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South African Sunni cleric,121 individuals convert to Shia school

August 10, 2017 - 1:22 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A Sunni scholar from South Africa and 121 individuals with him converted to Shia school.
A Sunni scholar from Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Ibrahim Mohammad, who has educated at Al-Azhar University for 8 years and in Mecca for one year and also he has been Friday Prayers leader and leader of a Masjid in his city for 20 years with 121 others recently has converted to Shiite school.
He gave speech during a ceremony last night at a Shia mosque in Durban and met with the leader of the mosque Sheikh Hussain Abbas Torabi.


Sunni-Shia Unity, message of 'Imam Mehdi' huge rally in Islamabad

August 8, 2017 - 1:15 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Tens of thousands of Sunni and Shia Muslims attended huge rally of 'Imam Mehdi, a reality' in Pakistans Islamabad to display strong unity among all religious sects in Pakistan.
The huge gathering was organized by Majlis-e-Wehdat Muslimeen(MWM), a Shia group in Pakistan, on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of martyrdom of Allama Arif Hussain Hussaini, one of the prominent Shia leaders of Pakistan.

Renowned scholars, religious leaders, political leaders and large number of men, women and children from Sunni and Shia communities of Pakistan participated in the rally.

Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri, the leader of MWM said Imam Mehdi will definitely come to establish justice in this restless world. He added the success of Imam Mahdi is the belief of every Muslim.

He noted the purpose of this gathering is to keep the idea of martyrdom alive as per the teachings of Allama Arif Hussain. He added Allama Arif was killed under Zia Regime and afterwards Takfiri forces were strengthened in this country.

The chairman of the Sunni Ithehad Council, Shabzada Hamid Raza said that while keeping the mission of martyrdom leader, activities of MWM are highly appreciated. He further said Allama Arif was a credible name for the Shia-Sunni Unity whose mission is still going on today.

Allama Amin Shaheedi said Allama Arif Hussian message is proven, as the whole nation stands together today. “The teachings of martyred leader need to be implemented in our practical life,” he said.

Syed Masoom Naqvi, the central leader of the Jamait-e-ulema Pakistan (Niazi), said that martyrdom of Allama Hussaini was equally harmful for the Sunni-Shia community in the country.

Speakers on the occasion also urged the new government of Pakistan to take more steps for the betterment of the country and more security for the people including the Shia community.



Online Quranic course planned in Oman

August 8, 2017 - 2:44 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Registration for an online Quranic course for all age groups in Oman began on August 5.
According to Omandaily, the Arab country's Ministry of Awqaf (endowments) and Religious Affairs announced that registration for the educational program will continue until August 30.

New teaching methods and technologies will be applied in the course and new Muslim converts who take it will get the opportunity to learn the principles of Quran reading and memorization.

The project to organize such courses, which is the first online Quranic program held in Oman, started three years ago.

Dissemination of Islamic culture, facilitating the memorization of Quran for teenagers and the youth and encouraging them to contemplate in Quran are the main objectives of the course.

The online course will begin on September 4.


Leader of Islamic Revolution in meeting with Hajj officials:

Security and honor of Hajj pilgrims must be safeguarded

31 /Jul/ 2017
In a meeting this morning (Sunday) with those in charge of and involved in this years Hajj rituals, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described Hajj as a unique spiritual and social potential and the best opportunity for the expression of the beliefs and the statement of the stance of the Muslim Ummah and stressed that we would never forget the 2015 Hajj tragic incidents, saying, “The serious and perennial demand of the Islamic Republic is the safeguarding of the security, dignity, comfort and well being of all the pilgrims, particularly the Iranians and [ensuring] the security of Hajj is the responsibility of the country, which has control over the two Holy Mosques (in Mecca and Medina).”    

Ayatollah Khamenei described Hajj as an important religious duty and pointing to its spiritual capacities, said, “In all the components of this religious duty, whether in prayers, Tawaf (circumambulating the Ka
aba), Say (walking the path between the two mountains of al-Safa and al-Marwa), Waqoof (staying at Arafat), Ihram (initiation into the sacred state of pilgrimage), there are curious capacities for spiritual connection with God Almighty and this opportunity must be appreciated.”   

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution enumerated “the unique social potential” of Hajj as another outstanding characteristic of the ritual and stressed, “Hajj is the manifestation of
the greatness, unity, integrity and might of the Muslim Ummah that is performed ceaselessly every year with specific rites and conditions at a particular point.”

