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Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Allameh Hakimi

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of Allameh Hakimi

In a message, Ayatollah Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressed his condolences on the demise of Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi.

In his message, referring to the services of the deceased, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani wrote, “The wise Islamic studies and Quran researcher spent his blessed life researching and writing in the field of the Prophet’s book (Quran) and traditions, and left a lasting legacy for those who look for “Pure Life” and “The Sun of Occident”.”

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 sage scholar, pious writer, a great hadith scholar, and a just thinker, Allameh Mohammad Reza Hakimi caused regret and sorrow.

The wise Islamic studies and Quran researcher spent his blessed life researching and writing in the field of the Prophet’s book (Quran) and traditions, and left a lasting legacy for those who look for “Pure Life” and “The Sun of Occident”.

The simplicity of life, having a thorough vision, innovation, justice, and his enthusiastic defense of the Islamic Revolution and the late Imam during the years of struggle against the oppressive regime of Shah and after, will always remain in the memory of his enthusiasts.

I offer my condolences on this irreparable loss to Imam Mahdi (a.s.), the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei - who mourned his longtime friend - and to the great authorities of imitation, the seminary of Holy Mashhad, his students, and admirers, especially Dear Hakimi family.

From God, for the deceased as well as his newly deceased brother, the late Hojat al-Islam Ali Hakimi, 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

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

August 23, 2021

Virtual commemoration ceremony for late Pishvaee to be held + poster

Virtual commemoration ceremony for late Pishvaee to be held + poster

Monday, 23 August 2021

A commemoration ceremony will be held virtually for the divine scholar and honorable and pious professor, the late Hojat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Mahdi Pishvaee, with speeches by scholars and professors of the Islamic seminary.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Monday, August 23, 2021, from 17:30 to 19:30, with free internet traffic on Abarat (عبرات) Internet TV.

Professor Pishvaee was one of the pioneers of historical studies and biography of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

The ceremony will be held by 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.

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.

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Former ABWA’s Rep. in West Africa’s missionaries’ affairs passed away

Former ABWA’s Rep. in West Africa’s missionaries’ affairs passed away

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Hojat al-Islam Sayed Abbas Hashemi, a cleric active in the field of international Islamic Propagation and former Representative of al-Mustafa (p.b.u.h) International University in Senegal, passed away.

During his stay in Africa, the deceased was also the representative of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the affairs of the missionaries of the west of the continent (including Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Mauritania).

This educated, moral and manager cleric, provided many services to students, scholars and seminary scholars in spreading the teachings of the Quran and Itrat (AhlulBayt), and left valuable works in Iran and other countries.

After enduring liver failure for several years, the late Hojat al-Islam Sayed Abbas Hashemi finally passed away due to this disease.

Ayatollah Ramazani expressed his condolences on demise of Ayatollah Faqih Imani

Ayatollah Ramazani expressed his condolences on demise of Ayatollah Faqih Imani

In a message, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressed his condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Sayed Kamal Faqih Imani, a great and popular scholar from Isfahan.

In his message, referring to the services of the deceased, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly wrote, “The deceased was one of the ever-lasting and revolutionary figures of Isfahan Islamic seminary who spent his blessed life in spreading the teachings of Thaqalayn, serving the people and helping the orphans of Al-e Muhammad (p.b.u.h). Among his services were the establishment of religious and scientific centers, the construction of numerous hospitals, the house construction for the needy, and the conduct of missionary trips to various countries.”

The text of the message is as follows:

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The demise of the valuable thinker and benefactor scholar, Ayatollah Haj Sayed Kamal Faqih Imani, coinciding the Husseini Ashura, caused regret and sorrow.

The deceased was one of the ever-lasting and revolutionary figures of Isfahan Islamic seminary who spent his blessed life in spreading the teachings of Thaqalayn, serving the people and helping the orphans of Al-e Muhammad (p.b.u.h).

Among his services were the establishment of religious and scientific centers, the construction of numerous hospitals, the house construction for the needy, and the conduct of missionary trips to various countries.

Also, writing an up-to-date Tafsir book for the Holy Quran by the order of Imam Khomeini, translating and distributing it in different languages in America and Europe, brought the blessings of that great scholar beyond the borders.

The loss of this great man is truly an irreparable loss, and I offer my condolences to Imam Zaman (a.s.), the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, the grand sources of emulation, the honorable clerics and the martyr-nurturing people of Isfahan, the students and enthusiasts of the deceased, especially to the respected family of Faqih Imani.

