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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.


“Imam Ali (a.s)” research center for Quranic Studies inaugurates in Najaf

April 30, 2017 - 11:55 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - “Imam Ali (AS)” Research Center for studies in Quran, Nahjul Balaqa and Sahifa Sajjadiyya was opened for seminary students in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq.
It was opened by the Dar-ol-Quran affiliated to the Astan (custodianship) of Imam Ali
s (AS) holy shrine on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), Hazrat Abbas (AS) and Imam Sajjad (AS).
The opening ceremony was attended by Seyyed Nazar Hashim Hablul-Matin, the custodian of Imam Ali
s (AS) holy shrine, representatives of the holy sites in Iraq and a number of experts from Najaf Seminary.

Addressing the program, Hablul-Matin said that the center was set up following the guidelines of the source of emulation in the holy city of Najaf to pay special attention to Quran, Nahjul Balaqa and Sahifa Sajjadiyya.

He added that more Quranic centers are needed to be launched to disseminate the Quranic culture and the Ahl-ul-Bayt
s (AS) thoughts in the society.

Also speaking in the program, Sheikh Mustafa Abu Al-Tabouq, head of the Religious Affairs Section of the Astan, said that the center offers two-year courses aiming to train experts in Quranic sciences, Nahjul Balaqa and Sahifa Sajjadiyya.

He added that branches of the new research center will be opened in all provinces of Iraq.


Millions of Muslims celebrate eid al-Maba
ath in Najaf

April 25, 2017 - 10:27 PM Source: IQNA
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Millions of pilgrims from different cities of Iraq as well as other countries converged on the holy city of Najaf on Tuesday, which marked the Eid al-Mabaath.
Astan (custodianship) of Imam Ali (AS) holy shrine, spared no efforts to serve the pilgrims visiting the holy shrine.
Iraqi government departments and security forces also did their best to provide the necessary services and ensure security for the pilgrims, it added.

Eid al-Mab
ath marks the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was chosen as Gods messenger.

It is annually celebrated by Muslims all over the world.

The holy mausoleum of Imam Ali (AS) is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Iraq that hosts millions of pilgrims throughout the year, especially on religious occasions.


Millions of Muslims commemorate Eid al-Mab
ath worldwide

April 25, 2017 - 11:32 AM Source : PressTV
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Millions of Muslims in Iran and across the world are celebrating Eid al-Mabath, the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation and was chosen as Allahs final messenger.

To commemorate the revered occasion, Iranians hold celebrations in Tehran and other cities on Tuesday, which falls on the 27th of the month of Rajab on the Islamic lunar calendar.

Eid al-Mab
ath is a public holiday in Iran. Many head to holy cities and sites, including Mashhad and Qom, to participate in religious festivities.

People also distribute sweets and drinks on the streets and in mosques.

Prior to his prophetic mission, Muhammad (PBUH) used to retreat to the Hira cave, located on Nour Mountain outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, spending many hours alone in prayer and reflecting on life.

He was especially concerned about social unrest, injustice, widespread discrimination, fighting among tribes and abuse of tribal authorities prevalent in pre-Islam Arabia.

Muhammad (PBUH) was nearly 40 on August 10, 610 CE when Angel Gabriel descended while he was on retreat and commanded him to recite the first lines of Surat al-Alaq, the 96th chapter of the Holy Qur

The prophet was tasked with delivering the message of peace to humanity and declaring Allah
s Oneness to idolaters and polytheists of the world. He was sent to confirm the essential teachings of monotheism as preached by earlier prophets, including Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.


Extremists tarnish image of Islam: Afghan clerics

April 25, 2017 - 11:29 AM Source : Tolo News
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A number of religious scholars and members of Balkh provincial council in Afghanistan on Sunday said that the responsible officials must answer to the nation over Fridays deadly attack by the Taliban extremist on 209 Shaheen Army Corps in Balkh.
The clerics stressed that terrorist attacks have no link with Islamic teachings and by committing such atrocities, terrorists want to create fear among the people and tarnish the image of Islam.

Talking on the Taliban attack, they said that Islam has strongly condemned terrorism and militancy in all its forms and manifestations.

