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3rd edition of “Arbaeen” in Spanish in Latin America

3rd edition of “Arbaeen” in Spanish in Latin America

Thursday, 30 September 2021

The first book of the “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish reached its third edition in Latin America just two weeks after its first edition by Lighthouse International Publishing.

Announcing the unveiling of the book in Colombia and Mexico on the occasion of Arbaeen, Maria Angelica Rojas, Director of International Lighthouse Publications in Colombia, said, “The first Arbaeen book in Spanish has reached its third edition in Latin America in two weeks.”

“The unveiling ceremony of the book was held in the presence of Mr. Ziaei, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Colombia, on the occasion of Arbaeen Hosseini Day in Bogota. Also yesterday, the book was made available in the presence of Mr. Ghazili, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and a number of enthusiasts and Muslims in the city of Mexico City, the capital of Mexico,” she also stated.

“The book, which includes photographs by 21 Iranian and Pakistani photographers, is now available in Mexico and Colombia, and the third edition is for Venezuela,” she stated, announcing a photo exhibition on the sidelines of the book’s unveiling in Mexico City.

“The Portuguese version of this book will be published in Brazil soon. The Spanish version will also be published in Ecuador,” Maria Angelica added.

It is worth mentioning that the book Arbaeen in Spanish, published by Lighthouse International Publications, contains images of 21 photographers on the subject of Arbaeen, which, along with captions, seeks to acquaint Latin American audiences with this great historical event.

“Arbaeen Photo Album” book in Spanish unveiled with Ayatollah Ramazani

“Arbaeen Photo Album” book in Spanish unveiled with Ayatollah Ramazani

The unveiling ceremony of the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish was held in Qom on Thursday morning, September 23, 2021, with the presence of Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

At the ceremony, referring to Arbaeen as an international movement, Hojat al-Islam Naji, head of the Nasim Rahmat Institute, said, “The global movement of Arbaeen has reached the Latin American region. When Imam Mahdi (a.s.) Reappeared, he will introduce himself with the name Imam Hussain (a.s.). Therefore, we must use the keyword of “Imam Hussain (a.s.)” to introduce the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.s.), and Arbaeen is the most important ritual that can introduce Imam Hussain (a.s.).”

“Although the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish is unveiled in Iran, the main unveiling ceremony will be on Arbaeen day (Monday, September 27, 2021) in Colombia. The book has been published in Mexico and Colombia. The book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish will be available in various Latin American countries until “Arbaeen” of next year,” he continued.

“There is an annual walk in the Lufan region, Argentina. In this area, a priest was killed for justice. Therefore, people walk to the Lufan area every year to honor him. We have to connect the local walks to the Arbaeen World Walk. Imam Hussain (a.s.) was a figure who was martyred to preserve human dignity,” pointed out the head of Nasim Rahmat Institute.

Following the ceremony, referring to the importance of photographing the Arbaeen ceremony, Ebrahim Soleimani, head of the Qom Photographers Association, said, “Everywhere in the world, those who see Arbaeen photos can have a good idea of this event.”

“The art of photography was born in the 18th century, and today the most powerful media owe it to the art of photography. Wherever words fail, the image comes to the fore. The photo reaches perfection when the audience sees it,” he continued.

“The Arbaeen walk is similar to the Hajj ceremony in terms of the presence of millions of people. Thinkers from different countries took part in the Arbaeen Walk pilgrimage and observed it. They consider the Arbaeen ceremony to be the greatest world event,” added the head of Qom Photographers Association.

“Those who compiled the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish, tried to inform the Spanish-speaking audience of an event attended by tens of millions of people. This work is more valuable than many virtual activities of institutions in Qom and Iran. Today, the people of the world need spirituality,” Soleimani stated, considering it necessary to convey the message of Arbaeen to the world.

“About half of the photographers whose works are in this book are from Qom. Qom has a lot of capacity in this field,” he mentioned.

At the ceremony, Ahmad Zahrabi, who compiled the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish, said, “About three years ago, it was suggested that we collect photos of Arbaeen Walk for exhibitions in Spanish-speaking countries. 6,000 photos were collected and finally, 110 photos were chosen. But due to Qovid-19, a permanent virtual exhibition of these images was prepared on the Internet.”

