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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.


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.


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.


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.


Rare Quran manuscripts to be exhibited in Abu Dhabi

September 17, 2017 - 5:03 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A collection of rare precious Quran manuscripts will be put on display in an exhibition titled “Hajj; A Travel in Memories” to be held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
According to, Saif Saeed Ghobash, the director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, said that the exhibition will be held from September 20 to March 19, 2018.

More than 180 artworks and historical heritage items featuring the Hajj pilgrimage will be presented at the exhibit, he added.

Ghobash said that the rare pieces have been collected from 15 institutes from different countries as well as personal collections.

Spiritual evolution of Hajj pilgrimage in different periods will be introduced at the exhibition along with historical documentaries, maps and photos.

A part of the exhibition will be featuring works on religious beliefs, Islamic rituals and the Holy Quran, he added.

A collection of rare and precious Quran copies and some pages of the Blue Quran, dating back to the 4th century A.H., will be exhibited in this part.

The exhibition will be organized to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the construction of Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The Blue Quran is a late 9th- to early 10th-century Fatimid Tunisian Quran manuscript in Kufic calligraphy, probably created in North Africa for the Great Mosque (Mosque of Uqba) of Qairawan.


Islamic countries to form contact group for Rohingya crisis in Myanmar: Iranian envoy

September 7, 2017 - 12:08 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is set to form a contact croup to help put an end to the ongoing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Irans ambassador to the UN says.

“Over the past days, I have made several contacts with the envoys of Muslim countries, and a group named
the contact group of Islamic countries was agreed to be formed at the level of ministers and ambassadors,” Gholam-Ali Khoshrou said in a Wednesday interview with IRNA.

Meanwhile, the Islamic countries have started one-on-one contacts with the parties to the conflict, Khoshrou pointed out.

The Iranian envoy condemned the ongoing crimes against Rohingya Muslims, saying, “Everyone should devote efforts to prevent this human catastrophe.”

Khoshrou underlined the need to end the pressure on Rohingya Muslims and deliver humanitarian assistance to them as the first immediate steps in the conflict resolution process, adding that the next step should be efforts towards the recognition of Rohingya Muslims
right to have a “dignified life” in their homeland.

s forces have been attacking Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages in Rakhine State since October 2016. The attacks have seen a sharp rise since August 25, following a number of armed attacks on police and military posts in the troubled western state.

The country
s de facto leader Aung San Suu Ky has ignored international demands to call off the operation.

The Rohingya have also been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years, forcing large groups of Muslims to flee their homeland to take refuge in Bangladesh and other neighboring countries.

The latest eruption of violence in Rakhine has killed more than 400 people and triggered an exodus of the Rohingya to Bangladesh.

Human Rights Watch earlier said satellite imagery showed 700 buildings were burned in the Rohingya village of Chein Khar Li, just one of the 17 locations in Rakhine where the rights group has documented burning of homes and property. It blamed Myanmarese forces for the fires.

On Wednesday, Dipayan Bhattacharyya, who is Bangladesh spokesman for the World Food Program (WFP), said the UN officials have raised their estimate of the total expected Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh from 120,000 to 300,000.

“They are coming in nutritionally deprived, they have been cut off from a normal flow of food for possibly more than a month. They were definitely visibly hungry, traumatized,” Reuters quoted Bhattacharyya as saying.

According to UN workers in Bangladesh
s border region of Coxs Bazar, arrivals have already reached 146,000 over the past 12 days.

The refugees who are fleeing Myanmar
s army operations are arriving by boat as well as crossing the land border at numerous points, Bhattacharyya said.

On Tuesday UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council that the ongoing violence in Myanmar could spiral into a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

The WFP estimates that it would need $13.3 million in additional funding to provide basic food rations for four months.

