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Meeting of cultural centers affiliated to AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Meeting of cultural centers affiliated to AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

On Monday, August 2, 2021, a meeting of cultural centers affiliated to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, entitled “Hosseini mourning, manifestation of divine rites”, was held in the meeting hall of the Assembly in Qom.

launching digital library in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

At the beginning of the meeting, referring to the situation of Shiites in the world, Hojat al-Islam Sayed Mohammad Reza Ale Ayyub, Director General of Cultural Services and Publications of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, said, “The situation in the Shiite and the Islamic world requires us to follow the issues of different countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia and Algeria, because the developments in these countries are our current issues. We have good news that the release of Sheikh Zakzaky is one of them.”

“Recently, in the General Directorate of Cultural Services and Publications of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, we have taken steps to establish cultural centers in countries such as Iraq, the Netherlands, Tunisia and Algeria. Also, steps have been taken to establish women’s centers in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon,” he continued.

“In this general office, we are looking to launch a digital library, to be a reference for the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school. Also, we are looking to use the capacity of cultural centers in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly,” added the Director General of Cultural Services and Publications of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

Research on how to present lifestyle of AhlulBayt (a.s.) to world

Following the meeting, referring to the approach of the Research Office of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Mahdi Farmanian, Director General of Studies and Research of the Assembly, stated, “This office is looking for some grand strategies in order to offer the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world. The question that arises is how to present the lifestyle of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) to the world, and in this regard, we welcome the proposed ideas. People seek to preserve their material life in the manner of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).”

“We seek to present five slogans as the slogans of the Research Office of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. To promote the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.), the Shiites must go from denial to proof, from negative to affirmative method, from extremism to balance, from lack of connection to interaction, and from feeling to reason,” he continued.

“In the research office of the World Assembly of Ahl al-Bayt (AS), we support the submitted projects as much as possible,” noted the Director General of Studies and Research of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

Cyberspace has the most audience to convey a message

Also, Hassan Sadrai Aref, the head of the General Department of Cyberspace of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly said in the meeting of cultural centers affiliated to the assembly, “A few days have passed since Eid al-Ghadir. It is our mission to preserve and promote what has become a Shiite slogan.”

“Today, cyberspace has the most popular audience to convey a message. This environment has affected our spiritual and material life. So that we are connected to cyberspace from morning to night,” he continued.

“The General Department of Cyberspace of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly seeks to create a database of international actors in cyberspace in order to better reflect the message of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in today's world,” Sadrai Aref pointed out.

The importance of the manpower training for the success of missionaries

In another part of the meeting, referring to the need to train missionaries, Hojat al-Islam Valiullah Madanipour, head of the General Department of Education of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, said, “Preachers must learn cultural management in order to work coherently in their countries, and the General Department of Education of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly can serve foreign missionaries in this regard.”

“In order to be effective in their own countries, missionaries must set up training offices. Because manpower training is also one of the tasks of the General Department of Education of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly,” he continued.

“The General Directorate is ready to train and provide training to people from different countries, and has a plan for synergy in this area,” added the head of the General Department of Education of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

The need for a network of Shiite jurists to defend Shiites rights in the world

In the final part of the meeting of cultural centers affiliated to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the month of Muharram, Hojat al-Islam Ahmad Ahmadi Tabar, the deputy for scientific and cultural affairs of the Assembly stated, “The month of Muharram is coming, a month which has special features. The revival of the religion of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) is through Ashura and Karbala. Apparently, the incident of Ashura is an incident that happened in a day and a half, in which the two groups faced each other, and that, one group lost everything. On the surface, such an incident should be forgotten. But as time goes on, the Ashura incident becomes more vivid and effective than before. The secret of this issue is the four elements that have made Ashura last and effective.”

