the friends, relatives and family of this tireless fighter and mujahid, and I ask God for him the exaltation and extensive forgiveness.


Mohsen Qomi

February 23, 2021

Iran's Velayati: Sanctions removal pre-requisite for US’ return to JCPOA

Iran's Velayati: Sanctions removal pre-requisite for US’ return to JCPOA

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati said that the US should lift all anti-Iran sanctions first if it is willing to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.


“If the US seeks to return to the JCPOA, it should first lift the sanctions imposed on Iran,” Velayati said, adding, “Whether the US rejoins the Nuclear Deal is not significant and the Islamic Republic does not insist on this matter.”


He noted that the US and Europe are responsible for lifting the sanctions.


The official referred to Iran’s reduction of JCPOA commitments, stressing that the country needs to enrich uranium up to 20 percent for scientific and medical purposes.


Velayati underlined that Iran as a member of NPT has the right to enjoy the peaceful benefits of the nuclear industry, noting, “Sooner or later, fossil fuels will finish, and the Islamic Republic needs to use the nuclear capacity to generate electricity to advance its industrial and scientific work.”


He also emphasized that Iran wants to be self-sufficient in the field of nuclear energy and does not want to be dependent on other countries especially those who are constantly breaching their relevant commitments.


In relevant remarks on Friday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the US must first lift all sanctions against Iran if it wants to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, stressing that the West is duty-bound to lift all wicked sanctions immediately.


“The United States should remove all sanctions prior to returning to the JCPOA,” the Supreme Leader said, adding that the US’ return to the nuclear deal before lifting of the sanctions will be to Iran’s detriment.


Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a live televised speech on the occasion of the January 9, 1978 uprising of the people of Qom which sparked the nationwide uprisings and the Islamic Revolution resulting in the overthrow of the dictatorial monarchy of the Pahlavi regime and establishment of the Islamic Republic in the country.


“The people’s movement on January 9 [1978] was the first blow of the ‘Abrahamic Axe’ on the body of the ‘Big Idol’,” he said, adding, “This movement continued so that you can see the situation of the Big Idol [The US] now. This is their election system. This is their human rights condition, every few hours or days, a black man is killed with no guilt. These are the American values that have become the source of ridicule and this is their paralyzed economy with missions of jobless and hungry people.”


“The Western front is duty-bound to end this malicious move, namely the sanctions, and stop it instantly,” the Supreme Leader stressed, adding, “Yet, we should design the economy in a way that we would administer the country even with the sanctions.”


Ayatollah Khamenei made it clear that the sanctions are gradually becoming ineffective.


“As for our regional presence, our establishment has the duty to behave in a way that its friends are strengthened in the region,” he said, and added, “Our presence is a source of stability, and this has been proved in the issue of ISIL and the like, while the US is a source of instability and Iran is standing against the US destabilizing moves.”


“Today, our defense power is in a way that our enemies have no choice but to consider Iran’s abilities in their calculations,” Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say, noting, “We should not leave the country defenseless as it emboldens the enemy.”


Elaborating on the JCPOA, the Supreme Leader said that Iran’s obligations should be completely proportionate to the measures of the US and Europe which have not fulfilled any of their commitments.


Iran signed the JCPOA with six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China — in 2015.


Outgoing US President Donald Trump, a stern critic of the historic deal, unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism in an attempt to strangle the Iranian oil trade, but to no avail since its "so-called maximum pressure policy" has failed to push Tehran to the negotiating table.


In response to the US’ unilateral move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.


Tehran has particularly been disappointed with failure of the three European signatories to the JCPOA -- Britain, France and Germany -- to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States' withdrawal.


On January 5, Iran took a final step in reducing its commitments, and said it would no longer observe any operational limitations on its nuclear industry, whether concerning the capacity and level of uranium enrichment, the volume of stockpiled uranium or research and development.


Meantime, US President-elect Joe Biden has recently said in a CNN article that he wants a renegotiation of the contents of the deal before he agrees to rejoin the agreement.


