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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

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Office in Pakistan denounces terrorist blast among Ashura mourners

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Office in Pakistan denounces terrorist blast among Ashura mourners

In a message, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Sayed Mohammad Najafi, head of the office of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Pakistan, condemned the terrorist attack in Bahawalnagar, Punjab.

In this message, he pointed to the enmity of the Wahhabi sect with Islam and the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

The message of the head of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Office in Pakistan is as follows:

The events that took place this year in Muharram al-Haram, especially in Bahawalnagar, are very reprehensible and should be condemned.

Imam Hussein (a.s.), the grandson of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), is the founder of Sharia, and love for him is found in every nation. But unfortunately, even today, the disgusting face of Wahhabism shows its enmity towards Islam and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and perpetrates such attacks.

Shiite figures held a conference on unity among Muslims around the world, in which the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Islamabad Office, also played a special role.

We strongly condemn the incident that took place in Ashura and will never allow mourning (for Imam Hussein) to be tarnished.

In the end, for the martyrs of Bahawalnagar, we ask for the exaltation from God and patience for their family and relatives

It should be mentioned that the terrorist blast among the mourners of Ashura in the city of Bahawalnagar, in Punjab, eastern Pakistan, left 5 martyrs and at least 50 wounded.

 

Virtual ceremony held for commemoration of late Professor Pishvaee

Virtual ceremony held for commemoration of late Professor Pishvaee

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

Late Pishvaee's books were among textbooks: Arafi

At the beginning of the meeting, referring to the characteristics of the late Pishvaee, Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, the head of the seminaries, stated, “He had a media personality, and since the founding of “Maktab-e-Islam” magazine, he wrote for that. He had more than 200 articles in magazines. He was one of the top experts in Radio Ma’aref.”

“The late Pishvaee had an eloquent tone in his writings and some of his books are among the textbooks that show the power of his pen. The late Pishvaee generated important resources in the field of history,” he added.

The works of the late Pishvaee are influential nationally and internationally

Saying that the late Professor Pishvaee was a pious, moral, patient, and kind person, Hojat al-Islam Mahmoud Rajabi, president of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, as another speaker at the meeting, stated, “Those who came to him were greeted beautifully. He answered questions calmly and expressed his precise opinions.”

“His works were welcomed by academics and seminarians and were introduced as a textbook in both the seminary and the university. These works were written in a way that has been welcomed internationally, and have been translated and published in various languages,” he continued.

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam

Hojat al-Islam Ali Akbar Zakeri, a faculty member of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, as one of the speakers at the commemoration of the late Pishvaee, said, “The late Pishvaee was one of the figures who specialized in the history of Islam and wrote several books in this field. His most famous book in this field is “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders). “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada” (The comprehensive description of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein), in two volumes, was another valuable work of the late Pishvaee, written by him in collaboration with a group of historians.”

“In the book “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada”, the late Pishvaee researched the Ashura event from beginning to end, along with the issues surrounding it” he added.

Professor Pishvaee was one of the pioneers of Islamic history in the seminary of Qom

Hojat al-Islam Motahari, the head of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) History and Life Research Institute, stated, Professor Mahdi Pishvaee was one of the pioneers of the Islamic history in the seminary of Qom, and through him, many scholars and clerics became acquainted with the history of Islam.”

“Professor Pishvaee was a unique figure in the seminary of Qom who performed very valuable services in history field of study,” he mentioned.

“Sire-ye Pishvayan” by late Pishvaee, filled the textbook gap of seminary, university

Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Reza Jabbari, professor of Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, said in the commemoration meeting of the late Professor Pishvaee, “Professor Pishvaee was one of the leading professors in the history of Islam, with decades of research, teaching, and managing research affairs.”

“Professor Pishvaee was a good writer and had an eloquent expression. Evidence of this is the book “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders) which filled the curriculum gap in the seminary and the university in this field and became a textbook,” he continued.

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.)

In the final part of the commemoration ceremony for the late Pishvaee, Hojat al-Islam Najaf Lakzai, the head of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, said, “The late Pishvaei was an undisputed professor of Islamic history and the political life of the Imams (a.s.). The political life of the Imams (a.s.) is important for Muslims and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, society-building based on Islam and Islamic models became the basis of all affairs. According to the Quran, the way to build a society is to follow role models.”

“The activities of the late Professor Pishvaee are important because he went into the history of Islam and organized important researches and studies, nurtured many students and researchers, and supervised important dissertations,” he mentioned.

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It should be mentioned that Hojat al-Islam Mahdi Pishvaee, one of the prominent professors of the seminary of Qom, passed away on August 14, 2021. Many books on religious issues, the history of Islam, and the life of the Infallible Imams (a.s.) have been published by this researcher and professor of the seminary of Qom, who was born in 1942.

Among the famous and important books of Professor Pishvaee, are “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders) which is the textbook of Islamic seminaries, and “History of Islam (from Jahiliyyah to the demise of the Prophet of Islam)” which is the textbook of universities. He was one of the professors of Imam Sadegh (a.s.) Research and Training Institute and the director of the history department of Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute.

