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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
“Oh God, hasten the arrival of Imam Al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who attest to his right fullness”
Distinguished Chancellor and Academicians,
Dear Professors and Students,
At the beginning I would like to extend my greetings to you. I thank the Almighty for providing me with the opportunity to be among you the distinguished researchers who are seeking realities for the promotion of science and wisdom.
Professors and Ulamas are shinning torch who shed light in the dark in order to remove darkness and ambiguities guiding the humanity out of ignorance and confusion.
The keys for understanding realities of the world are in the hands of researchers and those who are after knowledge and wisdom. Undiscovered areas and undisclosed and hided world and science are not limited and the windows of realties may be opened only through efforts of scholars and learned people.
By every effort one window is opened and one reality is discovered.
Whenever the high status of science and wisdom is maintained and protected and dignity of scholars and researchers are respected, the humanity has been able to take long strides towards his spiritual and physical promotion and evolution. And vice-versa every time the scientific progress and scholars and researchers have been suppressed and neglected, the human being have become stranded in the darkness of ignorance and negligence.
If it was not for the sake of the human nature which tends towards continuous discovery of realties and wisdom, the human being have always been remained stranded in ignorance and no way was discovered and opened for the well being of human beings. Nature of the human being is in fact the present granted by the Almighty to all human beings. The Almighty led the human beings to the world and granted them with wisdom and knowledge as His prime gift in order for them to know Him as best as possible.
In the story of Adam a discussion was made between the Almighty and His Angels. The Angles called the human being as an ambitious and merciless creature and protested against his creation. But the Almighty responded: “I know what you are ignorant of.” Then the Almighty taught the human being the realities of the world and at the order of the Almighty he revealed them to the Angles.
The Angels could not understand the realities revealed by the human being. The Almighty said” Did not I say I am aware of the hidden”. In this way the Angles bent down before the Human being.
In the mission of all divine prophets firstly the signs of the realities have been revealed and the divine book and wisdom have been represented to all with piety and faithfulness:
“و يعلمه الكتاب و الحكمه و التوريه و الانجيل و رسولاً الي بني اسرائيل اني قدجئتكم بايه من ربكم.”
“And he was taught wisdom, the divine book, the Old Testament and the New Testament. He is the prophet appointed for the sake of the Children of Israel. And I rightfully brought a sign from the Almighty”.
‘Holy Quran, Ale Omran Surah’
The first words which were revealed to the Holy Prophet of Islam were calling the prophet for reading:
“اقرا باسم ربك الذي خلق”
“Read in the name of your God who supercedes every thing”
“الذي علّم بالقلم”
“The Almighty who taught the human being with pencil”
“علم الانسان مالم يعلم”
“The Almighty taught human beings what they were ignorant of”
You see in the first verses revealed to the Holy Prophet of Islam, words of reading, teaching and pencil are mentioned. These verses in fact introduce the Almighty as the Teacher of human beings. The Teacher who taught human beings what they were ignorant of.
In another part of Quran, on the mission of the Holy Prophet of Islam it is mentioned that the Almighty appointed some one from ordinary people as their prophet in order to;
“يتلوا عليهم آياته “
Read for them the divine verses
And purify them from ideological, and ethical contaminations
“و يعلمهم الكتاب و الحكمه ”
And teach them the divine book and wisdom.
All the words of the divine prophets and their efforts were aimed to assist human beings to pass over ignorance, negligence, superstitions, unethical behavior and corrupted ways of thinking towards knowledge, light and rightful ethics.
The word of “Science” has been defined as” “the light”. In fact the “Science” means lightness and the real science is the science which saves the human being from ignorance to his own benefit. In one of the widely accepted definitions of the word of “Science” it has been mentioned that “Science” is the light which is shed to hearts of those who have been selected by the Almighty. Therefore according to this definition the “Science” is a divine gift and the heart is its location.
If we accept that the science “means the light” then its scope supercedes the experimental sciences. And it includes every hidden disclosed reality.
One of the main oppressions exercised against the science is to limit it to experimental and physical sciences.
This occurs while it extends far beyond this scope. Realities of the world are not limited to physical realities and material is just a shadow of supreme realities and physical creation is just one of the stories of the creation of the world.
The Human being is an example of the creation who is a combination of material and spirit. And spirit and nature of the human being supercedes his physical and materialistic aspect. Another important point is the relationship of the science with purity of spirit, life, behavior and ethics of the human being. In the teachings of the divine prophets one reality shall always be attached to the science. The reality of purity of spirit and good behavior.
Knowledge or wisdom based on the extensive meaning I have already mentioned, is a pure and clear reality. Science is light. It is discovery of reality. And only a pure scholar and researcher, free from wrong ideologies, superstitions, selfishness and material trappings can reach the reality.
Beloved Friends and Scholars,
Of course science and wisdom may be misused. The misuse caused by selfishness, corruption, carnal desires and material interests.
Carnal desires of the human being place him contrary to the realities of the world. Corrupted and dependent human being resists against acceptance of realities of the world. And even if he accepts, he does not obey them. There are lots of scholars who know the realities but do not accept them. Their selfishness does not allow them to accept the realities.