Bhattacharyya urged the donors to urgently provide the fund, noting, “If they do not come forward now, we may see that these people would be fighting for food among themselves, the crime rate would go up, violence against women and on children would go up.”

s government brands more than one million Rohingya Muslims in the country as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh. Rohingya Muslims, however, have had roots in the country that go back centuries. They are considered by the UN the “most persecuted minority group in the world.”

There have been numerous eyewitness accounts of summary executions, rapes, and arson attacks by the military since the crackdown against the minority group began.

s forces have reportedly been putting landmines in their territory along the barbed-wire fence between a series of border pillars over the past three days in an attempt to prevent the return of the Rohingya who have already fled to Bangladesh.

The UN believes the government of Myanmar might have committed ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in its crackdown.


Ayatollah Makarem calls Islamic nations to probe Myanmar Muslims plight

September 6, 2017 - 5:06 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, top Shia jurisprudent, started his weekly teaching session in the Grand Mosque of Qom referring to the oppression of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar government and urged for all-out support of the Muslim nations for the impoverished nation.

He expressed regret over the daily instances of crimes committed against Myanmar Muslims and said the brutality of behaviors towards the minority has stirred the reaction of Taliban militants while the world is not making the least reaction against the issue.

The cleric called the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to hold emergency meeting to discuss the issue demanding why the United Nations should take silent against the crime while it does not stand the least move in contrast with Zionists

“Here I suggest that the Foreign Ministers of 60 Islamic countries hold a meeting to discuss the plight of Myanmar Muslims” said the scholar and added,” once Buddhists find about a coalition of 60 countries to support the Muslim minority in their country they will put an end to the crimes against the Muslim community.

Ayatollah Makarem noted that the majority of Myanmar Muslims are Sunni and stressed,” We do not see any difference between Shia and Sunni Muslims and we indiscriminately support both denominations.”

The Rohingya have been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years.

The latest wave of violence in Rakhine State started on August 25, when an armed group, which is said to be defending the rights of Rohingya Muslims, attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

The ensuing clashes and a military offensive have killed at least 400 people and forced tens of thousands of villagers to flee towards neighboring Bangladesh.

The United Nations believes the government of Myanmar might have committed ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in its crackdown.


In congratulatory message to heads of Muslim countries on Eid al-Adha;

I hope we can restore peace with each others help: Pres. Rouhani

September 1, 2017 - 11:31 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - President Rouhani sent separate messages to the heads of Muslims countries to congratulate them on Eid al-Adha.

In the messages, Dr Rouhani wrote: “I hope with this blessed festival, we can take advantage of the infinite graces of God and more efforts by all Islamic governments and intellectuals to restore peace to Islamic countries, driving away violence, war and terrorism, which are the legacy of world powers for the oppressed in crisis-hit regions, introducing the beautiful face of Prophet Muhammad
s Islam, which is the religion of mercy, peace, understanding, peaceful coexistence, and justice, to the world”.

At the end of his message, President Rouhani wished for peace, justice, friendship, brotherhood, progress and prosperity for all Islamic countries.


Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha in Iran, around world

September 1, 2017 - 12:48 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Muslims in Iran and across the globe are celebrating Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), an important festival on the Islamic calendar which marks the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
During the festivities, which fell on Friday this year, Muslims pay tribute to Prophet Ibrahim
s submission to the divine order of sacrificing his son.

Trying to perform the act of ultimate abnegation, Ibrahim, however, was sent a sheep through Archangel Gabriel to sacrifice instead.

s obedience thus helped him pass the supreme test of subservience to God, and has been serving as an ageless model for the Muslim faithful.

The devotees celebrate the annual occasion by saying prayers, sacrificing livestock and serving the meat to the needy.

In Iran, the Eid al-Adha prayers were led by Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, Tehran
s interim Friday prayers leader, with massive throngs of worshipers in attendance.

The rituals constitute a high point in the Hajj rituals, which have been underway in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, since Wednesday.

An estimated two million Muslims have reached the holy city, to observe the pilgrimage -- itself a mandatory religious duty and a display of Muslim unity
which is to last until Monday.

