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Secretary-General of ABWA met Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim

Secretary-General of ABWA met Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim

The Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly met Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, a Bahraini member of the Supreme Council of the Assembly.

At the beginning of this conversation, presenting a report on the mission and activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani stated, “To explain the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.), the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has an important mission to be a scientific and spiritual reference for the followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.).

Activities of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

“The Assembly is the link between the sources of emulation and the leadership and the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) in the world, and in this regard, carries out activities in various departments. Among these activities, we can mention the Wiki Shia as an encyclopedia of the teachings of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), the Thaqalayn Satellite TV, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) News Agency ABNA, and the production and publication of books in the living languages of the world,” he continued.

“Justice has been the desire of all the divine prophets and the Infallibles (a.s.) in all dimensions, and the issue of resistance is not in conflict with compassionate Islam (Rahmani Islam). Our prophet is the prophet of mercy, and resistance is the same as mercy. Because the resistance is against tyranny, oppression, power-seeking, and domination of arrogant and tyrannical rulers, which is obligatory according to reason and fitra (nature). It is very clear that Rahmani Islam without resistance, as well as attributing violence to Islam, is distorting Islam,” added the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, noting that the strategies of the Assembly to introduce the school of AhlulBayt (a.s.) are rationality, spirituality, justice, and resistance.

Resistance is not equal to intimidation, terror, and violence

“Today, the issue must be seriously discussed that resistance is never equal to intimidation, terror, and violence. It is rather confronting violence and extremism,” he emphasized.

“The school of Ahl al-Bayt (as) is the school of moderation and confrontation with extremism. But unfortunately, the extremists are harming Islam and the Quran,” Ayatollah Ramazani also said.

Presence of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim in Iran blessed/Precious opportunity for Assembly

“Your presence is also very important and valuable for the Axis of Resistance. I congratulate you on this vitality and activities in the field of resistance. We ask God to continue the grace of your existence and blessings for the Assembly and Islamic Ummah,” he said in the end addressing Sheik Isa Qassim, considering his presence in Iran as blessed for the Assembly.

Following this meeting, Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim stated, “What is with the AhlulBayt (a.s.) is very important, and the servants of God need this provision which has divine dignity.”

“Many doubts are entered in the minds, souls, determination, and will of Muslims. As a result, it creates problems and obstacles in the original Islamic way,” he said, referring to the brutal attacks against Islam and the religion of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) by the enemies with the many facilities they have.

Our elites do not know the correct Islam

“Most of the Muslim ummah do not know the importance of Islamic thought. Even our elites are not fully acquainted with the correct Islam,” continued the Bahraini member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

He mentioned the expansion of religious activity as much as the Assembly can afford, and the training of specialized staff and scholars as needs that the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly of the should work on more.

“In the dissemination of religious ideas, quality should not be sacrificed to quantity. The Islamic Ummah needs to train great men to build the world properly. In this regard, preachers, managers, and experts in all fields are different in their level of activity. It is important to pay attention to the academic level of preachers and graduates. We have to cover a large area in terms of the Muslim population,” stated Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.

We need to know our audience well in the United States and other countries

“We need to know our audience in the United States and other countries properly so that we can provide them with relevant content. Because inappropriate expression causes failure and gives the opposite result. Also, choosing the wrong method prevents us from achieving our goals,” he added, emphasizing knowing the audience in propagating.

“In terms of method, we should follow the example of the Quran. The Quran and Sunnah have given us the best methods, and the methods adopted by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) are the best. In terms of method, we have to use the most accurate method, and in terms of action, we have to do our best,” added the Bahraini member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, saying that we have the main substance, that is, divine and correct thought.

The blessings and services of the Assembly should include neighboring countries too

“May God bless the efforts of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly. Given the many problems that the Islamic Republic of Iran has, and the battles it has on various fronts, the activities of the Assembly are great and heavy. The activity of the assembly should be developed and it should have more power and influence,” he said, noting that the blessings and services of the Assembly should also include the neighboring countries.

“There is no true and sound foundation like the true and sound foundation of the faith which has been revealed by God, and this Islamic thought will defeat the American and other’s thought,” the Bahraini activist cleric stressed.

“This land (Iran) and its great men are the sources of resistance and serious and sincere revolutionary movements. I hope that the whole world of believers will benefit from the effects of the movements of this land. The Islamic Revolution of Iran is a great movement that also gives birth to the Resistance that has several different dimensions. It is worthwhile for the Resistance to be active in all areas,” he said, regarding the promotion of the idea of ​​Resistance in the Islamic world by the Islamic Revolution of Iran.

