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We should appreciate heritage, words of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Qazwini/ AhlulBayt World Assembly has significant capacity in world: ABWA’s Secretary-General

We should appreciate heritage, words of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Qazwini/ AhlulBayt World Assembly has significant capacity in world: ABWA’s Secretary-General

The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the accompanying delegation met Ayatollah Sayed Morteza Qazwini, one of the great scholars of Karbala.


In this meeting, Ayatollah Sayed Morteza Qazwini stated, “Spreading the teachings of Islam in Arabic and English in the world is very effective. There is very little information about Shia in today’s world. Therefore, the duty of the Shiite clerics is to introduce Shia to the world.”


“More than 25 years ago, my family and I went to Umrah. One Friday night, we were reciting the Du'a Kumayl in the Holy Mosque. One of the people of Mecca, when he heard the Du'a, stood and listened to it and said in the dialect of the people of Mecca, “This Du'a is of the words of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).” He had not heard such prayers from Hanbali and Shafi'i and it was new to him,” he continued, stating that the Du'as of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) are spiritual and the prayers of others are soulless.


“A Shiite cleric who has been in Detroit, Michigan for many years said, “I was in my office. A young American woman came in full hijab and said she wanted to convert to Islam. She said she had recited the Du'a Sabah of Imam Ali. She was impressed by reciting the Du'a Sabah and was crying.” The phrases and words of Du'a Kumayl and the Du'a Sabah of Imam Ali (a.s.) are not found in any other book,” added Ayatollah Qazwini.


“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) that He has given us this blessing. But we also have a responsibility, which is propagating Shia teachings. We must appreciate the heritage and words of the AhlulBayt (a.s.). A Shiite cleric said, “I gave an English copy of the Sahifa Sajjadiyya to a cardinal. After reading the Sahifa, the cardinal gave up Sunday programs at church and read the book”,” he added, noting that there are teachings in Shia that are not in other religions.


“The duty of the scholars is to introduce the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world in any language. Even now, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) are neglected and the world does not know them. In a hadith of one of the Infallible Imams (a.s.), we read, “If people know the merits of our words, they will surely follow us.” Therefore, we should appreciate the guidance to the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and try to promote this school,” stated Ayatollah Qazwini in the end.


Ayatollah Qazwini reported on the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly


At the beginning of the meeting, in describing the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated, “The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has a significant capacity in the world. The Assembly has a university in Iran, where students from different countries study. Thaqalayn satellite television in Arabic is also one of the activities of the assembly. We are looking to launch Thaqalayn TV in other languages, and make changes to the content in order to strengthen it.”


“We have about 4,000 missionaries associated with the Assembly on different continents of the world. Also, “Wiki Shia”, the virtual Shiite encyclopedia, introduces the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world. There are 25,000 articles in 12 languages in Wiki Shia. On the other hand, the Assembly has published 2,500 books in 58 languages,” he added.


“Last year, we held the International Conference of “Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.); the supporter of the Prophet (p.b.u.h)”. In this conference, 600 articles from different denominations of Islam were submitted to the conference secretariat. In the articles, the authors had defended the character and position of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.). The articles were submitted to the conference, were from the Al-Azhar University in Egypt, Ez-Zitouna University in Tunisia, and Washington University. The conference works are prepared in 30 volumes of books, of which 18 volumes have been published so far,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the holding of several conferences by the Assembly.


“We are looking to put the role of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) and his faith in textbooks,” he stated, emphasizing the essential role of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) during the Be’that of the Prophet (p.b.u.h).


“Today, the presence of Islamic centers and Muslim missionaries in various European countries and the Americas, are very effective. Human society is thirsty for the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.). At the University of Sorbonne, France, we had many dialogs with Christian thinkers. In one of those dialogs, Mr. Henry Lhogo, a Catholic priest and scholar, said, “Today, Shia, with its dynamic ijtihad, can answer questions that we have not been able to answer.” This is their confession. Today, we must invest in promoting the culture and discourse of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), rationality, and spirituality in the world,” said Ayatollah Ramazani in another part of his speech.