“I will offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations. With our allies, we will work to strengthen and extend the nuclear deal's provisions, while also addressing other issues of concern,” he wrote, mentioning that he wants changes to the contents of the nuclear deal and guarantees from Tehran that it would be open for compromise to strike multiple deals over its missile and regional powers as well as a number of other issues that have been the bones of contention between the two sides in the last four decades.


In response, Zarif had stressed that the US has violated the nuclear deal and is in no position to ask for any conditions for its return to the JCPOA, adding that it's Tehran that has its own terms to allow the US back into the internationally endorsed agreement.


The foreign minister has reiterated time and again that Tehran would not change even a single word of the agreement, and cautioned the US that it needs to pay reparations for the damage it has inflicted on Iran through its retreat from the nuclear agreement and give enough insurances that it would not go for initiating the trigger mechanism again before it could get back to the deal.

Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa offers condolence over demise of Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi

Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa offers condolence over demise of Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi

Saturday, 02 January 2021

Director of Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa and member of the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has expressed condolences over the passing of prominent Iranian cleric and jurist, Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi.


The full text of the message is as follow:


CONDOLENCES ON SAD DEMISE OF AYATULLAH MISBAH YAZDI


1 January 2021


إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون


Today one of Almighty Allah's most sincere and God conscious servants returned to his Lord.


The Prophet (sawa) said, ‘The death of a scholar is an affliction that cannot be compensated and a void that cannot be filled, for he is a star that has been obliterated. The death of a whole tribe is easier to bear than the death of a scholar.’


Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi was a scholar of the highest calibre who lived a full life on the path of striving towards comprehensive human perfection. His return to his Lord today leaves a void that cannot be filled.


Perhaps most famous for his unmatched defence of the Theory of Wilayatul Faqih or Governance of the Jurist, his honourable life showed a synthesis of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge at the most sublime level together with social and political activism and authentic wayfaring in the valleys of Gnosis of Allah.


Great scholars often had great teachers, and Ayatullah Misbah was no different. He was influenced by the likes of Ayatullah Burujerdi, Ayatullah Araki, Imam Khomeini and Allamah Tabatabai, each of whom have left their footprints in this world. And then to round it off, he was trained by the great mystic, Ayatullah Behjat for 15 years.


He served the Islamic Revolution from the days before its dawn and in the days thereafter as a member of the Assembly of Experts and various other roles.


He served the Hawza or Islamic Seminary through particularly teaching advanced books on philosophy of Mulla Sadra and others and encouraged his best students to acquire PHDs in Western Universities after their Hawza studies to enable them to serve Western communities by making the Islamic Sciences available to them in their local languages.


He also served as the Head of the Higher Council of Ahlulbait World Assembly and it is through this mechanism where we also greatly benefited from his kind patronage.


With his demise, he further leaves a legacy of numerous books he authored on the intellectual sciences, some of which are prescribed texts in the seminaries.


AFOSA extends its most sincere condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatullah Khamenei and the Iranian people and his students throughout the world.


May Almighty Allah receive him into His Infinite Mercy and Honour him with the Highest place in Jannah and the close company of Prophet Muhammad (sawa) and his Holy Household.


Mowlana Syed Aftab Haider

National Coordinator of Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa

Director of Ahlul Bait (a.s) Mosque Complex, Ottery

Senior Shia cleric doubtful Iran would ratify FATF conventions

Senior Shia cleric doubtful Iran would ratify FATF conventions

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

 A senior Iranian cleric sitting on the Expediency Council, the body in charge of settling legislative disputes in the country, says he is doubtful the body would eventually endorse requirements of the FATF money-laundering watchdog over fears that they may undermine the country’s financial independence.


Ayatollah Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari said on Tuesday that a renewed debate in the Expediency Council on the Financial Action Task Force’s Palermo and terrorist financing conventions would not necessarily mean there would be a change in the Council’s position on the issue.