"Attacks on mosques and holy places have no religious justification, the insurgents by targeting such places tarnish the image of Islam in the world's mindset,” said religious scholar Mawlawi Matiullah.

"The terrorists have conveyed a negative image of Islam in the world. But Islam is not like this, Islam has not allowed the killings,” said Mahmoud Danishjo, head of Balkh Hajj department.

s attack on the army camp killed an estimated 135 soldiers and left more than 80 others wounded.


JUP leader praises unifying fatwas

February 20, 2017
N The secretary general of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) has praised Ayatollahs Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Khamenei, and Ali al-Sistani for their fatwas in efforts to unite Shias and Sunnis.
According to the YJC, Amjad Chashti on Sunday said that the grand ayatollahs
fatwas “made 90 percent of Shia-Sunni disagreements disappear.”
Elsewhere in his statements, he blasted short-sighted views that help the growth of Takfiri and Wahhabi ideologies. He also praised the Islamic Republic for bringing out the benevolent aspects of Islam.


Iranian Seminaries condoles Ayatollah Rafsanjani's demise

January 9, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Prominent seminary clerics offered condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Prominent seminary clerics offered condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The text of Islamic Seminaries' condolence message on demise of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, the head of Iranian Expediency council is as follows:

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

We extend our sincere condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of Iranian Expediency Council and a great revolutionary figure, to Imam al-Mahdi (as), Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, grand Shia sources of emulation, Islamic seminaries, the Iranian nation as well as the bereaved.

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was a prominent Islamic figure and a revolutionary cleric who played crucial roles in different stages of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. During late Imam Khomeini's anti-shah struggles, he was cooperating with the founder of the revolution all along; his sacrifices and services in the sacred path of Islam and Islamic Revolution will never be forgotten.

The late Ayatollah Rafsanjani also served the Islamic Revolution after its victory in different positions; he played significant roles in establishing Islamic principles, consolidating the foundations of Islamic revolution, the guardianship of Islamic jurist as well as helping the Iranian supreme leader. He left us with valuable legacies in serving the highest positions of Iran's administration.

We pay tribute to his pure soul and ask God for compassion, mercy and forgiveness towards him.
May Allah's blessings be upon you

Mohammad Yazdi, Head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Seminaries' Society of Teachers
Reza Ostadi, Head of the Islamic Seminaries' Supreme Council
Alireza Arafi, Head of the Iranian Islamic Seminaries


Farewell to Rafsanjani

January 8, 2017
By: Ali Kushki
TEHRAN Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the Expediency Council and former president of Iran, passed away at the age of 82 on Sunday afternoon in a hospital in Tehran.
He died of severe heart condition, according to people close to the Rafsanjani family.
A funeral ceremony has been arranged for Tuesday.
“The soul of the great man of the revolution and politics, the paragon of patience and resistance, ascended to the heavens,” said President Hassan Rouhani in a tweet.
Rafsanjani, a true follower of Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, led a life of political dynamism and eclecticism for over six decades.
Born in 1934 in a village in eastern province of Kerman, Rafsanjani grew up in a wealthy family.
He started his political career in the 1960s, acquainting himself with the views of the to-be founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini.
Soon he proved leadership qualities, winning the trust of Ayatollah Khomeini. He was arrested time and again by security forces of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last monarch of Iran, for his key role in anti-monarchy campaigns.
With the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Rafsanjani became the first parliament speaker of the post-revolution Iran.
In 1980, Ayatollah Khomeini tapped Rafsanjani as commander of the war after Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein waged a war against the fledgling revolution.
He served the revolution in his capacity as parliament speaker (1980-1988), president (1989-1997), and chairman of the Expediency Council (1998-to his death). He was also the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 until 2011 and interim Friday prayer preacher of Tehran from 1981 to 2009.
“Men of history will be remembered for ever. Ill-wishers should bear in mind that Hashemi is alive because the movement is alive,” said Ayatollah Khomeini of Rafsanjani after he survived an assassination attempt on May 25, 1979.
The unwavering ayatollah established the Servants of the Construction Party in 1995. He was also one of the co-founders of the Islamic Republic Party and the Combatant Clergy Society.
Leading a hectic political life did not prevent Rafsanjani from acting as a pragmatic politician.
The post-war “reconstruction” era of Rafsanjani (1989-97) saw economic development, private sector growth, and rising prosperity for the middle and upper classes.
He also established the Islamic Azad University, now the largest mortar-and-brick university in the world, accounting for half university seats in Iran.
The seasoned Rafsanjani was also a man of letter, writing a number of books, including the “Story of Palestine” and the multi-volume Tafsir Rahnama, a contemporary 20-volume exegesis of Quran.


