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Qom, Najaf seminaries complement each other: Ayatollah Ramazani/ Shiites were not allowed to grow scientifically during Ba’athist rule: Abazari

Qom, Najaf seminaries complement each other: Ayatollah Ramazani/ Shiites were not allowed to grow scientifically during Ba’athist rule: Abazari

During his visit to Iraq, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, met Hojat al-Islam Gholamreza Abazari, Cultural attaché of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Iraq.


In this meeting, emphasizing the need to nurture elites in universities, Ayatollah Ramazani stated, “The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is on the path of its evolutionary progress. International University of AhlulBayt (a.s.) is also on the path of progress and development in terms of hardware, faculty and fields of study.”


“Qom and Najaf seminaries complement each other. Previously, the seminary in Najaf had a strong comprehensiveness, and we hope it will return to its golden age,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


In this meeting, presenting a report on the activities of the Cultural Consultation and the House of Culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Iraq, Hojat al-Islam Abazari said, “One of the important issues in the relations between Iran and Iraq is the scientific and academic relationship between the two countries. Iran has the capacity to admit about 20,000 Iraqi students. However, at the beginning of the cultural consultancy in Iraq, only 23 Iraqi students were studying in Iran. But there are currently more than 7,000 Iraqi students in Iran.”


“During Saddam’s Ba’athist regime, Shiites were not allowed to improve their education. Many Iraqi Shiites were arrested, imprisoned, deported or executed,” he said, referring to the plight of Shiites during Saddam’s rule.





AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to link Shia Marjaiat, Shiites: Ramazani/ Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein ready to cooperate with Assembly to promote AhlulBayt’s heritage: Karbalai

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to link Shia Marjaiat, Shiites: Ramazani/ Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein ready to cooperate with Assembly to promote AhlulBayt’s heritage: Karbalai

During his visit to Iraq, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, met Hojat al-Islam Abdul Mahdi Karbalai, representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani and the custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hossein (a.s.).


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to link Shia Marjaiat, Shiites

In this meeting, referring to the approach of the Assembly, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “Our approach in AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is to link the Marjaiat of Shia (Shiite Source of Emulation) and the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the world in order to use the existing capacity in the world to introduce the discourse of Marjaiat to the world. To achieve this goal, the Assembly has integrated all the tools, such as the university.”


“Today we are facing the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, and even if it were not, we should have paid special attention to cyberspace. We have different programs for cyberspace. The first is the 42-language propagation portal, which collects content in various languages on Tafsir (exegesis of Quran), theological, hadith, jurisprudential, and legal issues and is easily accessible to all,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.


“The most important objective that we seek to achieve in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is to promote the flows of rationality, spirituality, justice, and resistance against the dictatorships of the flow of arrogance. In the face of extremism in the name of Islam and Shia, the Assembly considers it as a duty to convey moderation in understanding the issues to others, which is a difficult and great task,” said the Secretary-General, referring to the objectives of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“The shrine of 6 infallible Imams (a.s.) is in Iraq, and the seminary of Najaf also has a large capacity. Therefore, we have a duty to communicate with the Marjaiat (Shiite Source of Emulation), and to convey their call, to spread Shiite culture, to others. For 11 years at the Sorbonne (University in Paris), I had dialogues with scholars of other religions, and the result of those dialogues is a 500-page book ready for publication. In my opinion, who is familiar with the dialogue, the meeting of Grand Ayatollah Sistani with the Pope was valuable. Especially the issues that he raised in this meeting are a source of honor for us,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, referring to Iraq’s huge capacity.


“The capacity of Najaf must be used. Classes should be established in this city, educational spaces should be created, and in general, the discussion of educational activities and educational promotion should be taken seriously. We in the Assembly are ready to cooperate in this field,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“I am interested in renewing the memorandum of cooperation between the Holy Shrine of Imam Hossein (a.s.) and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, and creating a new atmosphere for bilateral cooperation. With all sincerity, we came to be together with you, to be able to use this collective capacity to serve to promote the culture of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” he mentioned.