“Annemarie Schimmel, a German Islamologist, translated Sahifa Sajjadieh. His friends protested to her, “Why are you translating Shiite works?” She gave the translation of Sahifa Sajjadieh to a friend without mentioning who had written the book. After reading the translation of the Sahifa, that friend put aside the supplications of Christianity and lived with the supplications of the Sajjadiyya Sahifa,” he stated.


“The Assembly carries out activities to the best of its ability. But there is still a lot of work to be done, and the enemies are very active and work harder than us. In Germany, there is a research institute that seeks to prove that the Quran is a book that is useless in today’s world, belongs to yesterday, and was for Arabs. In a meeting with them, I said: Although the Prophet (p.b.u.h) was Arab, we read in Quran: “وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا كَافَّةً لِلنَّاسِ” (We did not send you except as a bearer of good news and warner to all mankind) (Quran: 34:28), and “وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ” (We did not send you but as a mercy to all the nations) (Quran: 21:107). I emphasized that the addressee of the Quran is human intellect and nature, and this intellect and nature have nothing to do with time,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“Mr. Qazi Askar (former Supreme Leader’s Representative in Hajj Affairs) said, “We were holding Du'a Kumayl in Medina. A Saudi minister attended our ceremony and heard the words of Du'a Kumayl and said that this prayer has high meanings and was impressed.” In Germany, after a mourning ceremony, a couple asked me, “Whom are you mourning for?” I said that Imam Hussein (a.s.) was martyred 1400 years ago, in the way of human freedom and spirituality. They said that if this is the case, Hussein (a.s.) is also their Imam,” he stated, regarding the position of the supplications and the Infallible Imams (a.s.) from the point of view of non-Shiites.

Shiites, Sunnis must be vigilant against enemies’ divisiveness: Ayatollah Ramazani

Shiites, Sunnis must be vigilant against enemies’ divisiveness: Ayatollah Ramazani

In a meeting with the elites, nomadic sheikhs, and Sunni scholars of Samarra, while appreciating the Shiite and Sunni Mujahideen of al-Hashd al-Sha’bi (Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces) who provided security in the region, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “Muslims can be a world power. Muslims have a lot in common, and elements of divisiveness must be avoided.”


“In the past, great Sunni and Shiite scholars wrote commentaries on each other’s books, and there were even Shiite jurists who taught the four Sunni schools,” he noted, stating that the view among Shiite and Sunni scholars in Samarra is gratifying.


“Today, the enemies of Islam have mobilized all their resources to divide and destroy the rule of Islam. But we must be vigilant against the enemies’ policy of “divide and rule”,” added, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“In the last century, great scholars such as the late Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi, Sheikh Shaltout, Sheikh Mohammad Abduh, Kawakbi, Sayed Jamaluddin Asadabadi, and others, discussed the unity of the Muslim Ummah and the unity of Islamic nations,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, emphasizing the Islamic unity between Shiites and Sunnis.


“The history of friendship between Islamic Iran and Iraq is very long. But if this relationship between the two countries increases to 50 countries, and the Islamic countries and the oppressed unite, a power will be created against the West, and they even will overcome the West,” stated the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.


“Alhamdulillah, thanks to the forces of al-Hashd al-Sha’bi (Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces), General Haj Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, Takfiri groups were destroyed,” he added, stating that ISIL and other terrorist groups were created and paid for by the West and were intended to cause terror among Islamic communities.


“Our words and the Marjaiiat of the Islamic Iran and Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader, are the same words of Grand Ayatollah Sistani who said “Sunnis are our souls”,” Ayatollah Ramazani said in the end.

Imam Sadeq (a.s.) created knowledge movement to deepen religion: Ayatollah Ramazani

Imam Sadeq (a.s.) created knowledge movement to deepen religion: Ayatollah Ramazani

Sunday, 06 June 2021

On the occasion of the martyrdom of Imam Ja’far Sadeq (a.s.), Ayatollah Reza Ramazani Gilani stated, “The study of the life, intellectual, moral, ideological and knowledge system of the Infallible Imams (a.s.) is of great importance.”