Chairman of Expediency Council Ayatollah Rafsanjani passes away

Sun Jan 8, 2017 4:26PM
Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has passed away at the age of 82 due to heart condition.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani was admitted to a hospital in northern Tehran on Sunday after having an acute heart attack.
Born on August 25, 1934, the influential Iranian politician and writer was the fourth president of the Islamic Republic, serving from 1989 to 1997.
Rafsanjani was the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 to 2011. The influential cleric was elected chairman of the Iranian parliament in 1980 and served until 1989. He assumed office as the Chairman of the Expediency Council in 1989.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attended the hospital where Ayatollah Rafsanjani was hospitalized, undergoing treatment.
Head of Tehran
s Shohada Hospital has declared heart arrest as the cause of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjanis passing away.  
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was among the main aides to late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.
He played an influential role both during anti-Shah struggles before the victory of the Islamic Revolution and afterwards through various stages of the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Rafsanjani was also a key figure during the eight years of Iraq
s imposed war on Iran (1980-88), serving as substitute to commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
According to IRNA news agency, the funeral for Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani will be held in Tehran on Tuesday.
In a statement, the Iranian administration announced a three-day mourning period across the country and declared Tuesday as a national holiday.
Condolence messages pour in from Iran state officials, bodies
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani issued a condolence message on his Twitter account soon after Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
s demise in which he said, “The soul of the great man of the revolution and politics has soared to the sky.”
Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi also released a message, expressing his grief over passing away of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.
In his message, Shahroudi described Rafsanjani as a true follower of late Imam Khomeini, who spared nothing on the path of the Islamic Revolution and was among confidantes of Imam Khomeini who shouldered heavy responsibilities following the Islamic Revolution.
Many Iranian officials and state organs have offered their condolences over the demise of Ayatollah Rafsanjani.
Chairman of the Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said the influential figure diligently shouldered important responsibilities after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Ayatollah Jannati also condoled with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the demise of Ayatollah Rafsanjani.
Meanwhile, the Guardian Council expressed grief over Ayatollah Rafsanjani
s demise and said he provided great services to the Islamic Republic in different areas.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, for his part, expressed his condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Iranian nation, particularly Ayatollah Rafsanjani
s family.
He said the late cleric always made great efforts in carrying out his sensitive and crucial responsibilities and played a prominent and influential role in managing the country
s economic and social affairs as well as the complicated and difficult foreign policy of the Islamic Republic.
Foreign officials, dignitaries express condolences over Rafsanjani
s demise
Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah, the foreign minister of Bahrain, posted a message on his Twitter account expressing his condolences on passing away of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Palestine
s Islamic Jihad Organization expressed their sorrow over the passing away of Iran's former president.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has also issued a message of condolence on the occasion of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
s demise.


Before Tehran Friday Prayers' Sermons and on anniversary of foundation of ABWA

Akhtari: In Unity, we spread the word of Ahlul Bayt (A)

