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We should create Islamic civilization, originating from the intellectual foundations of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Modarresi

We should create Islamic civilization, originating from the intellectual foundations of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Modarresi

During his visit to Iraq, Ayatollah Reza Ramezani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, met Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Taqi Modarressi, one of the Iraqi Shiite Sources of Emulation.


We should create Islamic civilization, originating from the intellectual foundations of AhlulBayt (a.s.): Ayatollah Modarresi


In the meeting, referring to the necessity of considering the Islamic principles, Grand Ayatollah Modarresi said, “There are fixed principles that we should not forget. One of the basic principles is that we are Muslims and have values, and we must not forget our roots. Political debates are now taking place in Iran, and candidates are engaging in economic debates. While there is another issue called “religion”. The question is who should address this issue? Our expectation from the Iranian government, which is based on religion, is to improve the situation of religion in Iran day by day, and to discuss the place of religion in the current situation in the election debates.”


“Europeans say that wearing a burqa by Muslim women is contrary to the values of their civilization. On the other hand, the non-observance of hijab by women is against our values. Why should Europeans adhere to their values, but we do not adhere to ours? Westerners, on the other hand, have to apologize for committing crimes in different parts of the world,” he continued.


“We need to pay attention to the fact that in addition to the issues of the day, there is a deeper debate about where we stand. In the election debates, no one has ever said what a chaotic world situation we live in, Iran is under siege and is under cultural and soft aggression. Westerners, especially American Democrats, who specialize in soft affairs, are trying to bring together opponents of the Islamic Republic (of Iran). They are trying to hit Iran from three borders: Kurdistan, Baluchistan, and Azerbaijan. We must be careful of the conspiracies of the enemies in this regard,” added the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation.


“It was religion (Islam) that protect Iran from dangers. Religion is mourning (for the infallible Imams) and seminaries. It was the seminaries that maintained the unity of Iran, but unfortunately, their role has diminished. It must be raised in Iran what our situation is and we are under attack from all over the world. We must say that we have been oppressed. This was also done by the infallible Imams (a.s.). We do not deserve the place we stand now, and it should be improved. People also should not ignore the conspiracies of the enemies and they should know that the enemies are serious in their enmity against us,” said Grand Ayatollah Modarresi, referring to the role of seminaries in maintaining the sovereignty of Iran.


“We seek to establish a new civilization in the world, based on Islam. We must look for the tools of this civilization and pursue the issue of Islamic unity and unity among the Shiites. But unfortunately, these issues have diminished. Imam Khomeini wrote in his will that we will export our revolution and the Westerners are still counting on this phrase,” he continued.


“There are sects in the world that are considered Shiites, and if we add them to the Shiite world, we will become a great power. For example, 14 million Alawites live in Turkey, and 3 million Alawites live in Syria. Ismailis are also scattered around the world. Zaidi and Druze sects are also considered as these sects,” stated the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation, considering it necessary to communicate with various Shiite sects.


“We must unite the Shiites of the world, and the unity of the Shiites is through bringing them together. I proposed the “World Shiite Council”, according to which some Shiite leaders from different countries meet every few months. After presenting this plan, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly was formed. The objectives of establishing this Assembly are not like Al-Mustafa International University, but the purpose of establishing it is to create a connection between the leaders of the Shiite communities in the world and to bring them closer to each other. In addition, the relations between the Shiite seminaries in different countries should be strengthened. We have to start the change from here,” he continued.


“If we are looking for relations with other countries, the world has no problem with Iran. But if we want to establish an Islamic civilization, we must also provide the tools for it. Now is the best time for us, the world civilization is collapsing and America and Israel will not exist for decades to come, but what alternative do we have for them?” added the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation.


“I wrote a book about Imamzadeh Yahya, one of the Imamzadehs of Tehran. He is one of the martyrs and was martyred in the Khwarezmshahi dynasty. The Khwarezmshahs handed over Iran to the Mongols (led by Genghis Khan). We must read history and take advice from it to avoid repeating it. Disagreements, forgetfulness of goals, and disregard for the fundamental issues of society enabled the Mongols to occupy Iran and reach Baghdad, destroying Islamic civilization. We (Muslims) could not do anything after the Mongols and these scenes may be repeated,” stated Grand Ayatollah Modarressi, considering it necessary to learn from history.


“It is possible to bring Shiites closer together, and Shiites understand the conditions of the day, and it would be a great achievement to bring the Shiites together. Since 2015, Iraqi society has changed a lot and the enemies in Iraq are working against this country. They want Iraq to return to the conditions of Saddam’s regime and stand against Iran. On the other hand, some in Iran say that they have nothing to do with Iraq. These approaches and the efforts of the enemies caused some, even in the city of Karbala, to chant slogans against Iran. This should not happen, and we should try to resolve it,” he continued.


“The activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly are international and the activities of no other institution are like the activities of this Assembly. We should know that the total number of Shiites in India and Pakistan is equal to the population of the rest of the Shiites in the world. Shiites are scattered all over the world, even in places we are unaware of. For example, it is interesting to know that Shiites have been present in South Korea for 6 centuries,” added the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation.


