بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم قال الله تعالی: «إِنّا فَتَحْنَا لَكَ فَتْحاً مُبیناً؛  ما تو را پیروزی بخشیدیم [چه] پیروزی درخشانی.» یكی از بزرگترین فتوحات اسلام و دین توحید، «فتحِ مكّه» بود كه برحسب نقل كتاب مسارالشیعة در ماه مبارك رمضانِ سالِ هشتم...
دوشنبه: 1399/03/5
Message of Grand Ayatullah Safi Golpaygani on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Imam Mahdi (ATFS).
Message on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Imam Mahdi (ATFS).

In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
يَا بَنِيَّ اذْهَبُوا فَتَحَسَّسُوا مِنْ يُوسُفَ وَأَخِيهِ وَلَا تَيْأَسُوا مِنْ رَوْحِ اللَّهِ
“Go, my sons, and look for Joseph and his brother, and do not despair of Allah’s mercy.” Chapter Yusuf, verse 87.
و أَكْثِرُوا  الدُّعَاءَ بِتَعْجِيلِ الْفَرَجِ فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ فَرَجُكُم
(Constantly pray for His Immediate Relief because it is your relief) ‏

Happy night of mid-Sha'ban, the night on which the reserve of the universe, the hope of all Prophets and Imams, the savior of mankind from the tyranny of the oppressors, the founder of the single rule of world justice, will enlighten the world with his light and the hearts of those awaiting the establisher of world justice will be filled with happiness and joy. As an expression of gratitude towards this auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of His Holiness (ATFS) and for the alleviation of difficulties and hardships, for the removal of afflictions on this sacred night, which is the night of awakening, we request all those awaiting His Holiness and all the lovers of the Universal Reformer, to benefit from the blessings of this night in the optimum way and to develop a state of repentance, penitence, and to seek forgiveness with the help of supplications in the divine threshold of the Almighty (SWT) and by reciting the noble Dua of Kumail which is one among the supplications that is recommended for this blessed night,. By reciting the Ziyarah of Imam Husain (as), we must regard the Ark of Salvation as our intercessor, and we must implore in the threshold of our Infallible Leaders (peace be upon them) and request the hasty relief of Imam Mahdi (ATFS) from Allah (SWT) at a global platform. And by reciting the Ziyarah of Aal Yasin, with the purpose of expressing our need and honoring the holy threshold of the Guardian of time and the Pillar of the World with our complete attention towards His Holiness, we must say in one voice and call
« المستغاث بک یا صاحب الزمان »
«اللهم عجل فرجه و قرب زمانه و کثر انصاره و اکشف بحضوره‌ هذه الغمة عن هذه الامة»
Ten blessed days of Imam Mahdi,
1441 Hijri,
Lotfullah Saafi

موضوع:

Monday / 25 May / 2020
Condolence Letter by His Highness Grand Ayatullah Saafi Golpaygani on the occasion of the martyrdom of Major General Qassem Sulaymani
Condolence Letter by Grand Ayatullah on the Martyrdom of Major General Qassem Sulaymani

In the name of Allah

 

With immense sorrow and grief did we receive the news of the martyrdom of the great General of Islam, the esteemed warrior, Major-General Haj Qasim Sulaymani.

He was a martyr who dedicated his entire life for the sake of Islam and service of the people and for safeguarding the Islamic values. This honorable martyr was among the devotees and lovers of the Infallible Leaders (peace be upon them), especially the Master of Martyrs, His Holiness Imam Hussain (peace be upon him). Following the footsteps of the Holy Household of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and their illuminating school of thought, he stood in the front row to fight against the enemies of Islam, the treacherous terrorists and the misled religious fanatics. The quality of Godly men is that they utilize this perishing and quick-ending life for eternal and everlasting purpose and sacrifice their lives for the divine threshold of Allah (s.w.t.).

