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Islam News – By Sheikh Assad Muhamad Qassir |

In The Name of God, ALLAH, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate

O Allah, Pray upon Muhammad and His Family, Just As You Prayed upon Ibrahim (Abraham) and His Family; And Bless Muhammad and His Family, Just As You Blessed Ibrahim and His Family.

In the beginning, please allow me to express my Greetings to all of you -religious scholars, Muslim believers, and Christian believers, to religious centers and the pure shrines and their custodians… As you all know, what has the former American president Donald Trump come up with, in placing a great religious historical center, the shrine of Imam Ali bin Musa Al-Ridha (Peace be upon Him) on the sanction list. Consequently, I would like here to address your true and legal figurative personalities, and direct to your honorable attention, a brief biography of this center of reverence faith and its role over the centuries since its conception and up to this day.

  1. The owner of this shrine -Al-Sharif (the honorable) – is one of the strain Ibrahim (Abraham) who was chosen by Almighty God (“Indeed, Allah chose Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of ‘Imran over the world ☆ Offspring, one of the other: And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.”) {Chapter 3 The family of Imran سورة آل عمران – Aal-e-Imran: Verse 33}, and on whom was referred to in the Holy Quran by saying “so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them” {Chapter 14 Abraham سورة إبراهيم – Ibrahim: Verse 37}. So, he is one of the descendants of Abraham, Ismail, and Muhammad (Peace be upon them).
  2. He is also the eighth imam, one of the successors, custodians, and twelve notable grandsons of the Prophet, and he is one of the heritage portals of the city of knowledge of the Prophet (PBUH) which is the legacy they succeeded (“Then We have passed the Book of inheritance to those of Our chosen Servants”) {Chapter 35 Originator سورة فاطر – Fatir: Verse 32}. In the time of this imam, people of all thoughts and religions knew that he was the most knowledgeable. He was the guru referee of the family of the Prophet (PBUH). He resembled the Prophet (PBUH) in many respects; morally, thoughtfully, and inspiringly. He was a “part” of Prophet Muhammad (PBUT) according to the inherited saying “(A few of me are buried in Khorasan”); no wonder; he was a sibling of Imam Ali (PBUH), the echo of social justice, and for that was a son of the most dignitary of all woman, Lady Fatima al-Zahra (PBUH), who had been the greatest symbol of Humanitarian giving help for the poor and the orphans as mentioned in Quran (“And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive”) { Chapter 76 The man سورة الإنسان – Al-Insan: Verse 8 }. This imam, moreover, is the son of imam Al Husain (PBUH) who was the notable adherent for freedom and liberty. His 4th grandfather was Zain Al-Abidin (PBUH), the author of the ritual supplications, a book of Al Muhammad (Al-Sahifah Al-Sajjadiyah), the author of the first treatise on human rights.  His third grandfather was Imam Al-Baqir (PBUH) who honored the sciences of the first two and the others and was the son of Imam Al-Sadiq (PBUH) who was the truthful tone voice of the family of the prophet (Al Muhammad peace be upon them) and was the main publisher of Islamic knowledge. Imam Reza (PBUH) was also the son of Imam Al-Kadhim (PBUH), the ideal symbol of tolerance and forgiveness, and in controlling anger and patience. Thus. The imam we are referring to here is Imam Ali bin Musa Al-Reza (PBUH), who would have one of his descendants to be the imam Almahdi -the Twelfth Imam – who would be the Imam of the End of Time – the promised Mahdi (PBUH) who will be confirmed by the Prophet of God (Jesus, peace be upon him). This end-of-time imam is the one who will fill the earth with justice and righteousness, spread knowledge in its broadest sense and introduce the Prophet of God (PBUH) and light and justice to all mankind.
  3. The symbolism of Imam Reza (PBUH) resonates with all that civilizations search for.
    1. He (PBUH) has rendered countless scientific and cultural services to the world. He is considered the founder of dialogue between civilizations, religions, and sects. In the year 201 AH, when the Caliph Al-Mamun ruled and ordered to bring the imam to Khurasan, the Imam (PBUH) asked the believers to convert the ongoing military conquests into epistemic conquests. He made dialogue become the appropriate method for settling between all religions and ideological trends. He asked the caliph to extend an invitation to scholars and leaders of religions, and to delegates representing some civilizations (from Jews and Christians, and from Sabaeans and Dualism, and even from atheists and heretics). Therefore, he set up a dialogue edifice that has no equal. And he used to debate with others in the manner of establishing arguments, evidence, and proofs; and arguing with them in the best way. This is how we understand him; He was the founder of the greatest and most ancient human civilized global dialogue. It was all within a framework of respect and freedom as well. We find no parallel to this achievement throughout history.