“Imam Khomeini entered the Shiite world into a new phase. In the city of Najaf, where no one was thinking of forming a government, he spoke of an Islamic government. We should follow his example and try to change the situation and create an Islamic civilization based on the intellectual foundations of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and plan to achieve this goal. We need to write documents with practical strategies. We must train manpower for this purpose. The world is changing, and we will regret it if we neglect our goals. For example, we have to look at China where it was 60 years ago, and where it stands now in the world. We can define a new Islamic world in a few decades,” stated Ayatollah Modarressi, referring to the influence of Imam Khomeini on the Shiites.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly pursues rationality, spirituality, justice, resistance: Ayatollah Ramazani


Expressing satisfaction with the meeting with Grand Ayatollah Modarressi, Ayatollah Ramazani stated, “This meeting was valuable for me, and what you said shows your awareness, especially about the Islamic world and various currents, and this is an example of awareness of the conditions of the time. This is a promise for religious movements in the Islamic world.”


“Unquestionably, there is a will that the realization of Islamic civilization should be taken seriously, and strategic documents inside the country (Iran) indicate the importance of what cultural work should be done in the Islamic world, and even in non-Islamic countries. Culturalization must be pursued to achieve these goals. Islamic civilization is based on Islamic thought and the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he continued.


“If we want to conquer the world in the future, in addition to hardware, we need software. This software is international thinking. The Soviet Union joined the dustbin of history, and the United States could not meet the intellectual-legal and intellectual-ideological needs of the world,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“The issue of lack of identity is discussed under liberalism and is a consequence of Western culture. The destruction of the traditions and values of society causes people, especially young people, to suffer from a lack of identity. In order to promote the religious attitude and train committed and specialized human resources, we have seriously pursued the issue of the International University of AhlulBayt (a.s.), which is under the auspices of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. The Assembly has an Arabic-language satellite TV with 18 million viewers around the world, and in order to expand its activities, we are looking to establish Russian and other popular languages on this TV. We have 4,000 preachers in the world who are connected with the Assembly, and we have educational plans for them,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the lack of identity as one of the big problems today.


“The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has created a virtual Shiite encyclopedia called “Wiki Shiite”, which now has 25,000 articles in 12 languages, which is used by Muslim and non-Muslim users. In addition, the Assembly has published a collection of authored and translated books during its activities,” he continued.


“In its new approach, this forum pursues the strategies of rationality, spirituality, justice, and resistance, and under each of these strategies, there are many discussions. In the West, the issue of rationality is at stake. But Western rationality itself comes under the question of “Subsistence”. That is, it is based on Instrumental Intellect and Subsistence Intellect. On the subject of spirituality, there are 4,000 flows of false spiritualities in America and Europe. While the basis and axis of an original spirituality is religion, and God is at the top of it. Today, those types of spirituality are being promoted in the West that is far removed from religion and God. Even in the subject of mysticism, we see the emergence of new mysticisms, such as Osho and Castaneda. This suggests that spirituality is a serious issue for human beings,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“In the West, the issue of justice is raised differently from what in Islamic thought is. That is why the examples of what we understand from justice are different from what they understand from justice. With the victory of the Islamic Revolution, a great event happened that was a miracle. In ancient times, there was a need for a staff to prove that Moses was a divine prophet. But with the victory of the Islamic Revolution, a global event took place that disrupted international views and equations. Before the Islamic revolution of Iran, it was believed that a religious revolution would not take place and that revolutions are defined under Liberalism and would be secular. At that time, religion was considered effective only in the individual sphere and no one considered religion important in the social sphere. But with the victory of the Islamic Revolution, today religion has entered the social and governmental sphere,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the issue of justice in the West.


“With the victory of the Islamic Revolution, a great event took place that broke all equations in Western politics and thought, so that Western thinkers were forced to reconsider Islam and take this divine religion seriously. Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran was on the margins of the world. But now it has important influences in the international context and regional and international equations. When it comes to countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Iran has always been a benevolent neighbor in resolving crises in these countries. Iran’s military and scientific power have developed to such an extent that the P5 + 1 countries have been forced to negotiate with Iran, and this shows the power of Iran,” he continued.


“Today, everything has changed, both in soft warfare and on the battlefield. We see that the enemies can use cyberspace, and without moving the aircraft, can inflict heavy blows in various areas. The enemy pays a lot of attention to cyber warfare and this war has defeat and victory,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“In the presidential election, we must pay attention to the fact that in addition to the responsibility of economic affairs, the president is responsible for preserving the religion of the society and he must lay the groundwork for the development of religion in the society. It is populist and demagogic to say that we are not responsible for taking people to heaven,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the necessity of creating a platform for religiosity in society.


“We have written comprehensive documents for the Alawites, Mostabserin (those who have recently converted to Islam or Shia), and the missionaries in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. Non-Iranian scholars who are members of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly are influential in the Shiite world. Previously, prominent figures such as Allameh Fazlullah, and Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky were present in this council, and now figures such as Allameh Naqavi are members of the council. I would like to remind you that recently we have written a new plan for the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and there is a lot of work to be done,” he said in the end.

