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SHAFAQNA Exclusive: The Shia school of thought is under attack, Shia scholars should realise the necessities of today’s world, says Ayatollah Hadavi

SHAFAQNA Exclusive: The Shia school of thought is under attack, Shia scholars should realise the necessities of today’s world, says Ayatollah Hadavi

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani said, scholars should be familiar with the problems of the world and realise how to protect Shia Islam, blood of martyrs and how to propagate Shia school of thought. If this happens then we can work better in the world. The Shia world is looking towards religious institutions amongst which Qom is the largest and the most important. Ayatollah Hadavi pointed to the time of Prophet (PBUH) and explained how the messenger of Allah transformed such a primitive society with low levels of culture in a very short period of time.

He added that according to historians, when the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was appointed as messenger of Allah, the number of literate people in Arabian Peninsula were less than the fingers of two hands. The Arabian Peninsula was an area where other civilisations of the time had nothing to with it; no one attacked that area because it was an arid land which primitive people used to live in there. At the beginning Prophet (PBUH) had no army but he transformed the area to an extent that he sent messengers to the Persian and Roman emperors and invited them to Islam.

Ayatollah Hadavi continued by saying that the Prophet (PBUH) educated the people of the area to become polite and with culture. The people who used to fight and tear each other apart for the smallest of disputes now turned into people who used to sacrifice their lives for others to survive. This wonderful transformation was in fact a divine miracle which was carried out by the Prophet of Islam (PBUH). It was not like some imaginary films that are made about the Prophet (PBUH). He went amongst the people and talked to them, he communicated with them without any of the tools and facilities which are in our disposal in today’s world.

Prophet (PBUH) did not have any of the tools which we have today, so what happened that people loved him so much. The prophet of Islam (PBUH) caused that wonderful transformation in 23 years but we have to look at ourselves and see what we have done in all these times after him. Ayatollah Hadavi added that we have the holy Quran which is the manifestation of divine power. He said Quran is really amazing, the more you read it; you feel there are lots to understand. We think just by reading a translation we can understand Quran.

Ayatollah Hadavi referred to Shia killings in Iraq, Syria, Bahrain and other parts of the world and said, to kill a person just because he/she is Shia is in fact an attack on Shia Islam and this is increasing day by day. The aim of those who plan these attacks is to make Shias agitated and force them to react. The Shia scholars need to counter these attacks through logical ways. The scholars should be familiar with the current problems of the world and realise how to help and propagate Shia Islam whilst protecting the bloods of martyrs. This way we can work better in the world. It is necessary that our religious institutions pay more attention to the international as well as problems regarding Shia Islam and at the same time, talk and act with more awareness.

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