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  • Summary of the commission “Scientific works of Ayatollah Al-Khersan and his defense of AhlulBayt (a.s.) school” in the Conference Umana Al-Rosol

    Summary of the commission “Scientific works of Ayatollah Al-Khersan and his defense of AhlulBayt (a.s.) school” in the Conference Umana Al-Rosol

    The session of the commission “Scientific works of Ayatollah Al-Khersan and his defense of AhlulBayt (a.s.) school”, chaired by Ayatollah Sayed Monzer Hakim, was held on Wednesday morning, November 23, 2022, at the jurisprudence center of the Immaculate Imams (a.s.) in Qom.

    In this conference, Hojat al-Islam Reza Mokhtari, in presenting his article entitled “Characteristics and priorities of Ayatollah Al-Khersan in research and activity in the field of serving Islam” stated, “Allamah al-Khersan wrote his works in defense of the Shiite school and AhlulBayt (a.s.), and some of his works are particularly prominent.”

    “Allameh Al-Khersan has emended 9 volumes out of 110 volumes of Bihar al-Anwar, and he has books about Hazrat Mohsen (a.s.), Fadak, Shaqq al-Qamar, proof of Imam Ali’s (a.s.) Velayat, etc. Also, in one of his books, he answered the doubts cast by an Egyptian scholar who had written a book against Shia,” he added.

    Then, Hojat al-Islam Najarzadegan, in presenting his article entitled “Terminology of AhlulBayt (a.s.), with review and completion of Ayatollah Azmi Khoei’s Urjuza and its description by Ayatollah Al-Khersan” said, “Allameh Al-Khersan completed Ayatollah Khoei’s Urjuza (a form and style in classical Arabic poetry).”

    “AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the Hadith of Thaqalayn refers to the AhlulBayt (family) of the Prophethood which is used in hadiths narrated from the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h). Also, the word AhlulBayt (a.s.) is mentioned three times in the Quran, two verses of which are about the AhlulBayt (family) of Prophethood,” he added.

    “In order to understand who the AhlulBayt (a.s.) are, it must be mentioned in the word of God or in the word of the Prophet (p.b.u.h),” stated this Quranic researcher.

    Then in the conference, Sheikh Karim Shati al-Seraji, in presenting his article entitled “Verses proving the Imamate of Imam Ali (a.s.) in the book “Ali, Imam of the Virtuous” written by Sayed Al-Khersan” stated, “Allameh Al-Khersan is one of the great ulama of Najaf who has written various works on the teachings of AhlulBayt (a.s.).”

    “In some of his works, Allameh AL-Khersan seeks to prove the Velayat of Imam Ali (a.s.). In this regard, he also uses Sunni sources and their jurisprudential and theological books. On the other hand, he has discussed the distortions of Sunnis about Shia,” he continued.

    Further, in presenting his article entitled “Defense of the faith of Abu Talib, with emphasis on the perspective of Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Al-Musawi Al-Khersan”, Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Faker Meybodi, stated, “Allameh Al-Khersan has the most correct statement and position about the faith of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.).”

    Regarding the background of discussions related to the faith of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.), he said, “Hazrat Abu Talib’s (a.s.) faith has been discussed a lot among Islamic ulama. All Shiite ulama believe in the faith of Abu Talib (a.s.) and most of the Sunnis believe that he did not have faith.”

    “Allameh Al-Khersan believes that the distortion of Abu Talib’s character is due to the fact that he is the father of Imam Ali (a.s.), and in order to destroy and reduce the status of that Imam, they say that his father did not believe (in Islam)! Whereas if it was about the father of another companion of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), they would have mentioned him very respectfully,” the researcher added.

    Then, in the presentation of his article “Examination of the Book of Prostration on the Soil of Imam Hussain’s (a.s.) Grave, from the Viewpoint of Sayed Mahdi Al-Khersan”, Sheikh Wafghan Khadhir Al-Kaabi said, “Prostration on soil is one of the rites observed by the believers, and this issue is also mentioned in Sunni sources.”

    “In the discussion of prostration on the soil of the grave of Imam Hussain (a.s.), Allameh Al-Khersan has mentioned topics such as comparative jurisprudence, arguments of supporters and opponents, historical topics, etc.,” he added.