Women clergies can play Hazrat Zainab’s role in propagating religion: Ayatollah Ramazani

Women clergies can play Hazrat Zainab’s role in propagating religion: Ayatollah Ramazani

The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and his accompanying delegation, who are in Iraq, visited the “Jameah al-Fatemiah”.


Ayatollah Reza Ramazani delivered a speech to female professors and clergies and said, “In this space, we felt spirituality, sincerity, devotion, self-sacrifice, and all valuable concepts. If we have (divine) success to meet the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, we will send the greetings of all of you, who are devoted to the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.), to him.”


“It is necessary to honor the memory of Ayatollah Asefi, the founder of the “Jameah al-Fatemiah”, who laid the foundation of goodness. May God reunite him with his friends and the infallible Imams (a.s.). I also appreciate Hojat al-Islam Behbahani for having a good relationship with this institute,” he also said.


“Previously (before the Islamic Revolution of Iran), Muslims were marginalized in the world and were not visible. Some did not allow the power and spirituality of Muslims to be spread. There was nothing of Muslim intellectual greatness in the universities of the world. There was no government that would achieve justice, and revive resistance, justice, and rationality in the true sense of the word. By the grace of God, and thanks to the presence of Imam Khomeini, a great movement was created. Many people did not believe that there would be a revolution that would pave the way for the emergence of Imam Mahdi (a.s.). God willing, this revolution (Islamic Revolution of Iran) will lead to the emergence of Imam Mahdi (a.s.),” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, saying that the Islamic world is in a special situation today.


“(Today) in the scientific centers of the world, they talk about Islam and the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and Islam and the dignity of Muslims. Today, Muslims live with dignity everywhere in the world. Today, Muslims are honored and live with dignity. We are talking about the Islamic government, which paved the way for the development of the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he said on the current position of Islam and Muslims.


“The most important point that caused this great movement, which 42 years have passed, to create a global change as a divine help, was the beliefs and faith of Imam Khomeini,” said Ayatollah Ramazani about the characteristics of Imam Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution of Iran.


“Martyr Motahhari said about Imam Khomeini: I saw Imam Khomeini with four beliefs. He believed in his God. God was present throughout the life of Imam Khomeini. The name and truth of God were in all existence and the mind, heart, and joints of Imam Khomeini. The second faith was that he believed in his own way. His goal was to revive religion. Imam Khomeini wanted the individual, social, cultural, and political rules of religion to be displayed, and religion to be present in social life. Through the efforts of Imam Khomeini, religion manifested in social spheres. In addition, Imam Khomeini believed in his ummah. He believed in men and women who could make a difference,” he added.


“Less than a hundred years ago, the conditions of the Muslims and the domination of the great powers were such that no one believed that Islam would be loved in the world. People who disrespect the Quran and insult the Prophet (p.b.u.h) are afraid of the greatness and glory of Islam and have seen its effect. Does anyone dare to insult the Quran, the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and Islamic values today? (Of course, not) because Muslims will rise in the world. Did anyone think that there would be a change in the women’s movement and that women would be the source of honor for the world? Today, women learn the teachings of religion to spread like Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in the world,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“We must learn religion comprehensively, deeply, accurately, and for the sake of God. We must learn and teach religion for the sake of God. God glorifies such a seeker of knowledge. Ayatollah Bahjat said, “If you act on what you know, God will give you a knowledge that you cannot learn anywhere”,” he emphasized.


“In the future, you can play the role of a teacher and educator and create a great movement like the faithful and brave women of the beginning of Islam. Teaching and educating is the job of the prophets, and we need teachers who study and learn well to propagate and teach the religion properly,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, addressing the women clergies of “Jameah al-Fatemiah”.


“You have been given the divine success that you can play the role of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) in propagating Islam. You can also convey to the world the great message of the (Islamic) revolution and the fundamental change it has brought about in this century. This great work must be properly introduced, and you can play this role,” he added, stating that the religion of God is spread through education.


“Today’s situation is special, and there has never been a time like the present for the propagation of Islam. Therefore, we must learn the tools of propagation, and get familiar with cyberspace and propagation skills,” emphasized the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“One of the characteristics of the era of the pre-advent of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) is that the level of human knowledge and intellects rises. Imam Mahdi’s grace to humanity means that the conditions of society are prepared in such a way that human intellect grows, and his level of understanding increases, Like the time of Imam Khomeini and after the Islamic Revolution of Iran when the level of understanding of our society about religion increased. Imam Khomeini meant Hajj with “Disavowal of Polytheists”, and taught us that “Ashura” should play a role in reforming society. Imam Khomeini interprets Ghadir as meaning that people should play a role in their destiny,” he stated, referring to the characteristics of the era of pre-advent of Imam Mahdi (a.s.).


“According to some hadiths, some of the senior companions of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) are among women. In the age of advent (of Imam Mahdi), various groups in the world will spread religious knowledge and rationality, justice, and resistance. Therefore, we have many duties, and we must know our mission and duty properly, and spread the message of religion,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.