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.): Lakzai

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.): Lakzai

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

The late Pishvaee was the undisputed professor of the political life of the Imams (a.s.)

As another speaker of the commemoration ceremony for the late Pishvaee, Hojat al-Islam Najaf Lakzai, the head of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, said, “The late Pishvaee was an undisputed professor of Islamic history and the political life of the Imams (a.s.). The political life of the Imams (a.s.) is important for Muslims and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, society-building based on Islam and Islamic models became the basis of all affairs. According to the Quran, the way to build a society is to follow role models.”

“If one succeeds in discovering patterns and acting on those patterns, one will reach felicity. But if he does not discover these patterns and goes the wrong way, he will not reach his destination and he will go astray,” continued Hojat al-Islam Najaf Lakzai.

“The activities of the late Professor Pishvaee are important because he went into the history of Islam and organized important researches and studies, nurtured many students and researchers, and supervised important dissertations,” he added.

Referring to the book “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders), Lakzai stated, “This book of the late Pishvaee, is a textbook and one of the resources that are introduced to the clergies and students.”

“For history, there are grounds for misunderstanding. Because the researcher in history deals with the selection of data, he or she may be misled instead of guided,” he continued.

“By focusing on research into the history of Islam, the late Pishvaee stopped those who, in their research, emphasized Muashtabah (allegorical) matters in order to mislead the path of guidance. He helped to identify the right path, because it is possible to understand the Muhkamat and Mutashabihat (decisive and allegorical matters) by focusing on the “Raskhoon fi al-Alam” (those who are firm in the knowledge) tradition, that is, the infallible Imams (a.s.),” noted the head of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy.

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam: Zakeri

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam: Zakeri

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

The late Pishvaee was an expert in the history of Islam: Zakeri

Hojat al-Islam Ali Akbar Zakeri, a faculty member of the Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, as one of the speakers at the commemoration of the late Pishvaee, said, “The late Pishvaee was one of the figures who specialized in the history of Islam and wrote several books in this field. His most famous book in this field is “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders). “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada” (The comprehensive description of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein), in two volumes, was another valuable work of the late Pishvaee, written by him in collaboration with a group of historians.”

“In the book “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada”, the late Pishvaee researched the Ashura event from beginning to end, along with the issues surrounding it” Hojat al-Islam Ali Akbar Zakeri continued.

“I first heard the name of the late Pishvaee in Maktab-e Eslam (The School of Islam) magazine. He wrote chain articles in the magazine. The late Pishvaee was interested in the history of Islam. His book “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders) is accompanied by critics and review and that has been selected as a textbook,” he added.

“The book “True Heroes of Islam” is one of the works of the late Pishvaee, which was written before the Islamic Revolution in the form of stories in order to be both attractive and understandable to everyone,” said Zakeri, referring to the books of Professor Pishvaee.

“On the advice of Ayatollah Meshkini, the late Pishvaee came to Qom. Answering religious questions was one of the activities of the late Pishvaee on Radio Maaref. His answers had a special feature. These answers were both scholarly and concise, so that they could be used by everyone,” he mentioned.

The loss of a Faqih creates a breach in religion

In another part of the ceremony, Ayatollah Mohammad Hadi Yousefi Gharavi, a of the higher levels of Islamic seminary in Qom and the university professor, gave a very short speech.

“According to the hadiths, whenever a Faqih passes away, there will be an irreparable breach in Islam that nothing can compensate it until the Day of Judgment,” he said.

“Imam Khomeini (ra) cited this hadith on the subject of Velayat-e-Faqih, which he presented in the Sheikh Ansari Mosque in Najaf. Because the hadith goes on to say: Such an Alem is like a fortress that protects Islam against the opposition,” the professor of history continued.

“May God unite the late Pishvaee with the infallible Imams (a.s.). Infallible Imams (a.s.) are leaders for all human beings and will welcome those who served their teachings,” he continued.

Late Pishvaee's books among textbooks: Arafi

Late Pishvaee's books among textbooks: Arafi

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

Late Pishvaee's books among textbooks: Arafi

As one of the speakers at the commemoration ceremony for the late Pishvaee, the director of Islamic seminaries said, “The tragic case of the Covid-19 pandemic left many of our citizens dead and many families mourned. In the meantime, in the seminaries too, many great figures and scholars were lost due to this disease and caused the mourning of the seminaries and us.”

“One of the honorable figures of the seminary was the late Pishvaee. He was one of the brightest figures in the field of history. He was born in Meshgin Shahr and spent most of his life in scientific-research activities in seminaries. He was one of the prominent figures of the seminary in the field of history, and during about half a century, he trained many students. There are many works left by him which are considered as the seminary sources,” continued Ayatollah Alireza Arafi.

“The personality dimensions of the late Pishvaee are instructive for seminary students. He had moral qualities that are considered important in the seminary. The consistency of the seminary is to have morality and Maarefat. The late professor had special decency, morality, and humility,” he added.

“The first point in the character of the late Pishvaee is moral virtues. The second point is that from a young age, he chose a special field of study in the seminary. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, specialized courses were formed in the seminary. But before the Revolution, there was no such diversity of specialized fields of study in the seminary,” Ayatollah Arafi specified, considering the late Pishvaee as sincere in his work.

