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ABWA’s Message of condolences on demise of “Sheikh Hassan Malupa”

ABWA’s Message of condolences on demise of “Sheikh Hassan Malupa”

Following the demise of Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Hassan Malupa, the commentator of the Holy Quran, and an active preacher of Islam in Africa, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly issued a message of condolence.

The message is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“Indeed, we belong to Allah and to Him do we indeed return” (Holy Quran 2:156)

The demise of the great scholar, the commentator of the Qur'an, and the great translator of the books of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), Sheikh Hassan Malupa from Kenya, caused grief and sorrow.

He was one of the pioneers of propagating the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) who spent his blessed life translating books on the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly asks God Almighty for the highest degrees for him and patience for his family.

AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

July 25, 2021

 

It should be mentioned that Sheikh Hassan Malopa was one of the most famous commentators of the Quran and activists in the field of propagating the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in Kenya.

Originally from the Kenyan island of Mombasa, he worked closely with the Al-Itra Institute in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania’s largest city) and on frequent and regular trips, translating Shiite Tafsir books and other books related to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) for that institution.

Many works of the late Malupa are left and used by the followers of the Shiite religion in Africa.

The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa with a population of about 48 million. According to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the number of Shiites in Kenya was estimated at 560,000 in 2008.

Message of ABWA’s Secretary-General on the occasion of Great Eid al-Adha to Islamic Ummah

Message of ABWA’s Secretary-General on the occasion of Great Eid al-Adha to Islamic Ummah

On the occasion of the great Eid al-Adha, the day of man’s liberation from material dependence, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly issued an important message.

In this message, with Quranic references, he mentioned the truth of the Qorban (sacrifice), and reminded the points that today Muslims should follow upon the example of the life of Prophet Ibrahim Khalil (a.s.).

Ayatollah Reza Ramazani’s message is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled: He said: ‘I will make thee an Imam to the Nations’.”1

Eid al-Adha is the anniversary of the release of the “perfect righteous man” from all the constraints, each of which was enough to is eternal imprisonment, whether these constraints are the tricks of the devil, or the bonds to the complexity of carnal desires, or the obsessions that aim at the assurance of the heart, or the dependencies that are rooted in the depths of the human soul.

On the way to this liberation, Ibrahim (a.s.), the father of the prophets, was tested with the most severe afflictions to prove the verse “I love not those that set”2 in practice. So, when he took the “beloved who sets (his non-eternal son, Ishmael)” to the slaughter place to sacrifice for the “beloved who is eternal (God, Almighty)”, the message came: “O Abraham! * Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!”3. It was then that he became Khalilullah (friend of God), and when he became “Khalil of God”, he qualified to become “the Imam of the worlds”.

So, no messenger was sent after him unless he was sent to follow the religion of that prophet (Ibrahim): “So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith”4, and, no Ummah came, unless that Imam (Ibrahim) was his good model: “There is a goodly pattern for you in Abraham” 5.

In the meantime, the Ummah of the last Prophet (p.b.u.h) is the most rightful to this follow, and the most deserving to follow this example: “Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Abraham, are those who follow him, as are also this Prophet and those who believe: And Allah is the Protector of those who have faith” 6.

The truth of the Qorban (sacrifice) is to leave any kind of belonging and sacrifice the all “Ishmaels” within, so that man can be guided to the path of Tawhid, and only by reaching this truth the message of the great architect of Tawhid can be fully received: “Say: Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds”7.

Now, in the age of the parade of lust, Satan and doubt, the path of emancipation and liberation of the children of the Ummah is to follow the covenant and nation of that father, and struggle upon his way: “And strive hard in (the way of) Allah, (such) a striving a is due to Him; He has chosen you and has not laid upon you a hardship in religion; the faith of your father Ibrahim; He named you Muslims before”8.

On this auspicious day, while congratulating this great Eid to all the Islamic Ummah - especially the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) - as well as congratulating the Eids that will follow, and connect the “Abrahamic Imamate” to “Muhammadi Mubahila” and “Alawite Velayat”, I invite everyone to follow the example and tradition of the owner of this dear Eid, namely Ibrahim Khalilullah.

“Self-Cultivation”, “Strengthening faith”, “Breaking worldly ties”, “Scarifying the inner obstacles to reaching God”, “Rising for God”, “Disavowal from polytheism and polytheists”, “Invitation to monotheism”, “Courage and breaking idols”, “Fighting against tyranny and arrogance”, “Struggle and resistance in the way of guidance”, “Refusing to submit to lust”, “Stoning the devil and who have devil traits”, and “To prosper mosques for the worship of God”, all are clear examples of the life of the Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.), and If Muslims follow them, no power or superpower will prevail over them.