“Spirituality causes a value change in human society. Today, human society is thirsty for spirituality and pure Muhammadan Islam and the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.). If we introduce these concepts correctly, the whole world will follow them,” he added, emphasizing the need to properly understand the knowledge of religion and spirituality.


“Ignorance is the worst disease in human society, and the role of preachers is to eradicate ignorance. Imam Hussein (a.s.) sacrificed his life to eradicate ignorance. Imam Ali (a.s.) says that if a society lives in ignorance, the merits will lose their values and the divine saints (God’s Friends or Owlia Allah) will not have their place,” concluded the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


Before Ayatollah Ramazani’s speech, officials of the “Jameah al-Fatemiah” explained the institute’s activities.


It should be mentioned that the “Jameah al-Fatemiah” School was established 14 years ago by Ayatollah Asefi, and is dedicated to Pakistani and Indian sisters from first grade to diploma (last year of high school) and seminary.

Iran supports all Shiites in the world: Ayatollah Yaqoubi/ABWA seeks to communicate with Shiites around the world: Ramazani

Iran supports all Shiites in the world: Ayatollah Yaqoubi/ABWA seeks to communicate with Shiites around the world: Ramazani

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, during their visit to Iraq, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and his accompanying delegation, met Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Yaqoubi, one of the Iraqi Shiite Sources of Emulations in Najaf.


Islamic Republic of Iran supports Shia/ I follow ABNA News Agency: Ayatollah Yaqoubi


At the beginning of his speech, while praising the appointment of Ayatollah Ramazani as the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly by the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi stated, “Your appointment as the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, was a good choice by the Supreme Leader. You are suitable for this position with your scientific ability and propagation experience.”


Considering the seminaries of Qom and Najaf as two wings of Shia, he stated, “Of course, the seminary of Qom is supported by the Islamic system.”


“Why did Shia develop and enter its golden age? If we examine the era of Sheikh Kulayni, and after him Sheikh Saduq, Sheikh Mofid, Sayed Morteza, and Sheikh Tusi, we find that the political situation at that time was pro-Shia and the Buyid dynasty was in power, and Scholars such as Sheikh Kulayni and Sheikh Saduq emerged in that era. Also, during the Safavid dynasty, the government supported Shia, and scholars such as Mohaqeq Alkaraki, Sheikh Baha'i, and Allameh Majlisi emerged. Now there is another opportunity and the Islamic Republic of Iran supports Shia in different parts of the world and this opportunity should be used to convey the message of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world and support Shiite activities,” continued Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi.


“It is narrated from the AhlulBayt (a.s.) that if people understand the merits of their word, they will follow it. Accordingly, we just need to start working to convey the words of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the people of the world. The world is convinced by hearing it. Shia agrees with nature and reason. The message of Shia affects the hearts without the need for anything else. We just need to convey the words of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world, and this is the duty of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. This Assembly was established to convey the message of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world,” he added.


“In tafsir of the verse “وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَة رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ”, (and as for your Lord’s blessing, proclaim it!) (Quran, 93:11) it is not logical to think that God commands us to proclaim the blessing of wealth or the blessing of place. Rather, this blessing is the Velayat of the AhlulBayt (a.s.). According to hadiths, the meaning of Velayat in the verses “ثُمَّ لَتُسْئَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ النَّعيمِ” (Then, on that day, you will surely be questioned concerning the Blessing) (Quran 102:8) and “اَلْیوْمَ أَکمَلْتُ لَکمْ دینَکمْ وَ أَتْمَمْتُ عَلَیکُمْ نِعْمَتی وَ رَضیتُ لَکُمُ الْإِسْلامَ دیناً” (Today I have perfected your religion for you, and I have completed My blessing upon you, and I have approved Islam as your religion) (Quran 5:3), is the Velayat of AhlulBayt (a.s.). It is our duty to talk about the Velayat of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), and then, people will accept it. Today, there are various tools to convey the message of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), such as satellites, social networks, and direct propagation,” stated the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation, referring to the blessings of the Velayat (of AhlulBayt).


“The African continent has been neglected and there is a need for activity on there. This continent is an intact land for all missionaries. We operate in Africa through our office in Beirut, as well as some of Al-Ahsa and Qatif's scholars, Lebanese people who live in Africa, and African students who graduated from Syria and Lebanon. Now we operate in more than 25 African countries. There is a cooperation between our representations in African countries and some graduates of Al-Mustafa International University. But not enough work has been done in Africa yet. In some African countries, such as South Africa, there were no Shiites, but now we see the presence of Shiites in these countries,” he continued.


“In order for our activities to be more effective, we must start with the Quran. Wahhabis enter other countries in the name of establishing Quranic schools, and some ignorant people enter these schools and are brainwashed with Wahhabi thoughts. In propagating Shia, we must use the Quranic method. Quranic teachings defend the teachings of AhlulBayt (a.s.). These teachings solve not only our problems but also the problems of Christians,” stated Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi, considering it necessary to study the Quran.


“The establishment of an Islamic government is a necessary issue that does not need to be argued. Execution of the social rules of Islam is one of the arguments for establishing an Islamic government. The absence of an Islamic government means the abolition of many social rules of Islam. How can the social rules of Islam be implemented if the government is not Islamic?” he added.