“The 700 million Spanish speakers in 20 countries are a major issue for photographers. In the book “Arbaeen Photo Album” in Spanish, photos by 21 photographers are included. We hope that these images related to Arbaeen are a propagation for Imam Hussain (a.s.),” he continued.

Following the ceremony, referring to the importance of picture books, Hojat al-Islam Alireza Sobhani Nasab, the head of the Association of Child and Adolescent Publishers of Qom Province, said, “Arbaeen Photo Album in Spanish is one of the books that are spontaneously international. Even if there is no translation, and there is no caption for the photo, the photo itself is an international language for conveying meaning.”

“Most meaning transfer takes place through images. Picture books allow the audience to create meaning and reflection so that he or she can create a story for the picture in the mind,” he continued.

“There are difficulties with publishing books internationally. Therefore, activities in this environment must be of high quality, and such activities are costly,” added the head of the Association of Child and Adolescent Publishers of Qom Province.

“International publishing needs synergy, and everyone concerned about it should participate,” he mentioned.

Referring to the importance of the books, Mehdi Tavakolian, Director General of Public Relations and International Affairs of the Public Libraries Foundation, stated, “Books are not one-dimensional cultural products. Rather, audiobooks and picture books are influential in communicating with the audience.”

“All those who propagate Shiite teachings by art, recite lamentations in the form of illustrations. Today, Arbaeen is considered a global ritual,” he continued.

“The moral and behavioral examples seen in Arbaeen are of interest to all religions and human beings. These include respecting children and the elderly and sacrificing one’s properties to serve pilgrims,” added Director General of Public Relations and International Affairs of the Public Libraries Foundation.

“The enemy uses various techniques to spread Islamophobia, Shiaphobia, and Iranophobia. We must take advantage of the same techniques to counter these actions of the enemy,” e mentioned.

In another part of the ceremony, referring to his presence at the Arbaeen Walk ceremony, Pedro J. Saavedra, the famous Spanish photographer, stated, “For me, Arbaeen was a great experience that is influential in terms of spirit and human communication. Arbaeen must be introduced to the whole world. It has good subjects for photographers.”

“I was not afraid to go to Iraq (despite Western media propaganda). Because I was comfortable in this country and everyone helped me to take more beautiful photos,” he continued.

“I participated in the Arbaeen Walk pilgrimage through the “Tariq al-Ulama” route (or “Tariq al-Euphrates”, is the name of the old pilgrimage route from Kufa to Karbala, which crosses the Euphrates River and the grove.) Because it was a traditional route. Along the way, I saw a man who always saves his income during the year to serve the pilgrims of the Arbaeen Walk,” Saavedra noted.

Referring to the importance of art, Soheil Asad, head of the headquarters of Arbaeen in Latin America, said at the ceremony, “Art should be used as a sacred tool to convey the message of Islam. Benefiting from art is a great opportunity for us. Because in the past, it was not easy to talk about the tools of art in conveying Islamic knowledge, and if someone had spoken on this issue, it would not have been acceptable.

“We have seen great changes over the years and now is the age of media. The philosophy of the first Arbaeen pilgrimage was to convey the message of Imam Hussain (a.s.). Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, considers Imam Sajjad (a.s.) and Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) as media figures of Imam Hussain (a.s.) movement. In Arbaeen, we must convey the message of Imam Hussain (a.s.),” he continued.

“The event of Ashura originally has reached us by artists. Artists conveyed the message of Ashura to others in the forms of Noha reciting (eulogies) and other arts,” he added.

“Art has such a high status that God also used art in his revelations in Quran. There are 1800 verses in the Quran in the form of stories. One of the important tools for conveying Islamic knowledge is the tool of art,” specified Asad, considering the art to have a high status.

“By using the art of photography, the message of Arbaeen can be conveyed to other nations. The photo conveys reality. It should not be limited to publishing a photo book in Spanish about Arbaeen, and this book should be the beginning of a long journey. In covering the Arbaeen pilgrimage, photographers must pay attention to the divine and dignified aspects of Arbaeen,” he mentioned.

