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Significance of Night of Qadr


May 24, 2019 - 4:27 PM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The most important thing of the holy month of Ramadan is the Night of Qadr (Lailatul-Qadr) - the night which is superior to a thousand months.
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
“Surely We revealed it (Quran) on the Night of Qadr - And what do you know about what Night of Qadr is - The Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months - The angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord every command - It is peace till the break of the morning.”
(The Holy Quran, Chapter 97 (Surah al-Qadr))
A year consists of different hours, days, nights, months, and most importantly different periods. However amidst all these times, certain moments are given a higher value than the rest because of the special attention of Allah upon them, the effects they have, and the events that occur or have occurred during those times. Of these very important times is the Night of Qadr. This night is the most important and valuable night of the year. The importance of this night is to such an extent that along with the different verses that discuss the Night of Qadr, a whole chapter (Surah) in the Holy Quran has been named after this night.1
To further study the importance of this night, we can consider two series of the verses, one of which talk about its magnificence and the others are about its effects.
The magnificence of this night in the Holy Quran is to the extent that Allah addresses His messenger as “And what do you know about what Night of Qadr is?” By referring to the holy Quran, we find that such kind of addressing is used only when Allah is referring to very important issues or when He is reminding people of very great events. For example, where the Recurrence day and its magnificence is mentioned and Allah has intended to inform people and draw their attraction to the huge events of that day, such kind of addressing is used. Likewise in this verse of Surah al-Qadr, if Allah is addressing His best creature and last messenger in this way, definitely He is implying the great magnificence of this night.
In another verse the almighty Allah considers this night to have a higher value than nearly 30,000 ordinary nights. Such comparison of the Holy Quran is an obvious proof for the high value and great magnificence of such night.
In the second series of verses Allah mention the special features of this night. Having such features causes the Night of Qadr to have special and unique effects among the other nights of the year. For example this night is called Mubarak. Mubarak means full of mercy and blessing. Applying such a word for the Night of Qadr states that this night has the capacity of abundant blessing to the degree that the revelation of the Holy Quran has taken place in this night. Also due to the abundant blessing in this night the gates of forgiveness and mercy of Allah is open to people.
Another effect of it is that in this great night no punishment is assigned for the creatures. For the almighty Allah has named it a night full of Salam (Peace) till the break of the morning.
Considering the greatness and importance of the Night of Qadr and contemplating the effects and events of it, one is naturally inclined to learn more about this holy night. In this article we are to briefly study different aspects of it .Then we will briefly touch on the terminology of Qadr, the events that take place on this night, the exact date, and the ways to truly benefit most from the abundant blessings of this night.
Definition of Qadr
In general, Qadr is defined as measurement. Apparently the reason for using the term Qadr in referring to this grand night is mainly for the fate and measure of all affairs that will be decided in this night. In this precious night, the detail of events and affairs such as life and death, fortune or misfortune, sustenance and wealth … is determined for the Man. Also the detail of Natural events such as floods, earthquakes and … is determined. A verse in the chapter of the Holy Quran, al-Dukhan, confirms this fact about the Night of Qadr: “Therein the detail of every affair which is to happen is made distinct.”
Knowing the outstanding mercy and blessings in this Night of Qadr one may wonder, does this night belong to a certain time; has this night been a specific night in the past? Or is there the Night of Qadr today and we also can benefit from the high blessings of this night?
It is better to search for the answer to these questions in the verses which are talking about this night. The verses in the Holy Quran confirm this fact. When discussing the events that take place on the Night of Qadr, the verbs are used in the continuous form. So this night is not limited to a certain age, time, or year, rather is repeated at different times. This night along with the different events that take place, such as the descending of angels, will be repeated in the present age. But if we focus more deeply on the verses of the Quran, we will discover more details on how this night is repeated continuously in the different ages. One of the clear points that can be seen in the verses is that the Night of Qadr is in the sacred month of Ramadan (this point will be discussed further in the next sections).  Just as the month of Ramadan is reoccurring each year, the Night of Qadr is also repeated each year.  Therefore, depending upon the level of attention we give to understanding the significance of this night, we too can benefit from the great value and blessings of this night today.