“The first element for the effectiveness of Ashura incident, is the Martyrdom. When man sacrifices his everything in the way of God, the reward of martyrdom will be with Him Almighty. Throughout history, the martyrs have been influenced by their sincerity. The element for the survival of Ashura throughout the history, is the element of Captivity, which destroyed the evil propaganda and clarified the truth. The third element for effectiveness of Ashura, which was emphasized by the infallible Imams (a.s.), is the element of Pilgrimage. The AhlulBayt (a.s.) emphasized that we should pilgrimage Karbala. In the hadiths, the pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is mentioned as the best deeds, and for it, many worldly and otherworldly rewards are stated. The fourth element for the survival of Ashura throughout the history, is Mourning and mentioning the event. Ashura is not just a day and a place, but is a struggle between right and wrong, and an eternal struggle in history,” he continued.

“Today we have spaces and situations, and we must use them to make the most effort and hold the best ceremonies. In this regard, we can use cyberspace. During the holy month of Ramadan, we had 3,000 virtual Minbar (pulpits) for various human societies by non-Iranian scholars,” added the deputy for scientific and cultural affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“A network of Shiite jurists is needed to defend the rights of Shiites around the world, and creating such a network should be on the agenda. The policy of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is to protect the Shiites,” said Ahmadi Tabar, referring to the need to defend the rights of Shiites in the world.

“We built houses for different nationalities. In this regard, the “House of Africa” has been launched, and we are setting up the “House of Afghanistan”. Regarding the identification of the Shiites, no serious work has been done in the past in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. Since last year, we have taken steps in this regard to accurately identify the situation of the world’s Shiites. In this regard, some work has been done, but it is not complete. Shiites live in 148 countries, and the status of each community must be determined,” he continued.

“We no longer have a plan to publish books widely in Iran. We are looking to publish the books of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in other countries. All proper contents available in cyberspace has been collected in a portal called “Rahnama” in 47 languages and all followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) can use it,” added the deputy for scientific and cultural of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“For the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school, a human network of followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) and a media network must be created. Art tools should also be used to promote the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.),” said Ahmadi Tabar, referring to the need for creating a network of Shiites.

“The digital library of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has not been launched yet. But we anticipate that this library will be available to people around the world in 2021. In this library, all the works that have been written about Shiites throughout history in different languages will be available to the public,” he mentioned.

Suggestions of the heads of the Cultural Centers affiliated to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

In a meeting with the directors of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the heads of the Cultural Centers affiliated to the Assembly presented suggestions including: Establishment of an international law institute to defend the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school entitled “Defense of Human Rights”, prevent divisive actions in order not to give excuses to the enemies to attack the Shiites, strengthening the relationship between the cultural centers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, inviting Sunni scholars on religious occasions such as Muharram and the birth of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), increasing the support of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly of for cultural centers, holding specialized virtual courses for missionaries, holding quarterly meetings between the officials of cultural centers and the directors of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the need to follow the proposals presented by the heads of cultural centers to the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (a.s.).

Meeting “Hosseini mourning, manifestation of divine rites” to be held face-to-face, virtually + poster

Meeting “Hosseini mourning, manifestation of divine rites” to be held face-to-face, virtually + poster

The meeting of cultural centers affiliated to the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, will be held face-to-face and virtually.

The meeting, entitled “Hosseini mourning, manifestation of divine rites”, will be held with a speech by Hojat al-Islam Ahmadi Tabar, the deputy for scientific and cultural affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, along with a question-and-answer session.

The meeting will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM, in full compliance with the health protocols (due to the Covid-19 virus) face-to-face at the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly building in Qom, as well as virtually.

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Congratulation of Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly on Sheikh Zakzaky’s release

Congratulation of Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly on Sheikh Zakzaky’s release

Sunday, 01 August 2021

In a message, Ayatollah Mohammad Hasan Akhtari, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly congratulated the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the founder of the Nigerian Islamic Movement.

The message of Ayatollah Akhtari is as follow:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Your Excellency, Hojat al-Islam Hajj Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

Assalamu Alaykum

Congratulations on your release from unlawful detention! With resistance and patience, you managed to pass six years of highly terrible conditions.

