In the Name
of Allah, the most gracious, the most Merciful
Thanks and praise are
due to Allah, peace and blessings are upon his best creature Muhammad bin
Abdullah who came with the complete right religious even though the atheist do
not accept that, peace and blessings are upon infallible Imams from his family,
and permanent curse may be upon their enemies till the day of judgement.
May Allah multiply your
and our rewards on the Imam Sadiq (PBUH) martyrdom. We congratulate you and
bless this conference.
Allah said: “the
Mercifull, He taught the Quran, created Man, and taught Man Quran.” Allah is
the most truthful.
After the grace of
existence, the first and best grace is to have the religion of right which is
introduced through the prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HF) to show it to the entire
human beings, a religion which is full of grace and dignity. The prophet (PBUH&HF)
tried his best to edify humanity using his rulings and duties and obligations
of Islam. He (PBUH&HF) ordered us to prioritize knowledge as it is so
important to human life. With knowledge, nations head other nations. Knowledge
represents life and losing it means death, or worse than death. The dead gets
rid of responsibilities, but the one who lacks knowledge cannot bear its
consequences and is helpless to do them due to losing knowledge which may help
him. If we consider these abundancy of fields of knowledge, we can find that
they are of two general types: knowledge of religion (theology) and natural
sciences which means all types of knowledge from which we can get the utmost
advantage in living a good life.
Knowledge of religion is
the responsibility of Hawzas, chief among them is the Hawza of Holy Najaf (mother
of all Hawzas) which has been taken care of by Allah along the time. The Hawza
of Holy Najaf takes its spirituality from Imam Ali’s holy shrine nearing it and
is enlighten by the abundance of knowledge by his infallible Imam sons and
specially Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq. Through their students, this pure tradition has
been preserved, leaving to us seas of knowledge in which we are diving with the
great minds that have studied under our righteous religious scholars (the
living and the dead), may Allah be pleased with them all.
As for knowledge of
bodies, it means the sciences that are taught in the schools, colleges and
universities. The one who endowed himself for such honor has such types of
various fields of knowledge without which Man’s needs cannot be met. Today, nations
are in constant contest to advance and to rule the government in the knowledge
that peoples have.
We congratulate, support
and bless the efforts of university leaders, professors, and students, praying
Allah to keep them on the right path.
Knowledge has been
enlarged and diversified that we need to classify them, though it was not
enlarge at the beginning of history. There are scholars who had both types of
knowledge: knowledge of religion and of bodies. Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq was one of
the leading figures in such filed who took his knowledge from his ancestors (peace
and blessings be upon them all). He (PBUH) set foundations to so many fields of
knowledge which is still a considerable source for many. In other words, we can
say that he (PBUH) is like a comprehensive university where all types of
knowledge exist. So many fields were known at his time such as medicine, chemistry,
mathematics, astrology, philosophy, linguistics and jurisprudence) not to
mention other skills as debates, persuasion and the like. He would answer any
question with a reasonable, precise answer related to the divine knowledge. He (PBUH)
one the few in history who has such type of scientific and intellectual
Today, with Allah’s
support, we have the opportunity to stand up here in this conference and we –in
Holy Najaf- follow up the efforts of teachers and professors as well as
students to have knowledge from this prestigious university. We pray Allah to
bring all success to all in order to continue the march after our dear Imam
Sadiq (PBUH) to save the wounded Iraq from the humiliation of
following foreigners. Iraq is full of economic wealth and fortunes, enlightened
minds, strategic geographical position, a matter that makes Iraq the focus
of greedy aggressors.
We would like to draw
attention of the people in charge of the university that there is slow work in
terms of academic excellence, lacking the incentives. There are also hidden
malignant hands here and there trying to bring up atheism depending on the worldly
knowledge that they have. Such people try to keep people away from Ahlulbait (PBUH),
the source of religion and knowledge. Therefore, the university should be
purified from such ideas, and the Hawza in Najaf is ready to answer all
I am here to serve you. I
will put my trust in you, as there is a team from Hawza in Najaf and under the
supervision of the religious authority whose mere job is to discuss all ideas
and rectify them as well as refuting whatever false allegations.
I pray Allah that there
is no such people who wants to spread this poison among the youth, and leaders
of the university should be alert lest this disease spreads on a wide scale
that it will be difficult to treat it.
At last, we should know
that knowledge is life. With a good
doctrine and looking forward to advancing, it is our ultimate goal. Allah says
“o those who believe, response to Allah and His Messenger when you are called
for what keeps you alive, and be informed that Allah exists between one’s soul
and heart and we will stand in front of Him.”
Allah is the most
truthful, the highest, the greatest.