The events that take place on Night of Qadr
As previously stated, by referring to the verses of the Quran, we understand that all affairs destined to happen in the universe and also to each person and other creatures in the following year, are made clear in this night. Moreover the angels will descend these destined affairs in the form of divine command.
By referring to the verses which have talked about the descent of the angles, we can divide the descent of the angles according to their purpose into two groups. One type is when the angels would descend to execute the orders of Allah. Examples of this method can be seen in the descending of angels for the task of helping the believers in Badr, Hunain and other stage, taking the life of people, or the descending of angels to execute a punishment from Allah, like the punishment on the people of Prophet Lut (AS).
The second type of descending is mainly to present the sacred affairs and communicate the message of Allah. It is clear that each message requires a receiver or an audience. Therefore in this manner of descending the angles deal with both Allah as the sender and a recipient. In other words the angles should receive the messages from Allah and then present it or descent it to a creature of Him. An example of this method of descending can be seen in the descending of Angel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). Angel Gabriel descended upon Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) for twenty three years to continuously give the messages of Allah.
Now we have to see, which method of descending do the angels have on the Night of Qadr. In the verse 4 of Surah al-Qadr Allah has talked about the descent of the angles and divine commands. In fact in this verse, we should see what the responsibility of the angles about these commands is. Are they to perform such commands? Or are they to descent them and inform these commands as messages? When Allah says that the angels will descend in it by the permission of their Lord, every command, then it is clear that this manner of descending is like the second type: to communicate a message.
The descent of the angles toward which destination?
As it was discussed the descent of the angles in the Night of Qadr is for delivering messages. In this type of descending, the angels act as messengers from Allah to bring a message for a receiver. Therefore there has to be a recipient for the angels to descend upon and give the commands.
Considering the descending of the angels and the message they carry, and supposing that the descent of angles is not vein, one can conclude that the descending of the angels cannot be upon every creation of Allah . Rather it should be upon a person who has the ability of receiving such extensive and important information. Not only different inanimate objects, plants, the animals, and even holy places are incapable of receiving such an important message, but also normal human beings do not have the capacity of receiving such an important message, including the distinction of affairs for all the humans. The distinction of the yearly affairs of only a single man is extensive amount of information. Now let us refer to the verse of the Holy Quran which implies that in that very night the angels reveal the distinction of all affairs, namely not only the distinction of the yearly affairs of you and I, but all the human beings on this planet. Therefore we simply find that an ordinary man can never receive such amount of information in just one night.
On the other hand, the angels reveal the executive commands of Allah. In order for this act of angels to be considered useful, their descent needs to be followed by a result. In another words, the person who the angles descend upon should have a responsibility and role in the process of accomplishment of these commands. Now by a careful glance at ourselves and the people around us, we would find that not only we are not in the position to receive divine messages from the angles, but also we don
t have any role in relation with the distinctions of people.
Now that we realize an ordinary human being cannot be the receiver of the decrees brought by angels, we can therefore expect that certain chosen people exist for this task. These chosen people must be far from any impurities or defects of any normal human being, and they must have the capacity of receiving and executing divine messages. In other words they must be Allah
s representative on the earth. This is the status which the Holy Quran refers to when talking about the representatives of Allah. The representative of Allah is one who represents Allah and with His permission does divine acts, like Prophet Jesus (AS) who was able to bring the dead back to life.  The caliph of Allah on the earth is responsible for executing specific command and effects, in other words he is the connection between the heavens and the earth. It is obvious that the Caliph of Allah being His representative on the earth and in connection with Him should be able to receive and execute divine messages.
Who are these people?
Muslims all agree on the fact that in the age of the Prophet the only person whom the angels would descend upon for bringing the sacred messages was the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). During his lifetime, no one else would receive these messages. However, just as discussed above, the descending of the angels on the Night of Qadr and bringing the divine commands is a progressive act that is repeated each year. Therefore it did not end after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). And the angels continue to bring the distinction of people to a person.