On Friday, the pilgrims moved on to Mina before sunrise for the ritual of the symbolic “Stoning of the Devil.”


New covering for Kaaba ahead of Eid al-Adha

September 1, 2017 - 3:02 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The annual ceremony to change the Kiswa (covering of the holy Kaaba) in Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia) was held on Thursday morning.
The covering cloth of the Kaaba is changed every year on the day of Arafa (9th day of Dhul Hajja on the lunar Hijri calendar) and ahead of Eid al-Adha.

The new cover has been made from pure silk, according to al-Alam news network.

The cover, inscribed with verses from the Holy Quran, is prepared by over 200 weaving experts.

It usually takes 8 months to prepare the 657 square meter covering of the Ka

Usually, the previous Kiswa, that covered four walls and the door of the Ka
aba, will be torn into pieces and gifted to foreign dignitaries.

Muslims worldwide, including Hajj pilgrims in Mecca, will celebrate Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) on Friday.


Tehran Eid-ul Adha prayer leader: Islamic world should be vigilant

September 1, 2017 - 3:39 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iran's senior cleric on Friday urged all Muslim states and rulers to pay due attention to safeguard the security and interests of the Islamic Ummah (nations).
'The Islamic world should be vigilant as was mentioned by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in his message to the Hajj pilgrimage,' Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said during his speech at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla (grand mosque) in Tehran on the occasion of the Eid-ul Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice).

Eid-ul Adha is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year and falls on the 10th day Hajj. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismaeel, as an act of obedience to God's command.

The day is the peak of the Hajj pilgrimage, during which pilgrims scarify sheep and cattle.

World's bullying powers, the Zionists in particular, are responsible for the present state of insecurity, massacre of Muslims and causing economic problems for Muslim world, said the senior cleric.

Ayatollah Kashani called on all nations to urge their governments to maintain their rights, security, property, lives and dignity.

He also urged the elites, Friday prayer leaders and writers from all over the Muslim world to talk about rights of their nations.

'It is a religious duty for the elites to talk about current situation created by the Zionists and their allies in Palestine, Yemen, Syria and other Muslim countries and to make all governments understand the present situation,' said the cleric.

He added the Zionist regime measures have hindered security of the Islamic world in all spiritual, political and economic arenas.

Ayatollah Kashani said that mass media could also play a pivotal role in informing other countries about the Zionists atrocities.

Meanwhile, in a message on this year's Hajj, Imam Khamenei said on Thursday, 'Today, the world of Islam is suffering from insecurity: moral, spiritual and political insecurity. The main factor behind this is our negligence and the brutal invasion of the enemies. We Muslims have not carried out our religious and our rational duties in the face of the invasion of the vicious enemy. We forgot to be both 'Strong against unbelievers' and 'Compassionate among one another' [The Holy Quran, 48: 29].'

'The result of this is that the Zionist enemy is provoking sedition in the heart of the world of Islam's geography while by ignoring the definite duty of saving Palestine, we Muslims are busy with domestic wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain and with confronting terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the like,' Imam Khamenei added.


Imam Musa al-Sadr, his companions still alive: Lebanon's Berri

August 31, 2017 - 11:04 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Imam Musa Sadr and his companions are still alive, the Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri said at a ceremony Thursday to mark 39 years since Sadrs disappearance.
Berri was delivering a speech during an event commemorating the 1978 disappearance of Sadr and his companions during a trip to Libya. Berri said he believes that they are still alive and called for continuing efforts to find them.

He also called on the Lebanese media to follow up on Sadr
s disappearance adding that Lebanese judicial system is also looking into the case. However, he said that the committee formed to follow the case hasnt been able to visit Libya due to the political instability.

“It followed up on the case from nearby countries,” he said.