He described the acquaintance of pilgrims from various nationalities with each other and the growing closer of the hearts and the extension of helping and assisting hands as among the internal and social aspects of Hajj and reiterated, “With all of these exclusive spiritual and social characteristics, Hajj is the best place and time for the declaration of the stances of the Muslim Ummah on the important issues of the Muslim world.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the issue of the “Disavowal of Infidels,” which had always been highlighted by the founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, as an opportunity for the declaration of the stances in the issues approved by the Muslim Ummah and added, “One of these topics is the issue of the al-Aqsa Mosque and the city of al-Quds that is discussed and focused on these days more than before due to the insolence, brazenness and maliciousness of the bogus and usurping Zionist regime and the hearts of the Muslim Ummah is beating for the al-Aqsa Mosque.”   

Stressing that the issue of Palestine should not be neglected at all, Ayatollah Khamenei described it as the pivot of the majority of the issues of the Muslim world and said, “What place is better than Baitulllah Al Haram, Mecca, Medina, Arafat, Mash
ar al-Haram and Mina to express the beliefs and declare the stances of the Muslim nations regarding Palestine and al-Aqsa Mosque?”

The Leader described US
s malicious interventions and presence in Muslim states and the creation of Takfiri terrorist groups as another important issue on which Muslim nations must declare their stance during Hajj.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution added, “The US regime itself is more evil and malicious than all of the terrorist movements.”

Continuing, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the decision of the officials to dispatch pilgrims to Hajj this year, reiterating, “There were some concerns in this regard, but officials from respected [government] branches in the Supreme National Security Council assessed all the aspects of the issue and concluded that the Hajj be held.”
He added, “The pain that struck the hearts of Iranians due to the bitter incidents of the 2015 Hajj is unforgettable, therefore, the security and safety of the pilgrims is very important and must be safeguarded.”
Pointing to the importance of the comfort and peace of the Hajj pilgrims, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated, “Of course, safety and security does not mean the creation of a police environment.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also described as very important and imperative attention by Muslim nations to the issue of unity and reiterated, “While billions of dollars is being spent on creating discord, division and hostility among Muslims, they should beware not to help this disuniting efforts, because any member of the Muslim Ummah who contributes to this conspiracy will share in the consequences of this great sin.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution also urged the Iranian Hajj pilgrims to endeavor toward “on-time prayers and congregational prayers in Masjid al-Haram and Masjid an-Nabawi,” “the recitation of Quran in the Holy Mosques,” “paying special attention to the rituals of the Day of Arafat,” and “refraining from wandering in the shops” and added, “The respected Hajj pilgrims must think about purifying their hearts and spirits and benefiting from the great virtues of the Hajj rituals more than anything else, because the attainment of the spiritual benefits of Hajj is the prelude to the achievement of its social results.”    
In conclusion, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed, “Everyone must beware and carefully discharge their responsibilities so that a great and dignified Hajj is performed.”

Prior to the remarks of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Ali Qazi-Askar, the representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for Hajj and pilgrimage affairs and the head of Iranian pilgrimage mission, pointed to the bitter incident of the martyrdom of a number of Iranian Hajj pilgrims in 2015 and said, “Although the final report on those incidents has not been released yet and blood money and compensation has not been paid to the relatives of the martyrs, we will follow up on the issue until reaching the final result.”  
Saying that the Islamic Republic has never sought to abort Hajj, Qazi-Askar added, “After several rounds of negotiations this year and the acceptance of the conditions of the Islamic Republic [by Saudi Arabia], the ground was paved for the performance of a dignified Hajj and had they accepted our terms, Hajj would have been held last year, too.”
The head of Iran
s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, Hamid Mohammadi, also offered a report on the activities of the organization, saying, “Following the invitation letter of the Saudi Hajj Ministry and the decision by the Iranian Supreme National Security Council and the insistence of the grand sources [of emulation], Hajj negotiations were held with emphasis upon the rightful demands regarding the security, honor and dignity of Hajj pilgrims and the rights of the Mina martyrs and after making sure of the fulfillment of the desired demands and expectations, the Supreme National Security Council agreed to the holding of Hajj.”   

Mohammadi added, “Through examination of the flaws of the previous Hajj, all efforts were made to bring about the necessary requirements for a proper Hajj and in this regard the level of services and provisions enjoy higher standards compared to the previous years and those of other countries.”


Bin Salman marginalizing opponents by intensified crackdown on Shiite in Qatif: Analyst

July 31, 2017 - 11:30 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who will reportedly replace his father, King Salman, in the near future has increased pressure on people in Qatif province to marginalize his opponents and reinvigorate his power, a prominent Saudi analyst said on Monday.
"There is no doubt that bin Salman is attempting to stabilize the bases of his power in Saudi Arabia and wants to marginalize his enemies in the ruling family with the help of the war against Yemen and massacre of people in Qatif and establish control over all power lifelines inside the country," Ali Al-Ahmed, the director of the Washington-based Institute for Persian Gulf Affairs, said on Monday.

