The revered source of emulation described Islam as “a discursive and rational religion” adding, “We never seek to impose religion to anyone by force but if we know the correct way of conveying the concept of religion, we will gain results.”
“Without doubt it’s us, the seminarians, who fail in the duties which we must perform because Islam itself has truth and can attract people all by itself,” he noted.
Ayatollah Alavi-Gorgani described the current power of Shi’ism and the Islamic Seminaries as “unparalleled” and added, “One of the seminarians was telling me that when he went to Africa on a mission and many Wahhabis initially prevented him from undertaking his duties but later, when they saw his logic, they couldn’t do anything against him.”
The renowned teacher in the Islamic Seminary of Qom stated, “The clergy are no longer the weak and lower class in society and must not be afraid of the enemies and problems made by atheists. They must keep in mind that according to a narration from Holy Prophet Muhammad ‘Islam is always superior to other schools and nations,’ if you make steps in the right path of promoting religion, you’ll surely be successful.”
Referring to the verse of the Holy Quran, “Hold on with power to what We have given you and remember that which is in it so that you may be Godwary’ [2:63], he said, “The Quran says: ‘Take the truths of religion with power and explain for the people that which they will surely accept. Today the world has understood that Islam is a complete and satisfactory religion to God and for this reason, missionaries, especially those seminarians who are familiar with foreign languages, must be able to take steps in this direction.”
Ayatollah Alavi-Gorgani said, “Undoubtedly, the day will come when the world will be under the grip of power of Islam and Muslims, so we must not underestimate religious propagation and take it seriously.”
Referring to the necessity of using missionaries who are articulate and eloquent to promote Islam abroad, His Eminence said, “Not all seminarians have the power of speech and expression and this is not a problem for them and they can serve in other arenas.”