“In my Dars al-Kharej class (the highest level of the Shiite seminary in jurisprudence), I taught the “Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong”. In my studies, I realized that Sheikh Bahrani did not address this issue in his book Al-Hadaiq. Even the Sahib al-Jawahir (Muhammad Hasan al-Najafi), although believed in the non-individuality of (Islamic) jurisprudence and had a social mentality, in his book Al-Jawahir al-Kalam, has briefly (not thoroughly) discussed the “Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong”. The scholars of the past left the jurisprudence of the society (Feqh al-Ejtema), which was a great defect. This is while Imam Ali (AS) believed in enforcing the rules of inheritance, even by force (because of the importance of the issue of inheritance and respect for the rights of the people). In order to implement the rules of Islam, including the rules of inheritance, it is necessary to establish an Islamic government,” said the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation, referring to the lack of attention to social rules of Islam in the past.


“But the seminary of Najaf does not think of forming an Islamic government. It is strange that even those who studied in the seminary of Qom and attended the classes of the professors of that seminary for 30 years, after the fall of Saddam’s regime and returning to Iraq, melted again in the seminary of Najaf and returned in the same old way (Lack of importance in forming an Islamic government). However, after coming to Najaf, they had the opportunity to promote these ideas (the idea of establishing an Islamic government that they had learned in the seminary of Qom),” he continued.


“There are many places in the Islamic Republic of Iran that I have to visit. But so far, I have only been to the holy city of Mashhad twice to visit the shrine of Imam Reza (a.s.), and to meet Ayatollah Alamolhoda, the Friday Prayer Leader of Mashhad, and to visit the Khorasan seminary management center,” pointed out Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi.


“Please send me the report on the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. Because there is a possibility of cooperation between the Assembly and our office. It is good that a weekly or monthly magazine is published to reflect the report on the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly,” He asked the Secretary-General of the Assembly.


This professor of higher levels of Seminary teaching in Najaf seminary emphasized, “Of course, I follow the news of ABNA news agency.”


“Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) has been an oppressed person during history, and the publication of a collection of works about him is a significant activity,” Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi stated, appreciating the holding of the conference of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.).


“One of the tasks of our office in Qom is to follow the latest scientific works of Qom seminary and the innovations of scholars so that we can use them. There is a valuable 40-year experience in the seminary of Qom. Instead of trying to start from scratch, we use those experience resources. I receive valuable books from the seminary of Qom, which are in Arabic. But the language problem (the fact that many other works are in Persian) prevents us from using all the books of the seminary of Qom,” added the Iraqi Shiite Source of Emulation.




Introducing school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) to world by AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly


At the beginning of the meeting, referring to the satisfaction with the meeting with Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi, Ayatollah Ramazani stated, “I am very happy with this valuable meeting. Your works were brought to me by your representative in Qom and I saw them.”


“The purpose of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is to establish relations with the Shiites in the world and with its facilities, to introduce rationality, spirituality, and justice, as it is in the school of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), to the Shiite communities, the Shiites, Muslims, and even non-Muslims,” he continued.


“One of the prominent activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is the establishment of a Shiite encyclopedia called “Wiki Shia” in which 25,000 articles have been published in 12 languages. Until this year, in the 31st year since the establishment of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, it has published 2,500 books in 68 languages, part of which have been authored and others have been translation works. Some of these books were written by scholars such as Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi and we translated them in the Assembly. But for some other books, the Deputy for Cultural Affairs of the Assembly signs contracts with professors and they write for us. In the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, there is a scientific council in which the topics and texts to be written are examined,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, regarding the activities of the Assembly.


“Another part of the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is related to the missionaries it has in the world. Four thousand preachers in the world cooperate with the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. There are a thousand missionaries in Africa and a thousand missionaries in Pakistan and elsewhere. Of course, the number of missionaries is more than this number, but our capability in the assembly is in this range. The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is in constant contact with the missionaries. The assembly has a deputy inside the country called “dispatch of the missionaries”. The Deputy for International Affairs of the Assembly has the duty to communicate with the missionaries. The responsibility of the clerics that Al-Mustafa International University dispatches as missionaries is with the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly,” he added.


“The Thaqalayn TV is in Arabic and has exactly 18 million viewers, and we are planning to establish TVs in Russian and other languages on the Al-Thaqalayn. Each of the activities in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has a long explanation. A 42-language portal was established by t the Deputy for Cultural Affairs of the Assembly, in which theological and tafsir topics are organized in order to be gradually available to scholars and missionaries in the world. Of course, we are still at the beginning, but valuable activities have begun,” he stated, referring to Al- Thaqalayn TV as one of the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“We have local assemblies in some continents and countries, such as Iraq, Europe, and Africa. These associations carry out educational activities. This is another activity of the Assembly,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“The good news is that the assembly held a large conference about Abu Talib (a.s.). The dynasties of the Umayyads and the Abbasids were hostile to Abu Talib (a.s.). Although Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) was one of the influential figures during the Be’that of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), and he should be introduced properly, no proper work has been done in this field so far. About 600 articles were submitted to the conference of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.). All Islamic denominations somehow participated in this conference. At the conference, one of the Syrian (Sunni) muftis, said about Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.), “Surely Abu Talib was a believer, and anyone who doubts his faith has sinned.” Al-Azhar University in Egypt, Ez-Zitouna University in Tunisia, and Washington University somehow participated in the Abu Talib conference. The conference works are prepared in 30 volumes of books, of which 18 volumes have been published so far,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the conference of Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.).