طُوبي‏ لَهُمْ وَ حُسْنُ مَآبٍ

“Happy are they and good is their (ultimate) destination”

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences on the martyrdom of this great warrior and all his companions, especially Martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, to all the freemen of the world and the noble nation of Iran and their honorable households. I beseech Allah (s.w.t.) for the support of Islam, and the dignity and glory of this dear nation in the shadow of the blessings of Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance).

 

7th Jamadil Awwal, 1441 Hijri

Lotfullah Saafi

 

موضوع:

The Message of His Highness Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpyagani for the ninth international convention on His Holiness Imam Sajjad (peace be upon him) – Hormozgan – Moharram Al-Haram 1441 Hijri.
The Message of Grand Ayatollah for Ninth Convention on Imam Sajjad (a.s.)

The Message of His Highness Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpyagani for the ninth international convention on His Holiness Imam Sajjad (peace be upon him) – Hormozgan – Moharram Al-Haram 1441 Hijri.

 

In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, All-merciful.

All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. Mercy and peace be upon the greatest of all the prophets and the apostles, the beloved of the Lord of the worlds, Abil Qasim Mohammad and his pure progeny, especially the Remainder from Allah on the Earths – May Allah hasten his relief.

 

With greetings and due respect for the honorable attendees, the devotees and the lovers of the holy Progeny of the Prophet (peace be upon them), who have attended this heavenly and devotional convention conducted for the purpose of honoring, revering and seeking medium to the divine court of His Holiness Imam Zain Al-Abideen Al-Sajjad (peace be upon him). I beseech Allah (s.w.t.) for pouring His blessings and bounties on everyone.

His Holiness Imam Sajjad (a.s.), for his moral values, praiseworthy virtues, heavenly qualities, and the greatness of his positions and statuses, has been praised and revered by the entire nation. His Holiness was known for his knowledge, cognition, faith, prayers and other excellent virtues.

Jahiz, the great Arab linguist and literary person, describes His Holiness in this manner: “As far as Ali ibn Al-Husain ibn Ali is concerned, I have never seen an opponent in his case any different from his own Shia, and I haven’t seen a Shia any different from a Mo’tazili, and I haven’t seen a Mo’tazili any different from a common person, and I haven’t seen a common person but exactly like a special person, and I haven’t seen a single being hesitate in the matter of his greatness or doubt his precedence.”

 

Indeed, everyone accepted the lofty position of His Holiness Imam Ali ibn Al-Husain (peace be upon him), and there is definitely no one who would doubt the virtue and excellence of this honorable Imam.

One of the miracles of His Holiness Imam Sajjad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the invaluable and unparalleled Sahifa Al-Sajjadiya; it is a book that has left the human intellect in astonishment for fourteen centuries and has made them accept their incapability in the case of its true understanding and comprehension; a book that is filled with monotheistic teachings, cognitive realities and superior human qualities and moral values, and it has taught mankind the way of discourse with the creator of the universe and the way of expressing servitude, humility and humbleness in the divine threshold, and at the same time, it also depicts humans as extremely small and worthless in front of the Creator of this endless universe and His creation, and it takes the horizon of human thought and perception to the highest level of excellence, advancement and progress.

His Holiness Zain Al-Abideen, Sayyid Al-Sajideen, Ali ibn Al-Hussain (peace and blessing be upon him), is truly unique in this field and the entire Islamic nation feels proud in front of the entire world for possessing a book like Sahifa Al-Sajjadiya.

Humanity has obtained immense success and progress in the case of material sciences today and they keep conquering the highest peaks of science and knowledge day by day, but a reality has been lost and ignored amidst this process and it is the reality without which the human lives will be overcome by meaninglessness and hollowness, astonishment and wandering.

That reality is the actual cognition of the world and the cognition of the world beyond this physical world. It is the unseen world which is sought by the pure nature of human beings and for reaching it, they are ready to sacrifice their lives, wealth, status and power.

Who can show us this lost reality? Can someone apart from those who are connected to the unseen world and who have gained cognition of the reality of the universe, show us the excellence of the eternal life?