January 7, 2017 - 8:39 AM

it is our duty to keep unity among Islamic Ummah and to protect our own faith. The Ahlul Bayt World Assembly is moving forward based on Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei's ideas and thoughts which stress on Unity and interaction among all Muslims. Thus, so far, we have published about 2000 books in 57 languages.
According to Ahlul Bayt News Agency
ABNA - Hujjat al-Islam "Mohammad Hasan Akhtari", the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's Secretary-General delivered a speech before Tehran Friday Prayers' Sermons, speaking about the goals and services of the Assembly.
He spoke about the Assembly's background and said, "Today is the 26th anniversary of the foundation of the Assembly. 26 years ago prominent figures, scholars, and political and cultural figures gathered together from all around the world to hold a conference and then the foundation of the Assembly was proposed".
"The Assembly is an independent, non-governmental institution and great Islamic figures are among its members. There are about 700 members from around the world. Also 140 countries are in touch with it. It is our purpose to take members who are experts at their fields." He added.
Speaking about the history of Shia Islam, saying that enemies of Ahlul Bayt and Shia Islam seek to propagate that it has been created in Iran, he stated, "during history, Shiite were put under question. However, I must say that Shia Islam has existed since the dawn of Islam. Since Imam Ali's time, when he fought side by side the Holy Prophet the Shiites began to sparkle and later in Karbala and Ashura they shined. In Imam Jafar Sadiq's time, Shiite Islam was in full bloom".
"Intellectually and literally speaking, Shiite Islam was formed in Holy Prophet's time. He addressed Imam Ali and said: I swear to God, your followers will succeed. Oh Ali, your followers will enter the doomsday satisfied and smiling, while your enemies will be furious and frustrated. Today there are about 350 million Shiites around the world" he continued.
"Since past centuries, many groups, especially England, have tried to oppose the Shiites. The formed deviant ideologies such as Wahabism and Baha'i Faith. Forming groups such as Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS they seek to oppose Muslims and Shiite Islam. Unfortunately some countries in the region have fallen into their traps" he added.
He then clarified, "it is our duty to keep unity among Islamic Ummah and to protect our own faith. The Ahlul Bayt World Assembly is moving forward based on Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei's ideas and thoughts which stress on Unity and interaction among all Muslims. Thus, so far, we have published about 2000 books in 57 languages."


Ayatollah Akhtari: It is necessary to identify the sectarianists / Holy Quran is the touchstone in all affairs

September 20, 2016 - 6:23 PM

Secretary-General of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly stressed on the necessity of identifying the sectarianists and stated that the Holy Quran is the touchstone in all affairs.
According to Ahlul Bayt News Agency
ABNA Ayatollah Akhtari, in the scientific Conference of Imam Ali (A) which was held in Qeshm, stated: Imam Alis leadership was the axis of unity and God has never left the world without a leader and Hojjat.
He stressed on the necessity to identify the sectarianists and stated: “ we must identify the divisionists and also those who propagate unity and must take Holy Quran as the touchstone in all affairs”
Speaking about the crisis in Bahrain and the Al Khalifa regime
s tyranny, Akhtari urged scholars and prominent Sunni and Shiite figures to hear the Bahraini peoples cry and condemn the Al Khalifa and Saudi regimes crimes.
“It is over 5 years now that the Wahabi regime of the Saudis has occupied Bahrain and has committed numerous crimes especially over the past year” he pointed out.
Akhtari hoped that Muslims around the world and the scholars, clergy, and Friday Prayers leaders would draw international attention to Bahrain and the Saudi crimes there so that they will be punished.
“The Saudi leaders are seeking to create a violent image of Islam whereas prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali (A) were the source of all kindness, endearment, and service to humanity” Akhtari observed.
Pointing out at Takfiri ideology of the Saudi leaders, he said: “unfortunately, the Wahabi leaders of the Saudi Arabia as agents of the Arrogant Powers believe that it is permissible to kill Shiite Muslims which is totally against the Holy Quran and teachings of Prophet Muhammad”
“unfortunately, the international community has neglected the numerous Saudi crimes in Islamic countries out of fear from Arrogant Powers and Zionists” he added.
Stressing that Muslims must learn from the unity in Iran
s Islamic community, he stated: “The Arrogant Powers seek to create division and sectarianism among Muslims. ISIS and other takfiri groups are the result of such policies”
“Fortunately, a great number of Muslims disagree with all these divisionist and sectarian ideology. In Iran too both Sunni and Shiite Muslims stand against sctarianism in unity” Akhtari pointed out.
In the end he observed that there are over 1 billion and 700 million Muslims all around the world and this population can cause great global changes if they follow the word of God.