“In a religious society, religious knowledge must be deepened, and there must be no superficial view of religion,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, pointing out that the great knowledge movement was one of the important features of the life of Imam Sadeq (a.s.).


“On the other hand, some (only) pay attention to the inside of religion and have neglected its appearance,” he clarified, stating that some only pay attention to the appearance of religion and neglected the essence of religion.


“A one-dimensional view of religion is incorrect, and it is important to pay attention to the social, cultural, political, etc. aspects of religion,” emphasized Ayatollah Ramazani, pointing out that human beings should pay attention to the individual and social aspects of religion at the same time.


“Islam is a comprehensive religion and has paid attention to various aspects and dimensions of human life,” pointed out the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.


“Imam Sadeq (a.s.) created a knowledge movement to deepen religion, and for society to pay attention to religious knowledge meticulously,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, pointing out that religion is not a cliché, but a process that if one studies it meticulously, one will achieve dignity and perfection.


“The religion of Islam shows the lifestyle of a perfectionist man,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, pointing out that understanding religion shows the right path, destination, and direction of life for human beings.


“According to Sheikh Mofid, 4,000 people attended Imam Sadeq’s class and narrated hadith from him,” emphasized the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the prominent personalities who were trained in the presence of Imam Sadeq (a.s.).


“Apart from Shiite scholars, Sunni imams, including Abu Hanifa and Malik ibn Anas, were also students of Imam Sadeq (a.s.),” he stated.


Referring to the book Mosnad of Imam Sadeq (a.s.), by the great scholar, late Atarodi, Ayatollah Ramazani emphasized, “This religious scholar has quoted 38,000 hadiths in 21 volumes from Imam Sadeq (a.s.).”


“Although these resources are available, we must always be in the presence of Imam (a.s.),” emphasized the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts, mentioning the existence and availability of books of hadith of the infallible Imams (a.s.) as rich and comprehensive sources.


“This student of Jafari school stated eight points that he learned from Imam Sadeq, and was praised by the Imam,” he said, referring to the perception of one of Imam Sadeq’s students from the lessons of this Imam.


“Whatever friendship a person makes in the world, he must finally leave it at the time of death. It is the only good deed that does not separate from man, and will save him,” emphasized Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the first point that this student learned from Imam Sadeq (a.s.) about good deeds.


“Good deeds, righteous deeds, and faith, in addition to making a person popular among the people of the world, will also be a companion of man on the Day of Judgment,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“There are some people who are proud of their parents, children, and wealth. But these are not real honors. Rather, piety and glorification in the sight of God are the most important honors,” he said, referring to the honor of being pious as the second point that Imam Sadeq’s student had learned from him.


“Increasing dignity depends on piety, and piety prevents man from sinning,” noted Ayatollah Ramazani, saying that the real value of human beings is dignity.


“Some people are occupied with “amusement and playing”, while according to the Quran, people go to heaven who are afraid of God’s judgment, that is, they are afraid of inappropriate behavior, speech and actions,” emphasized the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, referring to the third lesson learned by a student of the school of Imam Sadeq (a.s.).


“Man must obey God’s commands. One who obeys God and His Messenger will be saved, and one who disobeys God and His Messenger will be harmed and will lose his capital (that is his life),” he stated.


“Everyone who gets something tries to keep it and avoid wasting it. But if someone gives alms in the way of God, God will give him many times what he has given alms, and the almsgiving will be a reserve for the hereafter for man,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, considering almsgiving in the way of God, as the fourth lesson learned by the student of Imam Sadeq (a.s.).


“The poor are sent by God, and if we cannot help them, the reward of almsgiving will be given to others. Man should give alms to others from what God provides for him, and at the same time he should not reproach the one who receives alms,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“Unfortunately, people are jealous of the blessings that God gives to others and harm their souls and bodies. Man should not be happy with the material blessings that God has given him. At the same time, he should not be saddened if the material blessings are taken from him,” he said, considering “not being jealous, and not regretting the resources of other people’s lives,” as the fifth point that Imam Sadeq’s student has learned.


