Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday, referred to the brilliant cultural and civilizational history of Iran and Greece, saying: “This visit can be a good start for increasing exchanges and long-term cooperation between the two countries.”
Referring to the Greek prime minister’s remarks about the existence of conflicting viewpoints and interests in Europe, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “This criticism against Europe is sustained that unlike the past, it lacks an independent will in the face of America, which Europeans must do away with this weakness.”
With respect to the Greek prime minister’s remarks on the issue of Syria, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: “Terrorism is a contagious and very dangerous disease, which could be controlled provided that everybody dealt with it seriously, but unfortunately, certain [governments] are directly or indirectly aiding terrorist currents.”
Highlighting commonalities and convergence between policies pursued by Iran and Greece, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Your Excellency and your government follow an independent policy and line, which we hope you would be able to overcome economic problems [in your country] and this trip would be a step toward further strengthening of the two countries’ interests.”
During this meeting, which was also attended by Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece, addressed the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, saying: “You are the Leader of great and honorable people, who have played a determining role in history and also in defending their ideals and independence.”
Mr. Tsipras described his Iran visit as a sign of the existence of a joint political will in the two countries for boosting cooperation at all levels, adding: “This trip is a turning point in bilateral relations and will be in the best interests of both countries.”
Pointing to conflicting viewpoints and interests as well as complications and problems in Europe, the Greek prime minister said: “The European countries have interdependent economies and any change in them is very difficult. To fix this situation, the composition of forces in the European Union must change.”
On the issue of Syria, Mr. Tsipras said: “We hope to witness positive developments in the case of Syria, because this crisis has humanitarian dimensions, which have forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes due to terrorists’ attacks and migrate to other countries including Greece.”
Imam Sadiq (A.S), the immaculate Imam and great scholar and unique figure of knowledge in the world, always appreciated his uncle, Hazrat Abbas (A.S). He always remembered him by praising and admiring him. He was highly grateful to his heroic stances and sacrifices he made during the event of Ashura. In what follows, some of Imam Sadiq’s sayings about Hazrat Abbas also known as Ghamar-e-Bani Hashem are mentioned:
“My uncle, Abbas Ibn Ali (AS), had a strong faith and profound insight. He fought for the sake of God along with his brother, Imam Hussein (AS). He was able to successfully pass the test and was eventually martyred…”
Imam Sadiq (A.S) also names his uncle’s greatest characteristics which is an astonishing one as follows:
B. Strong Faith
In fact, Imam Hussein was the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s dear grandson; Hazrat Abbas accompanied his brother in order to win the almighty Allah’s pleasure and satisfaction. In his boasting on the day of Ashura, he said he didn’t have any material reason for his self-sacrifice which clearly represents his strong faith.
C. Jihad Alongside Imam Hussein (A.S)
Another virtue by which Imam Sadiq (AS) describes his uncle, Abbas (A.S), the hero of Karbala, was Jihad under the commandership of Lord of martyrs, grandson of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the head of youth in heaven. Fighting for the sake of God and his brother’s goal was the greatest virtue of Hazrat Abulfazl (A.S); he successfully passed the test and on the day of Ashura, he acted so heroically that was unique and incomparable in the arena of braveness and courage.
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
In the name of God of Hussein
I had decided to write few lines about these days (Ashura)… but the grief stopped me…
I wanted to write about Hussein and his greatness … but tears stopped me…
I wanted to write about Abbas and his exceptional bravery, but my hands, being ashamed of his mutilated hands, stopped me…
How could one depict all this gracefulness?
How could one write about all that beauty?
How could one witness all that patience and resistance and keep calm?
This greatness is unbelievable… This resistance and sacrifice… This strong faith…
Only the greatness of Ashura can depict such a beautiful scene in only half a day.
The secret of Hussein’s immortality is the goodness, patience, loyalty, and bravery in the desert of Karbala.
What have you been through during these days?
How patient you were… What hardships you have endured … What sufferings have you borne…
Peace be upon your wounded body and your agonized heart…
How courageous you took care of what you had been trusted with!
How shining you were beneath those clouds of doubt and hesitation!
How brave you were in your eloquent remarks.
God bless you, you courageous woman of Karbala!
Greetings to you…
Say hello to the most purified people on my behalf…
Greetings to you, the little daughter of father! Greetings to the numerous injuries on your feet…
Greetings to you, Rogahye, for finding your father’s beheaded body in two pieces; head on the sword, and body in the desert…
Greetings to you, Hussein! You, embodiment of love and freedom!
Greetings to you, Hussein! And to the purified souls of those who stood by you!