 

Therefore, when a man finds himself in front of this great book, the book of cognition and understanding the realities, he must express gratitude to the God Almighty with all his existence for being able to have access to such sublime teachings with the help of this honorable Imam.

At the end, we must confess and accept the fact that we are too small to speak about the great personality of His Holiness and the holy book, Al-Sahifa Al-Sajjadiya, and we beseech Allah (s.w.t.) to bless us with the true understanding of the enlightening teachings of His Holiness and the great heavenly treasure he has given us in the form of a book, so that we can follow and apply some of the teachings in our lives and set them as our goals and examples for today’s society.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards all the honorable attendees of this glorious seminar and towards the honorable organizers, and I request Allah (s.w.t.) to bless them with the special attention and focus of His Holiness, the great Remainder of Allah (s.w.t), Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance).

Peace and mercy of Allah (s.w.t.) be on all of you

Loftullah Saafi

23rd Moharram Al-Haram, 1441 Hijri.  

 

 

موضوع:

Message of Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpaygani on the occasion of the tragic incident of Kashmir
Message on the occasion of the tragic incident of Kashmir

In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful
“They were vindictive towards them only because they had faith in Allah, the All-mighty and the All-laudable”.
The tragic incidents that took place recently in Kashmir had saddened and deeply affected the heart of every human. What crime has the innocent and oppressed people of Kashmir committed that today they have to face the most brutal oppression and tyranny of the Indian army officers. They are deprived of their houses and shelters and a large number of them have been martyred and injured and a large group of them have been imprisoned in the medieval period manner
Why have the human societies, the human rights councils, the United Nations Organization (UNO) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) remained silent and why haven’t they condemned this defenseless and oppressed crime against humans?
Unfortunately the Islamic nations have not even given one single reminder to the central government of India on this issue. If all the Islamic nations were united and stepped forward against this great atrocity, certainly the Government of India would have backed out from this wild and inhuman action.
After having condemned this inhuman tragedy in India and other places, we request the central government of India to restore the human rights of the innocent people of Kashmir as soon as possible and end their atrocities. The continuation of this anti-human activity by the state of India, which considers itself a defender of the rights of all religions and nations, will result in its humiliation, insult and disgrace.
Allah Almighty, the Avenger, the All-paramount, said:
“And the wrongdoers will soon know at what goal they will end up.”
14th Zil Hijj, 1440 Hijri.
Lotfullah Saafi

موضوع:

پیام ‌مرجع عالیقدر شیعه حضرت آیت الله العظمی صافی گلپایگانی مدظله الوارف به دوازدهمین اجلاس سالانه غدیر-مشهد مقدس، ۱۴۴۰ ه.ق
پیام ‌مرجع عالیقدر به دوازدهمین اجلاس سالانه غدیر-مشهد مقدس، ۱۴۴۰ ه.ق

پیام ‌مرجع عالیقدر شیعه حضرت آیت الله العظمی صافی گلپایگانی مدظله الوارف به دوازدهمین اجلاس سالانه غدیر-مشهد مقدس، ۱۴۴۰ ه.ق

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

الحمد لله الذی هدانا لهذا و ما کنّا لنهتدی لولا أن هدانا الله 
الحمد لله الذی جعلنا من المتمسکین بولایة امیرالمؤمنین و الائمة المعصومین صلوات الله علیهم أجمعین 
بزرگترین عید آسمانی، عید سعید غدیر را به آستان مقدس حضرت بقیة الله الأعظم عجل الله تعالی فرجه الشریف و به شما غدیریان عزیز و شیعیان با اخلاص تبریک و تهنیت عرض می کنم‌.
اجتماع پرشکوه و با عظمت اساتید ارجمند ، دانشمندان و دانشجویان و فضلای محترم را در پایگاه ولایت - مضجع نورانی هشتمین امام معصوم حضرت علی بن موسی الرضا علیه آلاف التحیة و الثناء - گرامی می داریم.
برای حقیر افتخار است که بار دیگر عرض ادب و چاکری خود را به خادمان سرافراز غدیر اعلام نموده و نام خود را به عنوان کوچکترین جاروکش محافل غدیری در دفتر ماندنی و جاودانی خدمتگزاران و چاکران دربار آستان مقدس علوی ثبت نمایم.
حقیر واقعاً کوچکتر از آن هستم که بخواهم عرضی داشته باشم:
اندر آن ساحت که بر پشت صبا بندند زین – با سلیمان چون برانم من که مورم مرکب است

