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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America

Opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America

With the speech of Ayatollah Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America will be held on Sunday morning.

The ceremony will begin on Sunday morning, September 19, 2021 (Saturday evening, September 18, Latin American time), with a speech by Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

The secretary of the opening ceremony of “Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America” is Sheikh Soheil Asaad.

At the event, which will be attended by Latin American Muslims and Shiites, Islamic centers in the region will announce their plans for Arbaeen Hosseini.

This ceremony will be broadcast live on www.skyroom.online/ch/reunion2021/reunion, Islammaldia channel in YouTube, islamaldiaesp page on Facebook.

 

 

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Indian Shiite scholar

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Indian Shiite scholar

In a message, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressed his condolences on the irreparable loss of Indian Shiite scholar, Allameh Ibn Ali Waez.

The message of condolence of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The irreparable loss of the pious scholar and great thinker, Allameh Ibn Ali Waez, the esteemed head of the “Fahmi Islam” Institute in Delhi and honorable president of the “Baqer al-Uloom” Islamic Seminary, caused great sorrow and regret.

That esteemed scholar spent his blessed life studying, then preaching, guiding, teaching, authoring, as well as establishing and managing knowledge and seminary centers.

Now, after his demise and in the presence of God, these cases are suitable luggage for the pure soul of the deceased: promoting the rules and propagation of the teachings of the Quran and AhlulBayt (a.s.) for many years, establishing and managing religious and service centers, training scholars, authoring and translating numerous books and defending the Islamic Republic of Iran and Imam Khomeini against the arrogant world.

I offer my condolences on this irreparable loss to Imam Mahdi (a.s.), Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Sources of Emulation, the Shiites of the Indian subcontinent who are Velayat followers, and his companions, students, disciples, and relatives, especially his honorable sons who are clerics.

I ask from God the Almighty for the exaltation and reunion with his Imam, Hazrat Aba Abdillah (a.s.), for the deceased, and for all of his family members and relatives, I ask for great patience.

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

Reza Ramazani

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

September 14, 2021

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on the demise of Hojat al-Islam Zargar

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on the demise of Hojat al-Islam Zargar

In a message to Ayatollah Akhtari, Ayatollah Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressed his condolences on the demise of his brother-in-law (his wife’s brother), Hojat al-Islam Sayed Ahmad Zargar.

The message is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Almighty

Dear brother, Ayatollah Akhtari

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

The news of the demise of the active cleric, beneficent and devotee Hojat al-Islam, Sayed Ahmad Zargar, your brother-in-law, caused grief and regret.

I offer my condolences to you and your honorable family, and I ask God Almighty for the deceased, divine mercy and forgiveness, and for your Excellency and all the family members and relatives, patience and a great reward.

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

Reza Ramazani

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Hakim

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Hakim

In a message, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressed his condolences for the irreparable loss of Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Saeed Hakim, one of the world’s Shiite sources of emulation.

The message is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The demise of the Faqih and great Marja, Grand Ayatollah Haj Sayed Mohammad Saeed Hakim caused grief and regret.

The eminent Alem, who came from a family of jurisprudence, jihad, and martyrdom, spent his entire honorable life studying knowledge and then promoting the rules and propagating the teachings of the Quran and Etrat (AhlulBayt).

Enduring the difficult years in Ba’athist regime prisons, establishing religious and service centers, training clerics, writing numerous books, and the efforts of the sincere Alem for the welfare of millions of pilgrims to the Arbaeen ceremony of Imam Hussain (a.s.), will be valuable righteous remnants and good Hereafter luggage for his pure soul.

I offer my condolences for this irreparable loss to Imam Mahdi (a.s.) and also to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, Grand Sources of Emulation and Ulama, especially grand Ayatollah Sistani, Islamic ceremonies of Najaf and Qom, honorable people of Iraq, his Muqalledin, the students and disciples of that Great Marja, and also to the honorable house of Hakim, especially his honorable brothers and children.

I ask from God the Almighty for the exaltation, reunion with God’s saints and his pure ancestors (a.s.), for the deceased, and for all of his family members and relatives, I ask for patience.

“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

September 4, 2021

Muharram 26, 1443

Late Ayatollah Alemi Balkhabi literally “divine scholar”, “brave”: Ayatollah Ramazani

Late Ayatollah Alemi Balkhabi literally “divine scholar”, “brave”: Ayatollah Ramazani

Friday, 03 September 2021

The commemoration ceremony for Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Ali Alemi Balkhabi, the father of the martyrs, one of the prominent Ulama of Afghanistan, was held with a speech by Ayatollah Ramazani, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, on Friday, September 3, 2021, at Imam Hassan Askari (a.s.) Mosque, Qom.

At the ceremony, stating that Ayatollah Alemi was an influential Alem who acted upon what he believed in the literal sense of the word, Ayatollah Ramazani, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “He promoted spirituality, ethics, and Sharia.”

“He immigrated to Mashhad after completing his primary education in his homeland, Afghanistan. Then, in two periods of attending the seminary of Najaf, he participated in the classes of great Ulama such as Ayatollah Khoei, Imam Khomeini, and Ayatollah Hakim, and became a comprehensive figure,” said Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, referring to the blessed life of Ayatollah Alemi.

“The late Ayatollah Alemi Balkhabi wrote glorious works on various subjects such as beliefs, philosophy, Fiqh, Osul, and ethics, and was literally a divine scholar,” he said, referring to the works of late Ayatollah Alemi Balkhabi.

