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Pilgrims Gather at Mount Arafat, Asking Gods Mercy

14:06 - July 08, 2022  
TEHRAN (IQNA) Huge crowds of Muslim pilgrims on Friday morning headed to Mount Arafat, also called Mount of Mercy, to ask for God's mercy and forgiveness as Hajj pilgrimage nears its end.
“Wuquf at Arafat” is one of the final rituals of Hajj pilgrims performed at the site. Worshippers read the Quran and supplications and pray from noon to sunset.The day is known as the Day of Arafah and is annually marked on the 9th day of the lunar Hijri month of Dhul Hajja.

The mount is believed to be where Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) delivered his final sermon and is of great importance to Muslims.

The next destination of pilgrims is Muzdalifah which is located halfway between Arafat and Mina. Muslims will sleep under the stars at this area before leaving to perform the symbolic “stoning of the devil” ceremony on Saturday.

The final tawaf of the Kaaba and eid al-Adha will mark the end of Hajj pilgrimage.

Hajj pilgrimage is one of the pillars of Islam that Muslims who have the means should perform at least once in their lives. Muslims typically save for years to take part in the event.

The Hajj consists of a series of religious rites that are completed over five days in Islam
s holiest city, Mecca, and surrounding areas of western Saudi Arabia.

Source: https://iqna.ir/en/news/3479620/pilgrims-gather-at-mount-arafat-asking-god%E2%80%99s-mercy

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World researchers to have access to Imam Reza shrine library sources


May 14, 2022 - 9:23 AM

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Researchers and scientists from all over the world must have access to the rich sources of Imam Reza holy shrines Central Library, says Hoj. Ahmad Marvi, custodian of Imam Reza holy shrine, in the opening ceremony of holy shrines huge treasure of written works.

Stating that opening of this nine-thousand-square meter treasure adds a very unique section to the Central Library, Hoj. Marvi said: “All holy shrine
s previous endeavors in the areas of books, library, and preservation of Shia heritage during past years will come to fruition by opening this new hall”.

Marvi added: “The first endowment of the holy complex was related to book and library. Based on this endowment, one of the salient rulers of Isfahan endowed a manuscript to shrine of Imam Reza (AS) around one thousand and one hundred years ago. The library and book repository of the holy shrine was formed about eight centuries ago”.

The custodian went on to say: “Formation of such a unique library in Imam Reza shrine carries this message that the Islamic civilization is based on books, culture, science and knowledge”.

He further noted: “All modern tools, facilities and technologies should be used to help world scholars benefit from this great heritage and valuable library”.

Concluding his remarks, Hoj. Marvi said: “Providing necessary grounds for enjoyment of world people promotes not only science and knowledge but also school of thought of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) particularly Imam Reza (AS)”.

Experts estimate that the new hall will have a storage capacity of up to 100 million sources including press archives, documents, manuscripts and lithographs, print, and museum resources for the next 50 years.

The opening ceremony of this hall had a number of national and provincial officials including the head of Ayatollah Khamenei
s office in attendance”.


Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Why Is Ramadan Important?


15:51 - April 03, 2022  
TEHRAN (IQNA) Muslims perform rituals during the blessed month of Ramadan which bears special importance.
What is the reason behind this importance?

Mohsen Qara
ati, a prominent Quran teacher and scholar from Iran, answers this question:

The importance of Ramadan is because of the Quran. When God wants to introduce the month of Ramadan, He says: “The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed” [2:185]. God does not say this is the month when we fast.

When a car stops working, we should put it on a downward slope so as to move; Ramadan is the path of modifying our attention to the Quran. Ramadan is a great opportunity to compensate for our lack of attention to the Holy Book.

We should consider contemplating the Quran as a wajib (compulsory) act because the Quran blames those who do not do so: “Will they not then contemplate on the Quran? Or are there locks upon their hearts!” [47:24]. This blaming refers to the obligatory nature of contemplation because God does not chastise individuals for doing Mustahabb acts such as Friday ghusl or night prayers. God chastises individuals two times here; He first says “Will they not then contemplate on the Quran?” before saying: “Or are there locks upon their hearts!”. A Mustahabb and peripheral act does not receive two consecutive reprimands! So it is an obligation to contemplate the Quran.

