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Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi's message on occasion of inauguration of Wiki Torath and Shia Data projects

31 January 2024, 9:43:12 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): On the occasion of the opening of the Wiki Torath and Shia Data projects, Grand Ayatollah "Nasser Makarem Shirazi" issued a message as follows:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

First of all, we thank God Almighty for making the efforts of planners, nobles, experts and those involved come to fruition and it enabled the use of two useful programs regarding the publication of the teachings of the AhluBayt (a.s.) and familiarization with those interested in Islamic heritage and spiritual teachings.

Collecting and promoting and facilitating access to the teachings of the Shia school and the heritage of Muslim scholars along with the collection of information and the classification of available resources and other useful efforts that have been carried out in these two programs, cause the means and progress in research in Islamic heritage and books of Shia scholars and the correct and comprehensive introduction of the Imamiyyah Shia doctrine to all truth-seekers.

In today's world, where the competition is for the speed, accuracy and accuracy of information and the enemies are trying to distort the face of the right path and attract the hearts and minds of the people to the false path, we must seriously try to strengthen our explanation in the virtual space.

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all the officials, as well as researchers and respected programmers who have played a role in these two extensive projects, and I wish them success.

Qom, Nasser Makarem Shirazi
January 27, 2024



Imam Khamenei's message to 30th National Salat Conference

7 January 2024
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): In a message to the 30th National Salat Conference, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that the great obligation of salat "should be considered to be the soul for the organs of the human body or like air compared to a persons other material needs."

The text of the message is as follow:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

All praise is due to God, Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon Muhammad and his pure Progeny, particularly the Remnant of God on earth (may we be sacrificed for him).

I thank Almighty God for the continuation of this blessed, auspicious tradition of honoring salat [prayer]. I would like to sincerely extend my gratitude to Hujjat al-Islam Qara
ati, a diligent, insightful scholar who is the founder of this blessed movement.

Salat cannot be considered to be just one of the current needs of an individual and the Muslim community. This great obligation goes far beyond such needs. It should be considered to be the soul for the organs of the human body or like air compared to a person
s other material needs.

The fact that the acceptance of all worship acts and actions done in serving God are dependent on the acceptance of salat, the fact that the command to pray and to be firm in doing prayers was demanded [by God] from the Prophet, the fact that prayer is considered to be the first requirement in the rule of the righteous, and the fact that its performance and the emphasis on it has been repeated more than any other obligation in the Quran are all proof of the unique status of this divine duty.

Encouraging prayer among the younger generation is the key to spreading this divine blessing and ensuring it is in its rightful place. Those who work in areas related to the youth and teenagers
those in the family environment, in schools, in universities, in sports environments, the religious scholars in schools and universities, the Basiji groups in mosques, the Basiji units, the Jihad of Construction organizations, the Jihad groups, and similar groups should know that they are among those who are addressed by the verse, “Establish salat” (Quran 6:72). They need to pave the way for the new generation to learn salat, to perform the salat, and to improve the quality of their salat. They need to make salat, going to the mosque, being focused when praying, attentiveness to the meaning of salat, and learning about the rules of salat more appealing. And they need to establish salat in its true, genuine form.

I pray that Almighty God will bless everyone with success.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei
January 5, 2024



Imam Khamenei: Holy walk of Arbaeen; opportunity to reflect, think about jihad of Sayyed al-Shohada (s.a.)

2 September 2023, 9:35:38 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A few days ago, some students and graduates of one of the schools in Tehran asked Imam Khamenei in a letter to give them some advice about how they can benefit more from their upcoming trip to join the walk in making a pilgrimage to Imam Hussains shrine in Karbala for Arbaeen.

The text of the Leader
s letter of response to these students follows:

In the Name of the Most Exalted

May your pilgrimage be accepted my dear ones,

During this holy walk, don
t miss the opportunity to pay attention and invoke [Imam Hussain], as well as the opportunity to reflect and think about the jihad of the Master of the Martyrs (pbuh), his goal, and the blessings God bestowed on his great sacrifice. The goal of every believer should be his [Imam Hussains] goal.

I ask God for your success and guidance and that you may remain steadfast on the path to that goal.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei



UN condemns Shah Cheragh shrine terrorist attack

15 August 2023, 5:43:46 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN secretary general, on Monday condemned the terrorist attack in Irans southern city of Shiraz.

The UN spokesman made the remarks in response to a question by IRNA correspondent in New York.

Dujarric said that the UN condemns the attack at the religious site, and sympathized with the people and government of Iran.

"UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Shah Cheragh which is the second of its kind over the past 10 months," the UN spokesman said.

A terrorist went on a shooting spree in the holy shrine in Shiraz on Sunday night, killing one and injuring 10 people.

