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In a statement, ABWA denounced the crimes of terrorist groups at Kabul’s Sayed Al-Shuhada school

In a statement, ABWA denounced the crimes of terrorist groups at Kabul’s Sayed Al-Shuhada school

In a statement, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly condemned the terrorist blast on Kabul’s Sayed Al-Shuhada school, which killed 85 people and injured 147 others.


“This horrific terrorist crime, which led to the martyrdom and injury of dozens of fasting and innocent girls during the holy month of Ramadan, is a desperate attempt to make Afghanistan insecure, as well as an example of the fanaticism, stupidity, and barbarism of the Takfiri ideology,” a part of this statement reads.


The statement of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


“Whoever kills a soul, without [its being guilty of] manslaughter or corruption on the earth, is as though he had killed all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)


The hands of Takfiri terrorists and the enemies of the security of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan were once again stained with the blood of the oppressed and defenseless students of Sayed Al-Shuhada school in the Barchi plain of Kabul.


This painful and terrorist crime, which led to the martyrdom and injury of dozens of fasting and innocent girls during the holy month of Ramadan, is a desperate attempt to make Afghanistan insecure, as well as an example of fanaticism, stupidity, and barbarism of the Takfiri ideology.


Today, more than ever, it is incumbent upon all Muslims to offer and propagate a rational, moral, and anti-oppression interpretation of pure Islam, and to stand against prejudice and violence. All free people in the world, especially Shiite and Sunni scholars and figures, are expected to take a serious stance on such incidents, and express their disgust and hatred against the crimes of terrorist groups, against the followers of all Islamic religions.


The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly strongly condemns this great crime against humanity, and while offering condolences to the honorable families of the martyrs, and the friendly nation and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the assembly prays for divine mercy and forgiveness for the martyrs of the incident, asks God for immediate healing for the wounded, and patience and reward for their families.


The Assembly also urges the esteemed officials of the Government of Afghanistan to deal with the perpetrators of this tragic incident firmly, so that we do not witness such incidents again.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

May 10, 2021

Virtual course for Shiite women on “Islamic education of children” to be held in Urdu

Virtual course for Shiite women on “Islamic education of children” to be held in Urdu

Monday, 26 April 2021

Organized by AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the International Virtual Course for Shiite Women on “Islamic Education of Children” will be held in Urdu.


In line with the plan to hold training courses for Shiite women in different countries, and the need to raise the issue of family and Islamic lifestyle in Shiite communities, and relying on the educational teachings of children in the life of Imams (a.s.) in forming a healthy society and strong family, and the education of a resilient and committed generation, the preparations for holding the first virtual course of “Islamic education of children” were provided by the General Directorate of Social Affairs of the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.



The course has been designed and planned by taking advantage of the holy month of Ramadan in these chapters: Components of child upbringing based on the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school, rationality, tolerance, self-confidence, curiosity, hard work, collective work and cooperation, hope for the future, giving in to work, the habit of reading, innovative and kind. The course will be held in 12 one-hour sessions by Dr. Masoumeh Jafari, Ph.D. in Women Studies from the University of Religions and Denominations.


Currently, more than 400 Urdu speakers in the US, Canada, the UK, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Iraq, China, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya, the UAE, and the Congo are actively participating in this course.

 

ABWA’s statement in response to strange sentence of Azerbaijan Attorney General

ABWA’s statement in response to strange sentence of Azerbaijan Attorney General

In response to the strange sentence of the Republic of Azerbaijan Attorney General, AhlulBayt World Assembly issued a statement.


The statement is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


The request for 18 years of imprisonment for Mr. Haj Ilham Aliyev, the leader of the Islamic Party of the Republic of Azerbaijan, by the country’s Attorney General, saddened the Muslims of the world - especially the Shiites and the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


The request for a long prison sentence for this prominent cleric, who has always strived to promote Islam and has a special personality among the people of Azerbaijan in terms of piety and morality, is not acceptable at all and is against human rights laws.


In line with its inherent duty, which is to protect the rights of the world’s Shiites, reminding the religious capacity of the Muslim people and followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school of Azerbaijan in the exaltation and development of civilization and the Husseini-like efforts of Ulama (Islamic scholars) and Shiites of the country on the battlefields of the recent war in Karabakh, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly expect the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan – with a large population of Shiites – while tactfully stand against the divisive evil plots of the enemies of Islam, to pave the way for pardon and release of Haj Ilham Aliyev and all prisoner Islamists.


It is hoped that international and human rights organizations, the European Union, and especially Islamic countries, will be more sensitive to such issues and will take timely action to protect the rights of Muslims.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

April 14, 2021

Seminar to introduce important works related to Shiites situation in contemporary Afghanistan

Seminar to introduce important works related to Shiites situation in contemporary Afghanistan

A seminar introducing the most important works related to the situation of Shiites in the contemporary history of Afghanistan will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at AhlulBayt International University.


According to the public relations of AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University, the seminar which is organized by the deputy for Research and Technology of the university, will be held in the conference hall.