Some people are at enmity with each other. While according to God, “Satan is the only enemy of man”, and people should not resent their fellow human beings. Of course, this does not include the enemies of Islam,” he noted, pointing out that avoiding enmity between human beings, and considering Satan as an enemy, is the sixth lesson learned by Imam Sadeq’s student.


“People work hard to achieve material goals and spend all their time reaching the material world. While the Creation is for worship, knowledge, and servitude,” said the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, considering the attention to worship, servitude, and knowledge as the seventh point of what the student of Imam Sadeq (a.s.) learned.


“A believer does not devote all his efforts to achieve worldly goals but strives for his eternal life (in the Hereafter). Human dignity is striving for salvation,” he added.


“People boast their physical strength, health, and wealth, while according to the Quran, God is sufficient for one who trusts in God,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the point that “God is sufficient for human beings” as the last lesson which the Imam Sadeq’s student learned.


“Boasting of power, beauty, and wealth is not right, but one should always consider trust, recourse, and prudence as important matters at all times,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


Stating that the eight issues and lessons learned by Imam Sadeq’s student are very important in human life, Ayatollah Ramazani pointed out, “Imam Sadeq said in this regard, “By God, the Torah, the Gospel, the Zabur and the Quran are rooted in these eight subjects.” Therefore, if man observes these teachings, he will succeed in the divine tests.”


“If a person becomes accustomed to the luminous words of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), he will learn the way of life and will never be undecided in doing anything,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, emphasizing the necessity to learn from the manners and recommendations of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


Divine revelation seeks to guide human beings to know their destination and to follow the path with the grace of divine will and power.

We need committed scientific figures, influential in Intl. arena: Ayatollah Ramazani

We need committed scientific figures, influential in Intl. arena: Ayatollah Ramazani

Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and his accompanying delegation visited the University of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the city of Karbala, Iraq.


In a meeting with the officials of the University, Ayatollah Ramazani said, “Compared to the many universities that I have visited, the characteristic of the University of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in Karbala is that it is a scientific and revolutionary university, and it is engaged in educating the Iraqi youth. This is commendable, and in this regard, I congratulate the university officials.”


“Western thinkers have discussed the conflict between reason and religion at various times in history, believing that “The intellectuals of society do not turn to religion!” However, according to the hadiths, “One who does not have wisdom does not follow the religion.” Therefore, we need the interaction between wisdom and religion, and knowledge and religion,” he stated, regarding the background of the interaction between wisdom and religion.


“Today, Muslim scholars who teach at the Sorbonne or other Western universities are allowed to teach the history of Islamic sects but are not allowed to propagate the religion. If the officials of those universities feel that someone is trying to defend or propagate the religion, they will expel him. Therefore, religion has no place in Western universities and scientific fields. Thus, religion has often been marginalized, and some thought that religion could not play a role in the social sphere, and was limited to the individual sphere,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“Western scholars developed knowledge, saying that society is governed by knowledge and that religion cannot play a role in governing society. In this atmosphere, even western theorists believed that there would be no religious revolution in the world and revolutions would be secular. But Imam Khomeini said, “Religion has a plan in the field of governing society” and “this governing is also possible in the postmodern era”. Because some believe that “The age of modernity or postmodernism is the age of transition from religion in all areas”. But according to Imam Khomeini’s perspective, religion can play an active role in social and intellectual spheres at all times,” he continued.


“Such universities can train scholars who are committed to Islam. All professors can play the role of moral educators for students. Professors can be both teachers and moral educators, and the student must be morally educated by professors. We need committed scientific figures who are influential in the international arena,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, regarding the mission of AhlulBayt (a.s.) University of Karbala.


It should be mentioned that before the speech of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, several officials of the University of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) of Karbala presented a report on various departments, activities, and graduates of the University, and emphasized further relations with the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the scientific centers of Iran.

We should create Islamic civilization, originating from the intellectual foundations of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Modarresi

We should create Islamic civilization, originating from the intellectual foundations of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Modarresi

During his visit to Iraq, Ayatollah Reza Ramezani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, met Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Taqi Modarressi, one of the Iraqi Shiite Sources of Emulation.