موضوع:

The Message of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpaygani on the martyrdom of a group of oppressed Muslims from Saudi Arabia
Message of His Eminence on the martyrdom of a group of Muslims in Saudi Arabia

In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful

“They were vindictive towards them only because they had faith in Allah, the All-mighty and the All-laudable”.

With great sadness and sorrow did we receive the news that the tyrant Regime which is governing the Arabian land has committed such an extremely horrific crime that is unprecedented in the black history of this cruel reign. The martyrdom of a group of innocent and oppressed youth by the hands of the Arabian tyrants is an immense success, pride and achievement for those martyrs, but a cause of humiliation and disgrace for the international societies and the organizations that claim to protect the human rights.

Why has the Islamic nations chosen to remain silent at the time of this horrific incident and why don’t they respond positively to the cry of these oppressed men?

Our duty is to express sorrow and grief for all the innocent humans who have suffered atrocities at any place in the world and condemn the oppressors but it is witnessed today that Muslims and Islamic governments as well as all the other nations of the world have not condemned this heinous crime and ignored their human responsibility, and instead, with their silence, they have supported these criminals in continuing their crimes.

I express my heartfelt condolences as well as congratulate the families of the martyrs, and request Allah (s.w.t.) to bless them with graceful patience and abundant reward. God willing, their martyrs will be raised along the martyrs of Badr and Uhad. I pray in the divine threshold of Allah (s.w.t.) for the hasty end of oppression.

“And the wrongdoers will soon know at what goal they will end up”.

19th Shaban Al-Moazzam, 1440 Hijri.

Lutfollah Saafi

موضوع:

Message of Shia Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpaygani for the Seminar on the renowned Scholars of the Madrasa on Jurisprudence and Scholastic Theology of Lucknow with focus on the commemoration of Allama Sayyid Dildar Ali Ghufran Ma’ab (r.a.) / India – 1440 H.
Message of Grand Ayatollah for the Seminar on the Scholars of Lucknow Seminary.

In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful

 

Imam Ali Naqi Al-Hadi (peace be upon him) said:

{لَولا مَن يَبقی بَعد غيبةِ قائِمنا عَليه‌‌السلام مِن العُلَماء الدَّاعينَ إليهِ وَ الدَّالِّين عَليه وَ الذَّابِّين عَن دِينه ... لَما بَقِي أحدٌ إلّا ارتدّ عَن دينِ الله}

As Salaamo Alaikum Wa Rehmatullah

With regards and greetings for the honorable clerics, scholars and elite students, especially the respected Indian scholars and clerics who have attended this significant gathering., I would like to thank and acknowledge the efforts of the organizers of this devotional seminar which shall serve as the introducer of the true conditions of the Shia knowledge seminaries.

 

His holiness Imam Hadi (peace be upon him) said:

“If during the age of our Qayem’s (peace be upon him) occultation, there isn’t any religious cleric who invites towards his holiness and guides the people, and defends his religion, people will turn against the divine religion and become apostate”.

It means the survival of religion and the survival of people on the path of religion is possible only through the existence of such clerics. No description is better than this description. Protection of the clear religion, fight against heresies and heretics, invitation towards good deeds and support of the weak and oppressed, these are the attributes which every cleric, jurisprudent and religious head must manifest in him.