From God, for the deceased, I ask for the exaltation and reunion with Imam Hussain (a.s.), 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

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

August 21, 2021

Ashura Intl. Foundation Statement Condemning Attack on Hosseini Mourners in Pakistan, Nigeria

Ashura Intl. Foundation Statement Condemning Attack on Hosseini Mourners in Pakistan, Nigeria

In a statement, the Ashura International Foundation condemned the attack on Husseini mourners in the Pakistani city of Bahawalnagar and the Nigerian city of Sokoto on Ashura Day.

A part of this statement reads, “The Ashura International Foundation calls on the Pakistani and Nigerian authorities to arrest the perpetrators of this crime and punish them severely. It also calls on the two countries to protect mosques, Takayas and mourning processions during Muharram and Safar, and by taking security measures, to prevent terrorist operations.”

The statement is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The brutal and criminal attack by Wahhabi Takfiri terrorists on the mourning processions of the Master of Martyrs, Imam Hussein (a.s.) in Bahawalnagar, Punjab, Pakistan, and the Nigerian military attack on Husseini mourners in Sokoto, Nigeria on Ashura, saddened the Islamic world and worried humanity.

These two heartbreaking tragedies - coinciding with the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (a.s.), his honorable family and companions - by the followers of Yazid in the present time, show the continuation of takfiri and sectarian ideas in these two countries, and at the same time, the vindictive cruelty of the agents of traitorous Wahhabism. By abusing these bloodthirsty takfiris, the enemies of Islam and their mercenaries have sought to destroy the atmosphere of unity and peace among Muslims, and this time, they were able to target the Islamic community in Pakistan and Nigeria.

Strongly condemning the two incidents, expressing condolences to the families of the Bahawalnagar and Sokoto martyrs and expressing solidarity with the injured in the two incidents, the Ashura International Foundation calls on the authorities of Pakistan and Nigeria to arrest the perpetrators of these crimes and punish them severely. The foundation also calls on the two countries to protect mosques, Takayas and mourning processions during the month of Muharram and Safar, and by taking security measures, prevent terrorist operations.

The foundation also calls on the international community and human rights organizations around the world not to remain silent in the face of repeated terrorist attacks against followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school in Pakistan and Nigeria, and to condemn these crimes, and also to take continuous measures against the perpetrators, organizers, financial and weapons supporters of these takfiri groups - as well as the anti-Islamic forces in the Nigerian army - and to take necessary preventive and legal measures.

Condoling the tragic martyrdom of the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in Pakistan and Nigeria, and wishing immediate recovery for the injured in these two incidents, the Ashura International Foundation calls on God Almighty to always raise the banner of justice and anti-tyranny of Imam Hussain (a.s.) in the world and to disgrace the criminals in this world and the hereafter.

وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنْقَلَبٍ يَنْقَلِبُونَ (الشعراء، 227)

And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take! (Ash-Shu'ara, 227)

Ashura International Foundation

August 20, 2021

International Webinar “Imam Hussein (a.s.) Movement, Movement for the Preservation of Human Values”

International Webinar “Imam Hussein (a.s.) Movement, Movement for the Preservation of Human Values”

In the international webinar “Imam Hussein (a.s.) Movement, Movement for the Preservation of Human Values”, which was held participating thinkers from the Arab and Islamic world, referring to a set of goals of the revolution and uprising of Imam Hussein (a.s.), Ayatollah Mohammad Hassan Akhtari stated, “The most obvious of these goals was to confront the oppressive government. Another goal of this uprising has been awakening the oppressed to achieve human justice. This uprising, its goals and message are not limited to time and place for a specific period. Rather, it has sent a message to the world throughout history that humanity, inspired by it, would not accept oppression, corruption and aggression.”

The head of the International Ashura Foundation advised all followers of religions and denominations to make moral and human values – the most obvious of which is the spread of love, honesty and confrontation with arrogance and the fight against poverty and corruption – come true by studying carefully the goals and messages of Ashura and being inspired by the path and character of Imam Hussein (a.s.).

After welcoming the speakers and viewers of this webinar, Sayed Fadi Al-Sayed, the director of the United Ummah Center, emphasized three basic elements on the most obvious human values that Imam Hussein (a.s.) rose up to revive and spread and sacrificed his blood for:

1- Confronting the oppressive and tyrannical ruler, and exposing the anti-Islamic nature of this usurping ruler;

2- Expressing the truths of Islam and the characteristics of the Islamic ruler, who is qualified to lead the Islamic society;

3- Rejecting the idea of surrendering to the status quo, and giving in to force.

“The movement of Imam Hussein (a.s.) has been for all humanity. Just like the mission of his grandfather – Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) – which was for all the worlds. The movement of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is universal and comprehensive, and is not specific to a particular group or religion. All thinkers and scholars, therefore must adjust their human relations to the mission of Imam Hussein (a.s.) so that human society can reach redemption,” he said.