He also blasted the international community and the neighboring states for keeping mum about al-Saud's crimes against people in Qatif.

In recent months, Qatif has seen a hike in tensions, with Saudi regime forces, equipped with artillery and heavy weapons, launching frequent attacks against the besieged town of Awamiyah to quell the protests under the pretext of clashing with “militants” there.

The protesters in Awamiyah are angry at a plan by the regime to destroy the al-Mosara neighborhood, the old quarter of the town, and turn it into a commercial zone in defiance of warnings both by locals and the United Nations.

Some seven people have been killed by the Saudi military in the town over the past days.


Imam Khamenei to endorse Rouhanis Presidency on Thursday

July 31, 2017 - 6:20 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - In a ceremony in Tehran this Thursday, August 3, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei will officially authorize President Hassan Rouhani to take the office for the second term.

The endorsement ceremony will be attended by senior Iranian officials and military authorities.

The swearing-in ceremony for President Rouhani will be held in the parliament on August 5.

After taking the oath of office at an open session of the parliament -to be attended by foreign guests- President Rouhani will have two weeks to submit his new cabinet to the parliament for a vote of confidence.

The lawmakers will then assess the programs of the proposed ministerial picks for a week, before an open session for the vote of confidence.

In Iran
s presidential election on May 19, Rouhani garnered 23,549,616 votes from a total of 41,220,131 ballots. The runner-up, Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38.5% of the votes.

No sitting president in Iran has failed to win a second term since 1981.


Imam Khamenei: Islamic world should take serious stand against oppressors

June 26, 2017 - 10:24 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has led the prayer of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of holy month of Ramadan.
Tehran Great Musalla (Prayer Ground) is hosting thousands of Muslims who are observing Fitr prayer as an important tradition in the Islamic culture.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei will also address the congregation after the prayer touching upon the most important issues of Iran and the Islamic world; "it was also a great job carried out by IRGC in confronting the enemies."

Leader firstly hailed the religious and cultural activities held during Ramadan and urged all to save the spiritual earnings of the holy month as treasures.

Noting the domestic issues, Ayatollah Khamenei commended the nation on massive turnout on presidential election as well as Quds rallies. He highlighted that the massive turnout in Quds Day rallies on last Friday of Ramadan, which took place on a day with an extremely high temperature, was a historic occasion. He asked honorable Iranian nation to be proud of their achievements; “prior to Ramadan, you made an unprecedented presence in the presidential elections and later you proved the country
s greatness to the world by a massive turnout at Quds Day march,” he told the nation.

s powerful attack against ISIL forces in Syria was also a notable measure worth admiration,” he continued.

He then expressed hope for accelerating the process of forming the new government and resuming the activities. Ayatollah Khamenei called on the new Iranian government to seriously purse major issues like domestic production and employment.

Leader of Islamic Revolution, clarified that
fire-at-will, a term he introduced at a recent speech, meant “spontaneous and neat cultural work and not lawlessness or overstatement.”

Touching upon the regional issues, the Leader urged the Islamic world to explicitly support Yemeni people; “Revolutionary forces need to be more careful about order in the country otherwise enemies will take advantage of chaos to their benefit.”

Leader of Iran warned against numerous cultural influences by enemies and urged the Islamic community to slam oppressors who invade innocent people, including Yemenis, Bahrainians and Kashmiris, in the fasting month of Ramadan. He invited the Islamic world, its intellectuals in particular, to announce their stance in a crystal-clear way like Iran does.


Iranians mark Eid al-Fitr with prayers

June 26, 2017 - 10:01 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Millions of Iranians have celebrated Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan by saying the occasions special prayers.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led the Eid prayers in Tehran on Monday, and felicitated the Iranian people and other Muslims on the occasion, which he called “a day of compassion and reward.”

President Hassan Rouhani issued a message, congratulating Muslims on the occasion of the Eid.

“Across Muslim societies, understanding the grandeur of this month and this Eid represents the great festival of unity of all Muslims and their collective diligence in reducing differences and eliminating such plights as poverty, extremism, violence, and terrorism from the geography of the Muslim world,” the message read.

The president also thanked the nation for their wholesale participation in the demonstrations marking the International Quds Day on Friday.

The participation, he said, had sent across their “clarion call in defense of the rightfulness of the region
s down-trodden nations, liberation of the noble al-Quds, and condemnation of Takfiri terrorism.”

Muslims in Asia and a number of Middle Eastern countries celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday with prayers for peace as they marked the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

In each Muslim country, religious scholars are tasked with observing the sky to spot the crescent of the moon, which signifies the beginning of Shawwal, the month that follows Ramadan in Islamic calendar.

