RNA – Speaking in the mosque of the Imam Musa al-Kadhim Seminary on the 21st night of Ramadhan, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi offered his condolences on the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali and said that the Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power) is considered as one of the nights in which the destiny of mankind is determined.
In regard to the question of whether the destiny of mankind is determined without his will and his role, the revered source of emulation stated, “It’s not compatible with the justice and wisdom of God Almighty that the destiny and will of mankind is determined without him.”
In other remarks, he said that mankind takes the first step in his destiny and added, “For example, in the affairs related to the country, if we put aside factional issues and a robust and powerful economic team is selected and comes to the fore, the situation will change.”
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi described Laylat al-Qadr as a night of repentance to God Almighty and said, “On this blessed night, we must pledge to God to perform good deeds and avoid immoral actions. If we have such a goal, we will surely achieve a great result on this night.”
The prominent teacher in the Islamic Seminary of Qom said that the most important commandments of Imam Ali during the last moments of his noble life were to be God-wary, to have order in ones affairs, to assist the orphans, to create reconciliation between people, to assist the oppressed and to be hostile against the tyrants.
He considered drowning in materialism to be the cause of the oblivion of many good traditions and said, “The result of the material life that has come to us from the West is that one doesn’t have any awareness of his neighbour.”
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi described the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” as a colonial document and said, “Through this manner, they want to dominate over us. Shouldn’t we engage in [the command of] ‘forbidding the wrong’ with them? Shouldn’t we engage in ‘forbidding the wrong’ in response to the uncontrolled inflation imposed upon the people by some merchants and businessmen?”
He stressed, “Forbidding the wrong isn’t recapitulated in these cases alone. If there is something immoral on any IRIB program, then the people must engage in forbidding the wrong in a variety of ways, including telephone calls, and it certainly has an impact.”
He added, “Given the immoral situation of cyberspace and environment, if we ignore our youth and children, the enemies will take everything from us.”
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi emphasized the revival of these two important duties in society and stated, “If we forgo ‘enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong,’ prayers won’t be accepted.”
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