Imam Musa al-Sadr was a highly revered Shia cleric of Iranian descent, who founded the Lebanese Amal (Hope) Movement in 1974. He came to Lebanon in 1959 to work for the rights of Shia Muslims in the port city of Tyre, located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Beirut.

The prominent Shia cleric disappeared on August 31, 1978, during an official visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Imam Musa al-Sadr was accompanied by Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine.

Lebanon still holds former Libyan officials responsible for the disappearance of the trio.

Since Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011, Lebanon and Iran have repeatedly called on the Libyan government to launch an investigation into Sadr's disappearance.

Hannibal Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan dictator, is currently in custody in Lebanon, facing charges of withholding information regarding Sadr
s case.

In August 2016, Sadr's family filed a lawsuit against Gaddafi over his role in the disappearance of the senior Shia cleric.


Hajj pilgrims head for Mina

August 31, 2017 - 9:51 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Pilgrims attending the Hajj rituals in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday began moving toward Mina, five kilometers east of Mecca.
After preliminary rituals this week at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the pilgrims started moving eastwards to Mina.

The over two million pilgrims will gather there before setting off on Thursday at dawn to climb Mount Arafat.

According to Abdul Rahman al-Mayuf, a Saudi public transportation official, the first group of Hajjis left Mecca for Mina at 5 P.M. on Tuesday, Eram News reported.

Thursday will mark the Day of Arafat, the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the final month in the Islamic calendar. It comes one day before Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice).

The worshipers are following in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who performed the same rituals about 1,400 years ago.

Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca that every able-bodied and financially able Muslim is obliged to undertake at least once during their lifetime.


New vol. of “Guide for Quran Student” published in Karbala

August 29, 2017 - 10:38 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Center for Quranic Sciences, Interpretation and Publications affiliated to the Astan (custodianship) of Hazrat Abbass (AS) holy shrine has published a new title of a series of educational Quranic works.
The book features the teaching of the 27th Juz (part) of the Holy Quran.
It is part of a series of books titled "A Guide for Quran Student”.

Sheikh Ziauddin Al-Zubaidi, the director of the center, said that the Quranic collection includes teachings based on Ahl-ul-Bayt
s (AS) Hadiths about the verses of the Holy Quran.

The books of the series are written in a simple language to be comprehensible for all groups of students, he added.

The new book includes Quranic verses, interpretation of each verse based on Hadiths of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS), meaning of the terms in each verse, and sources of the Hadiths.

The Astan of Hazrat Abbas
s (AS) holy shrine is very active in holding Quranic programs across Iraq and in other countries.

Organizing Quran courses, contests, and educational programs and publishing Quranic works are parts of its activities.


Islamophobic attacks in Germany on rise

August 20, 2017 - 8:53 AM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Hate crimes against Muslims in Germany rose sharply in the second quarter of this year, reflecting a growing Islamophobia fueled by far-right and populist political parties.
At least 16 Muslims were injured in Islamophobic violence between April and June, up from two incidents in the first quarter, the Interior Ministry said.

In the second quarter, the police recorded 192 hate crimes against Muslims, including insults, threats, violence and attacks against mosques.

The country has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred toward migrants in recent years triggered by propaganda from far-right and populist parties which have exploited fears over the refugee crisis and terrorism.

The Left Party warned Friday that Muslims are now facing a more serious threat as far-right groups are not hesitating to use violence.

Left Party lawmaker Martina Renner accused far-right populist movements and parties of encouraging hate crimes with their rhetoric.

“The rise in anti-Muslim crimes is part of a general shift to the right which is being expressed as well as strengthened by the parties like the AfD,” she told Anadolu Agency.

The far-right nationalist Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, has adopted explicitly anti-Islamic rhetoric since the European refugee crisis began in 2015, when more than 800,000 mostly Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq arrived in Germany.

The AfD
s top candidate, Alexander Gauland, told broadcaster DW on Wednesday that "Islam as a cultural, religious entity has no place in Germany.”