“I have already expressed my opinion and I have insisted that my position would not change and I don’t think the opinion of other members has changed on the issue,” Shabestari told the semi-official Mher News agency.


The comments came a week after officials in the administrative government of President Hassan Rouhani said the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had agreed to recommend a renewed debate in the Expediency Council to examine the FATF conventions.


Rouhani’s government insists that Iran’s continued inclusion in an FATF blacklist would hurt the country’s trade and economic relations with neighboring countries as well as with major allies like China and Russia.


Ayatollah Shabestari, a former representative of the Leader in northwestern Iran, said that accepting FATF conventions would do more harm than good to Iran, saying, however, that bills meant to ratify the conventions may finally pass through the Expediency Council with a slim majority of votes.


“It is difficult to foresee what would be the final outcome on FATF bills ... I am not able to predict their fate,” said the cleric.

Photos: Memorial ceremony for Ayatollah Khoshnevis held at office of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Photos: Memorial ceremony for Ayatollah Khoshnevis held at office of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Memorial ceremony for late Ayatollah Khoshnevis held at office of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom.

Ayatollah Ramazani expressed his condolences to Ayatollah Hadavi on demise of his father

Ayatollah Ramazani expressed his condolences to Ayatollah Hadavi on demise of his father

Wednesday, 09 December 2020

In a message, Ayatollah Ramazani, Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, offered his condolences on the death of Mr. Haj “Reza Hadavi”, the father of Ayatollah “Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani”, a member of the Supreme Council of the Assembly.

The message of Ayatollah “Reza Ramezani” is as follows:


In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani


Honorable member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly


“Peace unto you for that ye persevered in patience” (Holy Quran 24:13)


I offer my condolences on the demise of your dear father, Mr. Haj Reza Hadavi.


May God, the Almighty, reunite him with the AhluBayt (a.s.) and make your Excellency's scientific and propagation activities a reward for your dear parents in the hereafter.


I wish you and all your esteemed family members patience - especially your dear brother and Hojat al-Islam Dr. Shirvani.

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


Reza Ramazani

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

December 7, 2020

Syria plays a very crucial, decisive role in resistance front: Iran's Velayati

Syria plays a very crucial, decisive role in resistance front: Iran's Velayati

Tuesday, 08 December 2020

 

Adviser to the Leader of Islamic Revolution for International Affairs said that Syria plays a very crucial and decisive role in the Resistance Front.


Speaking in his meeting with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad to Tehran on Monday, Ali-Akbar Velayati reiterated that Syria plays a very fundamental and determining role in the Resistance Front.


During the meeting, the two sides exchanged their views on the regional issues and bilateral relations.

 

While paying tribute to the late former Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, Velayati emphasized the resistance and perseverance of the great nation of Syria against will-wishers and enemies and added, “This resistance and endurance strengthened the Axis of Resistance in the region and thwarted malicious plots and nightmares of enemies, especially for the Syrian people.”


Elsewhere in his remarks, he stressed the need to develop and expand bilateral relations and added, “The strategic relations between the two countries is strengthening day by day and this process serves interests of the two countries that should be pursued seriously.”


Undoubtedly, Syria has a fundamental and decisive role in the resistance front and has paid a heavy price for playing this role, Leader’s adviser underscored.


Then, he pointed to the recent terrorist act resulted in assassination of Iranian prominent nuclear scientist, Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and emphasized, “There is no doubt that heinous act committed by enemies of the country will not go unanswered and Iran will respond to it harshly.”


Syrian foreign minister, for his part, emphasized the valuable and constructive role of Islamic Republic of Iran in supporting the government and people of Syria and added, “Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria have established very vast relations in different cultural social, economic and political arenas.”


The two incidents of martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Martyr Lt. Gen. Someinani and assassination of Iranian Scientist Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh caused great sorrow for Syrian people and “We are very sad about this issue.”


The visiting Syrian foreign minister also praised the key role of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei in strengthening and expanding relations between the government and people of Iran and Syria and stressed that the Iranian Leader played a very constructive role in the region.

 

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