Meanwhile, the month of Ramadan has special importance because of increased attention to the Quran.

The Arabic word “tadabbor” is used in the Quran for thinking deeply about the Book
s concepts and does not have any other application other than in Quranic studies. The exact meaning of the word is understanding the wise arrangement that is present in the Quran.

Source:
https://iqna.ir/en/news/3478333/why-is-ramadan-important  

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Imam Khameneis message to Union of Islamic Students Associations in Europe


March 13, 2022 - 7:52 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): In a message to the 56th gathering of the Union of Islamic Students Associations in Europe, Imam Khamenei stressed the need to understand the various fronts, adopt a correct stance and prepare for playing ones part in the global developments to the best interests of the camp of truth.

His message is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Dear students,

The current political and military events form part of the historic turn in the world that had been predicted. The outstanding, prominent intellectuals of our great nation have special responsibilities at this stage. An understanding of the fronts and adopting a correct stance are their short-term responsibilities. And preparing to play one
s part in global developments to the advantage of the camp of truth is their longer-term responsibility.

You dear youth can shine brightly in both areas and boost the hope in the Associations whose name is decorated with the blessed name of Islam.

I ask God, the Almighty and Wise, to bestow increasing success on you.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei
March 11, 2022
Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Leader Stresses Role of Religion in Future of Country


16:27 - March 10, 2022   
TEHRAN (IQNA) The Leader of the Islamic Revolution says visions that are going to be designed for the country should be religious.
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with organizers of an international congress featuring discussions on the Second Phase of the Islamic Revolution from the view of the Quran and Hadith.

The congress kicked off this morning in Qom and the Leader's remarks were published at the outset of the event.

"One of the most important tasks in the Islamic Revolution and in the Islamic Establishment is designing a vision to make the destination clear," said the Leader.

"Of course, this vision should certainly be scientific and based on Islamic teachings, i.e. it should be religious," he added.

The event has been organized by the Quran and Hadith Higher Education Complex of Al-Mustafa International University.

According to organizers, more than 1,000 papers have been sent to the event.

Lifestyle, Islamic Revolution, the West and the East in View of the Quran, Quranic and Islamic Sciences, Quranic and Hadith-based Futurology, International, and Women are the six committees of the congress, according to the organizers.

The “Second Phase of the Revolution” or “Second Step of the Revolution” is a statement that was issued by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution to the country, particularly to the youth, and was published in February 2019, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Source:
https://iqna.ir/en/news/3478109/leader-stresses-role-of-religion-in-future-of-country

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Union of Muslim Scholars urge end to Russia-Ukraine war


March 2, 2022 - 8:11 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): In a statement, The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) urged for an end to the Russian war in Ukraine.

According to the statement, the union also called for a "serious dialogue to begin between the two sides based on neighbourly ties and common interests."

The IUMS said that it "rejects and condemns the trend of military expansion and the relentless pursuit of expansion and military hegemony."

Meanwhile, the statement said that the IUMS "extends prayers and supplications for the displaced and follows up with great concern on the situation of all the displaced women, children and the elderly who escaped the conflict and left their homes."

It called on all charities and humanitarian and international bodies in the Islamic world and elsewhere "to expedite the delivery of humanitarian, food and health assistance to our displaced brothers."

It pointed out that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself."

The IUMS reiterated that "protecting and caring for any soul … is charity, and there is a great reward with God Almighty. Therefore, we call on health and medical organisations to do their duty towards the wounded and sick."

"We urgently call on countries that have good relations with both sides such as Turkiye and Pakistan to carry out sincere and serious mediation efforts to immediately stop the devastating war."

Source:
http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Grand Imam of al-Azhar calls World leaders to end Russia-Ukraine war


February 27, 2022 - 2:10 PM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The grand imam of Al-Ahzar called on Russia and Ukraine to heed the voice of reason and end the war between the two countries.

