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Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Ayatollah Feyz Lahiji Gilani

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Ayatollah Feyz Lahiji Gilani

In a message, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressed his condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Mohammad Ali Feyz Lahiji Gilani, one of the students and companions of Imam Khomeini.

The text of this message is as follows:

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The demise of the Mujahid and pioneer scholar Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Mohammad Ali Feyz Lahiji Gilani caused grief and regret.

He was one of the students and companions of Imam Khomeini and had benefited greatly from the classes of other grand scholars such as Ayatollah Borujerdi, Ayatollah Bahjat, Martyr Motahhari and Martyr Ayatollah Sadoughi.

Among the revolutionary services of the deceased are the two terms representation of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, membership in the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, the presidency of the Court of Administrative Justice and the representation of Imam Khomeini at Al-Zahra (a.s.) University.

I offer my condolences for the loss of this benefactor cleric to Imam Mahdi (a.s.) and also to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, Grand Sources of Emulation, Ulama and martyr-nurturing people of Gilan province, his enthusiasts and students and the honorable family, and from God, for the deceased I ask for the exaltation, and for his family and relatives, I ask for patience.

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

Reza Ramazani

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

And the Representative of the People of Gilan in Assembly of Experts

August 27, 2021

It should be mentioned that Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Mohammad Ali Feyz Lahiji Gilani, a member of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom and one of Imam Khomeini’s companions, passed away at the age of 97 on Thursday morning, August 27, 2021, due to the old age.

International webinar “The role of women in confronting the arrogant”/Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) worthy role model for helping oppressed: Akhtari

International webinar “The role of women in confronting the arrogant”/Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) worthy role model for helping oppressed: Akhtari

For the commemoration of the martyrdom of Aba Abdullah Imam Hussein (a.s.) and the Karbala event, and the role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in conveying the message of the Ashura uprising, the International Ashura Foundation in cooperation with the United Ummah Center, organized an international webinar entitled “The role of women in confronting the arrogant”.

The international virtual conference was attended by some world historian scholars and researchers, as well as figures from Australia and European and African countries.

At the beginning of the webinar, Quran reciter Sheikh Mohammad Shahimi recited verses from the Quran.

Regarding the role of men and women in accepting social responsibility and fulfilling their divine duty, Ayatollah Mohammad Hassan Akhtari, the Head of the International Ashura Foundation, delivered a speech and emphasized the fulfillment of the divine duties of human beings as God’s caliph on earth.

“The wise leadership of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in protecting the family of Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) and the captives, and confronting the oppressive ruler, and upsetting the balance of power, shows a true understanding and fulfillment of divine duties. The courage shown by Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) broke all the equations and predictions of Yazid and disgraced him. She also exposed the crimes of the Umayyads and changed all the balance of power,” she stated, regarding the heroic and great role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) before her presence in Karbala and after the tragic event of Ashura.

“At Yazid’s court, Hazrat Zeinab (a.s.) said, “I swear to God that you cannot destroy the Revelation of our Prophet (Muhammad (p.b.u.h))”. This message resonated in Yazid’s palace and exposed this oppressor. The accursed Yazid thought that he was facing a weak, hurt, afflicted, and helpless woman. He tried to show his pride, arrogance, and courage in killing Imam Hussein (a.s.) and his companions. By distorting historical events, he tried to portray Imam Hussain’s (a.s.) uprising as a rebellion and an illegal movement. But Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) showed that she is the daughter of and nurtured by Imam Ali (a.s.) – the Imam who destroyed the polytheists and suppressed the hypocrites and the wicked. Hazrat Zainab is the person who was able to turn defeat into victory, and captivity into freedom. She disgraced Yazid and made him the captive of his own crimes,” said Ayatollah Akhtari, stating that Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) created a comprehensive revolution against the ruling system of Yazid.

“Hazrat Zeinab (a.s.) is a worthy model for all people of the world. We must learn how to help the oppressed and win against the enemies and how to turn threats into opportunities,” he added.

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Following the webinar, Dr. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Tarnini, poet and university professor, recited a beautiful poem about the event of Karbala, which has the concepts and themes of loyalty, honor, and pride of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and said, “Regarding the character of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.), Imam Sajjad (a.s.) said, “Thank God that you are a scholar who has acquired knowledge from the source of revelation and has not been educated by anyone, and you are a sage that you did not learn from anyone”. Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) is divine proof. She is one of those who, like Hazrat Zahra (a.s.), God has made her one of the infallibles. Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) is a scholar who has the knowledge of this world and the hereafter together. She became a role model for the leadership of the Islamic community. While she suffered many calamities and hardships, Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) taught the world that Islam has the merit to give lives for it.”