In line with their respective scholars
observation, many Muslim nations marked the occasion on Sunday. In Iran, however, the festivities fell on Monday, when the Iranians laid out their prayer rugs on the streets after the traditional style of saying the days prayers.


Imam Khamenei congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Fitr

June 26, 2017 - 9:47 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a twitter message on Sunday congratulated Muslims worldwide on the Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

“I congratulate the great Islamic Umma on Eid al-Fitr which has been designated Eid for the Muslims by the Al-Mighty,” Atatollah Khamenei tweeted.

Fitr festivities or Eid al-Fitr, also known as the fast breaking festival, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.


Iranian FM urges Muslims to use Eid al-Fitr to promote peace

June 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - In a tweet, Iranian FM Zarif has urged leaders of Muslim countries to take opportunity of Eid al-Fitr to foster peace.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran
s Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a message on his tweeter account to congratulate world Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr which is celebrated at the end of fasting month of Ramada.

“Happy Eid to all Muslims worldwide. May the leaders of Muslim nations use the occasion to promote peace and unity instead of conflict and discord,” his message reads.

The Iranian FM is slated to fly to Germany and Italy today to exchange views and consult with European authorities.


Quds Day marked by millions of people around the world

June 23, 2017 - 4:47 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Millions of people are taking to the streets across Iran and other world countries Friday to show their support for Palestinians and oppose Israel as well as its occupation of Jerusalem and its settlements in the occupied territories.
The rallies are held to mark Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

In Tehran and other cities and towns, people from all walks of life gather for the annual event which usually marks chanting slogans against Israel and burning its flags.

The occasion is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, followed by Muslims in other countries to support the Palestinian struggle against Israel.

On Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized the importance of Quds Day.

“It is not just that we are defending an oppressed nation that has been driven out of its home. We are actually fighting against an oppressive and arrogant political system,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Earlier this month, Palestinians marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, which saw Israel occupy the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Gaza Strip and part of Syria
s Golan Heights.

The global protests this year coincide with stepped-up killing of Palestinians, their forced displacement and abusive detention by Israel.


Imam Khamenei: Terrorists Fumbling with Firecrackers won't Impact Iranian Nation's Willpower

June 7, 2017 - 11:43 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei referred to Wednesday's twin terrorist attacks and said that these 'fire-work' will not affect the will of Iranian nation.
On the twelfth day of the blessed Ramadan month, a group of students and representatives from university student associations, across the nation, met with Imam Khamenei, reported.

At this meetingImam Khamenei held, "The Iranian people are moving forward, and today
s fumbling with firecrackers will not affect the will-power of the people. Everyone must realize this, the terrorists are too small to affect the will of the Iranian people and the authorities'. This also reveals that if the Islamic Republic had not resisted, at the center of all this conspiracy, we would have had much more trouble of this sort in the country. God willing, they will "bite the dust."
Imam Khamenei today, while meeting a group of university students stated regarding the controvesial 2030 agenda that: The question of independence is extremely important. UNESCO's 2030 document fits this category. Some say they showed reservation, or they said that they did not agree on some parts: No, this is not the matter. Even if, we assume that there is no example of evident contradiction to Islam, which is not the case... I still say the country
s educational framework should not be written outside of this country.

This evening, for the first time, an Iraqi student represented foreign students in Iran and took the podium to speak.

In an apparently coordinated attempt, two terrorist groups attacked mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini, Southern Tehran, and the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Wednesday morning, killing 12 people and injuring 42 more. The terrorist group of Daesh (the ISIS terrorist group) has claimed responsibility for the fatal attacks in Tehran.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the importance of preservation of country
s independence and noted that even if there is nothing against Islam in the UNESCOs Global Education 2030 Agenda which there are, I believe that the countrys education policy should not be written from outside the country.


Imam Khomeini was one of the great divine signs

Jun 6, 2017
What I consider as todays need is primarily insistence on the principles of the Revolution. The principles of the Revolution are the same things that exist in Imams (r.a.) testament and statements. These are the foundations and pillars of the Revolution. I advise youth to read Imams (r.a.) testament. You did not see Imam (r.a.), but he is manifested in that testament. He is manifested in those statements and words. The content of Imam (r.a) who managed to shake the whole world is the same things that exist in that testament and in his statements. Imam (r.a.) cannot be distorted. He cannot be defined against what he was. His statements are available. So, insistence on the principles of the Revolution is necessary.
Nov 16, 2016
Our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) was a great divine sign: he was the real “
Grand Ayatollah”!
Mar 6, 2017


Imam Khomeini the architect of an enlightened nation

June 3, 2017 - 5:53 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Seyed Ruhollah Mousavi (Imam Khomeini) was Born on May 17, 1900, into a family of Shi'ite religious scholars in the small Iranian village of Khomein.