In his speech on the strategic role of Imam Hussein (a.s.) in preserving human values, Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Naeem Qassem, Deputy Secretary General of Lebanese Hezbollah in said, “Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) reformist movement was a manifestation of the all-encompassing system of Muhammadan (p.b.u.h) Islam. Jihad and martyrdom from the Quranic point of view and the hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), prove that the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is one of the beautiful manifestations of human values. Because it revived the concept of Islam and manifested the concept of jihad and martyrdom.”

“With the sacrifice of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and his companions, he proved that life is full of scenes of jihad and confronting the oppressors. Therefore, with this sacrifice, he established Islam and Velayat and revived the religion of Muhammad (p.b.u.h), and this is a great victory,” he added.

“Martyrdom is not an end in itself, but is in line with jihad. Therefore, Mujahid is ready to sacrifice his life and blood for Islamic values. According to a hadith, “The highest value is to be killed for the path of God. There is no higher value than this.” continued Sheikh Naeem Qassem.

“The concept of jihad and martyrdom from Imam Khomeini’s (r.a.) point of view is in line with the concepts of Islam and Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) movement. Therefore, this concept paved the way for the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and dismantle the oppressive Shah regime. This concept was also manifested during Saddam’s eight-year imposed war against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” stated Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General in another part of his speech.

“The victories of the Mojahedin and the elements of the Islamic Resistance, defeating the enemy and the liberation of the occupied territories – with no financial and weapon facilities, modeled on Imam Hussein (a.s.) and the leadership of Imam Khomeini (r.a.) – are examples of the manifestation of resistance and jihad,” he stressed, referring to the experience of Lebanese Hezbollah in fighting the occupying Zionist regime.

Regarding the movement of Imam Hussein (a.s.) from the Quranic point of view, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jafari, an Islamic thinker and former Prime Minister of Iraq, said in this international webinar, “Islam emphasizes Fitra (nature) and there are countless verses in the Quran that God Almighty created man on the basis of divine nature. This nature encourages people to adhere to religious and human principles. Therefore, religiosity and adherence to human and moral values show adherence to the Quran and Islam.”

“The uprising of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is the continuation of the movement of the prophets and messengers of God, all of whom were inspired to spread moral virtues and reform society. To achieve these human-moral goals and reform in the Ummah of his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), Imam Hussein (a.s.) revolted. The revolution of Imam Hussein (a.s.), its values and goals, are for all religions and denominations and all the oppressed of the world who want the realization of dignity, honor and freedom,” He emphasized.

“She said an immortal and human-nurturing phrase in the court of the authoritarian Yazid. “ما رأيتُ إِلّا جميلاً”: (I saw nothing but beauty (in Karbala event)). This shows that this phrase is a manifestation of human expressions in the Quran and Islam, and unity with Imam Hussein (a.s.) and God. This high thinking shows that the uprising and movement of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is in line with its divine goals. It was created to fulfill the divine promises and to establish a glorious and human-nurturing civilization and to establish justice, equality and brotherhood among human beings. Anyone who wants to keep the memory of Imam Hussein (a.s.) alive must have Husseini behavior and character, and defend the oppressed, so that this movement can be achieved with its lofty goals,” he said, referring to the role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) and the moral and human values ​​that she showed in her behavior and sermons.

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Regarding the concept of the uprising of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and the dimensions of human values ​​and its effects, Sheikh Sarmad Tamimi, advisor to the Mufti of Iraq, emphasized, “The uprising of Imam Hussein (a.s.) was to revive the Islam, and to show the nature of Yazid. Because this tyrannical ruler violated the principles of Islam and questioned the tradition of the Prophet and abolished the rules of Islam.”

“With his uprising, Imam Hussein (a.s.) revived the mission of his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), and introduced the intellectual, moral and human values of Islam to the world. Therefore, expressing obedience and love to him means love for the Prophet, Islam, and human values. All human beings, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, should follow the example of this great figure. We are now witnessing that the followers of different religions and denominations all over the world, are reviving the ceremony of Imam Hussein (a.s.). Imam Hussein (a.s.) is the symbol of human oppression, and his way and uprising is the guide of the oppressed,” the Sunni scholar added.

Regarding the human dimension of the Imam Hussein (a.s.) movement and the comparison of the oppression to Jesus Christ and Imam Hussein (a.s.), Bishop Abdullah Dilo, the head of the Catholics of the West Bank of Palestine, said, “If anyone considers himself a follower of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and Christ (a.s.), he should denounce oppression and the oppressors and rush to the aid of the oppressed. The liberation of Quds is about to happen. Humans must unite with each other so that we can eliminate oppression and establish the truth by following the example of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and Jesus Christ (a.s.).”