“The late Pishvaee spent his life devoting himself to the history of Islam and Shia. This is one of the highlights of his personality, and this specialty made him the source of many blessings,” he continued.

“The late Pishvaee entered wisely in the history of Islam. He did a good job of writing Maqtal (description of the martyrdom of the Infallibles) because he considered it necessary to address this issue. In the field of history, there are several approaches to raise historical issues. One method is a negligent, narrative, and superficial look. In many cases, the scientific community has dealt with history in this way. Another method is the ijtihad (Inferential) approach. This method is based on rational and narrative assumptions. But the late Pishvaee studied history in a measured and standard way, and this method made his books reliable,” added the director of seminaries.

“He had a media personality, and since the founding of “Maktab-e-Islam” magazine, he wrote for that. He had more than 200 articles in magazines. He was one of the top experts in Radio Ma’aref,” Ayatollah Arafi stated, referring to the characteristics of the late Pishvaee.

“His works were accurate, and in addition, the late Pishvae had many works that were far from superficial historiography. He solved the intellectual problems that arose for society in the field of history,” he continued.

“The late Pishvaee had an eloquent tone in his writings and some of his books are among the textbooks that show the power of his pen. The late Pishvaee generated important resources in the field of history,” he added.

“His work was often tailored to questions in society. The late Pishvaee was an influential figure in the seminary, and his works are among the intellectual assets of the seminary and are important resources for the development of the field of history in the seminary and university,” Ayatollah Arafi specified, considering the works of the late Pishvaee in accordance with the needs of the society, the seminary and knowledge circles.

Late Pishvaee’s works influential nationally, internationally: Rajabi

Late Pishvaee’s works influential nationally, internationally: Rajabi

On the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the divine scholar and pious professor, Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, a virtual commemoration ceremony was held with speeches by scholars and professors of the seminary.

The ceremony was held on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen Cultural Headquarters, World Assembly of Shiite Studies, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy, Center for Islamic Seminary Management, and Association of Seminary Historians.

The works of the late Pishvaee are influential nationally and internationally

Hojat al-Islam Mahmoud Rajabi, president of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, as a speaker at the meeting, stated, “The demise of a scholar is an irreparable loss., and according to the Prophet (p.b.u.h), it is an irreparable tragedy, and an uncoverable breach.”

“In terms of moral virtues, the Alem (Islamic scholar) is a blessing for the Islamic society. It is thanks to the Alem and his virtues that God bestows His mercy and blessings upon the people of a society,” added Hojat al-Islam Mahmoud Rajabi.

“The Alem leaves works that by studying them, people know and walk the right path to the felicity. Ulama (Islamic scholars) also train students who contribute to the felicity of society. Therefore, the demise of an Alem is an irreparable loss,” he said.

“Those who came to him were greeted beautifully. He answered questions calmly and expressed his precise opinions,” stated Hojat al-Islam Mahmoud Rajabi, president of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, saying that the late Professor Pishvaee was a pious, moral, patient, and kind person.

“He was a moral figure and his existence was a blessing for the society. He also left valuable works that are influential nationally and internationally,” he added.

“The late Pishvaee trained students, each of whom is virtuous and a researcher, and are unique in their field of study. They are also successful in defending the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the lifestyle of the Islamic leaders,” Mr. Rajabi said.

“This great scholar left four lasting works on the history of Islam and Shia. “Sire-ye Pishvayan” (The Life of Leaders) which is the biography and lifestyle of the AhlulBayt (a.s.); “History of Islam”, which is about the life of the Holy Prophet of Islam (p.b.u.h); “History of the Caliphs” in which the history and life of Imam Ali (a.s.) are prominent and distinguished; and “Maqtal Jame-e Sayed al-Shohada” (The comprehensive description of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein) which was researched and written by Ashura researchers under the supervision of this great figure,” stated the prominent professor of the seminary, referring to the valuable works of the late Pishvaee.

“In terms of documentation, these works are accurate and honesty is emphasized in its quotations and references. The content mentioned in these works is also provided with valid and accurate documents. All of these works contain sensible analyzes and are far from intellectual scattering,” Mr. Rajabi stated, saying that these four valuable works have outstanding features.

“His works were welcomed by academics and seminarians and were introduced as a textbook in both the seminary and the university. These works were written in a way that has been welcomed internationally, and have been translated and published in various languages,” he added.

“In the histories he mentions, Shiite theological beliefs have been considered. His view on history was not secular, rather, he has explored history with definite Shiite beliefs and has written history in accordance with those beliefs, that is a very important issue,” said the President of Imam Khomeini Educational and Research Institute.

“The works of this great historian have been written according to the doubts and questions of the day. He asked and answered questions on Radio Maaref (a Persian radio dedicated to Islamic teachings) and, according to the suspicions and doubts, he wrote and presented his valuable works,” Professor Rajabi continued.

“He was a contented person and had good, competent, and strong management. He was a popular figure among scholars and the academic council, and during these years, no flaws in his management were observed,” he continued.

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