We should create Islamic civilization, originating from the intellectual foundations of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Modarresi


In the meeting, referring to the necessity of considering the Islamic principles, Grand Ayatollah Modarresi said, “There are fixed principles that we should not forget. One of the basic principles is that we are Muslims and have values, and we must not forget our roots. Political debates are now taking place in Iran, and candidates are engaging in economic debates. While there is another issue called “religion”. The question is who should address this issue? Our expectation from the Iranian government, which is based on religion, is to improve the situation of religion in Iran day by day, and to discuss the place of religion in the current situation in the election debates.”


“Europeans say that wearing a burqa by Muslim women is contrary to the values of their civilization. On the other hand, the non-observance of hijab by women is against our values. Why should Europeans adhere to their values, but we do not adhere to ours? Westerners, on the other hand, have to apologize for committing crimes in different parts of the world,” he continued.


“We need to pay attention to the fact that in addition to the issues of the day, there is a deeper debate about where we stand. In the election debates, no one has ever said what a chaotic world situation we live in, Iran is under siege and is under cultural and soft aggression. Westerners, especially American Democrats, who specialize in soft affairs, are trying to bring together opponents of the Islamic Republic (of Iran). They are trying to hit Iran from three borders: Kurdistan, Baluchistan, and Azerbaijan. We must be careful of the conspiracies of the enemies in this regard,” added the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation.


“It was religion (Islam) that protect Iran from dangers. Religion is mourning (for the infallible Imams) and seminaries. It was the seminaries that maintained the unity of Iran, but unfortunately, their role has diminished. It must be raised in Iran what our situation is and we are under attack from all over the world. We must say that we have been oppressed. This was also done by the infallible Imams (a.s.). We do not deserve the place we stand now, and it should be improved. People also should not ignore the conspiracies of the enemies and they should know that the enemies are serious in their enmity against us,” said Grand Ayatollah Modarresi, referring to the role of seminaries in maintaining the sovereignty of Iran.


“We seek to establish a new civilization in the world, based on Islam. We must look for the tools of this civilization and pursue the issue of Islamic unity and unity among the Shiites. But unfortunately, these issues have diminished. Imam Khomeini wrote in his will that we will export our revolution and the Westerners are still counting on this phrase,” he continued.


“There are sects in the world that are considered Shiites, and if we add them to the Shiite world, we will become a great power. For example, 14 million Alawites live in Turkey, and 3 million Alawites live in Syria. Ismailis are also scattered around the world. Zaidi and Druze sects are also considered as these sects,” stated the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation, considering it necessary to communicate with various Shiite sects.


“We must unite the Shiites of the world, and the unity of the Shiites is through bringing them together. I proposed the “World Shiite Council”, according to which some Shiite leaders from different countries meet every few months. After presenting this plan, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly was formed. The objectives of establishing this Assembly are not like Al-Mustafa International University, but the purpose of establishing it is to create a connection between the leaders of the Shiite communities in the world and to bring them closer to each other. In addition, the relations between the Shiite seminaries in different countries should be strengthened. We have to start the change from here,” he continued.


“If we are looking for relations with other countries, the world has no problem with Iran. But if we want to establish an Islamic civilization, we must also provide the tools for it. Now is the best time for us, the world civilization is collapsing and America and Israel will not exist for decades to come, but what alternative do we have for them?” added the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation.


“I wrote a book about Imamzadeh Yahya, one of the Imamzadehs of Tehran. He is one of the martyrs and was martyred in the Khwarezmshahi dynasty. The Khwarezmshahs handed over Iran to the Mongols (led by Genghis Khan). We must read history and take advice from it to avoid repeating it. Disagreements, forgetfulness of goals, and disregard for the fundamental issues of society enabled the Mongols to occupy Iran and reach Baghdad, destroying Islamic civilization. We (Muslims) could not do anything after the Mongols and these scenes may be repeated,” stated Grand Ayatollah Modarressi, considering it necessary to learn from history.