Early on Monday morning, Mousavi said four suspects linked to the incident had been arrested and added that they are all of foreign origins.

He added that the main terrorist, who started shooting at people in the shrine and was immediately arrested, has been handed over to investigators for further interrogation.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday ordered Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi and Governor of Fars Province Mohammad Hadi Imanieh to swiftly identify and punish the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.

The Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz was the scene of a similar attack by armed terrorists last year.

On October 26, 2022, an armed terrorist barged into the shrine, killing 13 pilgrims, including women and children, and injuring dozens more before he was shot and injured by security forces.


Qom seminary scholars community:

Desecration of Holy Quran is a cultural crime

2 July 2023,
2:49:34 PM

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Qom seminary scholars community issued a statement against the recent Desecration of Holy Quran in some European countries, especially Sweden.

The statement is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The anti-thought, anti-moral and anti-human action of the claimants of freedom of speech in insulting the Holy Quran, which was carried out under the support of the Swedish government, is a cultural crime. The Swedish authorities who caused this crime, they should stop insulting Islamic and human sanctities and by apologizing to all the Muslims and monotheists of the world, they try to make up for it.

Insulting the Quran is an insult to virtue, humanity and morality and the Swedish government slaughtered freedom of speech in this shameful act.

The chain repetition of these insults in Western countries is a sign of the hidden plans of anti-religious currents, in anti-Islamism, and the West has a black history in Islam phobia.

Qom seminary scholar
s community condemns the criminal act of desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden, and asks international Islamic organizations and the Organization of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to pursue preventive plans in international forums to Criminalization insulting the Quran and Islam phobia.

It is necessary for the judiciary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to follow up on the widespread condemnation of these actions in the world and convey the message of protest of the Muslim nations as well as the people of Iran to the world.

Qom seminary scholars



Followers of divine religions pay respects to Imam Khomeini's legacy

30 May 2023, 8:54:21 AM
AhlulBayt News Agency: On the eve of the thirty-fourth anniversary of the passing of Imam Khomeini (RA), a gathering of faithful representatives from various divine religions gathered to honor the revered leader's enduring legacy.

This solemn event took place on Monday, the 8th of Khordad, 1402 AH, as participants congregated at the mausoleum of the esteemed founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Charlie Enviehtekieh, the representative of the Assyrian community in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, highlighted the significance of the occasion, emphasizing that the community of monotheistic religions, in commemoration of the thirty-fourth anniversary of Imam Khomeini's passing, reaffirmed their unity, solidarity, and unwavering devotion to the ideals of the Imam and the guidance provided by the esteemed the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Hormoz Khosravian, one of the Mobeds representing the Zoroastrian faith, recited a portion of Gathas, sacred hymns from the Zoroastrian scriptures. He expressed his sincere hope for enduring unity and compassion among all participants, fostering mutual support and a shared commitment to serving their homeland.



Iran, Saudi Arabia Agree to Resume Diplomatic Ties, Re-Open Embassies

17:51 - March 10, 2023
TEHRAN (IQNA) Tehran and Riyadh have agreed to resume diplomatic relations and re-open embassies, seven years after their ties were broken off over several issues.
The agreement was struck on Friday after several days of intensive negotiations between Secretary of Iran
s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and his Saudi counterpart in Beijing. It was officially announced in a joint statement by Iran, Saudi Arabia and China.
The statement was inked by Shakhani, Musaid Al Aiban, Saudi Arabia
s national security adviser, and Wang Yi, the director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.
Shamkhani has been involved in intensive talks with his Saudi counterpart in Beijing since Monday to find a final solution to the issues between Tehran and Riyadh. The negotiations followed a meeting between Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing last month.
“As a result of the talks, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia agreed to resume diplomatic relations and re-open embassies and missions within two months,” the joint statement said.
It added that the Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers will meet to “implement this decision and make the necessary arrangements for the exchange of ambassadors.”
According to the statement, Iran and Saudi Arabia highlighted the need to respect each others
national sovereignty and refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of one another. They agreed to implement a security cooperation agreement signed in April 2001 and another accord reached in May 1998 to boost economic, commercial, investment, technical, scientific, cultural, sports and youth affairs cooperation.
Iran, Saudi Arabia and China expressed their firm determination to make their utmost efforts to promote regional and international peace and security, it emphasized.
The statement further explained that delegations from Iran and Saudi Arabia, led by Shamkhani and Aiban, held several meetings over the past five days following Chinese President Xi Jinping
s support for the expansion of ties between Tehran and Riyadh based on the principle of good neighborliness and his efforts to host meetings between Iranian and Saudi senior officials.
The talks between Shamkhani and Aiban were also held as a result of the keenness of Tehran and Riyadh to resolve differences through dialogue and diplomacy based on fraternal ties and both sides
adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Charter and international rules and principles, it added.
Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian protesters, enraged by the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by the Saudi government, stormed its embassy in Tehran.
The two sides had held five rounds of negotiations in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad since April 2021.
In their joint statement, Iran and Saudi Arabia also thanked Iraq and Oman for hosting the talks between the two sides in 2021 and 2022 as well as the leaders and government of the People
s Republic of China for hosting and supporting the talks held in that country.
Source: PressTV