Hojat al-Islam Dr. “Mohammad Reza Zare Khourmizi”, a member of the faculty of the university, and Hojat al-Islam Dr. “Mohammad Reza Piri”, a researcher of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the field of Afghanistan, will present their research in the seminar.

This seminar will be held from 14:00 to 16:00 in the conference hall of AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University.

Five great lessons from Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s life: Hosseini Kouhsari discussed

Five great lessons from Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s life: Hosseini Kouhsari discussed

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

An online commemoration meeting was held on the occasion of the 7th day of the demise of the great scholar of the Islamic world and great Shiite thinker, the late Professor Jalal al-Din Rahmat, a prominent member of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the late Chairman of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Association of Indonesia (IJABI).


In this online meeting which was organized by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and started at 16:30, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Tehran time (8 pm Jakarta time), some Iranian and Indonesian figures delivered their speech.




Jalal al-Din Rahmat
was a trans-denomination and even trans-religious figure: Hosseini Kouhsari


The second guest who delivered his speech at the ceremony was Hojat al-Islam “Sayed Mofid Hosseini Kouhsari”, director of the Center for Communication and International Affairs of the Seminaries. At the beginning of his speech, expressing regret and sorrow on the demise of this great Shiite thinker, he said, “The Grand Sources of Emulation, the director of seminaries, Islamic Scholars and seminary professors issued messages of condolence for the demise of Prof. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.”


Emphasizing that many lessons can be learned from the life and personality of Prof. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, he added, “In this brief opportunity, I will point out five characteristics of the deceased that we can use to learn five great lessons for our lives.”


Hojat al-Islam Hosseini Kouhsari considered the combination of university and seminary studies as the first characteristic of the late prof. Jalal al-Din Rahmat and said, “The first lesson of Dr. Jalaluddin Rahmat’s life was that he tried to combine academic studies and Islamic studies. He also tried to combine attending seminary and attending university. This requires a lot of effort.”


“Today, we need people who are familiar with both the new sciences and religious sciences; people who research on interdisciplinary studies and be influential personalities. The late Jalal al-Din Rahmat was an example of this and in addition to studying at universities in Indonesia, Australia, and the United States, he also studied at the seminary in Qom. A large part of this professor’s life was spent in university and seminary education,” he continued.


“Having a scholarly personality and connections with Indonesian scholars, thinkers, and writers in various countries, Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s elite connections did not prevent him from communicating with the ordinary people. Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat had a lot of services for orphans, the poor, and different segments of the people and his life showed that man can be a thinker and a scholar and can communicate with the elites and the masses of the people, and his benefit will reach everyone,” explained the Director of the Center for Communication and International Affairs of the Seminaries, considering “being popular” as the second characteristic of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.




“Many times, the deprivation of the people leads the elites of the society to enter social services, but because social work takes a lot of time, these elites stay away from scientific activities and can no longer study as they used to,” stated Hosseini Kouhsari, considering it necessary to serve the people.


“Despite being involved in social work, he had many scientific activities and wrote about 50 volumes of books on various topics such as psychology, communication sciences, the life of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), and the Imams (a.s.), exegesis (of Quran) and mysticism. Despite these scientific and research activities, he did not neglect the provision of social services and maintained his extensive communication with the people. Despite these scientific and research activities, he did not neglect the provision of social services and maintained his extensive communication with the people,” continued the former head of the representation of Al-Mustafa International University in Indonesia, who was closely acquainted with the activities of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat due to his responsibility.


The third lesson from his life is that he was a believer in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school, a prominent Shiite figure, and the head of “IJABI”, one of Indonesia’s official Shiite associations. But he did not limit himself to the Shiite world and Shiite thought.


“Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat Rahmat’s Shiite approach was outstanding. He chaired an Indonesian Shiite organization, translated the Sahifa al-Sajadiyya, and wrote many books about the AhlulBayt (a.s.). But at the same time, he was a very pro- Proximity (of Shia and Sunni) and worked for the unity and ideals of the Islamic world,” he continued, introducing pro- Proximity (of Shia and Sunni) as the third characteristic of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.


“With this pro- Proximity spirit, Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat was an Indonesian national figure, and all Indonesians, when they listen to him, felt that he was a pro-Indonesia who had a lot of passion for his country and has done a lot of activities for Indonesia. From the life of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, we learn the lesson that while adhering to the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.), we can also have general Islamic and national approaches. Also, although Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei) are among the greatest Shiite figures, they have always strived for the Islamic world and the cause of humanity,” Hosseini Kouhsari added.


“Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat’s trans-denomination and trans-religious characteristics led him to associate with many Indonesian figures, thinkers, and ministers. Beyond Shiism and even Islam, he was active in defending the rights of religious minorities in Indonesia. After the death of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, more than 50 Indonesian figures from different religions and tribes issued messages of condolence. This shows that he was not just a Muslim,” stated the director of the Center for Communication and International Affairs of the Seminaries.s.