    In presenting his article entitled “Sayed Mahdi Al-Khersan’s Jurisprudential Argumentation Approach; Case Study: Prostration on the Soil of Imam Hussain (a.s.)”, Asa’ad Abdul Razzaq Al-Asadi said, “Allameh Al-Khersan is a very humble person. In such a way that he is not known as a Faqih (jurist) among ulama. While he has used comparative jurisprudence in his discussions.”

    “In his works, Allameh Al-Khersan has invited everyone to the proximity of Islamic denominations and Islamic unity, and he also has a book on this topic. He complains why Muslims Takfir (excommunication from Islam of one Muslim by another, i.e., accusing another Muslim to be an apostate.) each other, while they have common enemies,” he added.

    Further in the conference, in presenting his article “An Analysis of the Intellectual-Political School of Ayatollah Khoei; Emphasizing the position of Ayatollah Al-Khersan in this school”, Dr. Abdul Wahhab Furati stated, “I did not find a sign of politics and political action in Allameh Al-Khersan’s political thought and practice.”

    “Allameh Al-Khersan is one of the students of Ayatollah Khoei and Ayatollah Hakim. Ayatollah Khoei’s students have written and spoken about the discussion of the Velayat-e Faqih and Jihad of that Marja. While Allameh Al-Khersan did not write anything for these two books,” he continued.

    “The study of Ayatollah Al-Khersan’s works and social practice shows that he is bound to the approach of Ayatollah Khoei’s school in general, but he is not interested in following his teacher in a specific approach,” he added.

    It worth mentioning that the Najaf section of the “1st Conference of the Umana al-Rosol (Trustees of the Messengers): Commemoration of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Muhammad Mahdi Al-Musawi Al-Khersan” with research meetings was held in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (a.s.). The closing ceremony of this section was also held on the Tuesday evening, October 18, 2022, in the conference hall of Lady Fatimah Zahra (a.s.), and the authors of the selected articles and a number of organizers of the conference were appreciated.

    Also, the two holy shrines of Imam Ali (a.s.) and Imam Hussain (a.s.), as well as about 30 scientific and cultural institutions – including the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly – have participated in holding this conference. /345/

  • Photos: Scientific Conference “Trustees of the Messengers (p.b.u.h)” was held in Qom

    Photos: Scientific Conference “Trustees of the Messengers (p.b.u.h)” was held in Qom

  • Summary of the commission “Scientific, Ethical, Maʿrifa and Proximity-seeking Characteristics of Ayatollah Al-Khersan” in the Conference Umana Al-Rosol

    Summary of the commission “Scientific, Ethical, Maʿrifa and Proximity-seeking Characteristics of Ayatollah Al-Khersan” in the Conference Umana Al-Rosol

    The session of the commission “Scientific, Ethical, Maʿrifa and (Shiite-Sunni) Proximity-seeking Characteristics of Ayatollah Al-Khersan”, chaired by Ayatollah Mohammad Hadi Yusofi Gharavi, was held on Wednesday morning, November 23, 2022, at the jurisprudence center of the Immaculate Imams (a.s.) in Qom.

    Presenting his article entitled “The Study of the Ideological Approach of Sayed Muhammad Mahdi Al-Khersan”, Sheikh Walid Abdulhamid Farajullah stated, “Ayatollah Al-Khersan spent eighty years of his honorable life compiling a scientific encyclopedia on Quranic, hadith and historical topics.”

    “Allameh Al-Khersan considers belief as the basis of Islam,” he added, “He has put the topics on the basis of proofs, arguments, fairness and reason. Also, he considers ideological issues to be effective in historical issues.”

    Then in the conference, Ali Abdul Hussain Al-Muzaffar, in presenting his article entitled “Study the approach of Sayed Al-Khersan in Hadith, by studying his writings” stated, “Allameh Al-Khersan is the real servant of Islam. He himself is the summary of the school of Ayatollah Khoei and Agha Bozorg Tehrani. He has been engaged in scientific topics in Najaf Seminary for nearly a century.”

    “By researching the works of past scholars, he presents the topics in a comprehensive form,” he added.

