International webinar "Commemoration of Ayatollah Taskhiri; Expressive Voice of Islam, Mujahid in Islamic Proximity Arena" was held on Wednesday November 12, 2020.
This Web conference was organized by the International deputy of the Supreme Leader's Representative in Hajj and Pilgrimage affairs and with the help of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the Communication Center of (Islamic) Seminaries (in Qom).
The ceremony began with the recitation of some verses from the holy Quran and was followed by a video clip in Arabic about the scientific and social personality as well as the activities of late Ayatollah Taskhiri. Afterwards, several figures from Iran and other countries of the world, including Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, South Africa, and France, spoke in honor of the late Ayatollah Taskhiri.
Hojat al-Islam Abdolfattah Nawab – Iran
Sayed Abdolfattah Nawab, the representative of the Supreme Leader in Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs, stated in this webinar, "In his message of condolence, the Supreme Leader described Ayatollah Taskhiri as a Mujahid Scholar, Expressive Voice of Islam, tireless, determined, resilient, motivated, sincere, effective and blessed."
"Although Ayatollah Taskhiri had a stroke, he attended religious seminars and his presence in international seminars was influential and blessed. His demise is an example of the hadith of Imam Ali (a.s.) who says: If a scholar dies, Islam will be harmed which cannot be healed until the Day of Judgment", he added.
Mr. Ali Arbash – Turkey
In the seminar, Mr. Ali Arbash's message from Turkey about the character of Ayatollah Taskhiri was read.
Sheikh Badruddin Hassoun – Syria
"I have known Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri for a long time", Badruddin Ahmad Hassoun, the senior mufti of Syria, said, "He had the wisdom of Imam Ali (a.s.) and Imam Zayn al-Abedin (a.s.), as well as the courage of Imam Hussein (a.s.). Towards friends and opponents he had a patient personality He sought to create an Islamic Ummah based on love and affection."
"Ayatollah Taskhiri had taken his morals from the Qur'an and attended dozens of meetings and conferences in Iran and other countries", he added.
"In the fields of divine invitation and cooperation between Muslims, we lost Ayatollah Taskhiri in the worst time. When I saw him, I remembered the verse "Who has a better call than him who summons to Allah and acts righteously and says, ‘Indeed I am one of the Muslims’?" (Quran 41:33). Patience was one of his characteristics, he was an inviter to God. His actions were exemplary and did not contradict each other. His words were medicine and cure. It did not matter to him who the addressee was, he said I was a Muslim. ", Hassoun said.
"Ayatollah Taskhiri was one of the inviters to God. Some people attacked him, but his love entered the hearts and the smile did not leave his face", he concluded at the end of his speech.
Sheikh Khalid al-Mulla – Iraq
Sheikh Khalid al-Mulla, head of the Iraqi Sunni Scholars Association, said, "This ceremony is held to tell about the different aspects of the life of Ayatollah Taskhiri, the great man and the prominent scholar. As I knew, Ayatollah Taskhiri spent his whole life in the path of Islam and calling on God and the unity of Muslims, which was not an easy task. "
"The path of Islamic unity was created by scholars such as Imam Khomeini and Martyr Sadr; and Ayatollah Taskhiri continued their path in practice. He traveled to various Islamic cities in the East and West of the world and invited them to unity. He was honest in the way of Islamic unity", he added.
"What had been written in books and articles about Islamic unity was implemented by Ayatollah Taskhiri. At a time when American and English-affiliated Islam is seeking dissension and carnage, we need to inspect and study the views of Ayatollah Taskhiri on unity. And also at a time when there were extremists among Sunnis and Shiite, Ayatollah Taskhiri respected the views of other religions", he stated.
"He was a legend", Sheikh Khalid al-Mulla, head of the Iraqi Sunni Scholars Association concluded about late Ayatollah Taskhiri, "We lost him when the Islamic Ummah is in the most difficult situation and we must be united with each other and adhere to the verse "and do not be divided" (3:103) and maintain and strengthen the Islamic unity."
Allama Raje Nasser Abbas Jafari – Pakistan
As the next speaker at the webinar, Allama Raje Nasser Abbas Jafari, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim Unity Assembly Party said, "After the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Imam Khomeini invited Shiites and Sunnis to Islamic unity. With avoiding division, we should avoid creating the ground for the domination of the infidels. We must stand against the domination of the enemies."
"Ayatollah Tashkhiri was following in the path created by Imam Khomeini and was a student of Shahid Sadr School. He was a comprehensive figure, jurist and familiar with the issues and necessities of Islamic society. There was also love, affection, and trust based on Islamic morality between Muslim scholars around the world and Ayatollah Taskhiri. To the people and the Ulama, he told the plans and conspiracies of the enemies with the right tact and method. He had many blessings in his life and it is a model for us. In hardships, he was with the Supreme Leader. He had a very successful and blessed life. His absence created an irreparable loss in Islamic world. He had a unique personality. Ayatollah Taskhiri spent his life in the path of Islamic unity", Allama Raje Nasser Abbas Jafari concluded.