Saying that Arbaeen has various dimensions, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, as the last speaker of the ceremony, stated, “Arbaeen has media, cultural and social dimensions. One should not look at Arbaeen from a single dimension. Arbaeen can be considered from different perspectives. So far, photographers have exhibited some of the Arbaeen facts by their works, and some of the Arbaeen photographs have become extremely lasting.”

“Arbaeen is a global movement and artist photographers capture part of Arbaeen,” he said, referring to the characteristics of Arbaeen.

“Arbaeen is a divine phenomenon whose main management is in the hands of God and no one can claim to manage Arbaeen. Everyone who attends Arbaeen is impressed by its spirituality. God has taken over the management of Arbaeen with His saints,” pointed out the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

Arbaeen great divine convention for all religions, nations/Imam Hussein (a.s.) belongs to all humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

Arbaeen great divine convention for all religions, nations/Imam Hussein (a.s.) belongs to all humanity: Ayatollah Ramazani

The opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America was held on Sunday morning, September 19, 2021, with the speech of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

While offering his condolences for the days of mourning for Imam Hussain (a.s.) and Arbaeen, and appreciating the establishment of the Arbaeen headquarters in Latin America, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani said, “I appreciate you for starting a valuable work and forming a headquarters called Arbaeen with the slogan “Service and Hope”.”

“I hope that by using the capacity set in Latin America, the members of Arbaeen headquarters will be able to get to know each other better and provide a platform for interaction, understanding, and synergy,” he said, expressing hope that the activity of Arbaeen headquarters should be seriously and actively pursued throughout the year.

 “Arbaeen should be considered as the largest convention of Muslims. Imam Hussain (a.s.) belongs to all nations and all religions. He is the teacher and educator of the freedmen. There are important lessons of seeking justice, confronting authoritarianism and oppression, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil in the teachings of Imam Hussain (a.s.),” emphasized the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.

“Imam Hussain (a.s.) belongs not only to the Shiites, but to all Muslims; he belongs not only to Muslims, but to all followers of the Abrahamic religions, and also he belongs not only to all followers of the Abrahamic religions, but to all human beings, and this is a global and international capacity,” continued Ayatollah Ramazani.

“Understanding this capacity is very important and should be studied and researched, and once the capacities are properly understood, we will be able to understand this event more comprehensively and accurately,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the various dimensions of Arbaeen Hosseini.

“Ashura and what happened up to Arbaeen (forty days after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and his companions in Karbala) in the year 61 AH, shows the most emotional truth. There can be no more emotional flow and movement than Ashura and Arbaeen. These feelings and emotions have been passed down from generation to generation,” he clarified, considering emotional capacity as one of the Arbaeen capacities.

“During 1400 years, the uprising of Sayyid al-Shuhada (a.s.) has created a great internal transformation and revolution; a large number of people gather in (Iraq) to pay their tribute (to Imam Hussein (a.s.) and his family and companions) and spend their lives and property to keep Ashura and Arbaeen alive. This great glory increases year by year in the Arbaeen ceremony,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.

Referring to the pandemic of the evil Covid-19 virus, which has outbroken the world, and deprived many people of the opportunity to participate in the Arbaeen Walk, the member of the Assembly of Leadership Experts expressed, “May God Almighty remove this calamity from human society so that Muslims and non-Muslims with a population of 20 million and more can participate in Arbaeen Walk.”

“We can see high spirituality during the Arbaeen Walk in Najaf and Karbala. Worship, mentioning the sufferings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), prayers, paying attention to the ideals of Imam Hussain (a.s.), the teachings of Ashura, and many other issues are quite evident in Arbaeen Walk. You can see the most beautiful service in Arbaeen,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the spiritual aspect as another achievement of the Arbaeen movement.

Considering the high hope for the best kind of life and tasting justice and the elimination of the oppression of wealth, force and hypocrisy colonialism, as lessons from the Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.), Ayatollah Ramazani said, “The intellectual and structural atmosphere of society must believe in this hope.”