Whether those who, in the course of human history, imposed wars have not been able to understand the reality that lives, properties, households, territories and rights of all human being shall be respected?
Or they understood but not accepted it.
As long as the human heart is not free from, hatred, envy and selfishness he does not obey and comply the reality, lightness and science. Science is the light which shall be shed by a pure subject.
If the humanity could achieve highest level of physical and spiritual knowledge but its scholars and scientists are not pure then this knowledge can not be served in the interest of the humanity and therefore some unpleasant incidents make take place.
1- The wrong doers reveal only a part of the realities which are to their own benefit and hide another part. As we have witnessed with respect to even and number of Ulamas of divine religions in the past. Unfortunately today we see that certain researchers and scientist are doing the same.
2- Science, scientists and scholars are misused for the sake of interests of some people, parties and groups.
As we can see today bullying powers are misusing many scholars and scientists of different scientific fields with the purpose to strip nations off their wealth and use all opportunities only for their own sake. Please pay attention to the following:
- They deceit people by use of scientific methods and tools. They in fact wish to justify their own wrongdoings. By creating unreal enemies and insecure atmosphere, they try to control every thing in the name of combating insecurity and terrorism. They even violate individual and social freedoms of their own nations. They do not respect privacy of their own people. They wire tapping telephone calls and control people. They create insecure physiological atmosphere in order to justify their war mongering acts in different parts of the world.
- Using precise scientific methods and planning they onslaught domestic cultures of nations which are result of the thousands of years of interaction, creativity and artistic activities. They try to eliminate these cultures in order to strip the people off their identity and cut their bonds with their own history and values. They prepare the ground for looting people form their spiritual and material wealth by instilling feelings of intimidation, imitation and mere consumption, submission to oppressive powers, and disability into them.
- Making nuclear, chemical and biological bombs and weapons of mass destruction is another result of misuse of science and research by great powers.
With out cooperation of certain scientists and scholars we would not have witnessed production of different nuclear, chemical, biological weapons. Whether these weapons can be used to protect the global security? What Nuclear Umbrella can achieve for the sake of the humanity.
If nuclear war wages between nuclear powers what human catastrophe will take place?
Today we can see nuclear effects in even new generations of Nagasaki and Hiroshima residents which may be witnessed in the next generations as well. Presently effects of the weakened uranium used in weapons since the beginning of war inside Iraq can be examined and investigated accordingly.
These catastrophes take place only when scientists and scholars are misused by the oppressors.
The Almighty appointed the pure people and prophets as those who deserve to be revealed with divine knowledge and wisdom only because He knew that science and knowledge can be served for the good of he humanity and also be used as weapon against the people of the world. Therefore the Almighty recommended that learning shall be combined with purity and sincerity. And with respect to the mission of the divine prophets He stressed purity and faithfulness as well as removal of selfishness and material seeking behavior and propagation of divine books and knowledge.
If science comes with purity, the scholars can better understand the science and knowledge and the people can use their knowledge as best as possible.
If you go through the history you can see that all the goods revealed to the humanity have come form pious and pure scholars. These scholars are considered as those who use their knowledge and wisdom for the sake of the humanity and those whose prime target is to discover realities in favor of the well being of human beings. The more knowledge these scholars get the more humble they become vis-à-vis the people.
Usually, all pure and pious scholars have turned into saviors of human beings. They turned into symbol of good morality for their own people, and all saviors of the human beings firstly have been good scholars and teachers for the people. In a quotation from one of the great religious figures we read: “whenever scholars and learned people become corrupted, corruption will be extended to whole world. But pure and pious scholars can bring pious and pure world. Science is a window towards the Almighty. Crop of the science is action. All scholars and scientists shall consider themselves responsible vis-à-vis their knowledge. Scholars and learned people without action are tantamount to plants without crop. Real scholars and scientists do not remain silent vis-à-vis injustice, sufferings and social problems and they use their knowledge for the people and inform them on various issues accordingly, They stand against oppressors and bullying powers and do not allow the ignorant to tell lies to people and deceit them and disregard their rights.
Status of science and knowledge is sacred and divine science is the gift of the Almighty to the world. Therefore misuse of science by wrongdoers is considered as oppression against the humanity.
Bullying powers of the world confiscate science in their interests and with bullying attitude and do not allow scholars and scientists enter areas in which disclosures of realities will reveal their real ill intentions. This is so shameful that we are witnessing adoption of those rules and regulations according to which making any study or investigation on historical events become prohibited and the researchers who try to enter such activities are charged, put in jail or financially punished.
The greatest and the clearest reality of the world is the Almighty. All beings in the universe are signs of His existence. But it is interesting that all people are permitted to discuss and study His existence and then become His worshippers. In the Islamic school of thought it has been mentioned that suspicion (Shak) is the preamble of faithfulness if the human being does not stop in his drive for further understanding.
Questioning is something which is inherent to human being for good. Other wise we could not image any progress and advancement in his life.