In 1921, Imam Khomeini commenced his studies in the Sepahdar religious center of Arak.

The presence and activity of Ayatollah Haeri-Yazdi have turned Arak as a religious hub on that era. The following year, Ayatollah Haeri-Yazdi transferred the Islamic seminary to the holy city of Qom, and Imam Khomeini moved to the Qom.

Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Saghafi's daughter got married in 1929, They had five children: two sons and three daughters named Mustafa, Ahmad, Zahra, Sedighe and Faride.

He wrote more than 40 books in the fields of ethics, theology, mysticism, philosophy, traditions, poetry and commentary that most of them written before the Iranian revolution.

In June 1963, Imam Khomeini made a speech addressing the Shah and spent 10 months in prison and after that when he made another speech against Capitulation he was arrested and exiled from Iran for more than 15 years.

He was first deported to Turkey for one year and sent to Iraq and finally, he spent few months in France. During his years in exile, Imam Khomeini developed a theory of what a state founded on Islamic principles and led by the clergy.

Protests against the Pahlavi regime have been increased daily and the Muslim clerics and intellectuals cooperation with the positive position of science centers led the number of oppositions increased vastly in way of fighting against Marxism and this impact increased the effectiveness of Imam Khomeini
s campaign.

Only two weeks after the Shah fled Iran on January 16, 1979, Imam Khomeini returned to Iran triumphantly, on Thursday February 11, 1979, the revolution gained the power and succeed under his leadership.

In his opinion, the unity of people has a special place. During and after the Revolution Imam Khomeini always talk about the importance of unity, he has also emphasized if the Muslim community struck in dispute they never achieved their goal and victory.

Imam always emphasized the importance of unity and solidarity among Muslims, therefore he believed that if that disagreement would be destroyed and disagreements are based on principles, the formation of groups and multiple parties can be acceptable.

He was the first leader and the first supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was Shia cleric who led the 1978 revolution and after the first Iranian election in 1979 founded the Islamic Republic of Iran and remained the leader until his death.

8 years of 11-year leadership of Imam Khomeini after the revolutions had spent during the invasion of Iraq and succeed with the help of people.

Imam Khomeini passed away on June 3, 1989, at the age of 89. Many Iranians mourned Imam Khomeini's death and poured out into the cities and streets. More than 15 million people from across the country attended Imam Khomeini
s funeral to form one of the largest ever funerals in the world which set the largest and busiest funeral record in the Guinness Book of Records.

His charisma and influential personality never forget among the people and maintained until the end of his life.


IMN Shiites: Wrong to link Sheikh Zakzakys prolonged detention to national security

May 28, 2017 - 7:07 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, have faulted Federal Governments claims hinging its refusal to release their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky, to national security.
The Islamic group also chided the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Garba Shehu, for his statement on behalf of the Presidency justifying the illegal detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Elzakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenah Ibraheem.
Spokesperson for IMN, Mallam Ibrahim Musa, said the Presidency “hinges their illegality on fear factor,” stressing that “their fear is that there would be a breakdown of law and order if Mr. Zakzaky was allowed to go home and Government has a responsibility to ensure his safety.”
Musa said IMN is thoroughly embarrassed and even shocked that the presidency will keep defending its impunity against the valid and subsisting order of the Federal High Court made on December 2, 2016; ordering it to release Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, by hiding behind the cloak of protective custody.
“We believe this defies logic, as it is a blind and baseless defence of the indefensible. Before the inhumane attack by the Nigerian Army on Sheikh Zakzaky and the IMN, we have been living peacefully with the society.
“It is therefore baffling to put forward such a baseless reason of protective custody for holding the revered Sheikh. Was it the society that attacked and killed the 1000+ followers of Sheikh Zakzaky?
“Who demolished the Islamic Centre of IMN? Who desecrated the graveyard of IMN? These heinous crimes were committed by the Nigerian Army,” Musa stated.
The prominent cleric Ayatollah Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife were taken into custody on December 14, 2115, after deadly clashes between the supporters of the IMN movement and Nigerian troops.

Nearly 350 members of the Shia movement were killed in the clashes. The sheikh was brutally injured and his house was reportedly destroyed by the army in the incident.

The judge said he had given 45 days for authorities to provide new accommodation for the Zakzaky family. The accommodation is to be in the town of Zaria, Kaduna state, where the family were detained, or in other parts of the state or alternatively any other part of northern Nigeria.

Kolawole said the State Security Service would pay each of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife $78,984 in compensation for the violation of their rights by being held in unlawful custody for nearly a year.