Resistance must be continuous, widespread, and entrenched and encompass all dimensions

“The activities of the enemies of Islam, the revolution and the Resistance, have many dimensions and are planned and calculated and are supported in the long run with many facilities. Therefore, must be continuous, widespread, and entrenched and encompass all dimensions,” added the Bahraini member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“One who is built and prepared for Resistance from the beginning of growth will be more entrenched and powerful, and more intellectually and personally prepared. Therefore, we must start the process of training the Resistance, spiritually, from the family. It will be proper if the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly puts the training of the spirit of resistance on its agenda for children,” he said in the end, referring to the need to train the spirit of resistance in the Islamic society in childhood.

“We must also teach our children the spirit of non-compromise with the Zionist regime from childhood. With timely training, one nation will stand up to Israel and everyone will believe in the fight against compromise,” he continued.

True unity achieved around axis of love of AhlulBayt (a.s.)/Dependent rulers not interested in anyone: Araki

True unity achieved around axis of love of AhlulBayt (a.s.)/Dependent rulers not interested in anyone: Araki

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Following a series of conversations with the leading thinkers of the Islamic world, the website of the World Conference of the Followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.), interviewed Ayatollah “Mohsen Araki”, a member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, a member of Assembly of Experts and the former chairman of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought.

Considering decades of international activity and experience, Ayatollah Araki is one of the people who has a very good knowledge of the concept of unity, and the issues of the Islamic world and the followers of Islamic denominations.

Part of the interview is as follows:

Given the current political and cultural conditions of the Islamic world and the recent developments in the region, how do you predict the future of Islamic unity?

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

I believe that in all circumstances, Islamic unity can be achieved on one level. The unity I mean is not that the whole Islamic world from east to west, from north to south, all groups and all tendencies must unite. Of course, such an alliance is a good thing, but unity does not mean that either unity occurs in all dimensions or there is no unity at all.

Unity is relative issue. Unity can be expanded in several ways. For example, unity among the active strata of Islamic society.

There are different strata in society such as religious scholars and scientists of experimental and modern sciences, art and political activists, parties and so on. There are many groups and collections in the Islamic world. Unity can be created between these groups. Not between all of them, at least between some of them. Our goal is to converge in the Islamic society as much as possible. Therefore, we believe that the goal, unity, is achievable. But unity does not necessarily mean universal unity. Rather, as much as possible, any amount of this alliance should be created. By doing so, we strengthened the Islamic Front and we were able to achieve the goals of Islam as well and get closer to our goals. This is the unity we seek, and this unity is quite achievable.

Due to the differences and the intense activity of Takfiri groups, some people are disappointed with the unity of the Islamic Ummah. What message do you have for such people?

Yes, these people expect an all-encompassing unity. No! If comprehensive unity cannot be achieved, it does not mean that no unity can be achieved at all. Certainly, unity can be created in many communities. Unity also has levels. That is, there are several circles of unity: the unity of countries, the unity of nations, the unity of unions, the unity of politicians, scientists, artists and other activists.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, both in the country and abroad, has many alliances with active groups and other Islamic countries that there is the capacity of cooperation with. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been successful in creating unity, but success in creating unity does not mean that there is unity in all matters. Overall, my assessment of creating unity by the Islamic Republic of Iran is positive. I believe that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been able to take very big steps towards unity and has achieved many successes. But all these successes are definitely relative.

Courageous support of Iranians’ rights, of highlights of Anis Naghash’s career: Ayatollah Mohseni Qomi

Courageous support of Iranians’ rights, of highlights of Anis Naghash’s career: Ayatollah Mohseni Qomi

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

In a message, the member of the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and the Deputy of International Affairs of the Office of the Supreme Leader expressed his condolences on the death of “Anis Naghash”, Lebanese Mujahid, thinker and researcher.

The text of the condolence message is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

“مِنَ المُؤمِنینَ رِجالٌ صَدَقوا ما عاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَیهِ ۖ فَمِنهُم مَن قَضیٰ نَحبَهُ وَمِنهُم مَن یَنتَظِرُ ۖ وَما بَدَّلوا تَبدیلًا”

“Of the believers are men who are true to that which they covenanted with Allah. Some of them have paid their vow by death (in battle), and some of them still are waiting; and they have not altered in the least;” (Holy Quran, 33:23)

The death of the tireless fighter and Mujahid, “Anis Naghash” caused great grief and sorrow. The Cause of Palestine and Holy Quds had pervaded the thought of this prominent figure in the Islamic world and the Resistance Front.

