AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani, a Shiite grand source of emulation, issued a message to the 7th General Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.
The full message of the Grand Source of Emulation is as follows:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
الحمدلله رب العالمين و الصلاة و السلام علی سيدنا و نبينا أبي القاسم مصطفی محمد صلی الله عليه و علی اهل بيته الطيبين الطاهرين سيما بقية الله في الارضين و لعن علی أعدانهم أعداء الله اجمعين
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and peace be upon our master and our prophet, Abi-al-Qassem Muhammad, peace be upon him and his pure and infallible AhlulBayt, especially the Baqiyat Allah on the earth, and curse be upon all their enemies.
My greetings to the honorable Assembly which is being held with the presence of distinguished figures and ulama.
I would like to express my gratefulness to the Almighty God who bestowed me the opportunity to issue a statement for that glorious gathering.
Praise be to God who accompanied the creation with the guidance, and with the light of guidance, illuminated the path of every creature he created, and guided all creatures to follow the straight path, and in this path, he made the role of the Prophets and AhlulBayt (a.s.) the most prominent. On the one hand, these divine nobles (Prophets and AhlulBayt) have relation with God Almighty and perceive human rules and regulations from that source of the universe, and on the other hand, they have relation with the people, and speak to them according to their intellect and understanding, and they convey their perception to them, and by providing proofs, they illuminate the path of truth.
In addition, by having high degrees of purity of soul, piety, commitment, competence, compassion, and sacrifice – and in other words, by having the status of infallibility – not only they are immune from error and mistake, but also as kind and pious trainers, compassionate and selfless teachers, they are known as examples and role models for the human society.
There has never been an ummah or nation in the world, unless God Almighty sent a prophet for them.
About the mission of divine prophets by God, Imam Ali (a.s.) said, “فَبَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رُسُلَهُ وَ وَاتَرَ إِلَيْهِمْ أَنْبِيَاءَهُ لِيَسْتَأْدُوهُمْ مِيثَاقَ فِطْرَتِهِ وَ يُذَكِّرُوهُمْ مَنْسِيَّ نِعْمَتِهِ وَ يَحْتَجُّوا عَلَيْهِمْ بِالتَّبْلِيغِ وَ يُثِيرُوا لَهُمْ دَفَائِنَ الْعُقُولِ وَ يُرُوهُمْ آيَاتِ الْمَقْدِرَةِ مِنْ سَقْفٍ فَوْقَهُمْ مَرْفُوعٍ وَ مِهَادٍ تَحْتَهُمْ مَوْضُوعٍ وَ مَعَايِشَ تُحْيِيهِمْ وَ آجَالٍ تُفْنِيهِمْ وَ أَوْصَابٍ تُهْرِمُهُمْ وَ أَحْدَاثٍ [تَتَتَابَعُ] تَتَابَعُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَ لَمْ يُخْلِ اللَّهُ سُبْحَانَهُ خَلْقَهُ مِنْ نَبِيٍّ مُرْسَلٍ أَوْ كِتَابٍ مُنْزَلٍ أَوْ حُجَّةٍ لَازِمَةٍ أَوْ مَحَجَّةٍ قَائِمَةٍ” (Then Allah sent His Messengers and series of His prophets towards them to get them fulfil the pledges of His creation, to recall to them His bounties, to exhort them by preaching, to unveil before them the hidden virtues of wisdom and show them the signs of His Omnipotence namely the sky which is raised over them, the earth that is placed beneath them, means of living that sustain them, deaths that make them die, ailments that turn them old and incidents that successively betake them. Allah never allowed His creation to remain without a Prophet deputed by Him, or a book sent down from Him or a binding argument or a standing plea) (Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 1)
It is also clear that none of the Prophets of God (p.b.u.h) will live forever in this world, and they are not exempted from the law of “كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ” (Every soul shall taste death) (Quran, Surah al-Ankabut, Verse: 57). Therefore, they used to choose and appoint a successor for themselves while they were alive, so that the light of guidance is always on, and the flag of guidance is always flying.