Nearly 100 IMN supporters were killed when Nigerian forces fired live rounds and tear gas at mourners during a peaceful march ahead of the Arbaeen mourning rituals, which mark 40 days after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam. Authorities also destroyed a number of buildings belonging to the IMN.

The Nigerian government has stepped up its crackdown on the IMN since the December 2015 deadly incident.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Wednesday, April 26, occupied the streets of Abuja, Nigeria's capital city to mark the 500 days in detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.


'Salam Islam' website launches Ramadan's campaign

May 28, 2017 - 5:24 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Salam Islam is a website that answers the most basic needs of those who are new to Islam or have just decided to embrace this religion.
The month of Ramadan is a great occasion for the Muslims from all over the world, to the extent that even non-Muslims are impressed by the prevalence of this holy month and automatically drawn to it.
Therefore, Salam Islam is willing to initiate a movement toward spreading the peaceful and all-inclusive message of this month through an interesting and capturing campaign.

The idea is very simple, yet, intriguing and anyone, at any place can contribute. Take a video from yourself and in a 30 second tell us “What about Ramadan excites you more?” Send the video to Salam Islam
s Instagram direct ( / salamislam_com /) and we will share it in our channels, including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Sheikh Ali Salman: It
s shameful to see Ayatollah Qassim besieged while world watches

May 28, 2017 - 5:34 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Imprisoned Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman condemned the ruling issued against the spiritual leader of the country's Shiite population, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, describing it as an "arbitrary sentence," and a "reinforcement of a policy of systematic sectarian oppression and organized targeting of the Shiite community."

During a telephone call, Sheikh Salman said that "it is shameful to see this pious (Islamic) jurist being besieged, his freedom confiscated and the residents of his area harassed while the world watches," holding the authorities accountable for his safety.

Salman paid tribute to the families of the martyrs, who lost their loved ones "in the defense of religion and faith, and the support of the leader," asking God "to heal the wounded" and praying for "the safety of the missing, the release of detainees and security and safety of this homeland."

"May Allah grant you the best of rewards, for you have done your duty to the fullest and you have won eternal happiness," said Salman addressing the martyrs.

Concluding his phone call the opposition leader expressed his condolences to the nation and said:
"We sacrifice our lives for you Abu Sami (Sheikh Isa Qassim)...".


Imam Khamenei: Saudis certainly going to perish

May 28, 2017 - 4:07 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - They oppress their own people in this manner, and oppress the people of Yemen and Bahrain in other ways. But they are going to perish.

On the first day of Ramadan, the month of the Holy Quran's revelation, a bonding ceremony with the Holy Quran was held at the Imam Khomeini(ra) Hussayniyeh, in the presence of Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Welcoming the first day of Ramadan, today, among a group of Qur'anic scholars (reciters), the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated: From all over the vast garden, called Iran, flowers representing the Quran are blossoming: one by one they reveal themselves. Thus, the seeds of our Holy Quran have been sprinkled upon these lands. This is the art of the revolution.

Ayatollah Khamenei announced: We are far behind in terms of bonding with and benefiting from the Holy Quran; these meetings are initial steps [towards bonding]. If we ponder on the Quran, the correct answers to life's many questions shall be revealed.

He went on to say: Today the Muslim world, like all other societies, is in grave danger. Among the Muslim world, a group of worthless, inept and villainous people are ruling over a community of the Muslim nation, namely the Saudi government; and, reason lies in refusal to follow Quran and lack of belief in the truth. For pretence, they [Saudi Monarchy] publish and distribute the Quran for free.

The Leader added: The Saudi rulers are too harsh on Muslims, yet kind to the disbelievers. They are giving special handouts to the US. To whom does all this wealth belong? This is the nation
s [Saudi people's] wealth, which they give away to disbelievers and their people's enemies. The fools actually think they can gain the friendship of Islam's enemies by providing them with money and assistance. There is no friendship there; as they say themselves, they are "milking them" like cattle. They oppress their own people in this manner, and oppress the people of Yemen and Bahrain in other ways. But they are going to perish.

Speaking further on controversies surrounding the Saudi Monarchy he continued: No one should be deceived by this facade. They are on the wrong side; so, they will certainly perish. They might stay for some time; it depends on how the believers of the community take action. If they act correctly, it will happen sooner. If they don
t [react], it might take longer.

Ayatollah Khamenei declared that the future belongs to Islam, the Quran, and the faithful young. He added, "God has promised that the future belongs to the believers and those who fight in His way. Even if this divine promise did not exist, the experiences of the Iranian nation, during the last four decades, proves this to be true and logical."