It is obvious that such a person should be the one who like the Prophet is appointed to by Allah to be responsible for divine affair like the descent of the angles upon him. Also he should be given the special abilities and capabilities by Allah. Naturally such a person is the continuer of the path of the Prophet and is responsible for the acts which he was responsible for and should be continued after him. To be more clear, he is the successor of the prophet and besides the representative of Allah on the earth.
Historical sources have shown that after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP), no one except a few have claimed that the angels descend unto him on the Night of Qadr. If they had done such, their claim could be easily defeated by asking the people of his era a few simple questions about the future and its specifics.  However there were a few who claimed that angels would descend upon them, and they would defend their claim through legitimate proof. They, like the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) had such a vast knowledge about the incidents of the world that the people of their era would easily realize that they were the most knowledgeable Man in their era. The biographies of these certain people confirm this claim and open a whole new subject that will need to be discussed in other articles.
Let it not be unsaid that these people are none other but the one who the Shiites believe in their Imamah, the successors of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP), the representative of Allah: Ali and the eleven infallible Imam from his progeny (PBUT).
From the above argument, one can deduce that there must be a leader chosen by Allah, a representative of Allah at all times so the angels can descend upon on the Night of Qadr for bringing the destinies. Based on this reasoning the Shiite Muslims believe that after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP), the angels would descend upon the representatives of Allah and true successors of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) on the Night of Qadr. And in our present age, each year the angels descend upon the living Imam of the time, Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his appearance) to bring the destined affairs.
When is the Night of Qadr exactly?
Through verses of the holy Quran and the Prophetic narrations we can deduce that the Night of Qadr is in the holy month of Ramadan.  In one verse, Allah confirms that the Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan, 22 And in another chapter, it is made clear that the Quran was descended on the Night of Qadr, “We have indeed revealed this (Quran) in the Night of Qadr.” 23 Since in the first verse it was made clear that the Quran descended in the month of Ramadan, and in the second verse it was said that the Quran was revealed in the Night of Qadr, then we can conclude that the Night of Qadr is in the month of Ramadan. In addition to the verses of the holy Quran, narrations from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) and from the Ahl al-Bait (the Imams) also confirm that the Night of Qadr is in the month of Ramadan.  The Quran does not reveal the exact Night of Qadr, but the traditions give more detail as to which nights have a higher possibility to be the Night of Qadr. In these narrations, the infallibles have suggested that there is a strong possibility that the Night of Qadr may be on the 19th, 21st, or 23rd of Ramadan. However the 23rd of Ramadan has been given the strongest possibility for being the Night of Qadr.
What is recommended to do on this night?
In the previous sections we referred to the verse that considers the value of the Night of Qadr to be better than a thousand months24. The Infallible Imams (PBUT) see the reason for the excellence of this night in the fact that any good deed or worship done in this night has more value than if one were to accomplish these good acts in a thousand months25.
If we think to ourselves in just a few moments we would get that out of the 365 nights of the year only one has the value of 1000 months and has such extraordinary features. Therefore with a little thinking we would find that we should make the most benefit from this great opportunity. This is the reason that  every wise man would strive to do his best in understanding this night and performing good deeds.
On these possible nights of Qadr, it is best to act upon the recommended acts and pay attention to the worships we are advised by the Infallible Imams (PBUT). Of the recommended acts in this night is best to stay up till dawn and think about the issues which help us keep closer to Allah. For example it is proper to sit aside and investigate our acts in the past year. Where were we last year and where we are today?
By thinking about these issues we can get prepared for benefiting better from this night. We may ask Allah a better distinction in this year. We may ask Him to help us follow the path which He is satisfied with. We may ask Him to forgive us in this night which He has promised us the forgiveness for the incorrect acts we have committed. We may decide in this night to obey Allah more than before.
Remembering Allah in our heart, helping the poor, and praying for others is of the other recommended acts of this night.26
In this way every wise man can benefit from the blessings of this night due to his attention to this opportunity. We pray for all to take the best advantage from this valuable night.