Along with the establishment of a powerful ummah and the bringing of a heavenly book from Almighty God, namely the Quran, and establishing the laws of human life, which will answer all the needs in all ages, and forming a powerful government and training a group of great and pious people, the Prophet of Islam (p.b.u.h) also always had attention to the issue of Imamate and caliphate after him at the command of Almighty God. One of these cases is the Hadith al-Thaqalayn: “إنِّي تَارِكٌ فِيکُمُ اَلثَّقَلَيْنِ مَا إنْ تَمَسَّکْتُمْ بِهِمَا لَنْ تَضِلُّوا بَعْدِي کِتَابَ اَللَّهِ وَ عِتْرَتِي أَهْلَ بَيْتِي وَ إنَّهُمَا لَنْ يَفْتَرِقَا حَتَّی يَرِدَا عَلَيَّ اَلْحَوْضَ” (I [Muhammad] left among you two treasures which, if you cling to them, you shall not be led into error after me…The book of God [Quran]…and [the second one is] my progeny, my AhlulBayt. These two shall not be parted until they return to the pool.)
After that, the role of ulama is the most effective role in guiding human societies. According to the Prophet (p.b.u.h), “مَثَلَ العُلَماءِ في الأرضِ كمَثَلِ النُّجومِ في السَّماءِ يُهتَدى بِها في ظُلُمات البَرِّ و البَحرِ” (Scholars on earth are like stars in the sky, with whom enlightenment is done in the darkness of deserts and seas”. It is also said, “إنَّ اَكْرَمَ العِبادِ إلَی اللهِ بَعْدَ الاَنبیاءِ العُلَماءُ” (Before God, the most honorable people after the prophets are ulama).
The role of ulama is very important. Especially in our time when all the arrogance and kufr have been mobilized to take rationality from mankind and make the factors of guidance disappear and replace them with violence, oppression, weakness and injustice.
Imam Sadeq (a.s.) stated, “عُلَمَاءُ شِيعَتِنَا مُرَابِطُونَ فِي اَلثَّغْرِ اَلَّذِي يَلِي إبْلِيسَ وَ عَفَارِيتَهُ يَمْنَعُوهُمْ عَنِ اَلْخُرُوجِ عَلَی ضُعَفَاءِ شِيعَتِنَا وَ عَنْ أَنْ يَتَسَلَّطَ عَلَيْهِمْ إبْلِيسُ وَ شِيعَتُهُ وَ اَلنَّوَاصِبُ أَلاَ فَمَنِ اِنْتَصَبَ لِذَلِكَ مِنْ شِيعَتِنَا کَانَ أَفْضَلَ مِمَّنْ جَاهَدَ اَلرُّومَ وَ اَلتُّرْكَ وَ اَلْخَزَرَ أَلْفَ أَلْفِ مَرَّةٍ لِأنَّهُ يَدْفَعُ عَنْ أَدْيَانِ مُحِبِّينَا وَ ذَلِكَ يَدْفَعُ عَنْ أَبدَانِهِمْ” (The ulama of our Shiites (followers), like border guards, prevent the attacks of the devils on the weak Shiites, and prevent the satanic Nasibis to be victorious. So, you should know that whoever defends our Shiites in this way, his virtue is thousands of times greater than the one who fought participated in Jihad against the Romans, Turks and Khazar. Because the former defends the religion of our followers, and the latter defends their bodies.)
Today, knowing the enemy is essential for all ulama of the Islamic world. We should be vigilant that arrogance and Zionism seek to destroy Islam, and they have come to fight Islam by establishing fake religions and sects and deviant groups in the name of Islam, such as Wahhabism, ISIS and Takfiris.
Today, Islamic unity is an important issue. By creating discord among the Islamic Ummah, the enemy seeks to destroy the Islam as a whole.
Today, considering the dead silence of human rights claimants regarding the issue of Quds and Palestine, as well as the massacre of innocent civilians in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Bahrain, our responsibility has become heavier.
Relying on the principles of pure Islam and benefiting from the Holy Quran and the rich culture of AhlulBayt (a.s.), under the leadership of a great jurist and an outstanding mujahid – a person who had the sorrow of all the oppressed people of the world in his heart – the Islamic Republic rose up to fight against arrogance with the help of God. Imam Khomeini (r.a.) as a true symbol of the defense of Islamic values, steadfastly walked in the path of the unity of all Muslims, and with his religious principles, he denounced any religious differences and seditions. After the late Imam Khomeini (r.a.), this path is being pursued by the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, (Grand Ayatollah Khamenei). We believe that Islamic teachings, which, according to the Hadith of Thaqalayn are taken from the Holy Quran and AhlulBayt (a.s.), guarantee the path of human felicity.
In the end, I would like to appreciate all the participants in this prestigious Assembly, and I express my gratefulness to the organizers of the conference, especially the Supreme Council of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, particularly the honorable, assiduous and scholar Secretary-General of this Assembly.
Hussain Noori Hamedani
The Holy city of Qom