Referring to the phrase, “بَذَلَ مُهْجَتَهُ فِيكَ لِيَسْتَنْقِذَ عِبَادَكَ مِنَ الْجَهَالَةِ وَ حَيْرَةِ الضَّلالَةِ” ((O’God) He (Imam Hussein (a.s.)) sacrificed his life in your way, to save your servants from ignorance and wandering misguidance) from the Arbaeen pilgrimage letter, Ayatollah Ramazani added, “Imam Hussein (a.s.) sacrificed the blood of his heart in the way of God and saved the people from ignorance. The Arbaeen pilgrimage letter reads: “Some authoritarians, worldly and ambitious people stood up the best of human beings. They behead the “Imam of the society” and the “Guardian of God” and put it on the spear. Less than 30 years after the demise of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), the enemies placed the silent Quran on a spear (referring to the Battle of Siffin between Muawiyah and Imam Ali (a.s.)), and 50 years later, they put the “speaking Quran” (Imam Hussain (a.s.)) on a spear.” All of these events were due to the ignorance of the society.”

“Arbaeen bestowed awakening and multidimensional awareness to human society: awakening in the emotional, spiritual, cultural and political dimensions,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, referring to the spiritual, justice, cultural and political aspects of Arbaeen.

“From the mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (a.s.) and Arbaeen, one should learn the lessons of monotheism, seeking justice, and confronting authoritarianism. In his analysis of the Husseini movement, Imam Khomeini (r.a.) said, “Weeping for Imam Hussein (a.s.) should have a political and reformist aspect”,” he said.

“If today’s human society reach the spirit of Ashura and Arbaeen, the ground for the growth of the individual, family, and society will be provided,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.)  World Assembly.

“Unfortunately, we are facing news boycott of Arbaeen, and some media outlets fail to cover the spirituality, love, self-sacrifice, and affection of the Arbaeen Hosseini March,” said Ayatollah Ramazani considering Arbaeen as a great divine convention of all religions and nations.

“Introduce Arbaeen and Ashura thinking to the people, and consider Arbaeen as great because this movement can be a great global event,” said the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts, addressing the organizers of the Arbaeen headquarters in Latin America, while appreciating them.

Following the ceremony, referring to the appointed activities of the headquarters, Soheil Assad, the secretary of the Arbaeen headquarters in Latin America, announced the release of the Arbaeen pilgrimage software with Spanish and French translations, which was prepared for the first time. He also announced, “For the first time, on Arbaeen Hosseini Day the Arbaeen pilgrimage letter will be recited online, simultaneously throughout the Latin American region.”

The next part of the opening ceremony of the special activities dedicated to Arbaeen in Latin America was describing the activities and actions of Islamic centers throughout this region by the officials of Islamic centers. In this meeting, the officials of the Islamic centers of countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, etc., briefly explained the activities of their center.

The responsibilities of the Arbaeen International Headquarters in the Latin American region are planning and coordination between countries, content production, regional and trans-regional support, special planning, and coordination with the holy shrines.

Also, some of the activities and programs of the Arbaeen International Headquarters in Latin America are: Publication of two new books in Latin American countries on the subject of Ashura and Arbaeen, holding street processions, launching a motorcade caravan, holding a national and coordinated Arbaeen pilgrimage throughout Latin America, holding ceremonies in Islamic centers and mosques, publishing a magazine for children on the subject of Arbaeen and Muharram, and production of Arbaeen pilgrimage software.

The meeting, which was held on Sunday morning, September 19, 2021, Tehran time, ended with mourning and praising for AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the recourse in AhlulBayt (a.s.) by activists and Latin American Muslims.

Opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America

Opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America

With the speech of Ayatollah Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the opening ceremony of Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America will be held on Sunday morning.

The ceremony will begin on Sunday morning, September 19, 2021 (Saturday evening, September 18, Latin American time), with a speech by Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

The secretary of the opening ceremony of “Arbaeen Hosseini’s official activities in Latin America” is Sheikh Soheil Asaad.

At the event, which will be attended by Latin American Muslims and Shiites, Islamic centers in the region will announce their plans for Arbaeen Hosseini.

This ceremony will be broadcast live on www.skyroom.online/ch/reunion2021/reunion, Islammaldia channel in YouTube, islamaldiaesp page on Facebook.

 

 

In Ghadir, scientific, spiritual, political authority of Ummah introduced: Ayatollah Ramazani

In Ghadir, scientific, spiritual, political authority of Ummah introduced: Ayatollah Ramazani

During his visit to Russia, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, met Shiite missionaries active in the country.