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Iran celebrates Islamic Republic Foundation anniversary


April 1, 2019 - 11:43 AM
Forty years ago, the Iranian peoples call for a political system based upon Islamic values gained a momentum when more than 98 percent of the eligible voters in a two-day national referendum voted for the Islamic Republic establishment.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Iran commemorates the 40th anniversary of selection of the Islamic Republic as the country
s official governing system, which was approved by the overwhelming majority of voters in a referendum back in 1979, a few weeks after victory of the revolution.

Forty years ago, the Iranian people
s call for a political system based upon Islamic values gained a momentum when more than 98 percent of the eligible voters in a two-day national referendum voted for the Islamic Republic establishment.

The Iranians
move to opt for the Islamic Republic as the countrys political system followed less than two months after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in February 1979, which put an end to 2,500 years of monarchic rule in Iran.

Every year, Iran commemorates the anniversary of beginning of the Islamic Republic on Farvardin 12th, dubbed the “Islamic Republic Day”.

The system was established in Iran in line with the popular motto of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that demanded “Independence, Freedom and the Islamic Republic” for the country.

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

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Polish man converts to Islam at Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine


March 12, 2019 - 5:19 PM
A Polish young man converted to Islam at Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine in the lunar month of Rajab. Imam Reza (AS) is the eights Imam of Shia Muslims whose holy shrine is situated in Irans northeastern city of Mashhad.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A Polish young man converted to Islam at Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine in the lunar month of Rajab. Imam Reza (AS) is the eights Imam of Shia Muslims whose holy shrine is situated in Iran
s northeastern city of Mashhad.

Referring to the main motive behind his conversion to Islam at the end of this conversion ceremony, he stressed, “I studied the Arabic language and literature and this major made me familiar with Islam”. The Pole chose Reza as his new Muslim name.

“My personal research on Islam started six years ago and it was words of Sunni Muslims that attracted me to Islam for the first time; however, this sect of Islam could not provide answers of my questions and I found Shia Islam more reasonable and beautiful.

Reza further noted, real Islam must be found in Shia sect as it retells realities and gives an opportunity to discuss them. It answers questions and keeps room for religious discussions as well.

Pointing to notable similarities between Shia Islam and Catholic Christianity, he added, in addition to the similarities of rituals and symbols, the two sects are similar in terms of number of infallible Imams, which is equal to the number of Jesus Christ
s apostles.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he stressed that religion is considered a personal issue in Poland and everyone is free to have his own religion. He also mentioned, I
m really happy to have this beautiful and new experience in Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine.

During the ceremony, Seyed Mohammad Javad Hashemi Nejad, manager of Non-Iranian Pilgrims
Affairs of Astan Quds Razavi said, as this conversion finds its roots in researches and studies, it is really valuable. He also mentioned that God has promised to provide a peaceful heaven for those who have chosen the right way freely.

He went on to say, when some people convert to Islam from the so-called cradle of modernization, it shows that the West
s attempts to portray a false and unrealistic image of Islam have failed.

We are so happy over this conversion and the management will do its best to supply all intellectual and spiritual needs of these neophytes.

Astan Quds Razavi is the body in charge of Imam Raza (AS) holy shrine.

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

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Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council passes away


December 25, 2018 - 4:15 PM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Chairman of Irans Expediency Council (EC) Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi passed away at the age of 70.

The prominent religious and political figure had suffered acute ill health for months and succumbed to renal and intestinal malfunctions at Khatam ol-Anbiya Hospital in Tehran on Monday.

He was born in 1948 in the Iraqi city of Najaf, which has hosted many Muslim scholars.

In Iraq, Ayatollah Shahroudi attended classes held by the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.

He fought against the dictatorial rule of Iraq
s Saddam Hussein and was jailed and tortured by his forces. He was also one of the founders of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and was its chairman and spokesman for a while before late Seyed Baqer Hakim.

Ayatollah Shahroudi traveled to Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution to serve as an intermediary between Imam Khomeini and Iraqi scholars and leaders.

During his lifetime, Ayatollah Shahroudi served in many other crucial positions in the Islamic Republic.

He took the helm of the Expediency Council in 2017 to succeed late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The Expediency Council is mainly responsible for arbitrating between the Iranian Parliament and the Guardian Council, which itself supervises the Parliament.

Ayatollah Shahroudi also served as the head of Iran
s Judiciary for 10 years. His efforts to speed up due processes and establish close contact with the ordinary people were among the achievements the late cleric was credited for.

Ayatollah Shahroudi also was a member and vice president of Iran
s Assembly of Experts, which elects and oversees the performance of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

He had been a member of the Guardian Council for years as well.