1.3 Million People Expected at Ceremony Marking Imam Khomeini Departure Anniversary

June 2, 2016 - 6:54 PM

Source : IQNA

AhlulBayt News Agency - Some 1.3 million people are expected to attend a ceremony on Friday to mark the 27th departure anniversary of Imam Khomeini (RA).
Esmaeil Najjar, an official with the organizing committee, said that more than 400 foreign guests will also be present at the event, which will be held at the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He said the participants will renew allegiance with the ideals of Imam Khomeini and with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and convey the message to the world that the sublime aspirations of the late Imam will never be forgotten.

Rouhollah Mousavi Khomeini, better known as Imam Khomeini, was born in the central Iranian city of Khomein on September 24, 1902 to a family of scholars.

He led Iran
s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which culminated in the overthrow of the US-backed Mohammad Reza Pahlavis monarchy. Pahlavi was Irans last monarch.

Imam Khomeini passed away on June 4, 1989 at the age of 87.

Every year on such a day, a large number of people and officials as well as devotees of Imam Khomeini (RA) from different countries converge at the mausoleum in the Iranian capital, to page homage to the late founder of the Islamic Republic.

The anniversary of the passing away of Imam Khomeini is commemorated in many other countries as well.


Bahrain court issues 9 year Sentence against Sheikh Ali Salman

May 30, 2016 - 1:58 PM
Source : Bahrain Media

The First High Criminal Appeals Court in Bahrain has issued a 9 year sentence against the opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, also Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, today.

AhlulBayt News Agency - A court in Bahrain has extended the jail term of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, who is the secretary general of the country
s main opposition bloc, by five years.

The Supreme Court of Appeal increased Salman
s prison sentence on charges of inciting violence and calling for anti-regime demonstrations to nine years from the original four.

The al-Wefaq opposition group, headed by Salman, denounced the court ruling as “unacceptable and provocative,” saying it “entrenches the exacerbating political crisis” in Bahrain.

Al-Wefaq was Bahrain's largest parliamentary bloc until its 18 MPs walked out in February 2011 to protest violence used against demonstrators.

On Friday, an international human rights organization called on the US administration to demand the immediate release of the 50-year-old dissident.

“If the US government is serious about helping Bahrain escape its political crisis, it should publicly call for his immediate release so he can be part of a much-needed dialogue with the government,” Brian Dooley, with the US-based Human Rights First, said.

Sheikh Salman was arrested in December 2014 on charges of attempting to overthrow the Manama regime and collaborating with foreign powers.

He denies the charges, saying he has been seeking reforms in the country through peaceful means.

In June 2015, a Bahraini court sentenced him to four years in prison on charges such as insulting the Bahraini Interior Ministry and inciting others to break the law. He was acquitted of seeking regime change.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has repeatedly called on the Manama regime to release the al-Wefaq leader.

Since February 14, 2011, anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations on an almost daily basis in Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifah family to relinquish power.

In March that year, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to the country to assist the Bahraini regime with its crackdown on the peaceful protests.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the crackdown.


Ayatollah Jannati to head
Iran's Assembly of Experts

Tue May 24, 2016 7:29 AM
Ayatollah Jannati seen attending the first meeting of the fifth Assembly of Experts in Tehran on May 24, 2016 (IRNA)
Iran's Assembly of Experts has elected Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati to head the body tasked with appointing the “Leader of the Islamic Revolution” and overseeing his work.
Ayatollah Jannati was chosen for the post for two years on Tuesday after securing re-election for the assembly in a February vote.
In a message to its opening, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the new assembly has a duty to “carefully and comprehensively guard the Islamic and revolutionary identify of the ruling establishment and direct intertwined apparatuses of the establishment toward lofty and sublime goals.”
Ayatollah Jannati was voted chairman of the 88-member assembly with 51 votes against two other contenders - former Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi and another prominent cleric Ayatollah Ehrahim Amini.
Ayatollah Amini, who is also the prayer leader of the holy city of Qom, garnered 21 votes and Ayatollah Shahroudi 13 votes.
Former president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who had chaired the assembly until 2011, did not run for the post.



