RNA – Speaking at a ceremony marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali al-Ridha at the office of Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, Ayatollah Reza Ostadi, a member of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Seminaries, said that during the Umayyad period, the hypocrites made the conditions such such that Imam Ali was even cursed from the pulpits and all plans were aimed at eliminating Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and the Ahl al-Bayt.
His Eminence said that the Ahl al-Bayt emphasized upon the revival of their affairs to as counterpoint to the enemies’ plans to kill Shi’ahs.
Ayatollah Ostadi said, “The revival of the affairs of the Ahl al-Bayt is to bring Shi’ahs together to express the virtues and sciences of these nobles and the mourning assemblies and gatherings have been established for this same reason. We must not think that this animosity has been and will be resolved. This is because today there are similar animosities in another form that say we don’t want Islam and Shi’ism to exist.”
He said, “Today, there is heavy propaganda against Shi’ism and the Shi’ah clergy and they are being vilified to diminish their popularity and isolate them. Another manifestation of the revival of the affairs of the Ahl al-Bayt is that mankind learns the knowledge of the Ahl al-Bayt and educates others because if people become acquainted with the merits of these teachings, they will follow it themselves because they conform to reason and intrinsic nature.”
Ayatollah Ostadi added, “Today, the enemies are undermining the beliefs and mourning of Shi’ahs because they don’t want the people to be familiar with the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt. Our duty is to learn the teachings of the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt and pass it on to others. Today, it’s the duty of the speakers to convey the knowledge of the Ahl al-Bayt to others and if we have ceremonies we must seek to teach the people this knowledge. The enemies are strong and we must not be asleep but rather we must work as hard as we can.”
Rasa News Agency