Ayatollah Shahroudi published numerous books and articles in various fields, including Islamic Jurisprudence and law. As a religious scholar and teacher, he was well-known for his precise reasoning and robust approaches.

In separate messages, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Chairman of the Guardian Council Ahmad Jannati, Secretary of the Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani and Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami extended their condolences to the family members of Ayatollah Shahroudi and the Iranian people over his demise.

The funeral ceremony for Ayatollah Shahroudi is due to be held in Tehran and then in the holy city of Qom in Central Iran on Wednesday.

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

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Chairman of Irans Expediency Council Dies at 70


8:57 - December 25, 2018
TEHRAN (IQNA) Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the chairman of the Expediency Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, died at the age of 70 after months of suffering acute ill health.
The prominent religious and political figure succumbed to renal and intestinal malfunctions at Tehran
s Khatam al-Anbiya Hospital on Monday.
During his lifetime, Ayatollah Shahroudi served in many other crucial positions in  Iran.
He was born in 1948 in the Iraqi city of Najaf, which has hosted many Muslim scholars.
In Iraq, Ayatollah Shahroudi attended classes held by the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini (RA).
He fought against the dictatorial rule of Iraq
s Saddam Hussein and was jailed and tortured by his forces.
Ayatollah Shahroudi traveled to Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution to serve as an intermediary between Imam Khomeini and Iraqi scholars and leaders.
He took the helm of the Expediency Council in 2017 to succeed late Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.
The Expediency Council is mainly responsible for arbitrating between the Iranian Parliament and the Guardian Council, which itself supervises the Parliament.
Ayatollah Shahroudi also served as the head of Iran
s Judiciary for 10 years. His attempts for speeding up due processes and establishing close contact with the ordinary people were among the achievements the late cleric was credited for.
Ayatollah Shahroudi also was a member and vice president of Iran
s Assembly of Experts, which elects and oversees the performance of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.
He had been a member of the Guardian Council for years as well.
As a religious scholar and teacher, he was well-known for his precise reasoning and robust approaches.
Ayatollah Shahroudi published numerous books and articles in various fields, including Islamic Jurisprudence and law.
Among his books are:
Islamic Government, Kitab ul-Hajj, Hajj Rituals in Arabic and Persian, and Kitab ul-Muzariba.

Source: http://www.iqna.ir/en/news/

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Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi:

Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi was pillar of Islamic Republic


December 25, 2018 - 5:50 PM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): While extending condolences over the death of Iran's senior cleric Ayatollah Shahroudi, Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, a high-ranking religious authority, described the deceased scholar among the pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi in a message issued by his office on Tuesday expressed his deepest regret over the loss of the prominent scholar and jurisprudent.

'The dignified intellectual was one of the pillars of the Islamic Republic and one of the outstanding scholars of Qom Seminary School', part of the message read.

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi added Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi made outstanding contributions to the Islamic Revolution and its continuance and enjoyed the respect of his fellow scholars.

At the age of 70 and after months of suffering from acute health problems, Hashemi Shahroudi succumbed to illness late on Monday.

During his lifetime, he served in several major positions in Iran including in the country's Guardian Council.

In 2017, the prominent religious figure took the helm of the Expediency Council.

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Najaf Seminary off over Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi's demise


December 25, 2018 - 6:09 PM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Najaf Seminary closed its classes on Tuesdays over Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi's death on Tuesday.

The activities and lessons stopped on Tuesday, an informed source told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Ayatollah Shahroudi, the chairman of Expediency Council, passed away in Khatam ul-Anbiya Hospital in Tehran late on Monday.

After a long battle with disease, he died at the age of 70, a relative of his and an official from the hospital confirmed the news.

Ayatollah Shahroudi was born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1948 and had served as a member of the Guardian Council as of 1994.

He was also judiciary chief and member of Experts Council. As of 2017, he was chairman of Expediency Council.

Ayatollah Shahroudi was a student of Ayatollah Mohammad-Baqer Sadr, a leader of opposition against Saddam who was executed in 1980.

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

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Imam Khamenei issued message of condolence on passing of Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi


December 25, 2018 - 4:20 PM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolutionImam Khamenei issued a message, expressing condolences for the passing of the great faqih, the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, Ayatollah Hashemi-Shahroudi. Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi-- passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018.