In a statement released in Arabic and English, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb also called on world leaders and international institutions to support peaceful solutions to the conflict, elkalimanews.com reported.

He stressed that wars will only bring more killing, destruction and hatred to the world.

El-Tayyeb added that differences can be resolved only through dialogue.

Many world leaders, including religious leaders, have called on Moscow and Kiev to resolve their issues diplomatically.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced the launch of an operation to eliminate what he called a serious threat to his country, citing the need to “denazify” Ukraine and accusing its Western-backed leadership of genocide against Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine.

Western countries have announced a barrage of sanctions on Russia, including blacklisting its banks and banning technology exports. But they have stopped short of forcing it out of the SWIFT system for international bank payments, because it would harm their own economies.

At the United Nations, Russia vetoed a draft Security Council resolution deploring its operation.

Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Islamic Revolution victory anniversary rallies begin across Iran


February 11, 2022 - 10:19 AM
Rallies to mark Bahman 22 started nationwide to mark the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran on February 11, 1979.
The rallies began at 09:30 hours local time in about 1,500 Iranian cities and over 3,000 villages.
People in red zones attend the rallies on their motorcycles or in cars to observe health protocols necessary to prevent further spread of coronavirus.
About 200 foreign correspondents and cameramen and more than 6,300 members of domestic media are covering the Bahman 22 rallies.
Balloons are to fly in the sky and the Army parachutists are going to perform shows as part of celebrations to mark the day.
President Ebrahim Raisi is to address the participants of the rallies in Tehran in Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds (Mosalla).
Every year, millions of Iranians across the country observe ten days of celebrations marking the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that put an end to the monarchy of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in the country.
The day of Imam Khomeini
s return to Iran (February 1 this year) marks the beginning of the Ten Day Fajr (dawn), which culminates with rallies on the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution on February 11.
The Iranian nation toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime 43 years ago, ending the 2,500 years of monarchic rule in the country.
The Islamic Revolution spearheaded by the late Imam Khomeini established a new political system based on Islamic values and democracy.

Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Russian President Putin: Insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) violation of religious freedom'


December 26, 2021 - 9:13 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Russian President Vladimir Putin says insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) is a “violation of religious freedom”, according to Russian News Agency TASS.

Insults to the Prophet are a “violation of religious freedom and the violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam,” Putin said in his annual press conference on Thursday.

Putin also criticized the publication of blasphemous sketches of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in French magazine Charlie Hebdo last September, saying that such acts give rise to extremist reprisals.

“Praising artistic freedom in general has its limits and it shouldn
t infringe on other freedoms,” the Russian president said.

He said Russia has evolved as a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state, so Russians are used to respecting each other
s traditions.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a twitter post, welcomed Putin
s statement, saying, “Putins statement reaffirmed my stance that insulting our Holy Prophet (PBUH) is not freedom of expression.”

The premier urged leaders of the Muslim countries to spread this message to heads of non-Muslim nations to counter Islamophobia.

He also called on the Western world to respect sentiments of the Muslim communities while practicing "freedom of expression" for the past many years.
Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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In message felicitating Christmas to Pope Francis;

Iran's President: Celebrating Jesus Christ's birthday an opportunity to remember role model of altruism


December 25, 2021 - 7:37 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Iran's President sent a message to Pope Francis, the Leader of the world's Catholics, and all Christians around the world to congratulate the birthday of Jesus Christ.

President Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi's message is as follows:

In the name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Your Holiness Pope Francis,

Pope of the Catholic Church,

I am delighted to offer my sincerest congratulations to Your Holiness and all Christians around the world on the birthday of Jesus Christ, the Prophet of Peace and Kindness, as well as the start of year 2022.

The birthday of Jesus Christ is the manifestation of the will and power of God, and the spiritual position of Saint Mary shows the greatness of the status of women in the ontology of the divine religions; "And remember when the angels said, “O Mary! Surely Allah has selected you, purified you, and chosen you over all women of the world".