As an expressive voice for the free and deprived of the world, he devoted his blessed life to defending the oppressed around the world, and he did not miss a moment of intellectual, cultural, and media struggle to elevate the oppressed.

Anis Naghash’s courageous support for the rights of the Iranian people against the global arrogant front is one of the highlights of his career that will not be erased from the memory of the great nation of Iran and the freedom fighters of the world.

I offer my condolences to the friends, relatives and family of this tireless fighter and mujahid, and I ask God for him the exaltation and extensive forgiveness.

Mohsen Qomi

February 23, 2021

Iran's Velayati: Sanctions removal pre-requisite for US’ return to JCPOA

Iran's Velayati: Sanctions removal pre-requisite for US’ return to JCPOA

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati said that the US should lift all anti-Iran sanctions first if it is willing to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“If the US seeks to return to the JCPOA, it should first lift the sanctions imposed on Iran,” Velayati said, adding, “Whether the US rejoins the Nuclear Deal is not significant and the Islamic Republic does not insist on this matter.”

He noted that the US and Europe are responsible for lifting the sanctions.

The official referred to Iran’s reduction of JCPOA commitments, stressing that the country needs to enrich uranium up to 20 percent for scientific and medical purposes.

Velayati underlined that Iran as a member of NPT has the right to enjoy the peaceful benefits of the nuclear industry, noting, “Sooner or later, fossil fuels will finish, and the Islamic Republic needs to use the nuclear capacity to generate electricity to advance its industrial and scientific work.”

He also emphasized that Iran wants to be self-sufficient in the field of nuclear energy and does not want to be dependent on other countries especially those who are constantly breaching their relevant commitments.

In relevant remarks on Friday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the US must first lift all sanctions against Iran if it wants to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, stressing that the West is duty-bound to lift all wicked sanctions immediately.

“The United States should remove all sanctions prior to returning to the JCPOA,” the Supreme Leader said, adding that the US’ return to the nuclear deal before lifting of the sanctions will be to Iran’s detriment.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a live televised speech on the occasion of the January 9, 1978 uprising of the people of Qom which sparked the nationwide uprisings and the Islamic Revolution resulting in the overthrow of the dictatorial monarchy of the Pahlavi regime and establishment of the Islamic Republic in the country.

“The people’s movement on January 9 [1978] was the first blow of the ‘Abrahamic Axe’ on the body of the ‘Big Idol’,” he said, adding, “This movement continued so that you can see the situation of the Big Idol [The US] now. This is their election system. This is their human rights condition, every few hours or days, a black man is killed with no guilt. These are the American values that have become the source of ridicule and this is their paralyzed economy with missions of jobless and hungry people.”

“The Western front is duty-bound to end this malicious move, namely the sanctions, and stop it instantly,” the Supreme Leader stressed, adding, “Yet, we should design the economy in a way that we would administer the country even with the sanctions.”

Ayatollah Khamenei made it clear that the sanctions are gradually becoming ineffective.

“As for our regional presence, our establishment has the duty to behave in a way that its friends are strengthened in the region,” he said, and added, “Our presence is a source of stability, and this has been proved in the issue of ISIL and the like, while the US is a source of instability and Iran is standing against the US destabilizing moves.”

“Today, our defense power is in a way that our enemies have no choice but to consider Iran’s abilities in their calculations,” Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say, noting, “We should not leave the country defenseless as it emboldens the enemy.”

Elaborating on the JCPOA, the Supreme Leader said that Iran’s obligations should be completely proportionate to the measures of the US and Europe which have not fulfilled any of their commitments.

Iran signed the JCPOA with six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China — in 2015.

Outgoing US President Donald Trump, a stern critic of the historic deal, unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism in an attempt to strangle the Iranian oil trade, but to no avail since its "so-called maximum pressure policy" has failed to push Tehran to the negotiating table.

In response to the US’ unilateral move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.

Tehran has particularly been disappointed with failure of the three European signatories to the JCPOA -- Britain, France and Germany -- to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States' withdrawal.

On January 5, Iran took a final step in reducing its commitments, and said it would no longer observe any operational limitations on its nuclear industry, whether concerning the capacity and level of uranium enrichment, the volume of stockpiled uranium or research and development.

Meantime, US President-elect Joe Biden has recently said in a CNN article that he wants a renegotiation of the contents of the deal before he agrees to rejoin the agreement.

“I will offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations. With our allies, we will work to strengthen and extend the nuclear deal's provisions, while also addressing other issues of concern,” he wrote, mentioning that he wants changes to the contents of the nuclear deal and guarantees from Tehran that it would be open for compromise to strike multiple deals over its missile and regional powers as well as a number of other issues that have been the bones of contention between the two sides in the last four decades.