The following is the full text of the message:

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

"To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return" [Quran; 2:156]

I received, with sorrow and grief, the news of the passing away of the great faqih, the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, Ayatollah Haj Sayyed Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi (May God grant him paradise). This heartbreaking loss, after about a year of fighting with a hard and painful disease, distressed all those who understand his status in wisdom and knowledge, and his valuable services to the Islamic establishment and to the seminaries
fiqh, principle, and law bodies.

He was a great scholar in the seminary of Qom and a loyal official with the most important organizations of the Islamic Republic, an influential member of the Guardian Council, and a successful leader in the Expediency Discernment Council, and he left important scholarly works and blessings.

Additionally, he was the brother of three martyrs, as well as a great friend, disciple and companion of the prominent and imminent martyr, Sayyed Mohammad Baqer Al-Sadr.

On the passing of this prominent scholar, I would like to express condolences to his honored family, his respectable wife and children and his relatives, as well as the Qom Seminary and his pupils, colleagues and enthusiasts. I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow divine forgiveness and blessings on him and elevate his ranks [in the Heavens] to the highest.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

December 25, 2018

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Chief Imam of Poland Sheikh R. Rusnak with Grand Ayatullah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi - the chairman of the Expediency Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran
(At Al-Mustafa International University in Qum)

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Egyptian head of clerics: Shia Muslims never distorted Quran, our religion & Quran is one, our religious denominations are unite


February 13, 2018 - 9:35 AM
Karbala, Iraq (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Imam Hussian holy Shrine has held a conference on peaceful co-existence and the role of the shia Muslim religious authority, popular mobilization, security forces, and Iraqs shrines in terms of protecting Iraq and maintaining its peoples unity.

The conference was attended by clerics from the Al-Azhar Mosque
Egypt, a delegation from the Peaceful Co-Existence Program committee of the Iraqi Parliament, and TV channels and media organizations.

The head of the clerics at the Egyptian Religious Endowments Nesh
at Zari said, “Peaceful coexistence is now a necessity for every religious denomination and for the peoples all over the world. Every cleric must spread the sense of moderation and love; this is what Islam calls for.”

He added that politics is what destroyed peoples and their ideologies, emphasizing that peaceful coexistence is fundamental to ensure security. He also mentioned that clerics play a vital role in fighting extremism and terrorism, and this has been proven through the religious ruling of picking up arms against ISIS.

He added further, “Media has a role in misleading religious denominations and igniting wars, in addition to instilling extremism in people, one of those misconceptions is that the Shia Muslims have a distorted Quran. This is not true, and our religion is one (Islam), our Quran is one, and our religious denominations are united.”

He concluded his speech by saying, “Together we are going to firmly stand up to whoever disseminates misconceptions to mislead the Muslim society.”

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Imam Khamenei sends message to university students in Europe


January 27, 2018 - 3:48 PM
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution urged the university students to understand the 'current developments and expectations' and 'prepare themselves for them.'
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Ayatollah Khamenei issued a message to participants attending the 52nd conference of the Islamic Union Association for Iranian Students in Europe.

The full text of the message is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful:

Dear Young University Students,

The current era and its developments define certain expectations for young individuals, which did not exist or were not known in previous times. Young university students should, thoroughly, understand these developments and the corresponding expectations, and thus prepare themselves. Islamic associations and the religious climate within them can assist you in preparing yourselves. The main point is that you work for the sake of God, enthusiastically, fulfilling your duties. If you accomplish the blessed opportunity [to do so], Divine Guidance will come to your aid, too. God willing.

I ask God to grant all of you bliss and success.

Sayyed Ali Khamenei
January 24, 2018
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Erdogan: Jerusalem a red line for Muslims


December 5, 2017 - 5:27 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over reports that the United States plans to recognise Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli capital.

Such a move would be a "red line" for Muslims, Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Reports emerged on Friday that US President Donald Trump was considering recognising Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital, a move that would be symbolised by relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds , upsetting decades of US policy.

The plan has drawn criticism from a number of world leaders, who fear it would further escalate regional tensions.

French President Emmanuel Macron told Trump by telephone that Jerusalem's status must be decided in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Arab League was holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss developments on the status of Jerusalem al-Quds, after a request by Palestinian officials.