“It is possible to bring Shiites closer together, and Shiites understand the conditions of the day, and it would be a great achievement to bring the Shiites together. Since 2015, Iraqi society has changed a lot and the enemies in Iraq are working against this country. They want Iraq to return to the conditions of Saddam’s regime and stand against Iran. On the other hand, some in Iran say that they have nothing to do with Iraq. These approaches and the efforts of the enemies caused some, even in the city of Karbala, to chant slogans against Iran. This should not happen, and we should try to resolve it,” he continued.


“The activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly are international and the activities of no other institution are like the activities of this Assembly. We should know that the total number of Shiites in India and Pakistan is equal to the population of the rest of the Shiites in the world. Shiites are scattered all over the world, even in places we are unaware of. For example, it is interesting to know that Shiites have been present in South Korea for 6 centuries,” added the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation.


“Imam Khomeini entered the Shiite world into a new phase. In the city of Najaf, where no one was thinking of forming a government, he spoke of an Islamic government. We should follow his example and try to change the situation and create an Islamic civilization based on the intellectual foundations of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and plan to achieve this goal. We need to write documents with practical strategies. We must train manpower for this purpose. The world is changing, and we will regret it if we neglect our goals. For example, we have to look at China where it was 60 years ago, and where it stands now in the world. We can define a new Islamic world in a few decades,” stated Ayatollah Modarressi, referring to the influence of Imam Khomeini on the Shiites.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly pursues rationality, spirituality, justice, resistance: Ayatollah Ramazani


Expressing satisfaction with the meeting with Grand Ayatollah Modarressi, Ayatollah Ramazani stated, “This meeting was valuable for me, and what you said shows your awareness, especially about the Islamic world and various currents, and this is an example of awareness of the conditions of the time. This is a promise for religious movements in the Islamic world.”


“Unquestionably, there is a will that the realization of Islamic civilization should be taken seriously, and strategic documents inside the country (Iran) indicate the importance of what cultural work should be done in the Islamic world, and even in non-Islamic countries. Culturalization must be pursued to achieve these goals. Islamic civilization is based on Islamic thought and the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he continued.


“If we want to conquer the world in the future, in addition to hardware, we need software. This software is international thinking. The Soviet Union joined the dustbin of history, and the United States could not meet the intellectual-legal and intellectual-ideological needs of the world,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“The issue of lack of identity is discussed under liberalism and is a consequence of Western culture. The destruction of the traditions and values of society causes people, especially young people, to suffer from a lack of identity. In order to promote the religious attitude and train committed and specialized human resources, we have seriously pursued the issue of the International University of AhlulBayt (a.s.), which is under the auspices of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. The Assembly has an Arabic-language satellite TV with 18 million viewers around the world, and in order to expand its activities, we are looking to establish Russian and other popular languages on this TV. We have 4,000 preachers in the world who are connected with the Assembly, and we have educational plans for them,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the lack of identity as one of the big problems today.


“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has created a virtual Shiite encyclopedia called “Wiki Shiite”, which now has 25,000 articles in 12 languages, which is used by Muslim and non-Muslim users. In addition, the Assembly has published a collection of authored and translated books during its activities,” he continued.


“In its new approach, this forum pursues the strategies of rationality, spirituality, justice, and resistance, and under each of these strategies, there are many discussions. In the West, the issue of rationality is at stake. But Western rationality itself comes under the question of “Subsistence”. That is, it is based on Instrumental Intellect and Subsistence Intellect. On the subject of spirituality, there are 4,000 flows of false spiritualities in America and Europe. While the basis and axis of an original spirituality is religion, and God is at the top of it. Today, those types of spirituality are being promoted in the West that is far removed from religion and God. Even in the subject of mysticism, we see the emergence of new mysticisms, such as Osho and Castaneda. This suggests that spirituality is a serious issue for human beings,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“In the West, the issue of justice is raised differently from what in Islamic thought is. That is why the examples of what we understand from justice are different from what they understand from justice. With the victory of the Islamic Revolution, a great event happened that was a miracle. In ancient times, there was a need for a staff to prove that Moses was a divine prophet. But with the victory of the Islamic Revolution, a global event took place that disrupted international views and equations. Before the Islamic revolution of Iran, it was believed that a religious revolution would not take place and that revolutions are defined under Liberalism and would be secular. At that time, religion was considered effective only in the individual sphere and no one considered religion important in the social sphere. But with the victory of the Islamic Revolution, today religion has entered the social and governmental sphere,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the issue of justice in the West.