Celebrating this blessed birthday is an opportunity to honour Saint Mary (PBUH), and to recall the moral qualities of the model of altruism and the herald of the salvation of the oppressed, Jesus Christ in standing against the tyranny of the oppressors and giving them hope for a better future.

I thank you for your efforts to bring closer the hearts and views of the followers of the Abrahamic religions, and I pray to God Almighty for your health and success, and the happiness and pride of all the servants of God and all human beings.

Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Islamophobia in UK;

British media coverage Muslims and Islam as a shocking levels of misinformation, stereotyping, Islamophobia


December 1, 2021 - 8:35 AM

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A landmark report into the British medias coverage of Muslims and Islam has found shocking levels of misinformation, stereotyping and Islamophobia.

Conducted by the Muslim Council of Britain
s Centre for Media Monitoring (CFMM), the report analyses over 48,000 online articles and 5,500 broadcast clips between October 2018 and September 2019, finding that almost 60 percent of the articles and 47 percent of the television clips associated Muslims and/or Islam with negative aspects of behaviour.

The report, entitled, British Media
s Coverage of Muslims and Islam (2018-2020), also presents 10 case studies in which Muslims are misrepresented, defamed and libelled in major publications, with damages paid in nine of the cases, alongside public apologies.

Of the publications monitored, The Spectator, Daily Mail Australia, Mail on Sunday, Christian Today and the Jewish Chronicle were found to have particularly antagonistic coverage of Muslims and/or Islam.

Right-wing and religious publications were found to have a "higher percentage of articles either demonstrating a bias against, or generalising or misrepresenting, Muslim belief or behaviour".

The Times, which published the false “Christian Child Forced into Muslim Foster Care” story - still available on the newspaper's website despite having a complaint upheld against it by the UK's press standards organisation - is found to have repeatedly maligned Muslims and Muslim institutions.

During the period covered by the CFMM
s analysis, the Jewish Chronicle, the Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday all paid out libel damages to Muslims and Muslim institutions.

'Well-worn tropes and generalisations'

The report's analysis of television clips found that national broadcasters were more likely to demonstrate bias against Muslims than regional ones. It also found that right-wing pundits were on many occasions "left unchallenged when making generalisations against Muslims, including promoting falsehoods".

Rizwana Hamid, CFMM's director, said: “This latest report does not seek to place blame on any newspaper or broadcaster, nor on any individual journalist or reporter... However, it is time for the industry to admit that, on occasion and too often when it comes to Muslims and Islam, it gets things wrong."

The report's author, Faisal Hanif, said: “While neither Muslims nor Islam should be immune from criticism or inquiry, where warranted, we do expect this to be done fairly and with due care, without resorting to well-worn tropes and generalisations.”

Two British newspaper editors, Emma Tucker of the Sunday Times and Alison Philips of The Mirror, welcomed the report. Tucker said this welcome came "in the full knowledge that it contains criticisms of the press, my own paper included".

Philips said the report "shows how much we as journalists must question ourselves and the work we are producing in relation to reporting of Muslims and Islam".

Almost one in ten online articles analysed misrepresented Muslims and/or Islam, with the majority of misrepresentation (82 percent) coming from news reporting.

The report found that when it came to associating Muslims with negative behaviour and activity - something present in 60 percent of articles analysed - the news agencies Reuters, Associated Press (AP) and AFP were the top offenders.

Those wire services were found to have almost exclusively bookended reporting on the harsh living conditions faced by Palestinians in Gaza with descriptions of the area being ruled by the "Islamist militant" group Hamas.

Most articles did not mention the Egyptian and Israeli blockades of the coastal enclave, described by the Norwegian Refugee Council as "the world's largest open-air prison".

The CFMM report describes wire agencies as "incubators of negative aspect and behaviours" connecting, often entirely unnecessarily, Muslims and Islam to terrorism, violent political events and strife in the Middle East.


Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Lebanese Sunni Scholar: International law needed to back Islamic Unity


December 1, 2021 - 9:14 AM

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A Sunni scholar says there is a need to adopt international laws on banning divisive measures among followers of different Islamic Madhhabs.