IUMS Hails Al-Azhar Call for Boosting Islamic Unity

13:52 - November 08, 2022  
TEHRAN (IQNA) The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) welcomed a call by Al-Azhar Islamic Center for strengthening unity among Muslims within the framework of Islamic principles.
“We agree to unity in the Islamic Ummah based on principles. This is a religious duty and a Wajib (compulsory act), IUMS Secretary-General Ali al-Qaradaghi said, Arabi21 website reported.

“However, this unity requires a proper atmosphere,” he added.

“All Muslim countries have duties and responsibilities (in this regard) and the correct way is for all to hold dialogue and take serious steps for realization of this.”

He highlighted the responsibility of Arab countries in this regard and said if the right steps are taken, Islamic unity will soon be materialized, God-willing.

Qaradaghi added that he supports any invitation to unity among Muslims and also human unity for peaceful coexistence.

His remarks came after Al-Azhar Chief Sheikh Ahemd El-Tayeb called for dialogue among Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Speaking on Friday in Bahrain, El-Tayeb said, “I and major scholars of Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders are ready with open arms to sit down together on one roundtable with our Shia brothers to put aside our differences and strengthen our Islamic unity.”

Such a dialogue, he maintained, will aim at chasing away any talk of hate, provocation and excommunication and setting aside ancient and modern conflict in all its forms.

“I call on my brothers, Muslim scholars, across the world of every doctrine, sect and school of thought to hold an Islamic dialogue,” El-Tayeb stressed.

The forum was held in Manama in the presence of Pope Francis who made his first-ever trip to the island.



Top Shia cleric voices solidarity with Al-Azhar call for Shia-Sunni dialogue

7 November 2022,
Senior Iranian Shia cleric has issued a message on Sunday to voice support for Shia-Sunni dialogue as proposed by al-Azhar grand mufti Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayyeb in his address to Bahrain interfaith meeting also attended by Pope Francis.

AhlulBayt News Agency: Senior Iranian Shia cleric has issued a message on Sunday to voice support for Shia-Sunni dialogue as proposed by al-Azhar grand mufti Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayyeb in his address to Bahrain interfaith meeting also attended by Pope Francis.

Hujjat-ul-Islam Hamid Shahriari, Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought hailed the call by Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayyeb for holding dialogue between Shia and Sunni scholars in an effort to reduce tensions in the world of Islam.

The cleric in his letter addressing Ahmed el-Tayyeb said,” Once again al-Azhar, represented by your honorable scholar, called for Islamic dialogue urging the Shia and Sunni clerics for talks and eliminating factors which bring tensions in the world of Islam.”

The cleric noted,” Al-Azhar announcement regarding preparation for hosting Islamic dialogue illustrates your commitment to the topic and also your intention and honesty to achieve the objective.”

Hujjat-ul-Islam Hamid Shahriari stressed the constant support of Iran
s major Islamic unity center, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, for leading and civilized calls for closeness of hearts and going beyond division, tribalism and prioritization of interests of Muslim world to personal benefits.

He stated,” Today we announce our solidarity with your call and our preparation for facilitating the project by all possible means.”

Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought expressed hope for success of al-Azhar and that honor and security prevail across the world of Islam and that the voices of hostility, division and Takfir (excommunication) are beaten.

Grand mufti from prestigious university in Egypt made speech at interfaith meeting in Bahrain, also attended by Pope Francis, calling for dialogue between Shia and Sunni clerics and “together chase away any talk of hate, provocation and excommunication and set aside ancient and modern conflict in all its forms.”

Launched in 1990 at an order by Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamenei, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought has been pursuing the objective to facilitate intra-Muslim meetings between Shia and Sunni clerics and boosting solidarity among all Islamic denominations.



Al-Azhar Chief Calls for Sunni-Shia Dialogue, Islamic Unity

14:52 - November 04, 2022
TEHRAN (IQNA) The grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque has called on Sunni and Shia scholars to hold dialogue so as to settle differences and strengthen Islamic unity.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb made the remarks on Friday while addressing Bahrain Dialogue Forum which is aimed at promoting religious harmony.

