RNA – Speaking at a general meeting with the deputies, directors and employees of the Headquarters for Cooperation Between the Islamic Seminaries and Education in Qom, Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mojtaba Maleki offered his sympathies on the days of mourning for Imam al-Husayn as well as the martyrdom of a group of brave compatriots in the terrorist attack in Ahvaz on September 22nd and also honoured Sacred Defence Week, which marks the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War.
The advisor to the Minister of Education said that this year, the first of the month of Mehr (September 23rd) marks the first day of classes at more than 100,000 thousand schools across Iran and said, “With the efforts and measures by our colleagues in cultural organizations, 14 million students have started their first day of studies for the 1397-1398 (2018-2019) school year.”
He pointed to the harmonization of the month of Mehr and the days of grief for the Ahlul-Bayt and said, “We hope that our colleagues in cultural organizations, managers and policy makers in educational affairs institutionalize the message of Ashura and the culture of sacrifice and martyrdom in the generations who will take the helm of the country’s future in their hands.”
Hujjat al-Islam Maleki referred to the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad wherein he said, “Surely, there exists in the hearts of the believers with respect to the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn a heat that never subsides” and said, “This narration has a lot to say for the followers of the Ahlul-Bayt and the warmth of Imam al-Husayn’s love must not only be summarized through self-flagellation and in the form of mourning ceremonies and groups.”
The head of the Headquarters for Cooperation Between the Islamic Seminaries and Education explained that love of Ahlul-Bayt in practice is manifested in their commands and orders and noted, “In this regard, Imam al-Sajjad said, ‘The most hated people to God are those who choose the lifestyle and tradition of the Imam but does not follow his example.’”
He noted that according to this statement by Imam al-Sajjad, if anyone claims to follow the school of Ashura, this claim must be manifested and exemplified in that person’s actions and behaviour and his behaviour and nature must have a Husayni influence.
Hujjat al-Islam Maleki said that the conflict between truth and falsehood and the struggle between reason and actions of mankind has always existed and said, “The true followers of Imam al-Husayn must always be exposed to divine tests because history is always repeated in regard to time and place. Ashura and Karbala is an example of this and this based on the fact that Imam al-Sadiq said, ‘Everyday is Ashura and every land is Karbala.’”
In conclusion, he said, “The beginning of the month of Mehr is an opportunity to institutionalize the culture of Ashura in a generation what will take the helm of the affairs of the country in the future and if we serve the aspirations of the martyrs and the intentions of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Khamenei] with the inspiration of the culture of Ashura with pure intentions, we will witness the consolidation of the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution.”