 

During the long occultation period of Allah’s final Argument, Imam Mahdi (may the entire universe be sacrificed for him), when the enemies of the Shia community are planning and plotting against them in different ways, with the intention of implementing their wicked motives by establishing and propagating misguiding and misleading sects, only a valiant cleric and an aware religious head who can stand like a firm barrier on their path and guide the people to the right path, can deliver them from deviance and misguidance of faith; may Allah (s.w.t.) reward them for their efforts with the best of rewards and remunerations.

The great Indian nation has been a cradle of knowledge for several years. It has nurtured hundreds of great clerics, genius scholars and devotees. The religious seminaries which exist in the big cities of India like Lucknow, Hyderabad, Faizabad, Banaras, Delhi, Jaunpur, Allahabad, Mumbai, Calcutta etc. have stood witness to the presence of valuable clerics and scholars, each one of them being a source of abundant good.

 

One of the significant families of this country is the family of Ghufran-Ma’ab which has nurtured great clerics through generations and the Indian Shias have immensely benefitted from the intellectual and spiritual works of the house of knowledge and jurisprudence of Ghufran Ma’aab.

One of the brave and aware clerics of this family was the founder of the Madrasa of jurisprudence and scholastic theology of Lucknow, India, Late Allama Sayyid Dildar Ali Ghufran Ma’aab (may Allah elevate his position). He belonged to the lineage of his holiness, Imam Ali Naqi Al-Hadi (peace be upon him) and was rightly an example of the holy narration quoted from his honorable great grandfather.

They invited people towards the divine religion and the Sharia of the Seal of Prophets (peace be upon him and his progeny) and the enlightening teachings of the Holy Progeny (peace be upon them) and in this path, they fought against heresies and misguidance, wrote books in rejection of the misguiding sects and it was through these activities that Shia community became strong in India and experienced a remarkable advancement.

Among the students who graduated from his Madrasa was the likes of Late Allama Mir Hamid Husain (may Allah elevate his rank) who is the author of the great book Abaqaat al-Anwar. They were all a source of pride and honor for the Islamic world and their precious writings, significant compilations and the works of their students in different fields of Islamic sciences, are of immense benefit for the teachers in religious seminaries and a source of research for students.

May Allah (s.w.t.) further elevate the ranks of this great religious authority and his sons and their family, who have proved to be the shining stars and guiding light of knowledge, action, endeavor and religious authority, and may He provide us the opportunity to perform our duty which is to protect the invaluable heritage of Shias, and the spiritual and intellectual treasures of our clerics and jurisprudents, and guide us to the path of honoring these great personalities.

In conclusion, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude towards the organizers of this seminar and hope that this seminar organized to commemorate and honor knowledge and jurisprudence, becomes a source of pleasure for the Guardian of Time, Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance).

Was Salaamo Alaikum Wa Rehmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.

 

Lotfullah Saafi

Jamadi Al-Thaniya, 1440 Hijri.

 

موضوع:

Message of Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpaygani for the Conference held on the birth Anniversary of Prophet’s beloved daughter – Lady Zahra (s.a.)/ Shahristan Mohr_1440 Hijri
Message of Grand Ayatollah for the Conference on Prophet’s beloved daughter – Lady Zahra (s.a.)/ Shahristan Mohr_1440 Hijri

In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-Merciful.

 

I express my regards, greetings and respect for the honorable people who participated in this glorious and sacred seminar and portrayed their love and devotion for the relatives and holy Household of Prophet (peace be upon them) by attending this program and all the other programs held on the event of the birth anniversary of Lady Fatima Zahra (peace be upon her).

 Once again, this great pride has been enjoyed by the faithful and devoted people of Dar Al-Wilayah (the house of Wilayah or Guardianship) on the birth anniversary of Kauthar (i.e. Lady Fatima) of Prophet Mohammad’s Progeny (peace be upon them) by praising the virtues and attributes of this great Lady of the human world with special glory and excessive greatness.