“With the victory of the Islamic Revolution, a great event took place that broke all equations in Western politics and thought, so that Western thinkers were forced to reconsider Islam and take this divine religion seriously. Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran was on the margins of the world. But now it has important influences in the international context and regional and international equations. When it comes to countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Iran has always been a benevolent neighbor in resolving crises in these countries. Iran’s military and scientific power have developed to such an extent that the P5 + 1 countries have been forced to negotiate with Iran, and this shows the power of Iran,” he continued.


“Today, everything has changed, both in soft warfare and on the battlefield. We see that the enemies can use cyberspace, and without moving the aircraft, can inflict heavy blows in various areas. The enemy pays a lot of attention to cyber warfare and this war has defeat and victory,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“In the presidential election, we must pay attention to the fact that in addition to the responsibility of economic affairs, the president is responsible for preserving the religion of the society and he must lay the groundwork for the development of religion in the society. It is populist and demagogic to say that we are not responsible for taking people to heaven,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the necessity of creating a platform for religiosity in society.


“We have written comprehensive documents for the Alawites, Mostabserin (those who have recently converted to Islam or Shia), and the missionaries in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. Non-Iranian scholars who are members of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly are influential in the Shiite world. Previously, prominent figures such as Allameh Fazlullah, and Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky were present in this council, and now figures such as Allameh Naqavi are members of the council. I would like to remind you that recently we have written a new plan for the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and there is a lot of work to be done,” he said in the end.

Women clergies can play Hazrat Zainab’s role in propagating religion: Ayatollah Ramazani

Women clergies can play Hazrat Zainab’s role in propagating religion: Ayatollah Ramazani

The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and his accompanying delegation, who are in Iraq, visited the “Jameah al-Fatemiah”.


Ayatollah Reza Ramazani delivered a speech to female professors and clergies and said, “In this space, we felt spirituality, sincerity, devotion, self-sacrifice, and all valuable concepts. If we have (divine) success to meet the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, we will send the greetings of all of you, who are devoted to the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.), to him.”


“It is necessary to honor the memory of Ayatollah Asefi, the founder of the “Jameah al-Fatemiah”, who laid the foundation of goodness. May God reunite him with his friends and the infallible Imams (a.s.). I also appreciate Hojat al-Islam Behbahani for having a good relationship with this institute,” he also said.


“Previously (before the Islamic Revolution of Iran), Muslims were marginalized in the world and were not visible. Some did not allow the power and spirituality of Muslims to be spread. There was nothing of Muslim intellectual greatness in the universities of the world. There was no government that would achieve justice, and revive resistance, justice, and rationality in the true sense of the word. By the grace of God, and thanks to the presence of Imam Khomeini, a great movement was created. Many people did not believe that there would be a revolution that would pave the way for the emergence of Imam Mahdi (a.s.). God willing, this revolution (Islamic Revolution of Iran) will lead to the emergence of Imam Mahdi (a.s.),” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, saying that the Islamic world is in a special situation today.


“(Today) in the scientific centers of the world, they talk about Islam and the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and Islam and the dignity of Muslims. Today, Muslims live with dignity everywhere in the world. Today, Muslims are honored and live with dignity. We are talking about the Islamic government, which paved the way for the development of the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he said on the current position of Islam and Muslims.


“The most important point that caused this great movement, which 42 years have passed, to create a global change as a divine help, was the beliefs and faith of Imam Khomeini,” said Ayatollah Ramazani about the characteristics of Imam Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution of Iran.