In response, Zarif had stressed that the US has violated the nuclear deal and is in no position to ask for any conditions for its return to the JCPOA, adding that it's Tehran that has its own terms to allow the US back into the internationally endorsed agreement.

The foreign minister has reiterated time and again that Tehran would not change even a single word of the agreement, and cautioned the US that it needs to pay reparations for the damage it has inflicted on Iran through its retreat from the nuclear agreement and give enough insurances that it would not go for initiating the trigger mechanism again before it could get back to the deal.

Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa offers condolence over demise of Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi

Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa offers condolence over demise of Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi

Saturday, 02 January 2021

Director of Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa and member of the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly has expressed condolences over the passing of prominent Iranian cleric and jurist, Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi.

The full text of the message is as follow:


1 January 2021

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

Today one of Almighty Allah's most sincere and God conscious servants returned to his Lord.

The Prophet (sawa) said, ‘The death of a scholar is an affliction that cannot be compensated and a void that cannot be filled, for he is a star that has been obliterated. The death of a whole tribe is easier to bear than the death of a scholar.’

Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi was a scholar of the highest calibre who lived a full life on the path of striving towards comprehensive human perfection. His return to his Lord today leaves a void that cannot be filled.

Perhaps most famous for his unmatched defence of the Theory of Wilayatul Faqih or Governance of the Jurist, his honourable life showed a synthesis of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge at the most sublime level together with social and political activism and authentic wayfaring in the valleys of Gnosis of Allah.

Great scholars often had great teachers, and Ayatullah Misbah was no different. He was influenced by the likes of Ayatullah Burujerdi, Ayatullah Araki, Imam Khomeini and Allamah Tabatabai, each of whom have left their footprints in this world. And then to round it off, he was trained by the great mystic, Ayatullah Behjat for 15 years.

He served the Islamic Revolution from the days before its dawn and in the days thereafter as a member of the Assembly of Experts and various other roles.

He served the Hawza or Islamic Seminary through particularly teaching advanced books on philosophy of Mulla Sadra and others and encouraged his best students to acquire PHDs in Western Universities after their Hawza studies to enable them to serve Western communities by making the Islamic Sciences available to them in their local languages.

He also served as the Head of the Higher Council of Ahlulbait World Assembly and it is through this mechanism where we also greatly benefited from his kind patronage.

With his demise, he further leaves a legacy of numerous books he authored on the intellectual sciences, some of which are prescribed texts in the seminaries.

AFOSA extends its most sincere condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatullah Khamenei and the Iranian people and his students throughout the world.

May Almighty Allah receive him into His Infinite Mercy and Honour him with the Highest place in Jannah and the close company of Prophet Muhammad (sawa) and his Holy Household.

Mowlana Syed Aftab Haider

National Coordinator of Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa

Director of Ahlul Bait (a.s) Mosque Complex, Ottery

Senior Shia cleric doubtful Iran would ratify FATF conventions

Senior Shia cleric doubtful Iran would ratify FATF conventions

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

 A senior Iranian cleric sitting on the Expediency Council, the body in charge of settling legislative disputes in the country, says he is doubtful the body would eventually endorse requirements of the FATF money-laundering watchdog over fears that they may undermine the country’s financial independence.

Ayatollah Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari said on Tuesday that a renewed debate in the Expediency Council on the Financial Action Task Force’s Palermo and terrorist financing conventions would not necessarily mean there would be a change in the Council’s position on the issue.

“I have already expressed my opinion and I have insisted that my position would not change and I don’t think the opinion of other members has changed on the issue,” Shabestari told the semi-official Mher News agency.

The comments came a week after officials in the administrative government of President Hassan Rouhani said the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had agreed to recommend a renewed debate in the Expediency Council to examine the FATF conventions.

Rouhani’s government insists that Iran’s continued inclusion in an FATF blacklist would hurt the country’s trade and economic relations with neighboring countries as well as with major allies like China and Russia.

Ayatollah Shabestari, a former representative of the Leader in northwestern Iran, said that accepting FATF conventions would do more harm than good to Iran, saying, however, that bills meant to ratify the conventions may finally pass through the Expediency Council with a slim majority of votes.

“It is difficult to foresee what would be the final outcome on FATF bills ... I am not able to predict their fate,” said the cleric.

Photos: Memorial ceremony for Ayatollah Khoshnevis held at office of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Photos: Memorial ceremony for Ayatollah Khoshnevis held at office of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly

Memorial ceremony for late Ayatollah Khoshnevis held at office of AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly in Qom.

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