“One of the sections of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is ABNA News Agency, which publishes the speeches of great Source of Emulation and scholars in 25 languages. This news agency has had great influences and somehow is directing the intellectual flows in different countries,” he continued.


“You mentioned the social jurisprudence in full. Some of these discussions are in your books. I read your article on this subject in the shrine of Imam Ali (a.s.). A few points come to my mind that I think can be examined. A thorough description of the social jurisprudence in theological seminaries should be offered. We need to make more use of your views. I started teaching Dars al-Kharej (the highest level of the Shiite seminary in jurisprudence) in 2003, and when I was in Europe, I taught Dars al-Kharej two days a week. Even now, despite my busy schedule, I continue to teach. We have now formed a committee to conduct the study (on social jurisprudence). But I do not have as much opportunity to address this issue as you do. Therefore, your entry into these topics is appreciable,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, expressing gratitude to Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi for discussing the social jurisprudence.


“Undoubtedly, there are more social rules than individual rules in Islam, and perhaps all individual rules go back to social spheres. This issue is mentioned in the views of Allameh Tabatabai in Tafsir Al-Mizan. In some volumes of this Tafsir book, he refers in detail to social spheres. In my opinion, the set of Islamic rulings refers to two types or even three types of development that are related to social issues. The jurisprudence of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) is the jurisprudence of the development of social communications,” he added.


“There are five types of communication, including self-communication, communication with God, human-human communication, international communication, and Velayat communication. I think the hadith of Imam Baqir (a.s.) about “Muslims are on five types” refers to these five connections and he described some of these examples. Prayer refers to communication with God, fasting refers to communication with the soul, zakat refers to communication with others, Hajj refers to communication with governments, and Velayat refers to Velayat communication. The classification of all kinds of communication came to my mind in 1990, and in this regard, I wrote a pamphlet that became a book on communications. Although some of my works have been translated into Arabic, Turkish and Malay, this book has not yet been translated into Arabic,” clarified Ayatollah Ramazani, regarding the types of communications.


“I think we should open a path in jurisprudential books to move from the individual jurisprudence sphere to social jurisprudence and social systems, and this is a crucial issue. Mr. Ahmadi Tabar made a point, and I used it, “When you pay attention to social rules, you get to the system of government because without such a system, social rules cannot be implemented.” Perhaps because there was no hope of forming a government among the jurists, they did not turn to the social spheres. When Muqaddas Ardabili discusses jihad in the book Majma al-Faida, he says, “One of the types of jihads is the primary jihad, which requires the permission of the (infallible) Imam, and we do not need to prolong this discussion now (because there is no living and present Infallible Imam now)”,” he continued.


“As mentioned, when the subject of Imamate and leadership is mentioned in the hadiths, it shows that the position of the Imam in presenting religious concepts is special. A hadith from Imam Reza (a.s.) in the book of Kafi says, “Our Imamate (AhlulBayt) protects (people) from division and obedience to us leads to order for nations.” This narration conveys the importance of leadership and Imamate, all matters of which should be in the hands of the Imam,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“It was because of Imam Khomeini’s courage that he came to Najaf and extracted the issue of Velayat-e-Faqih from the book of “sale” (in Arabic “البيع” is a topic in Islamic jurisprudence) and raised it independently in this city. Some wondered what he was trying to raise. Is the issue of Velayat-e-Faqih so important that Imam Khomeini raises it in this way? The miracle of Imam Khomeini was that he changed the way Islamic Scholars interacted with the people, from “quoting Hadiths and Source of Emulation”, to “Imamate” (and leadership) so that this relationship would be the relationship between the Imam and the ummah,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the time when Imam Khomeini was in Najaf.


“Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi said in this regard that government is a necessity. Imam Khomeini stated in the book Velayat-e-Faqih, “If we have a correct idea of Velayat-e-Faqih, it will be followed by acknowledgment, and we do not need to argue”,” he continued.


“We met with you to explain the activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and we hope to be able to do a service worthy of the Source of Emulation and followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“God willing, visit Iran for one or two months and meet the figures and get acquainted with different programs,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, while inviting Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi to visit Iran.