This happy event, coinciding with the anniversary of the great event of Ghadir, the Eid of Imamate and Wilayah, added to the joy of us and the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

I deem it necessary to offer you my most sincere greetings from the bottom of my heart for your patience, perseverance and endurance because you sustained pain and hardships with all your strength; furthermore, you sacrificed your six beloved children for Islam and the Quran.

During these six years, prominent scholars and members of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly from different countries did whatever possible to let the world know about the oppression of the Nigerian Shiites and for your release.

Now, on behalf of myself and the honorable members of the council, I appreciate all those who worked for your release, especially scholars of different religions and denominations, lawyers, human rights organizations and those media active in this field.

Besides, the faithful women and devoted men who risked their lives and positions during all these years and called for your freedom with their continued public participation, and even being martyred in this way, deserve a lot of appreciation and gratefulness.

To thank God for your freedom, I prostrate before God Almighty, and once again congratulating the Muslim Ummah and the people of Nigeria, I pray to Heaven for an honorable long life for you and your esteemed spouse.

I hope that your life will be a good model for everyone in the communication of the truth and defence of the sanctity of the AhlulBayt (a.s.).

Mohammad Hassan Akhtari

Chairman of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Zul-Hijjah 19, 1442

July 31, 2021

Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly congratulated Sheikh Zakzaky’s release

Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly congratulated Sheikh Zakzaky’s release

In a message to Hojat al-Islam Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the founder of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, congratulated him on his release.

In this message, referring to the efforts of this AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to defend Sheikh Zakzaky and the oppressed Shiites of Nigeria, the Secretary-General of the Assembly appreciated all activists, legal organizations and the team of lawyers defending the founder of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and the loyal Nigerian people.

In another part of his message, Ayatollah Ramazani considered the support of clerics and followers of different denominations and religions for Sheikh Zakzaky as a good model for interaction between religions, and proximity between denominations for freedom, justice and spirituality.

The message of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly to Sheikh Zakzaky is as follows:

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Your Excellency, Hojat al-Islam Hajj Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

Assalamu Alaykum

The news of your release and that of your honorable wife from prison, increased our joy and that of all free Muslims on the day of Eid Ghadir.

Your unlawful detention began in the days of grief and sorrow of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the month of Safar, and ended in the days of joy of Prophet’s family, and this is an inspiring coincidence for us.

During these six years, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has made many legal, political, propagational, media and human rights efforts to defend you and the oppressed Nigerian Shiites. Because you have been “the symbol of peace, abiding law, and law”, the “messenger of the peaceful coexistence of the followers of religions” and the “defender of human rights and freedoms”.

Now, on behalf of the members of the Assembly around the world, I consider it necessary to express my gratitude to: the human rights activists and organizations that defended you, the team of lawyers, the judges who upheld your innocence in both courts, and above all, the loyal people who have risked their lives and security all these years and demanded your freedom by constantly attending peaceful rallies.

I also need to appreciate the clerics and followers of other religions who supported you alongside the Shiites. This experience is a good model for interaction between religions, and proximity between denominations for freedom, justice and spirituality.

I thank God Almighty, and while congratulating this auspicious event, I ask God for your health and permanence of your success and that of your honorable wife - the mother of six martyrs.

“What is with you must vanish: what is with Allah will endure. And We will certainly bestow, on those who patiently persevere, their reward according to the best of their actions.” (Quran al-Karim, Surah al An-Nahl, Verse: 96)

Reza Ramazani

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

Zul-Hijjah 18, 1442

July 29, 2021

It should be mentioned that the verdict on the release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife had already been issued by a court, but the Nigerian government and military refused to comply.

Before the release, the Nigerian government had blocked Zakzaky’s release under various excuses and had not even allowed him access to medical care.

