There is no doubt that Imam al-Hasan (ʿa) possessed so many positive and noble characteristics that he was truly befitting of his name ‘Hasan’. We hope that we can also follow in his footsteps and become more like him as well.
Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) performed his prayers in congregation even on the day of Ashura. This shows us that the prayers must be performed even in the most extreme and difficult of condition. Thus, in order to highlight this lesson and show its importance, it is very important that we offer the Noon Prayer of the day of Ashura in congregation.
Reviving the name and memory of these great men is something which gives inspiration and it furthermore gives human beings a spirit of self-sacrifice.
The mourning ceremonies must be held in a way where all the people are made aware of the goals of Imam al-Husayn(ʿa). The methods which are used in these ceremonies must be in line with the guidelines of Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) and the rest of the Infallibles (ʿa), as well as the common practice of the wise members of the Muslim community.
We must not be deceived by the propaganda of the West regarding the western civilization and democracy. They have never been loyal to anyone and they have never honored their commitments. They do not even have any regard for the very human rights that they so fervently pretend to support. Despite all this, there are still some people who, unfortunately, still persist in their inclination towards the west.
Various moments in the history of Karbala have shown us how we should live an honorable life and how we should die an honorable death. These are the same lessons which Imam al-Husayn(ʿa) taught the world at the Battlefield of Karbala on the Day of Ashura.
They have witnessed with their own eyes that no matter how much pressure they exert to pass the event of Ashura into oblivion, people become more interested and attracted to the mourning ceremonies held for Imam al- Hussayn (ʿa). This year’s mourning ceremonies, in which more than 6 million people took part, were almost unprecedented.
We must follow in the footsteps of the martyrs of Karbala and we must also implement the teachings and messages which they left behind for us.
The combination of the proper affections for Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) alongside the necessary knowledge and understanding of the purposes behind Imam al-Husayn (ʿa)’s uprising are two necessary aspects of the establishment of proper mourning. The mourning ceremonies must be held with ever increasing levels of grandeur and perfection every year and we must be careful not to engage in any actions which will tarnish the grandeur of these ceremonies.
The martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) was so intertwined with various lofty values that it will never become old, nor will its values ever become outdated. Not only that, but Karbala and the sacrifice of Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) grows in value and relevance every single day.
One can only claim that they love Imam al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) and are among his true followers when they have reflected upon the various corruption and problems which exist during their own time period and they have done their best towards reforming these issues. Without any doubt, if the mourners of Imam al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) make a logical and calculated decision together towards fighting the corruption which exists in their society, they will be successful in reforming it.
I am proud of the wise stances taken by the great Shia authorities like you during the occultation of Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his glad advent). I also pray to Allah the Almighty to bless you with a long life so that you can be a guardian over all Shias around the world.
Ashura is not merely an incident which happened in the past, but rather, it is a reality which continues to this very day.
Following the message of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi to Pope Francis, in which he had thanked the leader of the Catholic Church, the Vatican also sent an official and respectful letter to the office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi in which Pope Francis has appreciated him for his message.
The office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi hereby announces the official opening of the French section of the website of the office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi.
The enemies are trying to infiltrate these religious ceremonies in order to transform them into superstitious activities. One of the issues that they are counting on to help them achieve this goal is the issue of Tatbir.
The evil Saudi regime is using its oil revenues for the destruction of Muslim countries. If only this money had been used for the development and prosperity of the Muslim world, God only knows how advanced and prosperous the Muslim world would have been.
The Sunni scholars in Chechnya have explicitly denounced Wahhabism and stated that it is not a Sunni school. We also hereby repudiate Wahhabism and state that it has nothing to do with Shia school either therefore there is a consensus that these Wahhabis are not considered as Muslims. Thank God, there are signs indicating the imminent downfall of this fabricated school. The world is now awakened to the fact that the Wahhabis are dangerous people.
Certainly, this tragedy was such a disgrace and shame for the Saudis, who are responsible for protecting the lives of the Hajj pilgrims, that they can never get rid of it.
According to the directions we find in the Quran, all Muslims must have a role in the management of the Hajj, whether those who inhabit the two holy cities or those who arrive there for the Hajj pilgrimage from other countries.
The office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi hereby announces that his eminence has sent no one to establish his Bithah for this years Hajj pilgrimage from Iraq and any such news is completely false. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi will have not have any representatives, whether from Iraq or Iran, to establish his Bi‘thah during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.
I am really delighted to have heard your comments during your last trip to Poland in which you stated Islam is not equal to terrorism
Speaking in the twenty eighth martyrdom anniversary of Sayyid Āref Hussein al-Husseini, Hujjatoleslam Allameh Rājih Nāser Abbas Jafari stated: Despite our deteriorating physical conditions, we had decided in a meeting of the Central Council of the Assembly of Muslim Unity to continue our hunger strike. However, due to the orders we received from our religious authorities and in order to respect the orders of great Shia scholars, we now announce the end of our hunger strike.
I ask you and your friends to end your hunger strike as we are worried for your health/we also ask the Pakistani government to properly respond to your demands and to those of the other Pakistani Muslims, as they are legitimate and reasonable demands.
We do commend and admire the deep understanding of the realities of the Muslim world and the astuteness of the Shaykh of al-Azhar. We also stress the fact that not only does this fatwa prevent the massacre of the innocent Muslims, but it will also be a hindrance to the Islamophobia which is being promoted by the westerners, who are either unaware of the reality of Islam or are enemies of Islam.
Unfortunately, today money rules the world; it is a world where a wealthy country like Saudi Arabia can intimidate and bribe even the UN Secretary General with its petro-dollars.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has issued a ruling regarding the amount of Zakāt al-fitrah and the prescribed amount for compensation of the missed fasts in the month of Ramadan.
One of the Arabic TV channels based in England has been fundraising, for a few months now, for the production of a feature film called ''Yawm al-Adhāb'' [i.e. The Day of Torment] and it has received millions of pounds from the Shias all over the world.