“We have worked on the topics of rationality, spirituality, and justice for many years, and the result of these studies is several books. There are 4,000 fake spiritualities in Europe and America. At the Sorbonne, studies on Shiite spirituality are underway. Shia has the strongest spirituality and the world is thirsty for this spirituality. One of the best holy places where Shiite spirituality can be promoted is the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (a.s.). We are all servants of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


The Pope’s meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sistani major turning point in world’s view of Shia Marjaiat


In this meeting, Hojat al-Islam Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani and the custodian of Holy Shrine of Imam Hossein (a.s.) said, “Previously, there was cooperation between the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the Holy Shrine of Imam Hossein (a.s.) in the field of holding conferences. We have many common affairs in the field of denomination of AhlulBayt (a.s.). Among them, we can mention the revival of the heritage of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and the Shia scholars. We are ready to cooperate fully with the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly in this regard in order to revive the heritage of AhlulBayt (a.s.). We have already held conferences on the great Shiite jurists.”


“The Pope’s meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sistani was a major turning point in the world’s view of Shiite Marjaiat, and showed that this Source of Emulation also addresses the human issues of the nations of the world and that Shia Marjaiat is not only concerned with jurisprudential issues. During his trip to Iraq, the Pope only visited Shia Marjaiat. This shows that the Pope has realized that Shia is a religion in line with human principles. This is a very important point, and it was known before, and the Pope’s meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sistani is just an emphasis on this point. In the face of the tarnishing the image of Islam in the world, we must show the identity of true Islam in the face of human affairs and intellectual issues,” he continued.


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


Hojat al-Islam Pahlavanzadeh Behbahani, the President of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly of Iraq said, “Every year in the summer, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly (Iraqi Branch) holds courses for elementary and middle school students. In 2018, about 12,000 students participated in these courses in different Iraqi provinces. The summer courses of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Assembly were good courses in terms of educational charts and professors.”

Shiites, Sunnis must be vigilant against enemies’ divisiveness: Ayatollah Ramazani

Shiites, Sunnis must be vigilant against enemies’ divisiveness: Ayatollah Ramazani

In a meeting with the elites, nomadic sheikhs, and Sunni scholars of Samarra, while appreciating the Shiite and Sunni Mujahideen of al-Hashd al-Sha’bi (Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces) who provided security in the region, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said, “Muslims can be a world power. Muslims have a lot in common, and elements of divisiveness must be avoided.”


“In the past, great Sunni and Shiite scholars wrote commentaries on each other’s books, and there were even Shiite jurists who taught the four Sunni schools,” he noted, stating that the view among Shiite and Sunni scholars in Samarra is gratifying.


“Today, the enemies of Islam have mobilized all their resources to divide and destroy the rule of Islam. But we must be vigilant against the enemies’ policy of “divide and rule”,” added, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“In the last century, great scholars such as the late Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi, Sheikh Shaltout, Sheikh Mohammad Abduh, Kawakbi, Sayed Jamaluddin Asadabadi, and others, discussed the unity of the Muslim Ummah and the unity of Islamic nations,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, emphasizing the Islamic unity between Shiites and Sunnis.


“The history of friendship between Islamic Iran and Iraq is very long. But if this relationship between the two countries increases to 50 countries, and the Islamic countries and the oppressed unite, a power will be created against the West, and they even will overcome the West,” stated the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts.


“Alhamdulillah, thanks to the forces of al-Hashd al-Sha’bi (Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces), General Haj Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, Takfiri groups were destroyed,” he added, stating that ISIL and other terrorist groups were created and paid for by the West and were intended to cause terror among Islamic communities.


“Our words and the Marjaiiat of the Islamic Iran and Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader, are the same words of Grand Ayatollah Sistani who said “Sunnis are our souls”,” Ayatollah Ramazani said in the end.

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.

Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan exposed to genocide: Mohammad Ali Juya

Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan exposed to genocide: Mohammad Ali Juya

On Monday, May 17, 2021, a scientific meeting entitled “Study of the legal aspects of the terrorist attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul” was held by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, in the conference hall of the Assembly in Qom.