“We, the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), have subjects that no other religion has,” he said at the meeting which was held in Moscow on Sunday, August 1, 2021. “Infallible Imams (a.s.) - from Imam Ali (a.s.) to Hazrat Mahdi (a.s.) - were comprehensive personalities and had comprehensive attributes.”

Recognizing the opportunity to introduce the Infallible Imams (a.s.) as a “golden opportunity”, Ayatollah Ramazani noted, “In the world, missionaries of no other religion have such an opportunity and such figures to introduce, the nobles who, according to everyone, had scientific and also spiritual authority.”

“Of course, we Shiites believe that the AhlulBayt (a.s.) also have political authority. That is, all Muslims believe in the “scientific and spiritual authority” of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and we believe in their “scientific, spiritual and political authority” too,” added the former head of the “European Union of Shiite Scholars and Theologians”.

“The al-Ghadir Event happened in order to introduce a figure for the scientific, spiritual, and political authority of the Ummah. Therefore, the best person was introduced. But what was expected did not happen,” he emphasized, commemorating Eid al- Ghadir, Eid of Wilayah, and Imamate.

“Imam Hussein (a.s.) is not just a role model for Shiites, and while Shiites can follow his example in the best way, this infallible Imam is a role model for all Muslims. Because Imam Hussein (a.s.) came to revive the Sunnah of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) because at that time the Sunnah of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) had been destroyed and heresies had been revived. Therefore, Imam Hussein (a.s.) came to revive the Sunnah,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“Imam Hussein (a.s.) said, “I invite you to Allah.” Allah is the axis of unity among all followers of religions. Imam Hussein (a.s.) is a model for all followers of religions and all humanity. At a meeting in the Islamic Center of Vienna, a Christian couple came to the center and because they got familiar with the Imam, they said that Imam Hussein (a.s.) is their Imam too,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, considering Imam Hussein (a.s.) as a model for the followers of all religions.

“Sheikh Zakzaky is a righteous figure and he has gathered everyone around him, and we hope that his leadership will continue. During Arbaeen, large crowds attend Arbaeen ceremonies in Nigeria. On the Day of Ashura, large gatherings are held in South Africa, European countries, and the United States. We have to deal with these issues very precisely,” he continued.

“In introducing the event of Ashura, the truth of this event must be stated. It must also be stated why this happened; How after 30 years, the silent Quran was placed on spears (referring to the Battle of Siffin) and after 50 years, the speaking Quran went on the spear (referring to the Battle of Karbala and martyrdom of Imam Hussain). Adaptation is our other task in this regard,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“We should follow the example of Ashura. The Ashura movement revived al-Ghadir’s interpretation of Islam. If it were not for the Event of al-Ghadir, there would be no correct image of Islam. In the case of the Event of al-Ghadir, the pilgrimage letter of Imam Hadi (as) should be read carefully. This pilgrimage letter is one of the political pilgrimage letters,” he continued.

“When Imam Ali was introduced in this event, the infidels were disappointed. Because a righteous successor was introduced who would maintain the religion. The head is one of the main parts of the body and if it is not, the body cannot do anything. Imamate is also the main part of religion. In the verse “الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ” (This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor unto you) (Quran, Surah: Al-Ma’idah, Verse: 3), the word “أَكْمَلْتُ” (I perfected) is used when there is a defect, and “أَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي” (completed My favor) refers to the spirit of Islam. The spirit of Islam is the Imamate. Islam is not without soul,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the Event of al-Ghadir.

“The spirit of Imamate exists in religion (of Islam), and before Imam Ali (a.s.), the Prophet (PBUH) was both Imam and Wali. The Event of al-Ghadir provided an accurate understanding of Islam, and this understanding was manifested in Ashura. In the sense that if Yazid rules, Islam is over. There is a lot to talk about Ashura,” he continued.

“We must be up-to-date and not be content with academic degrees. Clerics must become acquainted with Orthodox Christianity in order to engage in dialogue. Of course, dialogue is for interaction, not confrontation. Shiite culture has the capacity to interact with others,” added the former head of the “European Union of Shiite Scholars and Theologians”.