“Martyr Motahhari said about Imam Khomeini: I saw Imam Khomeini with four beliefs. He believed in his God. God was present throughout the life of Imam Khomeini. The name and truth of God were in all existence and the mind, heart, and joints of Imam Khomeini. The second faith was that he believed in his own way. His goal was to revive religion. Imam Khomeini wanted the individual, social, cultural, and political rules of religion to be displayed, and religion to be present in social life. Through the efforts of Imam Khomeini, religion manifested in social spheres. In addition, Imam Khomeini believed in his ummah. He believed in men and women who could make a difference,” he added.


“Less than a hundred years ago, the conditions of the Muslims and the domination of the great powers were such that no one believed that Islam would be loved in the world. People who disrespect the Quran and insult the Prophet (p.b.u.h) are afraid of the greatness and glory of Islam and have seen its effect. Does anyone dare to insult the Quran, the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and Islamic values today? (Of course, not) because Muslims will rise in the world. Did anyone think that there would be a change in the women’s movement and that women would be the source of honor for the world? Today, women learn the teachings of religion to spread like Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in the world,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“We must learn religion comprehensively, deeply, accurately, and for the sake of God. We must learn and teach religion for the sake of God. God glorifies such a seeker of knowledge. Ayatollah Bahjat said, “If you act on what you know, God will give you a knowledge that you cannot learn anywhere”,” he emphasized.


“In the future, you can play the role of a teacher and educator and create a great movement like the faithful and brave women of the beginning of Islam. Teaching and educating is the job of the prophets, and we need teachers who study and learn well to propagate and teach the religion properly,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, addressing the women clergies of “Jameah al-Fatemiah”.


“You have been given the divine success that you can play the role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in propagating Islam. You can also convey to the world the great message of the (Islamic) revolution and the fundamental change it has brought about in this century. This great work must be properly introduced, and you can play this role,” he added, stating that the religion of God is spread through education.


“Today’s situation is special, and there has never been a time like the present for the propagation of Islam. Therefore, we must learn the tools of propagation, and get familiar with cyberspace and propagation skills,” emphasized the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“One of the characteristics of the era of the pre-advent of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) is that the level of human knowledge and intellects rises. Imam Mahdi’s grace to humanity means that the conditions of society are prepared in such a way that human intellect grows, and his level of understanding increases, Like the time of Imam Khomeini and after the Islamic Revolution of Iran when the level of understanding of our society about religion increased. Imam Khomeini meant Hajj with “Disavowal of Polytheists”, and taught us that “Ashura” should play a role in reforming society. Imam Khomeini interprets Ghadir as meaning that people should play a role in their destiny,” he stated, referring to the characteristics of the era of pre-advent of Imam Mahdi (a.s.).


“According to some hadiths, some of the senior companions of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) are among women. In the age of advent (of Imam Mahdi), various groups in the world will spread religious knowledge and rationality, justice, and resistance. Therefore, we have many duties, and we must know our mission and duty properly, and spread the message of religion,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.


“Spirituality causes a value change in human society. Today, human society is thirsty for spirituality and pure Muhammadan Islam and the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.). If we introduce these concepts correctly, the whole world will follow them,” he added, emphasizing the need to properly understand the knowledge of religion and spirituality.


“Ignorance is the worst disease in human society, and the role of preachers is to eradicate ignorance. Imam Hussein (a.s.) sacrificed his life to eradicate ignorance. Imam Ali (a.s.) says that if a society lives in ignorance, the merits will lose their values and the divine saints (God’s Friends or Owlia Allah) will not have their place,” concluded the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


Before Ayatollah Ramazani’s speech, officials of the “Jameah al-Fatemiah” explained the institute’s activities.


It should be mentioned that the “Jameah al-Fatemiah” School was established 14 years ago by Ayatollah Asefi, and is dedicated to Pakistani and Indian sisters from first grade to diploma (last year of high school) and seminary.

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Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly

The Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly  is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) that was established by a group of Shiite elites under the supervision of the great Islamic authority of the Shiites in 1990 to identify, organize, educate and support the followers of Ahl al-Bayt.

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