The diplomatic adviser of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership would cut contact with the US if it recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds, and the international community, including the US, does not recognise Israel's jurisdiction over and ownership of the city.

President Donald Trump is also considering moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem al-Quds.

White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said an announcement would be made "in coming days" but that the president remained committed to the move: "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," he said.

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Islamophobia in Poland:


Vandals shatter windows at mosque in Poland


November 28, 2017 - 8:10 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Vandals reportedly smashed the ground-floor windows of a mosque in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, leaving worshippers worried about a growing atmosphere of intolerance toward Muslims in the country.

Police were notified of an attack on Warsaw
s Muslim Cultural Centre early Monday morning, AFP reports. Officers are still searching for the vandals, who apparently also damaged the frame of a large tent erected on the centers property. No one was hurt in the attack.

Ahmad Alattal, a coordinator at the center, told AFP that the incident isn
t the first time his mosque has been targeted. A little over a month ago, a glass bottle was reportedly broken against a window on the front door.

“We are constantly receiving threats by email, on social media and also by phone,” Alattal said in an AFP video.

Imam Youssef Chadid, a leader within Poland
s Muslim community, blamed the attack on a “not very friendly” atmosphere in the country toward Muslims and Islam.

“I am 100 percent sure this was a racist, anti-Muslim attack,” Chadid said, according to The Associated Press.

Warsaw police are reviewing security footage that showed at least two individuals participating in the attack. Authorities have asked the public to come forward with information.

There are about 22,000 Muslims living in Warsaw, according to the AP. About 500 people attend prayers at Warsaw
s Muslim Cultural Centre. The mosque is one of two Islamic religious centers in Polands capital city.

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Assembly of Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and the Issue of Takfiris;

Secretary-General of Bangladesh Ahlul-Bayt Institute: Muslims should be beside each other as members of one family


November 22, 2017 - 6:55 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - At today's opening ceremony of the International Conference of Lovers of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) and the Issue of Takrifis, Shah Sofi Ahmad Sayed Naeem Al-Deen said that today we are witnessing the victory of good over evil and reiterated by saying: "Hypocrites and the unfaithful have infiltrated the Muslim community and are scheming."
He also expressed that the followers of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) have always been targeted by conspiracies, and that while this has always been evident, it is also obvious that the followers of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) have always been victorious and this is a principle in Islam.
"The lovers of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) are always vicotorious as they are following the true path of Islam; we are all Muslims and should be beside each other as members of one family," he said.
The Secretary-General of Bangladesh Ahlul-Bayt (AS) Institute stated that God wants us to stay true to His path and said: "If we stand side by side and join hands we can again witness the blessings of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) and once again be united."
First Assembly of Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and the Issue of Takfiris will be held during two days with the support of the World Islamic Awakening Assembly and, in cooperation with various institutions, including the Ahlulbaytat World Assembly.

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Assembly of Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and the Issue of Takfiris;

Former Afghan President: Sunnis are without a doubt lovers of Ahl Al-Bayt


November 22, 2017 - 6:32 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The former president of Afghanistan stated that the love for Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) is part of the Sunni faith, and that Sunnis are without a doubt lovers of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS).
According to the news center of the Assembly of Lovers of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) and the Takfiri Issue, at the beginning ceremony of this assembly, Dr. Sibghatullah Mojaddedi thanked the Supreme Leader of Iran for holding this assembly and stated that : "The love for the great prophet Mohammd (PBUH) and his Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) and bonding with them and paying heed to their saying is a blessing for all Muslims."
"Love for Ali (AS) is part of being a Sunni and those who do not have that are not Sunni" he said.
The former president of Afghanistan also added that while this love is indeed part of being Sunni, it also leads to love for all. He stated that: "The love for Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) is cherished by Sunnis and the Sunni consider the enemies of Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) as their own enemies."
He added that enemies of Islam are trying to divide the Muslim community, said that "unity and friendship is a must for all Muslims".
Mojaddedi emphasized that extremist groups such as ISIS have never been a symbol of Sunnis, and also noted that it should be clear to everyone that extremism leads to conflict which is exactly what the enemy wants.
First Assembly of Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and the Issue of Takfiris will be held during two days with the support of the World Islamic Awakening Assembly and, in cooperation with various institutions, including the Ahlulbaytat World Assembly.