“The mission-oriented role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in introducing the Ashura movement and exposing the system of Yazid and the Umayyads is considered a victory. Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) was able to turn the apparent victory of the Umayyad army into a historical defeat and disgrace so that this issue would be a prelude to the overthrow of the Umayyads,” he added.

Then, in this webinar, on being a role model in the Ashura movement and questions about the role of women in a confrontation with criminals and oppressors, Dr. Ms. Hoveida Jabbagh, head of the European Association of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Women in Italy, emphasized, “In Western countries, where women face limitations and strangeness, they can raise their children and society based on the love of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).”

Ms. Nawal Shaddad, a journalist from Australia, after reciting a poem about the jihad of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.), said, “In the face of global arrogance and the propaganda power of the West, women in the West can refer to Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) as their role model and promote the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) according to her conduct.”

Sheikh Tawfiq Alawi, an Islamic scholar, in his speech, described three personality characteristics of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) based on the principles of the Quran and the hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), and explained the term political figure and said, “This term is not just for men. Rather, it means masculinity, courage, bravery, and endurance in the face of adversity. Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) stood against the tyrants like a man.”

“This high-ranking lady had all the characteristics of a scholar, revolutionary and cultural figure. Because he was raised in the school of his father Imam Ali (a.s.) and his two brothers Imam Hassan (a.s.) and Imam Hussein (a.s.). Racially, she was from Bani Hashem and is an Alawite. She was able to form a pure and successful family. She sacrificed his children on the Day of Ashura and in the event of Karbala,” stated the university professor on the masculine aspect of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.).

“Hazrat Zainab had other characteristics such as patience, courage, and rhetoric. In the court of Yazid and Ibn Ziad, she was present with full power and courage and shook the foundations of the oppressive palace of these criminal rulers. The mission-oriented and propagation role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) shows her awareness of the importance of propagation in Islam,” she added.

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Sheikh Mohammad Ezzeddin, a university professor, clarified the intellectual dimensions of Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) movement, “Today’s society, unfortunately, is far from understanding the truth and religion, and suffers from many harms and problems. The only way to save it is to learn the lessons and teachings of Ashura.”

Then, Sayed Fadi Al-Sayed, the head of the United Ummah Center, spoke about the role of women in awakening the ummah and their ability to confront the colonialists and the arrogant.

Citing verses from the Holy Quran, he provided evidence of the historical and mission-oriented role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) as a role model for women in the world and said, “The role of Asiya daughter of Muzahim, as a prominent role model, who stood against the tyranny of the Pharaohs, and also Mary (a.s.) in maintaining chastity and training of Jesus Christ (a.s.) is exemplary. The mission of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) was also very important in exposing the crimes of Yazid and the Umayyads, by giving revealing and shocking speeches.”

“Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) learned courage, rhetoric, and patience from the school of Islam and her noble father Imam Ali (a.s.),” he added.

Sayed Fadi al-Sayed narrated historical material from books related to the life of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.), including the book “Khasaes al-Zeinabiah” (Characteristics of Hazrat Zeinab) by Noureddin Jazayeri about the common features of Hazrat Maryam (a.s.) and Hazrat Asiya daughter of Muzahim.

Then, he spoke about the meanings of patience, courage, and endurance of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) against the Pharaohs of her time, namely Yazid and Obaidullah Ibn Ziad.

At the end of the webinar, by summarizing the contents of this virtual meeting, the director of the Studies Department of the Center of the United Ummah, emphasized the role of the historical leadership of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in exposing the anti-Islamic nature of the oppressive Umayyad rulers and changing the strategic equations of Karbala, revolt, and uprising against Bani Umayyad and Yazid.

He concluded, “Today’s society needs women like Hazrat Zainab (a.s.).”

We must inform world on message of Arbaeen/Arbaeen, identity factor for Shiites: Ahmadi Tabar

We must inform world on message of Arbaeen/Arbaeen, identity factor for Shiites: Ahmadi Tabar

The meeting “Strategies to strengthen the enthusiasm of Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (a.s.) in the current situation” was held on Thursday morning, August 26, 2021, in the presence of Mawkeb owners and thinkers from different countries, in the conference hall of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom.

In this ceremony, appreciating the presence of Mawkeb owners and thinkers, the Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “I hope that the spread of the Arbaeen culture will protect the achievements of the revolution of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and that we will be able to promote it.”