Sheikh Al-Azhar Calling for Proximity; Shiite, Sunni are Brothers and Wings of Islam

February 23, 2016 - 10:49 AM
Source : Al-Alam
AhlulBayt News Agency - Dr. Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, on Monday has urged more tolerance among different Islamic schools and doctrines, saying Shiite and Sunni people are brothers and the wings of Islam.

Speaking in Jakarta during a meeting of the Muslim Council of Elders and the Indonesian Council of Ulama, he said most of the wars taking place in Muslim countries today are a result of the Sunni-Shiite divide.

Sheikh Al-Azhar added: "the moderate Shiites are Muslims who cannot be expelled, and there are excesses which not from moderate Shiite clerics.

He warned of the dispute between Sunnis and Shiites, explaining that what is happening in Iraq, Syria and Yemen comes within the framework of this religious dispute, noting that Islam is based on values, and criticizing the West's policy against Muslims.

Sheikh Al-Azhar asked conciliation and unity among scholars in the Islamic Ummah, indicating that the unity is not to gather an understanding or a single thought, because the dispute is a natural thing approved by Islam, reported by tahrirnews.


Islam urges justice, fairness toward non-Muslims: Ayatollah Khamenei

Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:0PM
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Islam has ordered Muslims to treat the followers of other religions with “fairness and justice.”
“What is seen in the world today is that powers and governments which claim to [advocate] fairness and justice do not observe any fairness and justice except within the bounds of their narrow, limited and cruel policies,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with representatives of religious minorities in Iran
s Parliament (Majlis).
The Leader pointed to the propaganda campaign against Muslims in Europe and the US and said, "What is at issue is not [the question] why the Muslims do not have the necessary freedom in most of these countries, but at issue is [the question] why the Muslims do not have any [sense of] physical safety."
Ayatollah Khamenei cited the Hollywood-made film, American Sniper, as an example and said it encourages Christian or non-Muslim youngsters to harass the Muslims as much as possible.
Islam does not accept this approach, the Leader said, adding, “Islam believes in fairness.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Imam Ali, the first Imam of the Shias, has said a Muslim would not be blamed if they die of sadness over the harassment of a non-Muslim in a Muslim country.
If a Muslim dies of this sadness, that person has died for the right cause, the Leader pointed out.
The Leader said young neo-Nazis have on several occasions beaten up and killed Muslims and damaged mosques with impunity.
Ayatollah Khamenei cited the instance of young Arab Muslim girls who have been beaten up or even killed because of their hijab and nobody even bothered to investigate the issue.
The Leader added that similar cases also exist in other countries which claim to defend human rights, including the US.
Ayatollah Khamenei said after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, there is no record of aggression by Muslims against non-Muslims.


Hamburg cleric condemns Sheikh Nimr's death sentence

November 2, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Source : Mehr

Hamburgs Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Reza Ramezani criticized the death sentence against highly-revered Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

“Is it fair that a person is entitled to the award of Sakharov due to his defense of freedom of expression, but a religious scholar who practices his religious duty to direct human beings with his insightful comments is doomed to be executed?,” Ayatollah Ramezani said during his Friday sermon on October 30 in Hamburg.

He harshly criticized the determined death penalty against al-Nimr as an inhumane act by Al Saud and expressed regret over the silence of the media on the issue.

Pointing to the misrepresentation of freedom of expression by some world governments, he said, unfortunately people in today world tend to upside down the reality.

“Not long ago, the Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to a decade in prison and 1000 lashes for "spreading liberal thoughts" and "insulting Islam," was honored with the European Parliament
s Sakharov Prize, which is a human-rights award," he said, adding that the head of European Parliament Martin Schulz, then, called on Saudi King Salman to immediately release Badawi.

On the other hand, Ramezani added, a Shia cleric and religious leader, using the same
freedom of expression to act his religious duty and responsibility, is sentenced to death, guilty of seeking "foreign meddling" in the kingdom, "disobeying" its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces.

