In the name of Allah, the compassionate, the Merciful
Praise be to Allah for guiding us to his religion. Due
thanks for what he called for in his path, surrendering to what he blessed and
done, and committed to awaiting his grace and more sympathy in the Hereafter
and in this world. Prayers and peace be upon those who bear the trouble and won
the foundations of Alah’s religion and his family the pure imams; and the curse
on their enemies until the Day of Judgment.
Allah Almighty said: (Those who said to our Lord is
Allah, and then they go straight, the angels will descend upon them, telling
them not to fear nor be sorrowful, and do welcome the Paradise that you have
Allah is truthful, the Highest and Great.
It is the fourth anniversary of the death of the great
scholar, the great Husseini preacher and speaker, Mirza Muhammad Athar (may
Allah sanctify his pure spirit), who had been known as the great preacher, the
conciliator for the service of the Husseini pulpit and the continuation of the
service of the master of martyrs (BPUH).
His activities were not confined to one region, but spread in the world,
and that is a blessing which few ones can have.
May Allah’s peace be upon him, on the day of his birth and on the day of
his death, and on the day of resurrection, protected by the intercession of
Ahlulbait (PBUH), honored by the crown of the servant of Imam Al-Hussein (PBUH).
Also, it is the anniversary of the death of the
preacher of religion and knowledge, the knight of Imam Al-Hussein (PBUH), Mirza
Muhammad Ishfaq. This respected preacher has Allah’s care to continue serving
Ahlulbait (PBUH) to his last breath. He was not only a preacher, but also a
creative poet. Within his visits to holy shrines in Iraq, he has visited our
office also. May Allah reward him for
his great endeavors and may Allah provide him with the intercession of Imam
Al-Hussein and of Al-Zahra (PBUH).
We in this auspicious meeting would like all of us to
pay attention to following things:
1. The region
that surrounds India, Bangladesh and Muslim countries whose people are known
for their concern with humanitarian issues and has been marked by interest in
the life of living organisms with organic life, and we should preserve this
honorable trait wherever possible.
2. We should focus on the friendly
relationship between the Indian and the Iraqi peoples within the right
3. We should
know that the strength and integrity of humanity and the Muslims in general and
the Shiites of Ahlulbait(PBUH) in particular is only achieved by our commitment to religion and the
education of our children within the correct religious teachings and making our
families within the framework of the holy law. Parents should know that the basic
step in bringing children in future generations to religion is achieved in the
commitment of the father and everyone who has a concern in education with
religion in word and deed, because children are affected by the simplest
anomalous movement they see or feel from the parent, grandfather or educator.
4. The religious
schools founded by our past scholars within the Hawza in our dear city
(Lucknow), as well as the schools that were lately established, we must all
preserve its honor and its ancient scientific and narrative beauty. By
preserving the old school curricula that were founded or adopted by our
righteous scholars, may Allah be pleased with them.
5. We must all
preserve the glimmer that our righteous scholars have lit to give us the path of
knowledge and action and to preserve and defend them; so that we can continue
the path that these righteous people have paved for us, thanking Allah for
their beautiful endeavors.
6. We must all
know that pride and dignity exist in science and work, and knowledge can be
divided with regard to the need for two categories:
One of them is what is used to reform the body and
provide all its necessities, and public schools from the start to the
universities are active, especially in India, and it strives for development,
expansion and continuation of the path of light and keeping the darkness away
And the second category is what is used to reform the
soul and formulate it in a proper form, so that it becomes a source of good,
honor, pride and dignity. This is achieved within the religious schools and
honorable scientific semesters, so the pioneers of these schools, in all their
ranks, are serious and dedicated in developing, spreading, expanding, and
preserving; so that we can keep pace with the evolving time. In various aspects
of life, by illuminating the way for future generations.
I pray Allah Almighty to bring that day closer, so
that the activity of the scientific Hawza in (Lucknow) will return to the
previous era, and that is not expensive to be done for Allah.
7. We must all
pay attention to the Husseini rituals in its various manifestations, such as
establishing condolences, organizing processions, showing sadness and
expressing willingness to sacrifice preciously for the sake of these rituals,
which are the symbol of the true religion. Imam Hussein (PBUH) sacrificed for the
sake of religion, and it has been proven that what is said: (Islam Muhammadi in
terms of existence and Husseini in terms of lasting). So, let the world know
that these rituals are the pupils of our eyes and of our hearts. These rituals
will not stop until we hand them over to the Awaited grandson of Hussein (may
Allah hasten his reappearance), crowning with the crown of the supporters of
Hussein (PBUH) so that they deserve latter’s intercession along with his
grandfather and mother’s intercession, Inshallah.
Bashir Hussein Al-Najafi