“In the hadiths, there is a special look at the pilgrimage of Aba Abdullah, Imam Hussain (a.s.). Imam Sadegh (a.s.) considered the pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (a.s.) as the best deeds after Divine Ma'refat. The pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is also the pilgrimage of all the infallible Imams (a.s.) and the pilgrimage of God Almighty,” added Hojat al-Islam Ahmad Ahmadi Tabar, the Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“The pilgrim of Imam Hussein (a.s.) does not become poor, he does not burn in the fire of the hell and he does not stay under the rubble. The pilgrim of Sayed al-Shuhada (a.s.) is constantly in the light of the prayers of the angels, and Aba Abdullah (a.s.) seeks forgiveness for his pilgrim. The pilgrims of Imam Hussein (a.s.) are the first to enter Paradise, where is their refuge and abode,” he stated, regarding the worldly and otherworldly effects and blessings of the pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (a.s.) based on hadiths.

“With Ma’refat, all the activities of the pilgrim of Imam Hussain (a.s.) become Hosseini, and he makes a permanent covenant with Hussein (a.s.),” added the Deputy for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“In the hadiths, one of the signs of Shiites is the Arbaeen pilgrimage. In the past, it was the Arbaeen walk, but in recent years, a flow has emerged that has offered a conclusive argument for all the people of the world. Because Arbaeen movement is for the conclusive argument,” he stated on the importance of Arbaeen pilgrimage.

“Last year, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly held such a meeting. At that meeting, it was stated that during the Covid-19, the Arbaeen ceremonies should be held passionately. It was also decided to hold the Arbaeen walk in different countries, and thank God, this plan was well received,” said Ahmadi Tabar, regarding the holding of the meeting “Strategies to strengthen the enthusiasm of Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (a.s.) in the current situation”.

“This year, too, we have to hold Arbaeen ceremonies fervently. This year, we must spread the passion of Arbaeen in cyberspace in different languages, in different countries, so that we can convey the message of Arbaeen to the world,” he continued.

Hojat al-Islam Dr. Hamid Ahmadi, the head of the cultural committee of the Arbaeen headquarters also stated in this meeting, “There is a war of narratives in cyberspace and the media, and Arbaeen is a narrative that the Supreme Leader emphasizes to be globalized.”

“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Mawkeb owners, and thinkers should take more serious and active measures about Arbaeen. They must also have a continuous presence on the international stages. Therefore, in order for Arbaeen to become global, it is necessary to create a discourse for Arbaeen literature,” Dr. Ahmadi added.

Arbaeen is a transnational, trans-Islamic denomination, trans-regional, and even trans-religious phenomenon, and we must be active in these conditions accordingly. While we have to communicate with Muslims and different Islamic denominations, Arbaeen is a factor which makes an identity for Shiites and is important,” he stated.

“This year’s Arbaeen slogan is ‘Al-Hussein, Safina al-Najah’ (Hussain the Shio of Salvation). Because Imam Hussein (a.s.) bring salvation for humanity and saves human beings from darkness and ignorance,” Ahmadi said about this year’s Arbaeen slogan.

“There are various rumors in cyberspace and the media, and some are looking for making confrontations. Therefore, we do not enter these issues. There have been many discussions and consultations, and the goal is to go and we must prepare for it. Therefore, it is necessary to transfer the passion of Arbaeen to the country,” he said on the Arbaeen walk.

“The Mawkeb owners donated 76,000 meals to the country’s prisons, and Mawkebs were set up in prisons. The headquarters also released 608 prisoners with the help of donors and Mawkeb owners,” said the head of the Cultural Committee of the Arbaeen Central Headquarters, regarding the activities of the committee in the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

“Arbaeen must become a school of thought in the world, and we must convey the message of Imam Hussein (a.s.) to the world. Therefore, in this regard, we must actively use cyberspace and media,” he concluded in the end.

Following this meeting, Mawkeb owners and thinkers from different countries expressed their views and opinions on ways to enhance the enthusiasm of Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.) in the current situation.

To see photos of the meeting, click here.

Deadline for submitting articles to Academic Conference of “Umana al-Rosol” extended

Deadline for submitting articles to Academic Conference of “Umana al-Rosol” extended

The deadline for submitting works and articles to the “Umana al-Rosol” (Trustees of the Prophets) Academic Conference, for commemoration of Ayatollah Mousavi Al-Kharsan, has been extended to November 6, 2021.

Depending on the disciplines of the competition, professors, researchers and clerics can submit their works in the secretariat of the conference.