Eid al-Adha is the return of man to the pure divine nature, and to himself, to look at the Tafsir of “I am going to place in the earth a khalif”9 in the perspective of “And We ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice”10, and in the Karbala-like glory, put the ascension of the “Righteous Soul”11 envied by “Marked angels”.

This is the path by which one can attain the status of God’s friend and chosen one in this world, and one be among the righteous and those who are close to God in the Hereafter.

“We certainly chose him in the [present] world, and in the Hereafter, he will indeed be among the Righteous”12

Reza Ramazani

Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Eid al-Adha 1442 AH

July 21, 2021

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  1. “وَإذِ ابْتَلىٰ إِبراهيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِماتٍ فَأتَمَّهُنَّ قالَ إِنِّي جاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِماما” Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse: 124
  2. “لا أحبّ الآفِلین” Surah Al-An’am, Verse: 76
  3. “یا إبراهیمُ ٭ قَدْ صَدَّقْتَ الرُّؤْیَا” Surah As-Saaffat Verses: 104, 105
  4. “ثمَّ أوْحَينا إلَيكَ أَنِ اتَّبِعْ مِلَّةَ إبراهيمَ حَنيفا” Surah An-Nahl, Verse: 123
  5. “قَدْ كانَتْ‌ لَكُمْ‌ أُسْوَةٌ‌ حَسَنَةٌ‌ في إبراهيمَ” Surah Al-Mumtahanah, Verses: 4
  6. “إِنَّ أَوْلَى النَّاسِ بِإِبْرَاهِيمَ لَلَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُ وَهَذَا النَّبِيُّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَاللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ” Surah Al Imran, Verse: 68
  7. “قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ” Surah Al-An’am, Verse: 162
  8. “وَجَاهِدُوا فِي اللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِ هُوَ اجْتَبَاكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ مِلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ هُوَ سَمَّاكُمُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ مِنْ قَبْلُ” Surah Hajj, Verses: 78
  9. “إِنّي جاعِلٌ فِي الأرضِ خَليفَة” Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse: 30
  10. “وَ فَدَیناهُ بِذِبْحٍ عَظِیم” Surah As-Saaffat, Verse: 107
  11. “نفس مطمئنه” Surah Al-Fajr, Verse: 27
  12. “وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ” Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse: 130

 

ABWA’s message of condolences for demise of Sheikh Ahmad Tijan Sila

ABWA’s message of condolences for demise of Sheikh Ahmad Tijan Sila

Following the demise of Sheikh Ahmad Tijan Silla, one of the leading Shiites in Africa and representative of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Sierra Leone, in a message the Assembly expressed its condolences for the loss.


The message is as follows:




In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“Indeed, we belong to Allah and to Him do we indeed return” (Holy Quran 2:156)


The demise of the eminent scholar Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Ahmad Tijan Sila, one of the most prominent Shiite scholars in Sierra Leone, the head of the Shiite Cultural Center, and the representative of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the country, caused grief and sorrow.


Sheikh Ahmad Tijan Sila was one of the pioneers in spreading the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), who spent his blessed life preaching and teaching in various areas of Sierra Leone, and was a promoter of Islamic teachings and the AhlulBayt (a.s.).


Hereby, offering condolences on the occasion of this loss to his honorable family, and all his friends and acquaintances, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly asks God Almighty for the highest degrees for him and patience for his family.


AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

June 25, 2021

In modernity age, we must provide comprehensive, accurate, deep definition of Islam: Ramazani

In modernity age, we must provide comprehensive, accurate, deep definition of Islam: Ramazani

Following the meeting with Iraqi personalities, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, met Sheikh Humam al-Hamoudi, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.


In the modernity age, we must provide a comprehensive, accurate, in-depth definition of Islam


Expressing satisfaction with the meeting with Sheikh Humam al-Hamoudi, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “The great ulama have been members of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, and today it is necessary to strengthen this institution.”


“Religion has been entrusted to us, and it is important that we be able to manage the social, cultural, and political dimensions of religion in world developments,” he said.


“Not only in Europe they are trying to introduce the minimum of religion, but even in Pakistan, some scholars believe that some verses of the Holy Quran should be removed! Some even believe that the Qur’an is not a book of the law, but only preaching,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani referring to the fact that many intellectuals are trying to introduce the minimum of religion.


“Today, with international ideas and developments in the age of modernity based on liberalism, we must introduce all aspects of Islam. According to Imam Khomeini, we must introduce religion with the utmost vision and be present in the social and political arenas,” continued the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, emphasizing that we must provide a comprehensive, accurate, and deep definition of Islam.