“From the words of Grand Ayatollah Yaqoubi, I used the point that the teachings of the Quran are according to human nature, intellect and AhlulBayt (a.s.) teachings, and I want to share a memory in this regard: In the city of Potsdam, near Berlin, there is a research institute sponsored by the German government with a budget of five million euros. In a 15-year project, the institute seeks to prove that the Quran is a book that is useless in today’s world, its prophet was an Arab man, its audience was Arabs, its phrases are in Arabic, it has been for a certain time, and now we have to put aside many of its verses and keep only the verses that are sermons and admonitions. In a meeting we had with the head of this institute, we told him: Although the Qur'an is Arabic, its prophet was for everyone and the following verses refer to this issue: “وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا كَافَّةً لِلنَّاسِ” (We did not send you except as a bearer of good news and warner to all mankind) (Quran: 34:28), and “وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ” (We did not send you but as a mercy to all the nations) (Quran: 21:107). The management of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) was based on ethics, and the addressee of the Quran is human intellect and nature. This intellect and nature have nothing to do with time and are always addressee of the Quran. The Qur'an today can invite all of humanity to the path of God,” he continued.


In Europe, at the Sorbonne University, we had contacts and conversations with Christian scholars for eleven years so that we could introduce the school and culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) there as much as we could. In the session that was recorded and its book with 450 pages is ready to be published, the head of the Faculty of Catholic studies of the Sorbonne University said, “Shiite culture, along with its dynamic ijtihad, can answer questions that we have not been able to answer so far”,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“We are very happy to meet you, and we enjoyed what you said. We would love to talk to you for hours. God willing, we will be at your service whenever you come to Iran,” concluded the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, at the end of his speech.


Participation of 12,000 students in summer courses of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Iraq branch


During the meeting between the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and Ayatollah Yaqoubi, Hojat al-Islam Pahlavanzadeh Behbahani, the President of the Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) of Iraq, presented a report on the activities of the Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Iraqi Branch.


Referring to the active missionaries related to the Assembly, he said, “We have active branches in 15 Iraqi provinces and 668 missionaries of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly are active throughout Iraq, all of whom have mosques and husseiniyahs. We monitor the activities of these missionaries every month.”


“The Assembly has a printing house in Najaf, which has been active since the time of the late Ayatollah Asefi and still operates today. The AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly, Iraq branch, has a clinic called “Amir al-Mumenin (a.s.)” in the city of Najaf. Pediatricians, ophthalmologists, internal medicine specialists, and gynecologists are active in this clinic,” he continued.


“Every year in the summer, we hold courses for students that 12,000 students have participated in so far. Of course, the Holy Shrine of Husseini and other religious centers in Iraq also have summer courses, but the summer courses of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly, Iraq branch, are wider in terms of educational materials and following the results,” added the head of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly of Iraq.


“In the past, the I'tikaaf ceremony in Iraq was limited to a small ceremony at the Kufa Mosque. But last year, 560 i'tikaaf ceremonies were held in Iraq under the auspices of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly and the late Ayatollah Asefi took the first steps in this regard,” stated Pahlavanzadeh Behbahani, referring to the promotion of I'tikaf as one of the activities of the Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) of Iraq.


“The Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.) holds ceremonies on the births and martyrdom anniversaries of Infallible Imams (a.s.) as well as political occasions. Holding a meeting for missionaries in Iraq before the holy month of Ramadan and Muharram is one of the activities of the Assembly. In these meetings, the necessary recommendations are provided to the missionaries,” he continued.


“Another activity of the Assembly was holding cultural courses for missionaries. With 250 missionaries in attendance, we held a course in Baghdad. Also, with the cooperation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly four cultural courses were held for Iraqi missionaries. Holding cultural courses for the missionaries of the provinces of Najaf, Karbala, Babylon, and Diwaniyah in the city of Najaf was another program of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly Iraq branch,” added the head of AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly Iraq branch.


“Last week, the assembly held a course named after the victorious commanders of the resistance, martyrs Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes with the presence of 61 women missionaries. In this course, Dr. Elham Hamid, one of the fluent Iranian professors in the field of Arabic media and active in the Arbaeen ceremony, taught and the certificate of participation in the course was awarded to the participants by Ayatollah Ramazani. We also held a lifestyle course for women missionaries to counter (Western) cultural aggression, in which 74 female missionaries participated,” he said.

Islam has defended women the most/Women’s role, essential for educating society: Ayatollah Ramazani

Islam has defended women the most/Women’s role, essential for educating society: Ayatollah Ramazani

 

The closing ceremony of the virtual courses for women preachers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Iraq branch, was held in Najaf, in the presence of Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


At the beginning of the ceremony, welcoming the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Pahlavanzadeh Behbahani, the chairman of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly, Iraq Branch, said, “Participants in this event are women preachers participating in virtual courses, which were planned and held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.”


While praising the holding of training courses for women preachers, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said in a speech, “I am very happy that this meeting was organized by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly, the Iraqi branch. Special thanks to Hojat al-Islam Abu Ali Behbahani, and his colleagues who are concerned with the issue of education. We also appreciate your presence in these courses, and we should know that this movement is very important for propagating Islam.”


“I want to say a few words about the position of women in Islam. Before that, I must draw your attention to the fact that women make up half of the world’s population. There are four billion women and girls in the world. This is a huge capacity that needs to be considered,” he continued.