Referring to the “crime against humanity”, Hojat al-Islam Dr. Mohammad Ali Juya, a faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University stated at the beginning of the meeting, “The crime against humanity is an international crime. At first, its concept was vague. But then, international talks made it identifiable and provable.”


“The first document on crimes against humanity is the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal. The tribunal was set up by victorious governments in World War II to try Nazi war criminals. The Nuremberg Charter stated that international premeditated murder, and the extermination of a civilian population, is a crime against humanity,” he continued.


“123 countries are member states of the International Criminal Court. The task of this court is to investigate crimes against humanity. Under the International Criminal Court, it can try crimes such as massacre, genocide, and expulsion of nations. That is, crimes committed in the context of a large-scale and organized attack on a civilian population. The condition for examining such crimes in the International Criminal Court is that they be widespread, organized, and against civilians,” added the faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University.


“Since 2001, we have witnessed widespread and organized attacks against Hazara Shiites. The attacks targeted mosques and Hazara educational centers. Afghanistan’s Hazara Shiite population is at risk of genocide,” said Juya, referring to the attacks on Hazara Shiites in Afghanistan


“In the international arena, two actions can be taken for protecting Hazara Shiites against crimes. The first is to ask the International Court of Justice to investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice, which is one of the inherent duties of this court. Another step is to call on the international community to protect the Hazara Shiite population in accordance with international standards. This has already been done for the Kurds, Yazidis, and Muslims of Bosnia, and they have been protected by the international community,” he continued.


“We are faced with ambiguity in dealing with the perpetrators of crimes against the Hazara Shiites, and the perpetrators of these attacks are not clear. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, and although Daesh is present in Afghanistan, it does not have a specific address. The solution to this problem is to set up a commission of experts, which was set up in courts such as the Nuremberg Trials, in which defendants were arrested and interrogated,” added the faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University.


“The enforcement of rulings by the International Court of Justice in The Hague is low, and the punishment imposed by the tribunal has little deterrence. We must introduce the genocide of the Hazara Shiites of Afghanistan to the world as an international catastrophe so that the international conscience realizes this genocide and intervenes to solve it,” Juya said, referring to the Hague tribunal.


“There are many and at the same time contradictory international documents in this case. Genocide is a set of actions taken to destroy all or part of a racial, ethnic, or religious group. Hazara Shiites have been subjected to genocide in Afghanistan since the time of Abdul Rahman, and since then, a series of actions have been taken against Hazara Shiites, the latest example being the attack on the Sayed Al-Shuhada (a.s.) school, west of Kabul. These measures are aimed at marginalizing and gradually destroying an ethnic group,” he noted, considering the genocide as one of the internationally recognized crimes.

Resistance Front in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon has established true position of Shiites in region, world: Ayatollah Ramazani

Resistance Front in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon has established true position of Shiites in region, world: Ayatollah Ramazani

 During his visit to Syria on Thursday, February 25, 2021, the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly met Hojat al-Islam Sayed Abdullah Nezam, the President of the Assembly of Hazrat Fatemeh Al-Zahra (a.s.).


“Michel Foucault believed that there would never be a religious revolution and that all revolutions would be secular and atheistic. But the Islamic Revolution of Iran rejected his theory and caused him to change his theory. Previously, Muslims did not have scientific power and global status and were considered third world and underdeveloped countries. But today, Islamic centers have expanded in the world. In Germany, for example, there were 100 Islamic centers, which has grown to 200 today. We are faced with the quantitative development of Islamic centers. But, more important than quantitative development, we need the qualitative development that exists. It is also one of the most serious discussions in scientific centers of the world such as Harvard, Cambridge and Sorbonne, are Islam and approaches to understanding Islam,” Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated in this meeting.


“In the past, Muslim countries and cities were the center of science, but the West stole this science from Muslims and now rules the world with it,” added the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“Thanks God, the Islamic Republic of Iran, has been able to achieve an important scientific position. For example, in the medical sciences, Islamic Iran was able to produce the covid-19 vaccine, and in the next few months, this vaccine will overtake the French and British vaccines and will become international,” He said about the progress of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.