Ironically, the world media and those who claim protecting human rights are completely silent, and even avoid to reflect the position of Islamic authorities and scholars in defense of the Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ramezani underlined.

He said that Mohammad Baqir al-Nimr is one the great scholars of Islam who, unfortunately, is in jail in the worst situation.

"A cleric who is concerned with religion, the guidance of mankind and fight against oppression, is sentenced to death and this would have heavy price for the Saudis," he stated.


Division and dissension among Muslims biggest blows to Islam - says Grand Shia cleric to Sunni scholars

November 2, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Source : RASA
Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani has stressed that the most important principles of Islam are the unity and solidarity of Muslims and added that if the Islamic community seeks glory and power it must put aside its differences and unite.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency - "Islam is a set of principles. If taken together they result in securing the dignity of the religion," Grand Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani said today, in a meeting with a group of Sunni scholars from India and Mauritania.

Referring to the first of these effective principles, faith and conviction, the revered source of emulation explained that in the Quran, God states that if the believers
faith is firm, they will not face weakness and problems and the Islamic community will become the greatest of the communities of the world: “Do not weaken or grieve: you shall have the upper hand, should you be faithful” [3:139].

His Eminence added that strengthening the believers
faith, beliefs and love of God was the objective of all the divine messengers in order that the Islamic community can have a significant and effective role in the community by having faith.

Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani stated that the second principle is that Muslims should be powerful in all areas
including in the cultural, political, security and economics arenas because the enemies will not imagine attacking them nor will they be defeated.

US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia gathered in Vienna to solve crisis they themsleves created

Referring to yesterdays
international conference on Syria in the Austrian capital Vienna, he said that several countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have gathered together to solve the crisis in that country that they have created themselves.

“If Muslims do not have power, how can they stand against their enemies who are all working against Islam?” he said.

The renowned teacher in the Islamic Seminary of Qom stressed that unity and solidarity among Muslims is the most important principle of all the principles of Islam, adding that in the Quran and narrations, unity is stressed in regard to all issues and on the other hand, disputes and the breaking of relations between Muslims is the biggest blow to Islam as it can cause harm to the religion.

Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani said the main aim of our enemies is to create dissension among Muslims and they have created and strengthened Takfiri terrorist groups in order to implement their goals.

“If the Islamic community throughout the world works together as brothers, they can make good progress [against the enemies],” he said.

He said that identifying the enemies and their plans is another key principle of Islam, and added that the Quran introduces three groups as the main enemies of the Islamic nation
the infidels, the hypocrites and the Jews. The Quran also calls on Muslims not to neglect these three groups and to never become dominated by them.

“Thus, we must be very vigilant, especially in today
s world where the words of the US and Israel are loudly heard and the voices of those killed Yemen, Palestine, Iraq and Syria are not,” he said.


Appealing to God via Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt Not “Polytheism” - says top Egyptian Sunni cleric

October 26, 2015 - 9:58 AM
Source : RASA
The former Grand Mufti of Egypt has stressed that appealing to God is worship and appealing to the Prophet Muhammad and Ahlul-Bayt is not a form of Shirk (polytheism) or an innovation.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency - Speaking on the Egyptian satellite television channel “Capital Broadcast Centre,” Sheikh Ali Gomaa, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt, stated that a helpless person who cannot do what the Prophet Muhammad and his Ahlul-Bayt have done, has done it and if he wants to do tawassul or appeal to the Prophet in supplication, it is not a problem, as some claim, and he has not committed shirk (polytheism)
the association of partners to God.

The top Sunni scholar added that when someone says “Oh God, for the sake of our master Husayn…” and another says “I swear by the Prophet…” it is not considered associating partners with God and one says that this is considered associating partners with God has a “mental disorder.”

He also said that when a person who vows to God Almighty that he will do a certain action due to his love for Imam Husayn, it is a form of oath, not associating partners with God.

Sheikh Gomaa said that swearing to God is a form of worship and the Prophet of Islam also performed such actions of worship. This is while heretical extremists do not know this and consider it an innovation and mock those who perform such action.