Ghadir provides most accurate understanding of religion to human society: Ayatollah Ramazani

Ghadir provides most accurate understanding of religion to human society: Ayatollah Ramazani

Friday, 30 July 2021

On the evening of Thursday, July 29, 2021, during the Eid al-Ghadir celebration, which was held in the Haj Sami Mosque in Rasht, following the hygienic procedures due to Covid-19, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated, “Celebration meetings on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir should be held very glorious. But the emergency situation due to the infamous Covid-19 virus has caused us to be content with the minimum.”

“Unfortunately, the Covid-19 virus has caused great damages to society, especially to religious ceremonies and Friday and congregational prayers,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

While offering congratulation on Eid al-Ghadir and referring to the verse “الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي” (This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you) (Quran, Surah: Al-Ma’idah, Verse: 3), he said, “This verse refers to the perfection and completion of religion. That is, if the Ghadir event did not occur, religion would remain incomplete.”

“If there was no Imamate and Wilayah, religion would be soulless and without guards,” clarified Ayatollah Ramazani, pointing out that Imamate and Wilayah have completed the religion.

“The religion was completed in the 23 years of the prophethood of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), and if there was no Imamate, all the efforts of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) would have been lost,” added the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Leadership Experts, expressing that the Imam is the guardian of religion.

“Kuffar believed that after the demise of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), all the events that took place in 23 years of the prophethood would disappear, but the Prophet disappointed the enemies with the Event of al-Ghadir,” he said, pointing out that religion is eternal as long as human beings exist and the Prophet Muhamad (p.b.u.h) is the Prophet of all humanity.

“As the leader of the Islamic Ummah, the wisdom of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), required him to determine the protection of religion, and the Event of al-Ghadir specified this task,” Ayatollah Ramazani clarified.

“The best person who has a special knowledge and status of Ismat (infallibility), and the religion should be guided by him, was appointed by God and announced to the people by the Prophet (p.b.u.h),” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, considering the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) as the most sympathetic person to religion.

“This speech of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) was not ordinary. So that in three days, every single person, even women, came and pledged allegiance (to Imam Ali),” he clarified, explaining that according to famous narrations, 18,000 people were present during the recitation of Ghadir’s sermon by the Prophet (p.b.u.h).

“In the Event of al-Ghadir, the religion recognized its guardian, and just as the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) has authority, the guiding Imam must also have scientific, spiritual and political authority, and in general, religious authority,” Ayatollah Ramazani pointed out.

“Ghadir is not just for Shiites, but for all Muslims,” stated the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to the fact that in the al-Ghadir event, it was announced to the people who will be in charge of the religious authority of the Islamic world after the Prophet (p.b.u.h).

Today, the Event of al-Ghadir can be influential for the growth of Islamic society

Stating that today the Event of al- Ghadir can be influential for the growth of Islamic society, he said, “The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) considers he Eid Al-Ghadir the greatest Eid of his Ummah, and this event should be analyzed and investigated.”

“On the day of Ghadir, Imam Ali (a.s.) was introduced as the most perfect, ascetic, and bravest person, so that the enemies would be disappointed in carrying out any animosity,” Ayatollah Ramazani pointed out.

“Ghadir offers the most accurate understanding of religion to human society,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, pointing out that today if the doctrine of Ghadir is considered, its role in the protection of religion will be understood.

“If the Event of Al-Ghadir had not happened, there would have been no trace of the truth and spirit of the religion and the Quran, because the enemies could have easily distorted it,” he added, stating that the occurrence of Al-Ghadir Event led to the establishment of the school of Imam Sadeq (a.s.) and Imam Baqer (a.s.).

“Throughout history, Imamate must exist, and today, this leadership and Imamate is in the hands of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) as the guiding Imam,” stated the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, pointing out that the Imam does not allow society to be deviated.

“Wherever the principle of Imamate is properly taken place and followed by the presence and allegiance of the people, the society becomes honored, and it is saved and freed from all deviations,” he clarified.