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Content disciplines of the “Umana al-Rosol” Conference

A) Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Mousavi Al-Kharsan

1 - Biography and history

. The socio-political situation of the Ayatollah Al- Mousavi Al-Kharsan era;

. The situation of seminaries in the Ayatollah Al- Mousavi Al-Kharsan era and his role in maintaining and promoting seminaries;

. The great scholars and contemporary scholarly figures of the Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan era;

. Scholars and scholarly figures emphasized by Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Professors of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Moral characteristics of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Getting acquaintance with the family of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan from the perspective of figures and scholars who were contemporary with him.

 2 - Scientific-research characteristics of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan

. Hadith and Rijal fields of study in the works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Scientific and research efforts of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan in reviving the works;

. Methodology of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan researches on Torath;

. Theological study of the scientific works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Methodology of researches and writings of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Methodology of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan in introducing and criticizing historical sources and narrations;

. Quranic studies in the works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan;

. Methodology of the proximity approach of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan (between Islamic denominations and Shiite thinkers);

. The role of the works and books of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan in the transcendence of religious knowledge;

. Introducing, criticizing and reviewing the works of Ayatollah Al-Mousavi Al-Kharsan.

B) The status of seminaries and religious schools

1- Characteristics of seminaries in the training of scholars;

2- The position of research in seminaries;

. The role of contemporary seminaries in researching and reviving Torath and producing scientific works;

3- The role of seminaries in dealing with anti-religious attacks and false claimants and how to do it;

4- The role of seminaries in protecting religion and beliefs and preventing deviations in Islamic societies during the Occultation Era (of Imam Mahdi (a.s.));

5- The role of seminaries in contemporary social and political fields;

6- Rooted, influential and famous scientific families in seminaries;

7- Originality and dynamism of seminaries;

8- The role of seminaries in dispelling suspicions and getting out of incidents and seditions;

9- The necessity of interaction, communication and convergence of seminaries;

10- The role of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) in maintaining and dynamism of seminaries;

11- Sociological critique of seminaries in the last century;

Academic Conference of “Umana al-Rosol” (Trustees of the Prophets), in commemoration of the insightful reviver, Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Mousavi Al-Kharsan, will be held with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and similar institutions in the seminaries of Qom and Najaf, with the content disciplines of “Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Kharsan”, and “The position of seminaries”.

Ayatollah Akhtari offered his condolences on demise of Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi

Ayatollah Akhtari offered his condolences on demise of Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

In a message, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and head of the International Ashura Foundation, expressed his condolences on the demise of Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi.

The message of Ayatollah Mohammad Hassan Akhtari is as follows:

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“Whenever an Alem passes away, there will be an irreparable breach in Islam.” Imam Ali (a.s.)

Divine ascension and the sad and irreparable departure of the eminent scholar, educated thinker, prominent litterateur, theologist sage, philosopher and mystic, honorable Allameh Professor Mohammad Reza Hakimi, caused regret and impression on us and the scientific community of the country and its lovers, students and family and relatives.

This pious and ascetic scholar and thinker of the school of the Infallible AhlulBayt (a.s.), spent his blessed life explaining and introducing Islamic and religious knowledge.

By writing more than one hundred titles of valuable books and scientific-research articles in the field of Quranic teachings and the enlightening School of Islamic Studies – including the valuable encyclopedias are “Al-Hayat”, “Quranic Community Building”, “Red Wisdom”, “Imam in the Objectivity of Society”, “Maghrib Sun”, “Ashura”, “Tafsir Aftab”, etc. –, he left modern, precious and lasting services and valuable heritage services for the Islamic society, as well as scientific and theological centers and lovers and followers of the path of truth.

The late Professor Allameh Hakimi was one of the humble and sincere followers and lovers of Imam Khomeini (r.h.) and the Islamic Movement, and he always unwaveringly defended the anti-arrogance and anti-tyranny movements of the Imam of the Ummah, and his novel ideas derived from Imam Khomeini’s enlightened thought. The ascetic life of this pious mystic, the purity of his soul, and his spiritual struggles – which was taken from the mystical teachings of his great teacher, the divine mystic, the late Grand Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Mojtaba Qazvini (r.a.) and other mystics of the school of Intuition – had made this great scholar one of the pioneers of mysticism and the role model of the followers of truth, knowledge and conduct.

I offer my condolences for the great and sad loss of this grand scholar of the Islamic studies to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, all people of Iran, honorable family, especially his sage and scholar brother Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Mohammad Hakimi, his students and disciples.

I ask from God the Almighty for the exaltation, forgiveness and reunion with Divine Prophets and Infallible AhlulBayt (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)

Mohammad Hassan Akhtari

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

and head of the International Ashura Foundation

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