“Today we see in the West that racism has been banned internationally and individuals who violate the norms are being punished. However, we still have adopted no measure at the level of OIC or Arab Union or other scholarly councils that exist in many Islamic and Arab countries for announcing any action that could provoke killing of a Muslim as Haram,” said head of the Assembly of Lebanese Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Ghazi Hanina, in an interview.

He lamented that some media outlets have been turned into tools for sowing discord among Islamic Madhhabs instead of raising knowledge and providing guidance.

Some satellite channels
promotion of Takfirism and division among Muslims has led to the killing of Muslims in countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, he said.

Talking about the need for unity in the Muslim Ummah, Hanina added that “One of the reasons for the power of Islam is the unity among members of the Islamic Ummah; therefore, unity is a fundamental guarantee of the Ummah
s power and stability.”

The source of this unity, he added, is the belief in God, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the Quran.

Referring to the challenges ahead of achieving unity among Muslim nations, the scholar named jurisprudential differences as one of the most dangerous areas.

These differences have been a source of discussions since early Islam, he said, adding that the issues should be studied by scholars at Islamic research centers, not by the public.


Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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AhlulBayt World Assembly, World Council of Churches discuss ways for enhancing interfaith dialogue


November 15, 2021 - 9:32 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, held talks with the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

During the meeting, held at the invitation of WCC Secretary General Ioan Sauca and also attended by President of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) University Hojat-ol-Islam Saeed Jazari, ways for boosting interfaith dialogues were discussed.

Sauca welcomed the Iranian clerics to the WCC headquarters in Geneva and noted that the two sides have had cooperation for a long time.

He said since official starting to work together in 1995, the two sides have organized various interfaith dialogue forums in Geneva, Tehran, Qom and other Iranian cities.

“Our effort and goal are to build bridges between different faiths and that is our mission, too,” he added.

“We think of displaying common values and consider it to be the way to realize interaction among faiths and religions,” Sauca went on to say.

Ayatollah Ramazani, for his part, underlined the need for peaceful coexistence among followers of different faiths and rejection of a racist look at human beings.

He referred to verses of the Quran and Hadiths from the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and said according to these teachings, there is no priority given to any race or skin color or language and that respecting all human beings is a necessity.

He cited verse 13 of Surah Al-Hujurat “People, We have created you all male and female and have made you nations and tribes so that you would recognize each other. The most honorable among you in the sight of God is the most pious of you. God is All-knowing and All-aware,” and said only piety and Taqwa (God-fearing) is the criterion of one's superiority over another before God.

The cleric also stressed working on common teachings of religions.

He further said that efforts should be made to counter extremism and radicalism.

Ayatollah Ramazani hailed a new phase of dialogue among religious leaders and called for efforts to develop it.
Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Al-Azhar scholars visit Imam Ali (AS) holy shrine


November 13, 2021 - 9:18 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A number of scholars from Egypts Al-Azhar Islamic Center visited the holy mausoleum of Imam Ali (AS) in Najaf, Iraq.
They were accompanied by several Iraqi Sunni scholars during the visit.
The Egyptian scholars also met with the officials of the Astan (custodianship) of the holy shrine, according to the website of the Astan.
At the meeting, they underscored the sublime status of Imam Ali (AS) as the manifestation of justice and humanity.
The Egyptian scholars also said the holy sites in Iraq, including the Imam Ali (AS) holy shrine, can play a major role in promoting the spirit of fraternity and peaceful coexistence.
In September, the grand imam of Al-Azhar said he plans to visit Iraq.
Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb described Iraq as a “dear country” and highlighted the commonalities between the two countries.
El-Tayeb said he will visit Baghdad, Najaf, Mosul and Erbil during his trip.
According to the Iraqi embassy in Cairo, the arrangement have been made for the upcoming visit.
Ahmed Nayef Al-Dulaimi the two sides have agreed on the arrangements.
He added there will be extensive and important programs and activities during the Al-Azhar chief
s trip to Iraq.
Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Book “Tafsir of Holy Quran based on works of Imam Khomeini” published in Turkish


June 7, 2021 - 6:56 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The book “Tafsir of the Holy Quran based on the works of Imam Khomeini” was translated and published in Turkish.