The party is currently polling around eight percent in German opinion polls. Parties need to achieve a 5 percent threshold of the vote to enter the Bundestag, or German parliament.

Germany, a country of 81.8 million people, has the second largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.

Among the country
s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin. Many of them migrated to Germany in the 1960s.

A study by the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2015 showed that 57 percent of non-Muslim Germans perceived Islam as a threat while 61 percent said Islam was not compatible with Western society.

Leading Muslim organizations in the country say the source of the radicalization of some young Muslims is not Islam itself but sociological problems they face such as discrimination, unemployment or a lack of future prospects.


New Armenian translation of Quran to be published

August 20, 2017 - 11:36 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Iranian cultural center in Yerevan, Armenia, has commissioned translating the Quran into Armenian.
Majid Moshki, Iran
s cultural attaché in the Caucasian country, there have been translations of the Holy Book in Armenian before but they are not of high quality.

He told Quran TV
s Rasad program that the cultural center commissioned translating the Quran into Armenian two years ago and so far 15 the rendering of 15 Juzes has been completed.

Moshki added that the translation of the 15 Juzes is now available on the websites of the cultural center and Yerevan
s Blue Mosque.

The Armenian language, which occupies an independent branch of the Indo-European language tree, is the official language of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh.

It has historically been spoken throughout the Armenian Highlands and today is widely spoken in the Armenian diaspora.


Shia Quranic martyr commemorated in Qatif

August 20, 2017 - 10:33 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A memorial service was held for Amin Muhammad al-Hani, a prominent Quranic figure in the Shia-majority region of Qatif who was killed by Saudi regime forces in June.

The commemoration ceremony was held in Jarudiya town in Qatif on Thursday.
Organized by the Qaris Council of Eastern Province, it was attended by the martyr
s family members and the regions Quranic and religious figures.

A number of Qaris recited verses from the Quran at the event and elegies were also recited in tribute to the martyr.
Addressing the ceremony, Ahmad al-Hani, the martyr
s son, underlined his efforts to serve the Quran and promote fraternity, compassion and benevolence in society. The incident occurred on the eve of Eid last Saturday night, when Saudi security forces fired gun shots into Amin al-Hani's car while he was driving in Awamiyah in the restive Qatif region.

On June 24, on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Saudi security forces killed Hani, the president of a Quran council in the region, as they torched his vehicle in Eastern Province.
They fired shots that set the vehicle ablaze and his charred body was then recovered from the burned-out car. A video of the incident, shot by a passing car, circulated in social media, showing the time Hani's car was burning in the raging fire.

He was martyred while returning from a Quranic program in the region.


Imam Ali's Holy Shrine distributes 8600 copies of separate publications for Hajj pilgrims

August 20, 2017 - 7:40 PM
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Religious Affairs Department in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (AS) publishes a group of instructive publications for the Hajjis.

These publications were a group of religious jurisprudence books and flixes that has some important maps for the pilgrims to Mecca.

In a statement to the Media Center of the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (AS) Sheikh Wasfi al-Hilly, the head of Publications Unit in al-Tableegh Division, said “The Division publishes such publications annually.

It is the third successive year which we publish (The Hajji
s Bag). It contains all the deeds, duaas, ziyarahs, and morals of haj. The map of Mecca and Medina is illustrated in it as well.”


South African Sunni cleric,121 individuals convert to Shia school

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Online Quranic course planned in Oman

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

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

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

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

The online course will begin on September 4.


Leader of Islamic Revolution in meeting with Hajj officials:

Security and honor of Hajj pilgrims must be safeguarded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Imam Khamenei to endorse Rouhanis Presidency on Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Imam Khamenei: Islamic world should take serious stand against oppressors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Iranians mark Eid al-Fitr with prayers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Imam Khamenei congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Fitr

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Quds Day marked by millions of people around the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Imam Khomeini was one of the great divine signs

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


Imam Khomeini the architect of an enlightened nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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