    Further, Abd al-Karim al-Dabagh, in the presentation of his article entitled “Prayers of Sayed Muhammad Mahdi Al-Khersan with the scholars of Kadhimiya” stated, “The scientific and intellectual heritage of a personality like Allameh Al-Khersan should not be neglected. I met him on a Friday, and he welcomed me very humbly.”

    Also Sayed Muhammad Ali bin Sayed Adel Al-Alavi, presenting his article entitled “Divine fragrance is the moral of Allameh Al-Khersan” said, “My father told me about the meeting he had with Allameh Al-Khersan that he has great love and enthusiasm in Knowledge.”

    “Tolerating hardships, attending gatherings of ulama, perseverance in religious and worldly affairs, patience in the era of Baathist rule in Iraq, are the characteristics of Allameh Al-Khersan. He has a spiritual and moral face,” he added.

    Then Hojat al-Islam Salawati Golestani, in presenting his article entitled “Shabaniyah Intifada of Iraqi Shiites with the Marjaiat of Ayatollah Khoei and the role of Ayatollah Al-Khersan and Najaf Seminary in the fight against Saddam” stated, “Iraq used to be the capital of AhlulBayt (a.s.). But unfortunately, cruel rulers have ruled this region and country throughout history. Britain entered Iraq in 1915 and ended the rule of the Ottoman Empire.”

    “At this time, Iraqi scholars and Shiites entered the war and the Iraqi revolt against the British, (also known as the 1920 Iraqi Revolt or the Great Iraqi Revolution), began in 1917, and as a result, thousands of people were martyred. Following this uprising, Shiite scholars were exiled, and the expulsion from Iraq was a bitter experience for Shiite Marjaiat,” he added.

    About the uprising of the Shiites during the era of Ayatollah Khoei, he said, “Iraq was liberated with the presence of the Americans (in 1991). They asked Ayatollah Khoei to accept the leadership of the Intifada, which he reluctantly accepted, and the Intifada did not reach the result.”

    “Throughout history, the Shiites have been oppressed, and in the age of Occultation of Imam Mahdi, when restrictions are high, Shia must be preserved,” he stated.

    It worth mentioning that the Najaf section of the “1st Conference of the Umana al-Rosol (Trustees of the Messengers): Commemoration of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Muhammad Mahdi Al-Musawi Al-Khersan” with research meetings was held in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (a.s.). The closing ceremony of this section was also held on the Tuesday evening, October 18, 2022, in the conference hall of Lady Fatimah Zahra (a.s.), and the authors of the selected articles and a number of organizers of the conference were appreciated.

    Also, the two holy shrines of Imam Ali (a.s.) and Imam Hussain (a.s.), as well as about 30 scientific and cultural institutions – including the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly – have participated in holding this conference. /345/

  • Scientific discussions have many effects, blessings for Islamic world: Eskandari

    Scientific discussions have many effects, blessings for Islamic world: Eskandari

    The Scientific Conference of Umana al-Rosol (Trustees of the Messengers) was held today, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at the seminary of Imam Musa Kazem (a.s.) in Qom.

    Declaring that the purpose of holding the Scientific Conference of Umana al-Rosol (p.b.u.h) is to recognize scientific capacities, Hojat al-Islam Reza Eskandari, the secretary of this conference, said, “There are many precious capacities in Islamic World. Many researchers of Iran and Iraq did not know Allameh Al Khersan. But by God’s grace and with three years of effort in Iran, about 30 scientific meetings were held to recognize his scientific status.”

    Emphasizing the need to identify scientific capacities and honor them, he said, “We have a heavy mission and duty for the felicity of humanity, and we must introduce Islam to them.”

    Meetings of the commissions are more important than public meetings,” Eskandari stated, “These scientific discussions have many effects and blessings for the Islamic world. Dialogue is useful and we should therefore talk for the needs of the Islamic world.”

    “Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) entrusted us with the most perfect Book. AhlulBayt (a.s.) explained the concepts of the Quran and its correct understanding. For thousands of years, the ulama have preserved the concepts of the Quran and passed them on to us. This mission is the responsibility of seminaries,” said the secretary of the Scientific Conference Umana al-Rosol.

