In a message to Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the founder of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, congratulated him on his release.
In this message, referring to the efforts of this AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to defend Sheikh Zakzaky and the oppressed Shiites of Nigeria, the Secretary-General of the Assembly appreciated all activists, legal organizations and the team of lawyers defending the founder of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and the loyal Nigerian people.
In another part of his message, Ayatollah Ramazani considered the support of clerics and followers of different denominations and religions for Sheikh Zakzaky as a good model for interaction between religions, and proximity between denominations for freedom, justice and spirituality.
The message of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to Sheikh Zakzaky is as follows:
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Your Excellency, Hojat al-Islam Hajj Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky
The news of your release and that of your honorable wife from prison, increased our joy and that of all free Muslims on the day of Eid Ghadir.
Your unlawful detention began in the days of grief and sorrow of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the month of Safar, and ended in the days of joy of Prophet’s family, and this is an inspiring coincidence for us.
During these six years, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has made many legal, political, propagational, media and human rights efforts to defend you and the oppressed Nigerian Shiites. Because you have been “the symbol of peace, abiding law, and law”, the “messenger of the peaceful coexistence of the followers of religions” and the “defender of human rights and freedoms”.
Now, on behalf of the members of the Assembly around the world, I consider it necessary to express my gratitude to: the human rights activists and organizations that defended you, the team of lawyers, the judges who upheld your innocence in both courts, and above all, the loyal people who have risked their lives and security all these years and demanded your freedom by constantly attending peaceful rallies.
I also need to appreciate the clerics and followers of other religions who supported you alongside the Shiites. This experience is a good model for interaction between religions, and proximity between denominations for freedom, justice and spirituality.
I thank God Almighty, and while congratulating this auspicious event, I ask God for your health and permanence of your success and that of your honorable wife - the mother of six martyrs.
“What is with you must vanish: what is with Allah will endure. And We will certainly bestow, on those who patiently persevere, their reward according to the best of their actions.” (Quran al-Karim, Surah al An-Nahl, Verse: 96)
The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly
Zul-Hijjah 18, 1442
July 29, 2021
It should be mentioned that the verdict on the release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife had already been issued by a court, but the Nigerian government and military refused to comply.
Before the release, the Nigerian government had blocked Zakzaky’s release under various excuses and had not even allowed him access to medical care.