The former Grand Mufti of Egypt said that these extremist groups have deviated from the true path of Islam and have introduced into the religion these same falsehoods have led to bloodshed in Iraq and Syria. He added that extremist, radical and heretical elements which act heinously have sought to create a parallel structure within Islam and we have always warned about their actions, which show a lack of religion and are barbaric actions.


Islamic Center of Ahlul Bayt opens in Brno, Czech

October 12, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Source : TNA
The Islamic Center of Ahlul Bayt (AS) was opened with the presence of Grand Ayatollah Sistani
s representative in Brno, the Czech Republic.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency - The Islamic Center of Ahlul Bayt (AS) was opened with the presence of Grand Ayatollah Sistani
s representative in Brno, the Czech Republic.

Allameh Seyyed Morteza Kashmiri, the representative of the Shia source of emulation in Europe, presented a speech in the opening ceremony of the center, iraaqi reported.

He said that establishment of Islamic centers in non-Muslim countries, where Muslims are minorities, brings peace to the Muslims

He highlighted the importance of the center and said that the main objective of the center is to unite Iraqis residing in Europe and maintain their religious and cultural identity.

The new center is affiliated to Imam Ali (AS) Institute in London and works under the supervision of Grand Ayatollah Sistani, he added.

Holding congregational prayers, religious ceremonies, educational courses and introducing Islamic rituals to the world are some of the activities of the center.

The ceremony was attended by Iraqi ambassador to the Czech Republic, representatives of Arab and Islamic countries as well as intellectuals of the Muslim world.

Also addressing the ceremony, the deputy of the Iraqi ambassador, congratulated the opening of the center and said that the Muslim people need wise preachers to make them united.

Haj Abdul Rahman Hamoud, head of the new Islamic center and Munib Al-Rawi, head of the Islamic Union in the Czech Republic were other speakers in the program.


Iranian President: “Death to America” Slogan Is Condemnation US Policy, Not People

September 19, 2015 - 5:06 PM
Source : Tasnim

Irans President Hassan Rouhani said that “Death to America” slogan chanted by Iranian people is a condemnation of the US policy, not the American people.
s President Hassan Rouhani said that “Death to America” slogan chanted by Iranian people is a condemnation of the US policy, not the American people.

“This slogan that is chanted is not a slogan against the American people. Our people respect the American people. The Iranian people are not looking for war with any country.” Rouhani said in a Friday interview with the CBS "60 Minutes" due to be broadcast on Sunday.

"But, at the same time, the policies of the United States have been against the national interests of Iranian people
it's understandable that people will demonstrate sensitivity to this issue,” the Iranian president added.

"When the people rose up against the Shah, the United States aggressively supported the Shah until the last moments. In the eight-year war with Iraq, the Americans supported Saddam (Hussein)," he further said.

"People will not forget these things. We cannot forget the past, but at the same time our gaze must be towards the future,” Rouhani added.


Ayatollah Javadi Amoli: Mosque is not just place of worship

September 17, 2015 - 6:07 PM

Source : Shabestan

Mosque is not just place of worship
Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, while emphasizing upon the requirement of academic discussions in mosques, said that mosque is not just the place of worship rather it is the place of unity and solidarity.

Inauguration ceremony of Imam Hassan Mujtaba (A.S) mosque has been organized in Chalka area of Damavand where Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, Hujjat ul Islam Haj Ali Akberi the chairman of mosque centers and local representatives and religious people of Damavand have participated.

Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, while pointing towards the activities of mosques, said that prayer leader and board of trustees of mosque can play important role in the activities of mosque.

He further said that mosque is related to purity and chastity and this is place for pious people.

Ayatollah Javadi Amoli said that we must focus on this point that only such people are gathered in mosque which are seeking for chastity. That
s why people in the mosque are considered as the specialist of chastity.

He, while pointing towards the role of mosque in the success and survival of Islamic revolution, said that mosques have played important role in Islamic revolutions and this system was established with the help of mosques because if religious people took step than they reach at their destination.

Religious cleric of Qom further said that mosque is not just the place of worship rather academic and religious discussions should be organized in mosques and the person who visits mosque he must learn something.


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