“I and major scholars of Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders are ready with open arms to sit down together on one roundtable with our Shia brothers to put aside our differences and strengthen our Islamic unity,” he said.

Such a dialogue, he maintained, will aim at chasing away any talk of hate, provocation and excommunication and setting aside ancient and modern conflict in all its forms.

“I call on my brothers, Muslim scholars, across the world of every doctrine, sect and school of thought to hold an Islamic dialogue,” al-Tayeb stressed.

The forum was held in Manama in the presence of Pope Francis who is making his first-ever trip to the Persian Gulf nation.



From 7th General Assembly, we got results beyond expectations: Ayatollah Ramazani

17 October 2022
Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “Considering all aspects, I clearly emphasize that we got results beyond expectations from the 7th General Assembly. At the General Assembly, significant measures related to the content were carried out, and good commissions were held, all of which were somehow the introduction of new management and approach.”

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): On Sunday morning, September 1, 2022, on the occasion of holding the prestigious and distinguished conference “The 7th General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly”, the appreciation ceremony for the managers and staff of the Assembly was held in Tehran with the presence of Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, Secretary-General and the staff of various departments of the Assembly.

In a speech at this ceremony, while appreciating those who were involved in holding this great and glorious conference, the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “It is not possible to enumerate the features and benefits of the 7th conference in just one session. But all the programs that had been approve were implemented well.”

“I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the committees and working groups, ceremonial, service, processing, transportation, strategic, legal, inspection and performance monitoring departments, Messrs. Rashed, Farmanian, Moinian, Jazzari, Sharifi, Rahbar, Hosseini Aref and Kazemi who worked diligently,” he said.

“The management of affairs in different departments of the General Assembly was very important and it was done well. The 7th General Assembly was distinguished and powerful in the executive and content sections,” Ayatollah Ramazani added.

“The conference was started from the Mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini (r.a.), and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University hosted the guests. The screening of a video clip by this university of the late Imam
s prayer was a noble and valuable act that was interesting for many guests. The young staff of AhlulBayt (a.s.) International University managed this program well,” said the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.

“In the opening ceremony of the distinguished conference, the honorable president gave a speech, and the international practice of the conference was shown in his important statements and those of other speakers,” he added.

“Five Shiite grand sources of emulation sent separate messages to the 7th General Assembly. Some other dignitaries also sent messages, and those who could not attend due to regional conditions apologized. The guests met with the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, the President, the President
s wife and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran,” Ayatollah Ramazani stated.

“In the conference, the meetings of four commissions: Economic of followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.), Local Assemblies of followers of AhlulBayt (a.s.) and missionaries, Media and Cyberspace and Communications were held. Finally, the participation of the guests in Friday prayers in Tehran was valuable,” he added.

Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly stated, “Considering all aspects, I clearly emphasize that we got results beyond expectations from the 7th General Assembly. At the General Assembly, significant measures related to the content were carried out, and good commissions were held, all of which were somehow the introduction of new management and approach.”

In the end of his speech, while referring to the 24 side programs held in the 7th General Assembly, Ayatollah Ramazani mentioned some of them: Preparing and compiling 22 panels of the activities of the Assembly to meet with the supreme leader of the revolution, introducing and getting to know the situation of Shiites in the world, side exhibition with 34 booths, unveiling the collection of the proceedings and works of Hazrat Abu Talib conference, unveiling the book “Companions and the Assembly,” and “Mirror of the Works”, unveiling of five new languages in WikiShia, the activities of the Thaqalayn TV and the recording of the conference programs using 11 working teams, the activities of ABNA News Agency in producing 531 news articles and video reports, as well as conducting 160 interviews by the news agency, regional side meetings with the presence of prominent dignitaries, the presence of Tawashih group in the conference, and presenting a seven-year report.

In worth mentioning hat in the beginning of this meeting, Dr. Abdolreza Rashed, Vice President in Development of Management and Resources of the Assembly and Secretary of the 7th General Assembly, Hojat al-Islam Mahdi Farmanian, Vice President in Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the Assembly, and Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Ali Moinian, Vice President in the International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly presented their reports on the preparations and the process of holding the 7th General Assembly.



Why Is Ramadan Important?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Imam Khameneis message to Union of Islamic Students Associations in Europe

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

His message is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Dear students,

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

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

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

Sayyid Ali Khamenei
March 11, 2022


Leader Stresses Role of Religion in Future of Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



In message felicitating Christmas to Pope Francis;

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

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

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

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

Your Holiness Pope Francis,

Pope of the Catholic Church,

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

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

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

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

Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Islamophobia in UK;

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

December 1, 2021 - 8:35 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Well-worn tropes and generalisations'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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