“Personally, despite my busy schedule, I take time to study every day. Because people expect us to be up to date. The Supreme Leader of the Revolution (Ayatollah Khamenei) also studies a lot. I once gave him several books as gifts, one of which I had given before. He quickly told me, “You had given me this book before”.” Ayatollah Ramazani added.

“A cleric must have scientific and spiritual greatness, and it is achieved through the acquisition of religious knowledge and authority in religion. In this regard, participation in scientific workshops is essential. The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) had spiritual greatness and when his manners were perfected, God told him that he had “great morals”,” he said, considering the daily study of the clergy necessary.

“We must be up to date in every area, including propagation, and cultural and economic activities. Today is different from yesterday. We have made a lot of progress so far and with unity and solidarity, we can definitely go further. Imam Musa al-Sadr said in a speech in Qom in 1961 that Christianity is the first in propagation, planning, and organizing, followed by the Sunnis, and finally the Shiites. But Shiites are not the first in terms of organization. However, the report on the activities of Shiite communities and organizations shows that we have grown a lot in this field. Of course, these organizations and communities must be formed under the laws of the host countries, and they must operate under these laws,” continued the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“I suggest that a study be done on the endowment foundation and with the establishment of this foundation, it should support the centers and the Shiites in various sectors, including the construction of the mosque and the Hosseiniyahs. In some countries, there are endowment foundations. In my opinion, work can be done to establish this foundation in other countries as well,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the need to establish the endowment foundations.

“It is necessary for Islamic missionaries and centers to do collective works. For example, during my time at the Islamic Center of Hamburg, in collaboration with other centers, I organized a Quranic competition between European countries. Another important point is manpower training and staffing. Just as you missionaries are the trained forces to promote the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), you must also train the manpower and hold training workshops. The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has established a university for master's and doctoral degrees where Shiites from other countries can study. The Assembly also has actual capacities in sections such as books,” he continued.

“We must identify the existing capacities in the world and direct them. We do not make impossible promises, and we must do the necessary research before making any promises,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, considering the scope of activities of the assembly as worldwide.

“I suggest that the establishment of Islamic schools in Russia be considered. These schools have already been established in countries such as Germany, France, and England. Of course, given the many facilities required, establishing a university is difficult and a dream, but we should not be disappointed. During my time at the Islamic Center of Hamburg, I established a seminary where students from different European countries study,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the need to establish Islamic schools in different countries of the world.

“Sincerity is one of the divine secrets, and one of the duties of missionaries is to have sincerity,” he continued.

“We do not invite people to convert to Shia, but we introduce Shia and AhlulBayt (a.s.), because, proper introduction of Shia automatically causes the hearts to turn to the family of the Prophet (p.b.u.h),” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“We must introduce the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and in this regard, virtual channels must be taken seriously. Whether we like it or not, we have to cross the real space to cyberspace. In addition to face-to-face Minbars (pulpits, figurative word for preaching sessions), we should have virtual pulpits with thousands of people as the audience. There are now more than five billion people in cyberspace, and we should not ignore it,” he stated.

“We believe in unity among Muslims and we must experience a peaceful life. Many Muslims have been killed in the world, and we should not allow other Muslims to be killed. The Sources of Emulation emphasize the unity between Shiites and Sunnis. Extremism is another issue, and even Sunnis oppose ISIL,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the need for Islamic unity.

“There is no extremism in our culture. Also, Russia’s view of the Shiites is that there is no extremism. In Germany and many other countries, they concluded that the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) is not a school of extremism. AhlulBayt (a.s.) must be introduced correctly,” continued the Secretary-General of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“There are more than 300 million Russian speakers in the world today, many of whom have questions or doubts about the Shiite school. Therefore, it is necessary to observe doubts in this language,” he clarified.

“The spread of Shiite ceremonies in Russia is divine grace. All (Shiite) preachers in this country are the ambassadors of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) who correctly introduce Islam,” he concluded in the end.

At the beginning of the meeting, a report on cultural activities in Russia was presented. Expressing satisfaction with that report, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “One can feel the satisfaction smile of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) from these activities. May God accept with His mercy these valuable deeds that the loved ones did sincerely. It should be said that “May God reward you”.

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