Finally, reminding his audience on the experience of the Iranian nation's victory over the eight-year imposed war, he conveyed the following message: Our nation triumphed during the eight-year war as the "underdog." Our nation, though a novice in political and international issues, prevailed over the conspiracies of our enemy. Our nation has been standing in front of a powerful, wealthy opponent, and its aggression. These experiences prove that the path towards a successful, powerful, and glorious development is based on a deep connection with the holy Quran.


Detention of Sheikh Qassim done with US support: Daqaq

May 24, 2017 - 6:28 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The representative of the prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim in Iran underlined that the verdict for detaining Sheikh Qassim was issued after the Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa received the green light from Washington.

"After (US President Donald) Trump's support for the Bahraini king in Riyadh and his meeting with the Israelis, the Bahraini regime embarked on detaining Sheikh Issa," Abdullah Daqaq said on Wednesday.

"The al-Khalifa regime issued the verdict for the detention of Sheikh Issa after it received the US green light," he added.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the Bahraini regime for its crackdown on peaceful protesters who had gathered in the house of Sheikh Isa Qassim in the village of Diraz, and said it was a result of Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

"The deadly crackdown by Bahraini security forces on protesters was the outcome of US President Donald Trump cozying up to despots during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia," Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.

He reiterated that the first concrete result of POTUS' cozying up to despots in Riyadh was deadly attack on peaceful protesters by emboldened Bahraini regime; Google it.

The Iranian foreign minister's twitter came on the same day that Bahraini regime forces broke into the residence of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country
s Shiite majority in Diraz village in
Northwestern Bahrain, arresting everyone inside the house.

Security forces backed with armors sieged and attacked Sheikh Qassim's house from all sides, and cars and pedestrians were banned from approaching the area, Bahrain Mirror reported.

On this level, an opposition source told Bahrain Mirror that the fate of Sheikh Isa Qassim is "unknown due to the lack of information from there", confirming that he was in his house at the time of the attack.


People will strip Al Kalifa of Bahraini nationality: Clerics, seminarians

May 24, 2017 - 1:57 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Seminaries and top religious figures have issued statements denouncing detention of prominent Bahraini Shia cleric stressing that soon people will strip Al Kalifa regime of its Bahraini nationality.
Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom in Iran has issued a statement rebuking the recent verdict by Bahraini court sentencing Sheikh Isa Qassim and a number of his followers to jail vowing that it is not far from reality that the people strip rulers in Manama of their Bahraini nationality, reported Taqrib News Agency.

Part of the message by the center reads,” Now that the tyrant Al Kalifa regime has ignored the massive protests by jurisprudents, religious leaders, international bodies and the people to set up a kangaroo court and issue a vain verdict against Sheikh Isa Qassim, it should note that the people will soon punish individual rulers in Manama and strip them of their nationality.”

Iranian center in its message has denounced the oppression against the pious cleric as extreme tyranny, suffocation and ignorance to laws and popular demands.

“Undoubtedly the hands of Al Saud are part of this plot when they are playing a particular role in supporting the egotistic Al Kalifa regime” said the message.

Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom has slammed the move to desecrate the religious figures and called world Muslims, elites to voice their anger against the oppression.

Senior Iranian jurisprudent, Ayatollah Hussein Noori Hamedani has also rejected the detention of Bahraini Shia leader urging international communities to maintain the popular demands in Bahrain.

The cleric in his message has expressed regret over the silence of so-called human rights supporters and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Cleric in another part of the message issued on the incident has voiced his support for Bahraini people and Sheikh Isa Qassim calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
Bahraini regime forces stormed into the residence of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country
s Shia majority in the village of Diraz, arresting everyone inside the house.
Security forces fired birdshots at protesters and teargas into the house of the prominent cleric.


Ayatollah Noori Hamedani
strongly condemns raid on Sheikh Isa Qasim's house

May 24, 2017 - 1:32 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - “Al Khalifah regime showed the world the height of its cruel nature by attacking Shaykh Isa Qassims house in Bahrains al-Diraz to serve the orders of its American and Saudi masters.” said Grand Ayatollah Noori.
Grand Ayatollah Hussein Noori Hamedani, a Shia source of emulation, condemned Al Khalifah
s inhumane attack against Bahraini Shias in a statement released on Wednesday, May 24 in which he said, “Al Khalifah regime showed the world the height of its cruel nature by attacking Shaykh Isa Qassims house in Bahrains al-Diraz to serve the orders of its American and Saudi masters.”

The text of the statement is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful

Once again, Al Khalifah regime proved its cruel nature by attacking Shaykh Isa Qassim
s house in Bahrain to serve the orders of its American and Saudi masters. Unfortunately, the so-called human rights bodies and the Organization of Islamic Conference continue their deadly silence toward these violent measures against innocent Bahraini citizens.