    1. Imam Al-Ridha (PBUH) also led knowledge and scientific revolution in various sciences. He can be considered the founder of the basis of the Islamic civilization that emerged in the era of the Abbasids. We can see his scientific role in astronomy, medicine, philosophy, theology, and mental sciences, as well as religious sciences and others. He spread the various sciences so that those sciences became a basis in building the Islamic civilization, which people still enjoy up to this day and draw from it.
    1.  He was keen to consolidate and spread the culture of respect for human dignity, faith, and social values, the culture of dealing in kindness and peace among people, spreading love, compassion and unity, cross-fertilization and enlightenment of minds, and the rapprochement of hearts, regardless of belief.
    1. The role of Ataba Razavi (Imam Reza holy tomb shrine). This sacred shrine was one of the most important spiritual centers in which the hearts of people – Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, and others – sheltered to it; and to this place, sinners resorted to the purification of hearts and the elevation of souls (in a scale of spiritual orders). Many scholars used to resort to this place to have their communed prayer with Allah, and for pleading with God… It is one of the most important Irfan and spirituality places of worship, according to the consensus of all the believers who knew him from around the world. This holy shrine of the imam tomb used to be visited by senior Sunni scholars, such as Ibn Habban and Ibn Khuzaymah – who used to visit him and take refuge in his purified position. They also advised people and recommended to attend and visit the Imam (PBUH).
    1. The spaces and Properties of the Ataba Razavi are endowments. The faithful believers gave it (in donations) over hundreds of years. There are many lands and farms, in addition to the charitable donations and their vows, all of which belong to the holy shrine of Ataba Razavi. People come and give gifts to this endowment because of what they say they saw in it of dazzling dignities (personal miracles). This honorable place was a refuge for the poor, the needy, and the disadvantaged, introduces and supports many families, of different religions and sects. There is an extensive record of what the shrine had been giving and continues to give to people. It does not depend, for its financing, except on its own resources. It does not receive and had never received any aid from any official or international party.

We, thus, hope from all of you –as a moral obligation- to denounce what the previous US administration has done. It has placed this spiritual center of faith in its list of penalties, despite its being of great cultural significance. This procedure violates international laws, knowingly that the Ataba Razavi shrine is registered in UNESCO as the largest religious landmark, and in addition to that it has not had any political activity. We think that they did what they did and criminalized the holy shrine because they hated the shrine’s popularity and the people’s embrace of it. The shrine exceeded – in its wide fame and spreading- expectations. Their action is a war against the radiation of the Shrine message, against its overflow with mercy that pervades all people and against its embrace of the diversity and divisions of people. It has no message other than spreading awareness and goodness, calling for dialogue among civilizations and religions, and call for unity among Muslims. It is one of the houses of God in which the name of God is recited. Also, the Razavi shrine has white hands in providing humanitarian relief to peoples who have faced wars and disasters, as they do not differentiate between their religions and sects. What the previous American administration did is a strange issue, and a heresy in international relations and the world order, and it is feared that this type of event will proliferate to reach other religious places in the world. Here we call on all of you to deny and denounce this disgraceful act. We also ask by that the perpetrators to be rational and get back.

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