 How fortunate is your life! Your expression of devotion and love for the household of revelation and Prophethood (peace be upon them) is praiseworthy and a cause of dignity and honor for your city.

 

With my reluctant tongue and incapable speech, and with the confession of my low value, I do not see myself worthy of speaking on the sacred personality of the Heavenly Lady, the Mother of Infallible Imams, the Mother of her father, Lady Zahra (peace be upon her); only for the sake of registering my name in the list of the servants of her heavenly threshold, I will would like to express my devotion and feelings for her eminence.

 In fact, Lady Zahra (peace be upon her), is a true copy of her honorable father, the seal of Prophets, Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and his household), and she holds such a special position and status among the holy household (peace be upon them) that the Infallible Leaders (peace be upon them) feel proud of her existence.

The sacred existence of her holiness (peace be upon her) is an argument for the Holy Progeny (peace be upon them), i.e. they present the life of Lady Zahra (peace be upon her) as a proof for their truthfulness and for the falsehood of the usurpers and tyrants. All the members of the holy Progeny (peace be upon them) are divine arguments and Lady Zahra (peace be upon her) is an argument upon all of them.

 She held Imamate in her knowledge and guidance, and her personality was of the First Lady of Islam in chastity, infallibility and honor. The sermon delivered by her eminence proved to be one of her miracles in those difficult circumstances and an atmosphere of strangulation, after bearing the tragic death of holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his household) and other atrocities. This sermon was delivered extempore and was at the peak of eloquence and exquisiteness.

So much can be said about her that the masters of knowledge and literature and the great scholars of the Islamic world have written thousands of books on the celestial personality of Lady Zahra (peace be upon her), and thousand of poets have praised and glorified her eminence in their poetries.

To conclude, I would like to say that today, in the imitation of the great lady of Islam, our society must consider the divine lifestyle of her holiness as their role model and continue to proudly walk the Fatimid path of faith, divine cognition, servitude, piety, heedlessness towards the world, protection of chastity and veil, defending the Wilayah (Guardianship), invitation towards good deeds and prohibition of bad deeds, and attain the satisfaction of Allah’s last argument for the world, Imam Mahdi (may all our lives be sacrificed upon him).

 I express my gratitude to all the honorable participants of this glorious gathering and request them for prayers.

 

Was Salaamo Alaikum Wa Rehmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

 

Lotfullah Saafi

18th Jamadi Al-Thaniya, 1440 Hijri.  

 

 

 

 

موضوع:

The Message of Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpaygani for the National Conference held on the position of Allama Hilli (r.a.) in the Islamic and Iranian culture and civilization.
The Message of Grand Ayatollah for the National Conference on Allama Hilli (r.a.)

In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

Almighty Allah (s.w.t.) said in His Noble Book: “Allah will raise in rank those of you who have faith and those who have been given knowledge”.

Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (a.s.) said: A narrator of our Hadith, through which he joins the hearts of our lovers, is greater in virtue than thousand worshippers”.

 

As Salamo Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the honorable authorities of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and The Allama Hilli (r.a.) Centre, as well as other centers and institutes which were responsible for organizing this great seminar; and I also express my humble regards for those who took part in this seminar and the honorable personalities that attended this glorious session and helped the magnanimity of this program increase multiple times.

I am here to honor the conference held to commemorate the inspirational personality of the “Pride of Shia Community” and the renowned narrator of the narrations of the Infallible Leaders (a.s.), and the bearer of the teachings of Quran and the Holy Progeny (peace be upon them).
 

To acknowledge the effects of such geniuses of humanity, to remember them and recollect their efforts, and to accept them as role-models, is the tradition of Quran and a divine practice. The names of these men of religion and guidance, and the servants of humanity, must never be forgotten. We must continuously take lessons from their life and learn from their school of thought and vision.
 

One of the greats of the international school of knowledge, wisdom and guidance – who is inarguably one of the greatest prides of the Shia community and a true follower of the Infallible Leader, peace be upon them, and a manifestation of Islamic etiquettes – is the great scholar and head of community, Allama Hilli (may Allah elevate his noble status).
 