On four great lessons of the Ashura movement, Sheikh Maher Hammoud, the head of the World Union of Resistance Scholars in Lebanon, said:

1- Imam Hussein (a.s.) is a universal figure and an eternal role model for humanity throughout history and is not affiliated with a particular group or religion. Because the uprising of Imam Hussein (a.s.) has lessons for all humanity;

2- All Islamic denominations and heavenly religions, as well as the freemen of the world, should follow the path and life of Imam Hussein (a.s.). Love for Imam Hussein (a.s.) and the legitimacy of his uprising are issues on which Sunnis and Shiites agree. But Wahhabism seeks to achieve its political goals by inciting religious sedition and distorting history.

3- From his time to the present century, the revolution of Imam Hussein (a.s.) has been a lesson of life, struggle, self-sacrifice, and resistance against oppression and injustice. These movement and revolution will continue until the end of history, and the name of Imam Hussein and his esteemed family, who sacrificed their lives to defend Islam and Muslims, and human dignity, remains immortal. Because this uprising was to revive the religion and dignity of the Muslims, and we must learn these lessons from this revolution.

4- By sacrificing himself, his family and his companions, Imam Hussein (a.s.) protected Islam from deviation and revived the enjoining good and forbidding wrong. In his speeches and sermons, he stressed the need to elimination of the oppression and aggression. Therefore, humanity should follow the example of this Imam in order to achieve redemption in this world and the hereafter.

Commenting on how to turn the tragedy into an epic, Rev. Abdu Raad, president of the Christian Church in Italy, said, “The commemoration of the event of Karbala and the uprising of Imam Hussein (a.s.) should be a lesson in the life of all religions and denominations.

Regarding the concept of human values of Imam Hussein (a.s.) movement, from the perspective of Quranic verses and lexical principles, Sheikh Tawfiq Alawi, Islamic researcher said, “It is not feasible to retreat from human values. Because by expressing his human principles and values in this uprising, Imam Hussein (a.s.) obliged all of us to believe and adhere to them.”

This researcher called for studying the history of Imam Hussein (a.s.) movement, with knowledge and away from prejudice. He called on all thinkers, scholars and intellectuals to evaluate this movement from a human dimension and to extract the messages of Ashura and learn from it.

At the end of the international webinar Imam Hussein (a.s.) Movement, Movement for the Preservation of Human Values”, Bahraini poet Salman Abdul Hussein recites poems on the Ashura epic that caught the attention of the participants.

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of hard-working Myanmar Shiite preacher

Ayatollah Ramazani offered his condolences on demise of hard-working Myanmar Shiite preacher

In a message, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressed his condolences on the demise of Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Mohammad Baqer Mahmoudi Esfahani, the Friday prayer Imam of the Moghol Shiite Grand Mosque in the city of Yangon, Myanmar member of General Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly who established Hojjatieh School in the city of Prom.

In his message, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly referred to the efforts of Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Mohammad Baqer Mahmoudi Esfahani to promote the school of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in Myanmar.

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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

The news of the demise of virtuous cleric and the hard-working preacher Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Mohammad Baqer Mahmoudi Esfahani, the Friday prayer Imam of the Shiite Moghol Mosque in Yangon, the founder of Hojjatieh School in Prum and the late member of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly caused grief and regret.

During his blessed lifetime the devoted and hard-working cleric, did not spare any effort to promote the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in Myanmar, and he also worked hard to propagate the religion of Islam, as well as to take care of poor families, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

I offer my condolences to all the Muslims and followers of the AhlulBayt in that country, especially to his esteemed wife, children, students and all those who are interested in him, and I also pray to God Almighty to provide the deceased with exaltation and companionship with the His saints, ad to give patience and reward to his family.

Reza Ramazani

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

August 18, 2021

Shiite hard-working preacher, Myanmar member of General Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly passed away

Shiite hard-working preacher, Myanmar member of General Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly passed away

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Mohammad Baqer Mahmoudi Esfahani, the Friday prayer Imam of the Moghol Shiite Grand Mosque in the city of Yangon, passed away.

His ancestors were from Esfahan, he was a native of Myanmar who came to Iran for religious studies and returned to his country after graduating from Al-Mustafa International University.

Upon his return, the late Mahmoudi carried out many religious and propagation activities and worked for many years to promote the teachings of the Quran and Itrat (AhlulBayt) in Southeast Asia.

Among the activities of the deceased, the establishment of the Hojjatieh School in the city of Prum, the Friday Imamate of the Shiites in the city of Yangon, and membership in the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

The servicing cleric also worked hard to provide social services, especially to poor and disadvantaged families.

After 25 years of propagation activities in Myanmar, Hojat al-Islam Mahmoudi passed away at the age of 62 in Yangon due to Covid-19.

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