“He was acquainted with the Akbar (major) and Asghar (minor) Thaqalayn (weights), namely the Quran and the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and always trust in God and recourse in the divine guardians,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly about the practical life of the late Ayatollah Ameli Balkhabi.

“Ayatollah Alemi’s father was also one of the most influential Ulama and figures in Afghanistan and had scientific and social services in the north of the country,” he continued.

“The establishment of mosques, husseiniyahs, libraries, and the reconstruction of the shrine of Yahya bin Zayd are among the lasting works of the deceased. To rebuild the shrine of Yahya bin Zayd, he even sold his house to complete the building. Today, this tomb can be a scientific, cultural, and spiritual center in the region,” stated the professor of the higher levels of the seminary of Qom on the services of Ayatollah Ameli.

“After Soviet invasion to Afghanistan, he jurisprudentially examined the role of Ulama at the time. He eventually deduced jihad and resistance and leads jihad in northern Afghanistan, and even his children and wife were martyred in this way,” he said on the jihadi struggles of Ayatollah Alemi.

“According to the hadiths, explaining the religious rules is the duty of the Ulama. By reciting the divine verses, the Ulama should benefit the people from the divine knowledge so that the people are connected to the world of spirituality. Ulama should teach the divine book (Quran) to the people and have an educational position. Scholars are the heirs of the prophets, and the prophets were the instructors of human beings. They introduced the world of spirituality to people. Therefore, religious scholars are expected to recite divine verses and play the role of teacher and mentor in society. Ayatollah Alemi had these characteristics. He both taught the divine teachings to different sections of society, and raised many students who are sources of services and blessing in different parts of Afghanistan and other countries,” said Ayatollah Ramazani on the mission of Ulama (religious scholars) in society.

“If ignorance pervades human society, society will turn to extremism and people will be confused. The situation gets worse, especially when there is extremism in the name of religion. Therefore, it is stated in the Hadiths that you should be either a scholar, a learner, or a lover of the knowledge,” he added, stating that the religious community should be knowledge-oriented.

“Umayyad view of religion was aristocratic. The Abbasids also used religion as a tool. But from the Alawite (referring to Imam Ali) point of view, religion is spirituality, thinking, reasoning and justice. Humanity must taste justice and stand against oppression. Some introduce Islam as liberal which distances itself from practice and society, and that man has only a heartfelt relationship with God. Such an Islam is not responsible, but avoids accepting it and is even in conflict with it,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to different views on religion throughout history.

“Extremist Islam offers an unrealistic interpretation of religion and attributes violence to religion; the Islam which is a mercy to the world and its prophet whose management was based on morality, are introduced differently. Therefore, due to a misunderstanding of religion, killings took place in Islamic countries,” he continued.

“Pure Islam is the religion of rationality, thought, reason, justice, moderation, and avoidance of extremism. Islam can comprehensively influence the individual, social and political spheres and make the society reform and reach justice. Ayatollah Alemi was also a comprehensive Alem and did not just look at things individually. Rather, his vision was individual, social and political, and he was present in various fields and arenas,” said Ayatollah Ramazani on the characteristics of pure Islam.

“If an Alem (religious scholar) is truthful, he will connect society to the spiritual world and have a profound effect on the soul and psyche of individuals,” added Ayatollah Ramazani, considering honesty as one of the characteristics of the religious scholar.

“We must resist the autocrats and those who violate the dignity of the people. There are about 400 verses in the Quran about jihad and resistance, which show the importance of jihad. Jihad is a success that some certain believers have. Not everyone succeeds in appearing on the battlefield against the enemy. The duty of the religious scholar is not only to pray and say religious rules. Where necessary, he should be in the battlefield of jihad, a clear example of which is Ayatollah Alemi, and he inherited courage from his ancestor, Hazrat Sayed al-Shuhada Imam Hussain (a.s.),” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, stating that resistance is another characteristic of a religious scholar.

“The goal of Ayatollah Alemi from jihad was to save the society from ignorance, and to keep the teachings of religion alive in society, just as his ancestor Sayed al-Shuhada, Imam Hussein (a.s.) did,” he added.

“Ignorance means dependence on the world, losing oneself, ambition, being worldliness, and distancing oneself from the light of Tawhid. The goal of the Alem is to save people from ignorance and to show the path to the people. True Ulama are those who carry out their mission, which is education and training people. And when they encounter some people on the path of ignorance, they suffer and grieve,” added the professor of the highest levels of the seminary of Qom, stating that ignorance does not mean “not knowing”.

“Ayatollah Alemi was a man whom people trusted if he spoke. An Alem should have such a role and position,” he added, saying that the role of scholars today should be the same as the role of Ayatollah Alemi.

“Today, maintaining unity solidarity is important. Ayatollah Alemi also sought unity. It is narrated about him that the Sunni brothers were no less interested in him than the Shiites. Religion has nothing to do with violence. Therefore, we should seek peaceful coexistence and there should be no Muslim killing in the country. The Muslim people of Afghanistan have a role to play in their own destiny and must choose their own government. Care must be taken that the enemies do not take advantage of the situation. In this situation, the role of Ulama is very important and outstanding,” he said, referring to the current situation in Afghanistan, in his advice to the scholars of the country.

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