“The fourth lesson from the life of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat is that one can have both political and religious activities. At the same time that he was a religious figure and had sermons and wrote religious books, Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat was also active in politics. He was a member of the Indonesian parliament and consulted with Indonesian political figures to improve the country’s affairs. We need figures who, while being religious thinkers, are influential in the political arena of their countries and use this capacity to serve religion and the people,” continued Hosseini Kouhsari, recognizing the “integration between religious and political activities” as his fourth characteristic.


“The fifth lesson from the life of Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat is that while he was active in social, political and managerial fields, he was not unaware of spirituality, worship, and asceticism and valued self-purification and spiritual and moral issues,” noted the director of the Center for Communication and International Seminaries, recognizing the “attention to spirituality” as the fifth characteristic of the blissed deceased.


“Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat was a humble man and always tried to maintain his moral asceticism, spirituality, and inner purity. This is an important point that we need. Because many people distance themselves from the inner manners, piety, and spirituality after entering social, political and managerial work,” he concluded in the end.


It should be mentioned that in an online ceremony which was held for the commemoration of the 7th day of the demise of the great scholar of the Islamic world and the great Shiite thinker, the late Professor Jalal al-Din Rahmat, the following figures spoke at the ceremony: Deputy of International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Javad Zarean, Director of the Center for Communication and International affairs of the Seminaries Sayed Mofid Hosseini Kouhsari, Chairman of the Council of the AhlulBayt Organization of Indonesia (ABI) Sayed Omar Shahab, Representative of the Supreme Leader in Indonesia Abdul Majid Hakim Elahi and son of the late Jalal al-Din Rahmat Meftah Fawzi Rahmat.


The ceremony was organized by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the speeches were translated into three languages: Persian, Indonesian, and English. Hojat al-Islam “Hossein Bahrami”, a scholar active in Southeast Asian studies, and Mr. “Ismail Amin”, an Indonesian student of Al-Mustafa International University, were the secretary and translator of this ceremony.


In the beginning, “Ali Alizadeh”, an international Quran reciter, recited verses from the Quran and presented its reward to the soul of the late Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat and his dear wife. In addition to the Adobe Connect webinar environment, the meeting was also broadcast live on IJABI’s YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as on the AhlulBayt virtual meeting page on Instagram, and was welcomed by thousands of enthusiasts of the late Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat.


To see pictures of the webinar, click here.


Dr. Jalal al-Din Rahmat, the chairman of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Society of Indonesia (IJABI), a former representative in the country’s Parliament, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021, at the age of 72 due to Covid-19.


He was a prominent member of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and was considered as one of the moderate and popular figures of Indonesia Muslims. The late Jalal al-Din Rahmat was one of the pioneers of Istibsar in Indonesia and the AhlulBayt IJABI Society, which honored millions of people to convert to the religion of the AhlulBayt (a.s.). This Society which was chaired by him has branches and is active in most Indonesian provinces.


The late Jalal al-Din Rahmat educated from Iowa US, International Studies, Australia, the Islamic University of Makasar in Indonesia in the fields of Political Science, International Relations, and Hadith Studies. Since 1978, he joined the University of Padjeran as a Professor and was teaching, writing, and propagating until his demise.


Four days before his demise, the wife of the late Jalal al-Din Rahmat, Hajiyeh “Evis Kartini”, had died of the Covid-19 too.

Commemoration ceremony for Jalaluddin Rakhmat to be held on Tuesday (+Poster)

Commemoration ceremony for Jalaluddin Rakhmat to be held on Tuesday (+Poster)

 

A virtual commemoration ceremony will be held on the occasion of the seventh day of the demise of the grand scholar of the Islamic world and senior Shiite scholar, the late Professor Jalaluddin Rakhmat, the president of the Indonesian Ahlul Bayt (AS) Association (IJABI).


The virtual ceremony, which will be organized by the the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, will feature lectures in Persian, Indonesian and English and will be broadcast live.


Hujjat al-Islam Muhammad Javad Zarean, deputy of International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hujjat al-Islam "Abdul Majid Hakim Elahi", the representative of the Supreme Leader in Indonesia and Hujjat al-Islam "Sayyed Mofid Husseini Kouhsari", head of Hawzeh International Affairs will delivered speech at the ceremony.


Also, Dr. Sayyed Omar Shahab, Chairman of the Council of the AhluBayt (a.s.) Organization of Indonesia (ABI), and Mr. KH. Muftah Fouzi Rakhmat, son of the late Jalaluddin Rakhmat, are Indonesian personalities who will speak at the ceremony.


Hujjat al-Islam "Hussein Bahrami", one of the most active cleric in Southeast Asian studies, will be the secretary of the ceremony and "Ali Alizadeh", an international Quran reciter, recited verses from Holy Qura at the begining the ceremony.


The virtual ceremony will start at 16:30 on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.


Participation in this ceremony is allowed for the public and those interested can click the following link to enter the ceremony and view it:


https://class.mou.ir/jalasat

 
 
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