Statement of Ahlul Bayt World Assembly on the eve of Muharram

Statement of the Ahlulbayt World Assembly on the Threshold of Muharram 1437 A.H.
“The Holy Prophet of Islam – peace be upon him and his Infallible Household – said: Verily, there is a flame within the hearts of believers in the wake of Hussein’s martyrdom, which will never be extinguished.” (Mustadrak al-Wasa’il, vol 10, p 318)

Salam to the month of Muharram; the month of roaring by the oppressed upon the tyrants; the month of zeal and loneliness; the month of heroism; the month of courage and martyrdom; and the month of the victory of blood over the sword … a month on whose pages has been carved the slogan of ‘Humiliation is too far from us!’ ….. and Salam to Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Seal of Prophets (s.a.) who gave his heart’s blood to save God’s people from ignorance and error …
Muharram comes so that the followers of the path of Imam Hussein (a.s.) will hoist the flag of pure Mohammedan Islam once again to spread the culture of Ashura across the Muslim World through their public meetings and mourning ceremonies as emphasized by the late leader of Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (r.a.): “The Lord of Martyrs (i.e. Imam Hussein) has kept Islam alive throughout the history … He was the one who saved Islam. Mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s.) is to safeguard his school of thought. For over 1400 years, such mourning ceremonies, speeches, weeping for his sake, and beating chests in his remembrance have protected our religion.”
Words of the leader of Muslim world, Ayatollah Khamenei, too, highlight the issue as being fundamentally significant: “If the people of Islam keep the name and remembrance of Hussein (a.s.) alive and choose it as a role model, they will pass all obstacles and difficulties.”
Now that the Muslim World is still grieving for the unjustly spilled bloods of innocent pilgrims in Mena by Al Saud regime, the followers and lovers of Ahlulbayt worldwide are preparing themselves for the advent of Muharram’s mourning ceremonies at this particular time when similar tragedies are being repeated in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq by terrorists who are hired by the evil states of Britain and the United States.
On the other hand, the attacks of the Zionist regime in Jerusalem has also started and is being continued while a number of countries including the U.S. and Britain who are sided with the aggressor and usurper regime have condemned the defensive responses by Palestinian groups. Also many other states who take the gesture of democracy and freedom have adopted weak stances and issued passive statements on this matter.
Unfortunately, the extraordinary meeting of U.N. Security Council to investigate these attacks ended without any result (as expected!) as if the fate of the oppressed people in today world is somehow linked to the event of Karbala and Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) .
As usual, Arab reactionary regimes, who have mainly taken refuge in the arms of the Western powers out of fear of popular revolutions, marked another shameful page in their records with their deadly silence and useless actions against the crimes of Al Saud and Zionism.
In response to these events, the Ahlulbayt World Assembly as an international popular organization, which has intellectual and cultural authority among millions of Muslims in the world, calls the attention of its members, representatives, missionaries (Muballeghin) and agencies to the following points:
1) You are kindly requested to condemn the crimes of the Zionist regime in attacking defenseless civilians and protectors of Al-Aqsa mosque and urge all Muslims and free-thinking people worldwide to ask for stopping such crimes and respond to these human disasters through all possible ways including the following:
A) Organizing protests against the U.S. embassies, condemning their support for the Zionist regime and the rulers of Saudi Arabia, and urging the U.S. and the West to control these regimes.
B) Issuing statements and organizing protest rallies, sit-ins and demonstrations against the traitors and Saudi rulers who strengthen the Zionist usurper and weaken the resistance axis in the region by suppressing the oppressed people of Bahrain, Yemen and Syria.
C) Holding seminars and meetings attended by Muslim and non-Muslim intellectuals as well as exhibitions of photos to reveal the crimes of Israel and Saudi Arabia and depict the viewpoints of the Resistance Front against the Accordance Front. In this way, and by enlightening the public with true information, the monopoly of International Zionist and Wahabism media will be broken.
2) All elites and scholars of the Islamic world are hereby requested to make efforts to strengthen the unity among the Islamic nations in these critical conditions and take advantage of the days of the month of Muharram to inform people of the movement of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and encourage them to follow the teachings of Karbala uprising against oppression and injustice and fighting against the Yazids of the time and the modern age of ignorance.
3) We urge the international community and human rights organizations to fulfill their legal duty to condemn the brutal and inhuman crimes by terrorist and Takfirist groups and to take practical measures to prevent the continuation of their crimes. Human Rights organizations are seriously expected to support the oppressed people of Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Palestine.
4) We expect the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to hold emergency meeting for immediate practical actions to defend the oppressed people of Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Palestine with all its might. OIC is also expected to activate the diplomacy of the member states to push international organizations such as the UN, the Arab League, the Association of Muslim Scholars and the Non-aligned Movement to take positive measures in this regard.
At the end, we call the oppressed people of Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Palestine to resist the invaders and oppressors and pin their hope in the divine promise: “Verily, Allah defends those who believe” as we have experienced it during the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the 22-Day & 33-Day Wars in Lebanon.
The Ahlulbayt World Assembly extends its the condolences over the current sad days, and appeals to all believers and lovers of the Ahlulbayt to take Imam Hussein’s teachings about the culture of martyrdom as their role model at the present time and in future until the return of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) and the golden age after his reappearance.
Last but not least, the Ahlulbayt World Assembly urges all preachers, poets, eulogists, and scholars to observe the high dignity of mourning ceremonies and Majalis of Imam Hussein (a.s.) by elaborating the merits and virtues of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and the philosophy of his revolution by adhering to authentic sources; and avoid putting forward any superstitious and inauthentic matters. Muharram and Ashura is actually a very good opportunity to upgrade the insight, knowledge and spirituality among the society.
Salam upon Hussein, and upon his son Ali ibn Hussein, and upon the offspring of Hussein, and upon the companions of Hussein; and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon them.
The Ahlulbayt World Assembly 12 October 2015

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