Astan Quds Razavi’s Office for Foreign Pilgrims’ Affairs and AQR Scientific and Cultural Organization have jointly held a commemoration ceremony on the occasion of the seventh day of the demise of Dr. Jalaluddin Rakhmat, Indonesia’s head of Ahl al-Bayt community.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Astan Quds Razavi’s Office for Foreign Pilgrims’ Affairs and AQR Scientific and Cultural Organization have jointly held a commemoration ceremony on the occasion of the seventh day of the demise of Dr. Jalaluddin Rakhmat, Indonesia’s head of Ahl al-Bayt community.
The ceremony which was held at the holy shrine’s Dar al-Marhamah Portico saw AQR deputy chief custodian, Mostafa Khaksar Qahrudi, a group of AQR managers and a number of Indonesian scholars in attendance.
In continuation of this ceremony, representative of Vali Faqih in Indonesia Hoj. Abdolmajid Hakim-Elahi elaborated on Islam’s presence in South East Asia particularly Indonesia and talked about activities of Dr. Jalaluddin Rakhmat in wide publicizing the teachings of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) in Indonesia and South East Asia.
Hoj. Hakim-Elahi said: “South East Asia known as Malaya is a strategic region always attracting different countries’ attention; commercial ties between Middle East and South East Asia turn back to 4000 years ago and merchants’ travels made Iranians and Arabs familiar with this region”.
Stating that Islam entered the islands of Malaya in the third century AH, he said: “Islam which first entered this region had three origins with Shia roots”. The first origin was some Shia groups’ migration to Malaya as a result of Bani Abbas and Bani Umayyah oppressions. The second was Iranian business people’s presence who could exchange cultures in addition to commercial give and takes. These Iranians also took some missionaries with themselves for publicizing Islam”.
Representative of Vali Faqih in Indonesia added: “Shia people governed in that region for more than 300 years, but colonialism of some countries such as the Netherlands, Portugal, and Britain made them follow prudent dissimulation”.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Hakim-Elahi referred to the impact of the Islamic Revolution on international arena, saying: “The most paramount impact of the Islamic Revolution in international arena was replacing ideology of the West with Islamic ideology and upgrading spirituality as well as religious symbols in the societies”.
According to Hoj. Hakim-Elahi, Dr. Rakhmat finished his education in the US where he was influenced by the Islamic Revolution. Being in touch with communities of Iranians in the US, he changed his faith and created a new discourse. The late Mr. Rakhmat was busy with teaching thoughts of Imam Khomeini (RA) and those of martyrs Motahhari and Sadr in Indonesia. His activities attracted a large number of young people in a way that a philosophical intellectual enlightenment was shaped.
“Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the number of Shia people in Indonesia was less than 100. Today, the number stands at over two million and a half as a result of Dr. Rakhmat’s activities”, Hoj. Hakim-Elahi said.
Establishment of martyr Motahhari Institute, primary and secondary schools, translation of all books of martyr Motahhari and martyr Sadr, translation of Nahj al-Balagha, and compilation of over 20 other books are some other activities of Indonesia’s Shia leader.
Promoting commonalities between Shia and Sunni Muslims, strengthening economic capabilities of Muslims, enjoying modern social methods, holding specialized forums, encouraging people to perform Razavi pilgrimage, and enjoying logic of Shia Islam were introduced by Hoj. Hakim-Elahi as main areas of concern and attention of Dr. Rakhmat.