“Shiites could not have lived normally if the idea of resistance had not been accompanied by scientific development. The Resistance Front in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon has established the true position of the Shiites in the region and in the world,” Ayatollah Ramazani said about the position of thought and the role of resistance among Shiites.


“Allame Mujahid Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah in Lebanon, has a precise speech that gave me double morale and dignity. It was that “We will not allow Hazrat Zainab (a.s.) to be captured again.” This shows that the Shiites resisted the extremist elements with all their might. Let us remember the martyrs of the resistance and the honorable martyr, Sardar Haj Qasem Soleimani, for whom the funeral of a large number of people in Iran and Iraq was held. The funeral procession of the martyrs of the resistance shows the people’s acceptance of the culture of resistance and brought to fruition the words of the late Imam Khomeini, who said that “America can do no wrong”. Today, thanks to the struggles of the warriors of Islam, the power of resistance has increased and the enemies can do nothing,” he stated.


“The manifestation of the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) has reached a point where the former Secretary General of the United Nations said, “I wish Imam Khamenei would be the Secretary General of the United Nations to defend the people.” This statement is taken from the fact that Imam Khamenei is the son of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school,” emphasized the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

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.

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly condemned killing Shiites in Machhi, Pakistan/Crime angered Shiites worldwide/Appreciating Ayat. Makarem, Pakistan's Ulama

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly condemned killing Shiites in Machhi, Pakistan/Crime angered Shiites worldwide/Appreciating Ayat. Makarem, Pakistan's Ulama

 

In a statement, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly condemned the killing of Hazare Shiites in Machhi, Pakistan.


In the statement, calling the international organizations to fulfill their legal and international duties, the assembly drew everyone's attention to the danger of the extremist and criminal group, ISIL.


The assembly also appreciated Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi for his guiding message, and Pakistan's Prime Minister for consolation with the martyrs' families.


The statement is as follows:


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“Those who do wrong will come to know by what a (great) reverse they will be overturned!” (The Holy Quran, 26:227)


The evil hands of the Takfiri terrorists were once again stained with the blood of the oppressed and Muslim people of Pakistan.


The crime of the terrorist-takfiri group “DAESH” in the Machhi coal mine in Balochistan province in the beheading and martyrdom of 11 oppressed and innocent Hazara miners, wounded the hearts of free people, especially the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in all parts of the world and angered them about this horrible crime.


Condemning this terrorist and inhumane act and expressing sympathy with the bereaved families of the martyrs of this painful incident and wishing them patience and reward, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly calls on all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to fulfill their legal and international duties to prevent such criminal incidents and to take the fight against terrorism seriously.


The assembly insists that the organizations must also be aware of the fact that the danger of this extremist and criminal group will affect all of humanity, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and they must take practical and preventive measures to counter them.


The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly considers it necessary to appreciate the Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi who, with his instructive message, broke the deadlock created for the burial of the martyrs; and thanks the stance of Pakistani scholars in support of the verdict of the Shiite source of emulation.


The Assembly praised the action of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan, in acknowledging the oppression of the Hazare Shiites of this country and also the visit to Quetta and the consolation of the families of the martyrs and while appreciating him and other Pakistani government, military and security officials, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly calls on them to take special measures to identify and punish the perpetrators of this crime and prevent such incidents from happening.


In the end, we offer our condolences to the bereaved families for this great tragedy, and wish them patience and reward, and the highest degrees for their dear martyrs.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Jumada al-Ula 24, 1442

January 8, 2021


Eleven Pakistani Shiite workers were brutally beheaded and martyred by terrorists at a coal mine in the Machhi area near Bolan in Balochistan province.

In a statement, the ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the tragedy.

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Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly

The Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly  is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) that was established by a group of Shiite elites under the supervision of the great Islamic authority of the Shiites in 1990 to identify, organize, educate and support the followers of Ahl al-Bayt.

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