    “Among the topics that ulama and Islamic experts should discuss are issues related to the family, the role of women and mothers, Islamic lifestyle, Islamic civilization, the gap between generations, human rights, social justice from the point of view of Islam, examples of oppression, governance in Islam, and Velayat-e Faqih,” he added.

    “We must criticize each other in discussions. With scientific discussions, we can decide the right path. Some articles can be criticized and discussed, and these discussions help us in explaining Islam correctly,” Hojat al-Islam Eskandari concluded.

    Further in the conference, Hojat al-Islam Rabbani, the scientific secretary, presented a brief report on the holding of the commissions.

    It worth mentioning that the Najaf section of the “1st Conference of the Umana al-Rosol (Trustees of the Messengers): Commemoration of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Muhammad Mahdi Al-Musawi Al-Khersan” with research meetings was held in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (a.s.). The closing ceremony of this section was also held on the Tuesday evening, October 18, 2022, in the conference hall of Lady Fatimah Zahra (a.s.), and the authors of the selected articles and a number of organizers of the conference were appreciated.

    Also, the two holy shrines of Imam Ali (a.s.) and Imam Hussain (a.s.), as well as about 30 scientific and cultural institutions – including the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly – have participated in holding this conference. /345/

  • Holding commemoration conference for late Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi is significant and is highly valued: Ayatollah Ramazani

    Holding commemoration conference for late Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi is significant and is highly valued: Ayatollah Ramazani

    On the Thursday morning, October 18, 2022, Dr. Abdul Amir Aziz Qurayshi, head of the Karbala Center for Studies and Research, affiliated with the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain (a.s.), and the accompanying delegation met with Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom.

    In this meeting, noting that the holding commemorating conference for late Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi is significant and is highly valued, Ayatollah Ramazani said, “In the past, the relationship between people and Marjaiat has had different dimensions and periods. At one time, ulama were known as narrators of hadiths, whose job was only to narrate hadiths. But in the later eras, they were known as sources of emulation. Imam Khomeini (r.a.) changed the relationship between the people and the ulama into the relationship between the Ummah and the Imam. Therefore, the sanctity and reference of ulama became a great capacity for the Shiite world.”

    “You should try to maintain the sanctity of Marjaiat for the peace of people and global security. We must provide a comprehensive, profound and meticulous understanding of Islam in today’s society. Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi felt that he had to rise and resist oppression and he did so. Therefore, today we need this kind of understanding of Islam,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, addressing the head of the Karbala Center for Studies and Research.

    Regarding some one-dimensional views of Islam, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “Some limit religion to people and society, which is a dangerous view, and some, in the other hand, consider Islam to be in favor of world peace to the extent that it should reconcile with Israel! In his meeting with the Pope, Grand Ayatollah Sistani raised the issue of Palestine and the rights of the people there and emphasized the fight against oppression, which is a very valuable point of view.”

    “The other view is the bitter historical and extreme view of Daesh. We believe that there is mercy, kindness and peace in Islam. On the other hand, there is resistance and standing against oppression and aggression in Islam. In this regard, Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi was an example of mercy (with Muslims), and resistance against disbelief and aggression,” he added.

    Regarding the importance of holding a conference in honor of Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi, the professor of higher levels of the Qom seminary emphasized, “It is very important to hold this conference in today’s Iraq, and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly accompanies you in this regard. In the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, we are obliged to strengthen our relationship with the people and Marjaiat. The late Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi is one of the influential figures in contemporary history. Therefore, in the scientific and news coverage of this‌ conference, we can benefit from the facilities and networks of the Assembly, such as WikiShia, AhlulBayt (a.s.) News Agency - ABNA - and Thaqalayn TV.”

    It worth mentioning that at the beginning of this meeting, Dr. Abdul Amir Aziz Qurayshi, conveyed the greetings of Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Karbalai, the custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain (a.s.) to the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and presented a report on the activities of the Karbala Center for Studies and Research.

    About Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi, Qurayshi said, “His character in the 1920 Revolution of the Iraqi people and the struggle of the people of the country against British colonialism is of great importance in Iraq and the Islamic world. Today, Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali Sistani is playing the same significant role in Iraq. After holding a conference to commemorate Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Taghi Shirazi, we are planning to hold a commemoration for the late Youssef Al-Bahrani, the author of the book Al-Hadaeq.” /345/

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