Dr. Emad al-Din Hamrouni - France
"In all aspects of life, especially in the issue of the unity of Islam, Ayatollah Taskhiri was committed to the wills of the Prophet and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and he was in the path of genuine Islam", Dr. Sayed Emadeddin Al-Hamrouni, the head of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Institute in France, said in the webinar on Ayatollah Taskhiri, "He was one of the propagators of Islamic unity, which was founded by Imam Khomeini."
On challenges facing Islamic world, he add, "One of our biggest problems is that there is division among Muslims and the solution is Islamic unity. We in different Islamic countries understand the importance and necessity of Islamic unity, for which Ayatollah Taskhiri worked hard and toiled."
"For Ayatollah Taskhiri, there was no difference between religions and Islamic denominations. He founded the AhlulBayt (a.s.) world Assembly, The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought and International Islamic Unity Conference and played a unique role in creating Islamic unity. He believed that we Muslims should be strong, unity is the way to create power and strength among Muslims; Unity is a strategy, not a tactic; and unity is a religious duty", Al-Hamrouni added.
"Ayatollah Taskhiri spoke in his lectures in a way that everyone understood", the head of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Institute concluded at the end, "Ayatollah Taskhiri believed in the concept of unity and that the unity belongs to all religions. The enemies seek to create division among Muslims because they consider it as their strength. Ayatollah Khamenei, Hassan Nasrallah and other Ulamas seek unity because unity is in the interest of Islam. Ayatollah Taskhiri was one of the great symbols for unity in Islam and to achieve this goal, he traveled to different countries to bring everyone closer to each other."
Hojat al-Islam Aftab Haidar Razavi - South Africa
Hojat al-Islam Aftab Haidar Razavi, the head of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) office in Cape Town, South Africa, said, "Ayatollah Taskhiri was an expert and had a right mindset who did many services for the Islamic world. In a way that no one can say about the amount of his services. And the Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, used the term "Expressive Voice of Islam" about him."
"Ayatollah Taskhiri learned religious and Islamic concepts from Martyr Sadr and other Ulamas, and had a correct vision and perspective on the religion of Islam, and had a coherent view of the Shia Islam. His message, like the message of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), was all-encompassing and included all religions. He had a lot of experience in scientific and practical activities and was like a father to us. And he guided us when he came to Africa. He was my teacher and sent me to South Africa from the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. Ayatollah Taskhiri had a good relationship and interaction with the Islamic schools of thought and did not see any contradiction between propagation and Tabligh for the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the unity of the Islamic denominations", Aftab Haidar Razavi stated.
Mr. Ozan Asil Turk – Turkey
Ozhan Asil Turk, the leader of the national Gurush movement of the Turkish Prosperity Party, said, "Ayatollah Taskhiri was knowledgeable and spent his life in the path of Islam and Muslims. He not only taught his knowledge to his students, but also in his lectures in different parts of the world made it known to everyone in the Islamic world."
"Ayatollah Taskhiri was one of the students of Martyr Sadr and worked hard for the Islamic Revolution of Iran and had many responsibilities and services in The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought and AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. He was one of the great scholars of Islam and spent his whole life serving the Islamic world. Ayatollah Taskhiri managed to create Islamic unity in various places, and one of his activities was training the new generation to create Islamic unity", he added.
"Ayatollah Taskhiri had a strong faith and did many services for the unity of the Islamic Ummah. He did his best for the Islamic world and was also concerned about future generations", Ozhan Asil Turk, the leader of the national Gurush movement of the Turkish Prosperity Party concluded.
Hojat al-Islam Hessan Abdullah - Lebanon
At the end of the webinar, Hojat al-Islam Hessan Abdullah, the head of the board of directors at the society of Lebanese Islamic scholars, said, "Ayatollah Taskhiri was very fluent in Persian and Arabic, and his concern was Islamic unity."
"Ayatollah Taskhiri was a believer, he considered responsibility as a religious duty and sought to please God. He did not get tired of work and activity and had a strong will. Although he had a weak body, he was present in all fields, he had great efforts and he did not get tired in old age", he added.
"Late ayatollah Taskhiri sought to revive the thoughts and ideas of Imam Khomeini. His whole concern was the approximation of religions and he wanted religion to be the religion of unity. He was a humble person and aware of the needs of the Islamic community", he stated on other personality traits of Ayatollah Taskhiri.
At the end, Sayed Abdolfattah Nawab, the representative of the Supreme Leader in Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs as the last speaker, concluded the speeches of the speakers of the International webinar "Commemoration of Ayatollah Taskhiri; Expressive Voice of Islam, Mujahid in Islamic Proximity Arena".