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Pope to visit Myanmar as Rohingyas ethnic cleansing continues


October 10, 2017 - 9:36 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Pope Francis is set to visit Myanmar in November as the Buddhist country's military is widely blamed for committing ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslim minority.
According to a full program of the Nov. 6-Dec. 2 trip released by the Vatican on Tuesday, the Pope will visit top Buddhist monks, military generals, and the county's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Reuters reported.

The trip motto is peace and love among people of different faiths.

Being the first pope to visit Myanmar, Francis is expected to address the Rohingyas' plight as he already issued a strong defense of the right of the Muslim minority to
live their faith, and criticized the countrys regime for campaign of persecution.

In a stinging attack on the Myanmarese regime in February, the Pope said the Rohingyas have been tortured and killed “simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith”.

Rohingya crisis erupted on 25 August, when Myanmar
s army backed by gangs of Buddhist extremists brutally attacked Muslims in Rakhine state on the pretext of responding to the killing of security forces. In the ensuing operation, over 6,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed in what is clearly an organized campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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UN urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims


October 11, 2017 - 3:56 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A senior United Nations human rights official called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday to stop the violence and discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya minority.

“Our ask of Aung San Suu Kyi is certainly to immediately stop the violence,” Jyoti Sanghera, head of the Asia and Pacific region of the U.N. human rights office, told a briefing held to present its report on the army campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state.

Sanghera voiced concern that Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh might be “incarcerated or detained” on return to Myanmar, where she said they lacked citizenship and other civil and political rights.

Authorities in Myanmar, led by Suu Kyi, have been tightly controlling access to Rakhine since August, when purported attacks by Rohingya fighters prompted a brutal military response that has forced over 515,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.

The crackdown has left scores of Rohingya villages torched and completely destroyed. Estimates as to how many Muslims have been killed vary from 1,000 to 3,000.

Suu Kyi, who has won a Nobel Peace Prize, has refused to take any action to end the violence.

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Global commemoration for Hazrat Ali Asghar (a.s) slated for Friday


September 20, 2017 - 11:31 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Ceremonies to commemorate Hazrat Ali Asghar (AS) will be organized in Iran and 41 other countries this Friday.
Ali Asghar was martyred in Karbala on the Day of Ashura some 1400 years ago.

Every year, on the first Friday of the lunar Hijri month of Muharram, Shia mourners in Iran and other countries commemorate the six-month-old son of Imam Hossein (AS).

In the ceremonies mothers along with their babies mourn for Ali Asghar.

This year, prior to the ceremonies, a Doctrine of Global Commemoration for Ali Asghar (AS) has been unveiled during a press conference in Tehran.

Davoud Manafi, the secretary of the event
s organizing committee, said the doctrine, which has been approved by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, has been translated into 61 languages.

He added that commemoration ceremonies on Friday will be held in 4000 places in Iran as well as in many other countries, including Iraq, Nigeria, the US, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Russia, Pakistan and Turkey.

They are aimed at promoting the message of the Ashura uprising which was promotion of virtue and prevention of vice and fighting injustice.

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Workshop featuring Quran held in Berlin


September 17, 2017 - 5:37 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A workshop titled “The Essene of the Quran” was held in the German capital of Berlin on Saturday.
Organized by the Iranian Cultural Center in Berlin, the one-day event featured different topics, including common stories in the sacred books of Abrahamic faiths.

Egyptian Mohamed Amer gave a speech about this topic.

Sheikh Mohamed Mahmoud Faraj, an Egyptian Qari, and Hassan Sadeqi, a scholar with the Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center of Frankfurt, spoke about the musical aspects of Quran recitation.

Quranic calligraphy, Tajweed recitation of the Quran, and the influence of the Quran in Muslims
lives in different societies were among other topics discussed at the workshop.

According to Seyed Ali Mojani, Iran
s Cultural Attaché in Berlin, the workshop sought to answer questions and doubts created as a result of extremist and Takfiri groups wrong interpretations of the Quran and present an accurate picture of the Holy Book to European addressees.

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