The book “Tafsir of the Holy Quran based on the works of Imam Khomeini” was translated and published in Turkish, by Kowsar Publication Institute in Turkey and presented for enthusiasts.

This book, which is a collection of Quranic materials and exegesis based on the works of Imam Khomeini, and has been compiled in five volumes, was translated into Turkish in collaboration in collaboration of the “Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly” and the “The Institute for the Compilation and Publication of the Works of Imam Khomeini”.

This exquisite five-volume collection was published in Istanbul in the winter of 2020 by the publications of the Kowsar Institute, which belongs to the Turkish Shiites, and is now available to the public.

Source: http://www.en.abna24.com/

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Grand Ayatollah Sistani
s answer to some questions on COVID-19 Vaccine

January 26, 2021 - 1:00 PM
The office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani, Shia prominent religious authority in Najaf, has answered some questions pertaining to the Coronavirus vaccine.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani, Shia prominent religious authority in Najaf, has answered some questions pertaining to the Coronavirus vaccine.
The following questions pertaining to the Coronavirus vaccine were sent to his Eminence Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani (DZ) from The Islamic Education Department at the World Federation.

Question 1: Vaccines against Coronavirus have already been manufactured by Pfizer, AstraZeneca & Moderna, and others are expected, or already on the market. The medical authorities of several countries have approved these vaccines and authorised mass vaccination programmes, despite some side effects. Some muqallideen are apprehensive about the vaccines
potential side effects, as the testing & approval processes were expedited by the authorities, given the urgency of the pandemic. Some ethnic groups, based on previous negative experiences with mass vaccination programmes, are sceptical about these vaccines, although no serious side-effects have been observed in most cases. In such circumstances, what does His Eminence advise?

Answer 1: In such circumstances, it is appropriate to rely on the advice given by experienced medical experts. As per Shari
ah, it is mandatory to use an approved vaccine in a situation when the probability of suffering from the Coronavirus infection, with its potentially life threatening and/or serious untreatable complications, far outweigh the probable serious side effects of getting vaccinated.

Question 2: Governments have set up prioritisation programmes, so that high-risk groups are vaccinated first. This includes, the elderly, public safety officials and others at significant risk. Is it necessary to observe this prioritisation program, or is it permissible to jump the queue by paying money and get vaccinated earlier?
Answer 2: It is not permissible to violate the prioritization scheme if its mandated by the law of the land.

Question 3: Some developing countries may not have the financial means to procure and make available vaccines for all their citizens. If doctors recommend taking the vaccine, and if private funds do not suffice to procure, distribute and administer the vaccines inside and outside the Jamaat, would His Eminence grant permission to use religious funds for this purpose?
Answer 3: In cases where necessary there is no objection.

Question 4: If a vaccine manufacturer appeals for volunteers to participate in trials for vaccine efficacy and safety, can mu
mineen join the trial if the manufacturer gives assurance of careful monitoring and caution for the safety of the volunteers, though there may be risk of unexpected side-effects, which in some cases could be lethal?
Answer 4: If it has potentially lethal or extremely serious untreatable complications, then it
s not allowed; unless the risk is low and negligible.

Question 5: In order to stabilize the vaccine, manufacturers use several additives. Sometimes this can include porcine gelatine. Is it sufficient to rely on the manufacturers
non-declaration, or declaration of non-usage of such gelatine? If there is a possibility of chemical transformation during the manufacturing process, is it necessary to investigate? If the amount of gelatine is not negligible, would emergency use to prevent a potentially life-threatening infection, justify its inoculation?
Answer 5: In all (the above) circumstances there is no legal Shar
i objection.
Seal of the Office of Agha Sistani (may his life be lengthened), Najaf e Ashraf.

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