“Throughout history, women have been oppressed and neglected. The rise of feminism in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and elsewhere has been to prevent the widespread oppression of a large group of women throughout history. But in Islam, which dates back 1400 years, women have been defended the most. In Islam, women are honored, and all the divine prophets, especially the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), have paid attention to this issue. Of course, feminism must be criticized at the right time,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“About 300 verses in the Quran are related to the dignity and status of women. The fact that there is a chapter in the Holy Quran called Women (al-Nisa) is due to the importance of this issue. Also, the fact that the names of some chapters of the Holy Quran are named after prominent women such as Mary (Maryam), shows the importance of this issue. The Holy Quran states that women are role models, and states that women can be role models for growth and perfection. This is one of the highlights mentioned in this heavenly book,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the Quranic verses about women.


The point that Adam (a.s.) was deceived by Eve cannot be proved by Quranic verses. We read in Quran: “Then Satan tempted them, to expose to them what was hidden from them of their nakedness, and he said, ‘Your Lord has only forbidden you from this tree lest you should become angels, or lest you become immortal.’* And he swore to them, ‘I am indeed your well-wisher.’ * Thus he brought about their fall by deception. So when they tasted of the tree, their nakedness became exposed to them, and they began to stitch over themselves with the leaves of paradise. Their Lord called out to them, ‘Did I not forbid you from that tree, and tell you, “Satan is indeed your manifest enemy?” (Quran Sura Al-A'raf verses: 20, 21, 22). These verses show that Satan tempted and misled both of them.”


“The important thing is that from the Quran’s point of view, men and women are equal from real status. That is, a woman can attain faith (in God), and a man can attain faith (in God). Both men and women can attain mysticism and be present in social arenas. Concerning credit matters, whether a woman can be the Imam of the congregation for a man or not, it is a matter of credit. In this place, many people are the Imam of the congregation, but on the Day of Judgment, they cannot be, (and should stay behind a person whose position is higher). Women can be Imam (leader) in the field of propagation and guidance of (and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous (Quran 25:74).) In the Holy Quran in Surah Kawthar, the Kawthar is attributed to Hazrat Zahra (a.s.). All these, indicate that women have a special position in Islam,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“There is a type of Quranic verses about the prophets, which are used to prove the infallibility of the prophets. Exactly the same verses, with the same phrases, are used for women: “And when the angels said, ‘O Mary, Allah has chosen you and purified you, and He has chosen you above the world’s women” (Quran 3:42). Some even use these verses to prove the prophecy and prophethood of women, which is another discussion and should be explored at another time,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the position of women in the Holy Quran.


There is a discussion of comfort and peace in the Quran. Some believe that a wife should comfort her husband. But Allameh Tabatabai says that this comforting and tranquility is two-sided. That is, both husband and wife should comfort each other. Our professor, Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, has a subtle interpretation in his book “Woman in the Mirror of Divine Beauty”: “Man is the manifestation of the glory of God, and woman is the manifestation of the beauty of God. The comfort of the beauty is achieved by glory, and the comfort of the glory is achieved by beauty.” It was our professor’s interpretation,” he continued.


“Westerners must learn to defend women’s rights from Islam and the Quran. The West has only been thinking about defending women’s rights for the last hundred years. Unfortunately, we have not been able to provide an accurate, in-depth, and comprehensive definition of the subject of women in the Qur’an. Therefore, sometimes there are misconceptions about the subject of women, and even (unfortunately) these misconceptions are sometimes seen in some poems and the like,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, considering Islam as the defender of women.


A collection of Imam Khomeini’s speeches on various topics called “Tebyan Collection” has been published in dozens of volumes. One of the volumes is about “The Position of Women in Imam Khomeini’s Perspective”. These days, coinciding with the anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s demise, if we read this book, we will understand the Islamic view of women in the true sense of the word. I strongly recommend that you read the book “The Position of Women in Imam Khomeini’s Perspective”,” he added.


“The role of women in educating society is crucial. In Vienna, I gave lectures on the subject of the family, which has been translated into several languages and published several times. In the West, wherever we discussed women from the perspective of Islam and the Quran, it was interesting to the audience. We told them to learn the exact Quran’s view on women from scholars, and then realize what is the defending women’s rights,” said Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to the role of women in society.


“I hope that the prominent role of women will flourish day by day and that women will play their role in various fields of education. Sometimes it was women who played a key role in raising a great man. In the case of Prophet Moses (a.s.), for example, three women, namely his mother, paternal aunt, and wife of this divine prophet, as well as Asya (Pharaoh’s wife), had an educational role. This is a very detailed topic and I just mentioned some examples,” he continued.


“I am very happy to be present at this meeting. Take these activities seriously, and in education, pay special attention to the education of girls aged ten and eleven, and below. We should also take care of this issue,” pointed out the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


At the end of the ceremony, Ayatollah Ramazani awarded certificates of completion of virtual courses to women preachers who participated in the course.


It should be mentioned that the course “Media Imperialism and Cinema Domination”, taught by Professor Elham Hamid, for 14 days, and the course “Lifestyle, and ways to face the cultural invasion of the West and the United States in Iraqi families” taught by Dr. Badrieh Mousavi, for 20 days, were held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Iraq’s Branch, and the Women’s Deputy of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in cooperation with the Management Center of Women Seminaries.

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