Allama Hilli (r.a.) - who was one of the geniuses of human intellect, for both the rational and traditional sciences - was a high ranked and unmatchable scholar. Tazkirat Al-fuqaha, Muntaha al-Matlab fi Tahqeeq al-Mazhab, Kashf al-Maqal fi Ma’rifati al-Rijal, Kashf al-Murad, Nahj al-Haq, Al-Durr al-Nazeed, minhaj al-Karamah, Izaah al-Maqasid, and other books that are mentioned by Turaihi, “I have seen five hundred volumes of books in the writing of Allama himself”, are nothing but the works of the pure thoughts and enlightening thoughts of this great cleric. Just the book “Alfain” in which he has presented one thousand proofs on the Imamate of Amir al-Momineen, Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.), and one thousand satisfactory proofs in response to the objections raised against it, is among the glories of Shia community and is referred by scholars regularly.  

 

On the other hand, in the eighth century Hijri, when the seminary of Madrasa of Sayyar Sultani was founded on the order of AlJaitu, and this seminary was acting with the help of the army of Sultan Mohammad Khudabandeh, where the classes used to be held under tents and camps, and great scholars and clerics, used to benefit from the knowledge of senior clerics such as Sheikh Nizam al-Deen Abdul Malik, Noor al-Deen Tastari, Uzd al-Deen Aawaji and Sayyid Burhan al-Deen Abdi. These schools were running under the supervision and educational leadership of Allama Hilli (r.a.). Indeed, it can be rightly said: “Allama Hilli was one of the greatest miracles of Ahlul Bayt’s (a.s.) school of thought”.

 

At the end, I would like to quote the statement of a scholar who described the greatness of Allama Hilli’s position of knowledge in these words: “Indeed it must be said that after the Infallible Leaders, peace be upon them, a cleric greater than Allama Hilli (r.a.) has not arrived for Shis”.

Allama (r.a.) should be compared in Fiqh (Jurisprudence) with Sayyid Murtada (r.a.) and Sheikh Tusi (r.a.), and in scholastic theology with Khwaja Nasir al-Deen Tusi (r.a.), and in Mathematics with the likes of Abu Rehan Biruni, and in intellectual researches with Aristotle and in every knowledge, with the greatest of that knowledge. Hence, doubtlessly, he is the biggest Islamic cleric among Sunnis and Shias; though he was prominent for Fiqh but his expertise was no less than Fiqh in other sciences as well. He is one of the prides of Arab and the glories of Islamic nation.

I personally feel that organizing such conferences for the commemoration of personalities like Allama Hilli (r.a.) is very important and highly beneficial. Once again, I would like to express my gratitude for the organizers of this conference and the clerics, scholars, honorable writers, who helped in this conference, held for us to know more about Allama (r.a.).
 

May Allah (s.w.t.) regard as us all among the true followers of the great school of Wilayah and Imamate, and direct the attention of the Guardian of our time, Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.), towards us, and guide us towards the deeds that shall please his holiness (peace be upon him).

 

Was Salaamo Alaykum wa Rehmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.

 

4th Jamadi al-Thani, 1440 Hijri.

Lotfullah Saafi.

 

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Message of Grand Ayatollah Saafi Golpaygani for the first International Conference on Imam Reza (a.s.) and religious discourse/Holy Mashhad.
Message of Grand Ayatollah for the first International Conference on Imam Reza (a.s.)/Holy Mashhad.

In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-Merciful.

With regards and heartfelt wishes for all the honorable scholars and teachers present in this sacred and heavenly gathering, along with gratification for the organizers of this great conference, I would like to speak a few words in the presence of all the honorable attendees:

          It must be said that no one possesses the capability to fully describe the unparallel personality and the unmatchable virtues of the Aalim (the learned one) of Prophet Mohammad‘s holy Progeny, his holiness Imam Ali bin Musa Al-Reza (peace be upon him).