“Wherever the successor of Imam has been present and acted his social and political role, religion has played a role in the social arena,” Ayatollah Ramazani continued.

“The fact that the Prophet (p.b.u.h) invites people to pledge allegiance to Ali (a.s.) means that he wants the social and political aspects of religion to be appeared in society,” emphasized the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, pointing out that one of the important lessons of al-Ghadir is that religion is not separate from politics.

The Islamic Revolution of Iran is glitter, appearance, and manifestation of the Imamate movement

Considering al-Ghadir as the most important Muslim gathering in which the Imam of the society is introduced, he added, “This event determined the situation of Muslims in the future of human history.”

“We should all appreciate this revolution. Also, the spread and propagation of religion in the social arena must emerge with justice and fairness,” he emphasized, pointing out that the Islamic Revolution of Iran is glitter, appearance, and manifestation of the Imamate.

“Today, we must seek for the people in the Islamic system to taste justice, and this is a divine promise,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, pointing out that justice without religion has no meaning, and the connection between religion and justice is very clear.

“The system must show its efficiency so that the people are not pressured and do not feel disappointed,” he clarified, stating that if the true rule of the Imam is manifested, the people will achieve security and justice.

The necessity of appointing the best people for offices is one of the teachings of Ghadir

The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly added, “We hope that in the new government with new conditions, by the efforts and help of all institutions, we will not see more pressure on the people.”

“Anyone who wants to serve in the province, local council, parliament, governorate, etc., must have the necessary expertise,” he said, considering the appointment of the best people in the offices as one of al-Ghadir’s teachings and messages.

“Some want to enter the civil offices without having an understanding of the relevant issues,” Ayatollah Ramazani said, criticizing some people who register without sufficient expertise to attend positions and offices.

“If someone knows that the other person is better than him in his current administration if he does not give the position to him, he will be a traitor,” emphasized the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, referring to a hadith from Imam Ali (a.s.) regarding the acceptance of positions.

Pointing out that al-Ghadir’s second teaching is that people should participate in determining their destiny, he stated, “The view of people participation in determining their destiny, is our theological view and the jurisprudential theory of the Supreme Leader, Imam Khomeini, and many other Ulama.”

Al-Ghadir Event is shown in justice and manifestation of ideals set in religion

Expressing hope for creating a ground for justice in society, Ayatollah Ramazani stated, “Ghadir’s message to today’s society is that even remote cities can truly enjoy justice.”

“In our lives, we should benefit from and use the teachings of al-Ghadir,” noted the representative of the people of Gilan in the Assembly of Experts, emphasizing al-Ghadir Event is shown in justice and the manifestation of ideals that are set in religion.

“It is our duty to show and introduce the teachings of al-Ghadir Event in the home, society and the three forces of the system (legislature, executive and judiciary),” he added, noting that one has not done his duty toward al-Ghadir Event, by just holding a celebration and feeding session.

“Until we become people of al-Ghadir, the ground for the advent of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) will not be provided,” stated Ayatollah Ramazani, saying that the people will become people of al-Ghadir when this doctrine manifests itself in all its dimensions.

“If we become the people of al-Ghadir, we will become the people of Ashura, and if we become the people of Ashura, and have Alawi and Husseini thinking, the ground for the world government of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) will be provided,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in the end.

Sheikh Zakzaky released

Sheikh Zakzaky released

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

After enduring six years of brutal imprisonment, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, an oppressed Nigerian cleric, was released.

He and his wife, Mrs. Zinat Ibrahim, were released today, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, and went to their son’s house in the city of Kaduna.

Today, a Nigerian court has acquitted Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and his wife from all charges.

The ruling on the release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife had already been issued by a court, but the Nigerian government and military refused to comply.

So far, the Nigerian government has blocked Zakzaky’s release under various excuses and has not even allowed him access to medical care.

In recent months, as Zakzaky’s health condition worsened, human rights groups have repeatedly called for the release of Nigeria's Shiite leader.

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