“We need to convey religious concepts to young people in an attractive way, and now is the best time to introduce the Islamic lifestyle,” he said.


“In Europe and America, there are more than 4,000 fake spiritualities, and some even introduce godless mysticism. At this point, the role of the ulama becomes very prominent. Religious scholars once answered the doubts of the future, and today is the time. Today in world management, scientific personalities such as the martyr Sayed Mohammad Baqwr Sadr could be influential,” he added.


In another part of his speech, introducing the different sections of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Ramazani invited Sheikh Humam al-Hamoudi to attend the assembly.


Thanks to the Supreme Leader, Iran is influential in the world


Referring to the spread of Islam in the world, Sheikh Humam al-Hamoudi, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq said, “Islam has become an international issue, and international issues are interrelated.”


“To counter the Shiite school, the enemies created ISIL, so that the Shiites and the Sunnis would fight each other. Of course, the people of the world distinguish between ISIL and Muslims, because they know that Islamic groups, such as Hezbollah, do not attack civilians,” added the Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.


“Islam has spread to Europe, and the Muslim community in European countries is influencing the social situation of these countries. Enemies, on the other hand, offer European Islam, which is based on secularism,” stated Humam al-Hamoudi, considering Islam to be expanding.


“Iraq influences the issues of other countries. We must work for the unity of the Shiite communities,” he mentioned.

ABWA can be effective in communicating with Iraqi elite, youth: Ayatollah Ramazani

ABWA can be effective in communicating with Iraqi elite, youth: Ayatollah Ramazani

During his visit to Iraq, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly met the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi.


Saying that we have had the strongest relations with Iraq in various fields, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated, “Given the existence of different parties in Iraq, there is a need for comprehensive planning in communicating with Iraq’s elites of society and the government.”


“Previously, we did not think we would reach this level of relations between Iran and Iraq. At present, Iran’s relations with other countries are not as extensive as those with Iraq. Due to the many commonalities, it is easy to work in Iraq. But there are also some differences in this regard,” he continued.


“Neither a mere negative outlook and despair is appropriate, nor an absolutely positive outlook. Rather, there should be a conditional positive attitude with caution. From experience, we conclude that we should have a positive but conditional view,” he emphasized.


“We must be connected to the Iraqi society and the young generation. Unfortunately, we have neglected the field of educating the youth in Iraq, and we have not had any educational programs. Therefore, we must communicate with the Iraqi elite, as influential elements, and the Iraqi youth and the Assembly can play a role in this regard,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly about the necessity of communication with the Iraqi society, referring to Iran’s regional power.


“The Assembly does not have a mere traditional approach to activities. Today, if we do not have a strategy for cyberspace, we will suffer in this field. The enemy’s cyberspace is in our homes and we must work hard in this regard,” he said, regarding the new plans of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.


“Iran’s ambassador and Cultural Attaché in Iraq and the Assembly’s representative in the country should not work only for Iraq because Iraq has an international capacity. Iraq can enter into cultural interactions on the world stage, and we can play a role in this regard. Therefore, it is necessary to use the capacity of the cities of Karbala, Najaf, Baghdad, and the shrine of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and the shrine of Hazrat Abbas (a.s.),” stated Ayatollah Ramazani.


“Grand Ayatollah Sistani has an international capacity. The AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is the connecting link between the Marjaiat and the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the world,” he emphasized.


“We must stand up to the United States and not give in to it. This is the meaning of resistance jurisprudence. In the meeting we had with the elites of Samarra, everyone agreed on the fight against arrogance. Imam Khomeini’s global influence in the fight against arrogance can be seen in these situations. Today, Iraq and other countries are fighting against oppression, while in the past no one dared to do so,” he said, emphasizing the need for communication between Iranian and Iraqi scholars.


“In the issue of proximity of Shiite and Sunni schools, and the section related to the AhlulBayt (a.s.), we declare our readiness for cooperation,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, introducing the city of Samarra as an important platform for proximity between Sunni and Shia.


At the beginning of the meeting, Iraj Masjedi, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, presented a report to the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly on the rise of Shiite parties in Iraq after the fall of Saddam and the hardships to which these groups are facing, the problems of Shiite groups to serve the people after coming to power, American Evils and Conspiracies, the rise of ISIL and other terrorist groups in Iraq, the position of Al-Hashd Al-Shabi (Iraqi popular Mobilization forces) and resistance groups in this country, Iran’s capabilities and successes in Iraq, the role and position of Grand Ayatollah Sistani, and Marjaiat in the Iraqi political arena, the need to communicate with the Iraqi people and parties, the need to work in the cultural and social fields of Iraq, and the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its requirements in the new conditions.




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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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