With which words and statements can we speak about the majestic existence of this divine argument? He is indeed a great personality and among the greatest signs and arguments of Allah (s.w.t.). Capable scholars, renowned authors and geniuses of the world of knowledge and science, have written excessively about his distinguished personality and in spite of these speeches and writings, even today, the door of eloquent expressions, writings, compositions and orations regarding the attributes of his holiness, is wide open before the face of scholars. Whoever enters this vast orchard, will lay hands on a fresh fruit of excellence;

“A good word is like a good tree: its roots are steady and its branches are in the sky”.[1]

For the human societies, especially the religious ones, nothing can be more enlightening and constructive than awareness regarding the divine life and the school of thought of Allah’s Arguments and the religious leaders. We must introduce it as a great universal science which can truly guide the humanity towards sublime cognitions, illuminating thoughts and such pure behavior that is inclusive of all the physical and spiritual aspects of human life.

One of the greatest leaders of humanity, whose virtues and attributes have not only engulfed the entire Islamic world from East to West, but has also attracted the hearts of the devotees of other religions towards himself, is his holiness Imam Ali bin Musa Al-Reza (peace be upon him). He has a personality that caught the attention of great scholars and writers from different aspects; if someone wishes to speak on each one of the dimensions of his greatness, several hours and days are required to describe one single drop from the limitless ocean.

One of the significant dimensions of his holy existence is his distinguished divine knowledge, for which he has been given the title of the learned one from the holy progeny of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon them). His knowledge and awareness has left scholars and experts from different religions and various Islamic sects awestruck and astonished.  

Honorable Scholars and Experts!

For instance, if you study the details of Imam Reza’s journey towards Khorasan, you can clearly see how this divine argument has revived the religious beliefs and celestial teachings of Islam and therefore, he is known in history as the Reformist of the second century.

The era of Mamun marked the beginning of the awareness of Muslims regarding the philosophical terminologies and different school of thoughts and because of the translation of philosophical books into Arabic and the constant support of Mamun, there was an increase in the doubts and objections of people with reference to their religious beliefs. On the other hand, debates and arguments between Muslims and clerics of other religions also increased extensively and inter-religious argumentations became a trend. Imam Reza (peace be upon him), in order to safeguard the divine teachings and religious beliefs, and for answering all sorts of doubts and guiding the clerics, took many pain-staking steps and personally debated great scholars from different religions, giving them satisfactory responses. The details of these debate sessions and argumentations are registered in the books of history and narrations, which are presently reckoned as one of the most important scientific source for the art of argumentation and reasoning, and are always utilized by scholars.

Both the scholars and common people of that time presented all kinds of doubts regarding philosophical issues before his holiness, and received satisfactory answers in return. The senior Sunni clerics also have a sense of devotion and liking for his holiness and consider him as one of the greatest disciples of Prophet (p.b.u.h.), and have also penned several poetries praising his holiness. Clerics from other religions, upon studying the majestic personality of his holiness, found him to be a source of divine knowledge and heavenly teachings, and expressed utmost humility before him by praising him vehemently and they quenched the thirst of their souls with his incomparable teachings to every possible extent.

Nevertheless, such seminars and international conferences must be held in the scientific societies of the world, and researches must be done in order to teach and propagate the teachings of this divine argument through which the humanity can find the way of success and salvation.

I would like to conclude by confessing that the speech and writings of the likes of me are incapable of describing the different dimensions of our Imam’s majestic existence and we have no other way but to seek shelter in the shadow of his great threshold. I would like to thank the organizers and participants of this great international conference and request Allah (s.w.t.) to bless us the opportunity to acquire the enlightening teachings of Quran and the holy Progeny of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon them).

May Allah (s.w.t.) shower His mercy and blessings upon you.

21st Jamadi Al-Awwal, 1440 Hijri.

Lotfullah Saafi.

 

[1] Chapter Ibrahim, verse 24.

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