We condemn Al Khalifah
s inhumane crimes and voice our solidarity with Muslims in Bahrain including Ayatollah Shaykh Isa Qassim; we also demand the top clerics immediate release and urge Muslim community to stay united.

Hussein Noori Hamedani
Qom, May 24, 2017


Sheikh Isa Qassim gets one year jail sentence

May 21, 2017 - 6:13 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Fourth High Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Ali Al-Dhahrani, ruled during its 8:15 am session Sunday morning (May 21, 2017), a 1-years imprisonment against Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, Hussein al-Qasab, and Mirza Al-Dirazi, suspended for 3 years.

The ruling comes in the case linked to collecting the Khums religious money, which the Public Prosecution classified as collecting funds without authorization.

Moreover, the court also imposed a BD 100,000 fine for each defendant in the case. It also ruled the confiscation of the amount deposited in Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim's account, amounting to 3 million, 367 thousand, and 301 Bahraini Dinars, and the confiscation of two properties registered to Sheikh Qassim's name.

Regarding the second accusation the three defendants are charged with, which is collecting money for general purposes and without a license, the court sentenced a fine of BD 1000 against each defendant in the case.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had issued a decree to revoke the citizenship of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim (June 20, 2016). Since that date, security authorities have surrounded all entry points to Diraz, and only residents of the town are allowed to enter through its checkpoints.


Imam Khamenei praises Iranian nation for epic turnout in elections

May 20, 2017 - 4:19 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei hailed the Iranian peoples massive presence in the elections held on Friday as “epic” and said the high turnout proved the strength of foundations of “the Islamic democracy” in the country.

“The epic celebration of yesterday
s elections once again highlighted the shining gem of (the countrys) national will and determination before the eyes of the world,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message addressed to the Iranian nation on Saturday.

“Your massive and enthusiastic participation and enthusiastic rush to polling stations and formation of long queues of people from all social strata to reach the ballot boxes across the country were a clear sign of the strength of foundations of the Islamic democracy (in Iran)…,” the Leader stressed.

Ayatollah Khamenei further thanked each and every individual participating in the elections as well as those who played a role in encouraging the people to meet their duty to vote, particularly the sources of emulation, clerics and academic, political, cultural and artistic figures

Elsewhere in the message, the Leader urged the president and his administration to actively work and endeavor to settle the country
s problems and try not to sway from “this direct path”.

The message came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in Friday
s presidential election by securing an absolute majority of the votes.

With the votes from 99.7% of ballot boxes in the nationwide presidential election counted, Rouhani emerged victorious and secured a second term by winning 57 percent of the votes, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced at a press conference on Saturday.

Rouhani, the winner, garnered 23,549,616 votes from a total of 41,220,131 ballots that were cast in the presidential election on Friday, he added.

The runner-up, Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38.5% of the votes with 15,786,449 ballots, Rahmani Fazli noted, saying the two other candidates, Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemitaba, have won 478,215 and 219,450 votes, respectively.

More than 56,400,000 Iranian people were eligible to vote. Participation of above 41 million voters translates into a turnout of 73 percent.

Iranian expatriates in 103 countries cast their ballots simultaneous with the big turnout at home.

Polling stations across Iran closed at midnight Friday after sixteen hours. The Interior Ministry had extended the voting three times in one of the country
s most tightly contested elections.

During the previous presidential election in June 2013, Rouhani had emerged victorious by winning 50.7 percent of a total of over 36 million votes. He had won more than three times as many votes as his closest challenger.

No sitting president in Iran has failed to win a second term since 1981.

Iranians also cast their ballots in the 5th City and Village Councils elections and mid-term parliamentary polls on Friday.


Hassan Rouhani reelected president of Iran

May 20, 2017 - 4:10 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Incumbent president Hassan Rouhani won with resounding majority against his rival Ebrahim Raisi with 57 percent of the vote, to extend his time in office.

The Interior Minister Abdolreza Ramani Fazli announced at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday announced Rouhani as the winner of the 12th Iran presidential election with 23,549,616 out of 41,221,310 votes, after counting 99.7 of the ballot boxes.

His main challenger Seyed Ebrahim Raeisi, who is former deputy of Judiciary and current custodian of Astan Quds Razavi (Holy Shrine of Imam Reza) in Mashhad, earned 15,786,449 of votes, standing the next after Dr. Rouhani.

Other two candidates, Seyed Mostafa Mirsalim and Seyed Mostafa Hashemitaba, each gained 478,215 and 215,450 of the votes, respectively.

A big turnout on Friday, more than 41 million out of 56 million registered voters, led to the vote being extended by several hours to deal with long queues on Friday.


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