Greetings to you, Ali-Akbar! And to your steadfast youth hood!
Greetings to you, Ali Asghar! And to your thirst!
Greetings to you, Abulfazl, and to your exceptional bravery… Greetings to your loyalty, you great man!
Greetings to you, Zeinab!
Greeting to you… Greetings…
By: Rahimeh Sadat Zargar
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) did not give allegiance to Yazid.
This is the generic message that most of us have been taught as kids, whether at Sunday school, at our own homes, or even at those Muharram classes for kids during the first 10 nights. Then we go on to learn, "Every day is Ashura, and every land is Karbala."
Really? How can that be? But Imam Hussein is not being martyred every day. Lady Zeinab and Lady Sakina (peace be upon them) are not being beaten and deprived of their Hijabs every day. Yazid is not usurping the rights of Islam every day. Or is he?
When it comes to Islam, be it historical events or the thought-provoking laws of jurisprudence, there is more to understand and learn than what the eye sees or what the ear hears.
When Imam Hussein called out Hal min nasirin yansurna ("Is there anyone to help us?") he was quite aware that his family members were no more. As we all should know by now, this call was being made to us.
And we all should also know by now, Islam is a religion for all times and all ages, until the end of time. So what is the wisdom behind our dear Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him) saying, "Every day is Ashura, and every land is Karbala"?
Question: Can women attain the position of mujtahid? Would you please elaborate.
Reply: It is possible for a woman to become a mujtahid, however she cannot become a marja’ -i taqlid for others. Istifta’at Vol. 1, p. 21.
The men and women of Qum are exemplary in their learning and their willingness to act, as are the men and women of Iran on the whole. 17 May 1979 (27 Urdibihisht 1358 AHS)
If you are in a position that requires you to educate small girls, educate them well. If you are in a place where your position is to propagate, then do so well. All segments of the population in whatever post they may occupy must carry out their duties well.
13 September 1979 (22 Shahrivar 1358 AHS)
One of the most significant effects of this movement is the change brought about in all of you, in the ladies, in the brothers and sisters alike. That change is the sense of duty that we all now feel, a duty to our country, a duty to educate, to educate people in those things that will be useful to them in religious and worldly affairs. 16 September 1979 (25 Shahrivar 1358 AHS)
Syed Ali Shahbaz
On June 4, 1989 AD, the Father of Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (RA) passed away at the age of 87. Following the announcement this report, world Muslims and conscientious people throughout the globe, mourned for the Sage of the Age, who had not just transformed Iran into a powerful independent country, but by inspiring the people to overthrow the British-installed and American-supported Pahlavi regime, also shattered big power equations in Iran and the region.
A mujtahid and a Gnostic of the highest order, he was exiled for some 14 years for opposing the despotic Shah, before returning home to an unprecedented welcome, to lead the Islamic Revolution to victory in February 1979. For the next ten years he ably guided the Islamic Republic of Iran, defeating the conspiracies hatched by Global Arrogance, including the 8-year war the US imposed on Iran through its agent, Saddam of Iraq’s repressive Ba’th minority regime.
In addition to grooming prominent scholars, Imam Khomeini has left behind numerous valuable compilations, including “Tahrir al-Wasilah”, “Mesbah al-Hedaayah” and “Islamic Government”. He gave to the world the dynamic system of “Velayat-e Faqih” or rule of the Supreme Jurisprudent in the absence of the Infallible Imam, pointing the absurdity of rule by unprincipled and immoral persons, even if democratically elected....
- imam khomeini:
- We have been hurt more by America than by all others.
- American domination carries with it the entire miseries of the oppressed nations.
- America is the number-one-enemy of the oppressed and deprived peoples of the world.
- America says 'we have interests in the Region.' Why should it have interests in our Region and why should the interests of the Muslims belong to America!?
- Muslim nations hate foreigners generally, Americans, especially.
- Let the world know that any trouble that Iranian nation and Muslim nations have is caused by foreigners, by America.
- The most important and painful problem that Islamic nations and non-Islamic nations of the dominated states face concerns America.
- All of our distresses are caused by America.
- Our entire misery is by the hand of America.
- America wants you for your oil, wants you as a market, to take away the oil and sell you junk!
- The real enemies of the Quran, Islam and its holy Prophet (SAW) are the superpowers, especially America.
- America, this natural criminal that has set the world on fire and its colleague, world Zionism, to reach their objectives commit crimes that pens and tongues are ashamed to describe.
- Our entire troubles come from America and Israel.
- Let the president of America realize that he is the most hateful individual to our nation.
- The feelings of the Iranian nation concern American government, not American nation.