The revered source of emulation considered Ashura and religious values as two of the most important assets of Shi’ism and stated that this culture has been targeted.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The revered source of emulation considered Ashura and religious values as two of the most important assets of Shi’ism and stated that this culture has been targeted.
In a meeting with the new head of the Islamic Propaganda Organization, Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad Qomi, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi said, “The world is now tired of materialism and no culture other than pure Islam and the school of thought the Ahlul-Bayt can satiate the people.”
The revered source of emulation explained that extremists and Takfiris have introduced the face of Islam is upside-down and noted, “The Takfiri accounts are separate from Islam and Muslims. In various conferences held in the presence of Iranian and foreign scholars, we have declared that Islam is the religion of affection, the religion of peace and kindness and that [Takfirism] is foreign to Islam and its teachings. Egypt’s al-Azhar University, just like our scholars, considers Takfiris to be outside of Islam.”
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi described the introduction of the face of pure Islam as one of the important missions of the Islamic Propaganda Organization and said, “You must use the opportunities that have been provided to accept Islam in their best possible form.”
Referring to the existence of deprived places in the country, he called for special attention to be given to these points and stated, “There are some points in the country that the missionaries haven’t opened yet. You must have a comprehensive plan for missionary work all over Iran, so take needs into consideration and you can respond to these needs by planning.”
His Eminence noted that there are two ignorant and spiteful groups which are busy spreading poison and said, “Some ignorant people are unaware of the activities of the clerics and the Islamic Seminaries. Some are also busy with attacking values for specific purposes.”
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi considered Ashura and religious values as two of the most important assets of Shi’ism and stated that this culture has been targeted and said, “Recently outside the country, statements were made by the enemies and spiteful people who said they must prohibit Ashura. This is nothing but illusion. Ashura is a culture that is integrated into the soul and lives of the people and no power can prohibit it.”