Another unfortunate incident is the monopoly of science by certain big powers and their opposition to the scientific progress of others.
This is so strange that today certain big powers do not wish to witness advancement of other nations. Under false pretexts and charges and with political and economic pressures they wish to prevent scientific advancement of other people. All these happen because of their distance from human and ethical values as well as divine schools of thought. They are not educated to serve the humanity.
Distinguished Ulamas and Scientist,
In short we shall say that knowledge or wisdom is the most precious gift of the Almighty given to the human being and justice-seeking nature of the human being has always made him to be after further knowledge and discovery of the hidden.
Science and knowledge shall be accompanied by morality and piety. In this way the scholar and scientist will understand the knowledge better and the humanity can use the resulted achievements as best as possible. Pure and pious scholar and scientist not only sheds light to the way of well being of the humanity but will play role of savior of the human beings as well.
Therefore we shall not allow bullying powers to mishandle the science and knowledge. We shall not allow them to confiscate the science in their own illegitimate interests and use it against humanity or restrict research activities and create a monopoly in their own favor in this respect.
Scope of science is sacred which shall remain clean and pure.
The Almighty knows every thing and He loves scholars, researchers and teachers.
We wish for the day when pious and pure scholars and scientists run the world and the pious ruler who shall be divine one rules over the world. Ahmadinejad:
Justice essence of human nature
“We believe in Islamic Unity. All Learned Scholars are equally worthy of respect and honor in our eyes. We do not promote any specific scholar or Maulana. We are totally against dividing our community into different small groups on the basis of difference in their respective researches. Those who wish to create discord among us on this basis are soldiers and agents of iblees (Satan) and by creating such disputes they are support him.”
When Our Scholars Fight…
We all know about the importance and respect of scholars in Islam. Even looking at their face is classed as Ebada’at.
Personally, I’ve always raised my voice against members In our discussion forums criticizing any of our scholars from an open platform. He should be aware of the fact that by doing this, he is insulting and degrading the Muslim community as a whole. It also supports the cause of Iblees, by adding a great help to the enemies of Islam, in their mission to destroy us Muslims, and our faith.
But undoubtedly, many of our current time Islamic scholars have sold their Emaan. They are acting like puppets controlled by the ignorant, rich and powerful. This is all for the sake of mere name, fame and money!! Such greedy scholars are seen in every type of community.
It is disgusting and heart breaking to learn that our scholars have become part of different groups and are acting like slaves. They forget that they are leaders of Islam, leaders of the Ummah as a whole and not solely the leaders of some group or organisation. They have the responsibility of the whole Ummah on them and their responsibility doesn’t end at their respective groups. They forget that the truth that they studied lies within Quran and Ahlulbait only and is not restricted to the thoughts of their organisation.
It’s a regret that some scholars indulge their selves in back biting and criticising other scholars in public, in such a way as if the owner of one Product would boasts about his company and criticises his competitor’s products so that people get attracted towards his product and look down to his competitors.
For eg: Scholar Mr X and Mr Y would try to convince the public that their respective views are accurate and authentic giving references from previous researches made by Scholars. They forget that their job was to teach the public but not to prove other scholar wrong.
Ever thought how many scholars operate on the web, manage websites to preach Islam to save the ummah from getting misguided, do amr bil ma’aroof or answer our questions?? The answer is very few!! They read messages and emails, they are aware that immediate and urgent help and guidance is required. But they prefer to sit silent. Every wondered Why????
Give them hundreds of thousands and they’ll happily come to recite lectures and majalis for as many days as u require. They’ll guide you with the best examples and teachings, but would hardly apply it to themselves. But would they guide the misguided or teach the public free of cost? OR support by knowledge to Islamic organizations which are not financially sound on their invitation free of cost? Ever wondered why???
“There is no doubt that you do find scholars helping the ummah and striving to guide the ummah to the right path and don’t even think of money. But unfortunately, they are very few!!”
Unfortunately, there are few scholars out there who are a typical photo copy of Late and respected philosophers and research scholars, use their research for dividing our community into different small groups on the basis of difference in their respective researches and hurt the feelings of other Brothers in faith. They forget that creating disputes in Islam is HARAAM.
On the other hand, there are some who use Fazael e ahlulbayt to make money just by blackmailing shia ne ali emotionally by telling the shia Fazael e Ahlulbayt which is a recommended act but Unfortunatelythese ulema intentionally neglect telling shia about practices and teachings of ahlulbayt. They tell beautifully what happened at karbala but Unfortunately forget to tell why there is karbala? What was maqsad e Karbala? What are the paigham e karbala? What to learn from Karbala?
But least do they care!! They are minting money by doing this and increasing their bank balances.
They have gone to such an extent in order to create disputes that they have now started recruiting fresh and newly declared scholars who have just left Hawza(school) after completing their 4,5,6 or 8 years of studies. They are in hunt of scholars who are new and are willing to sell their Emaan for the sake of money.
You visit them and you’ll find them insulting other zaakirs, lecturers and scholars!!
With due respect, I would like to ask these organisations and these dispute making scholars…..
What are you quarrelling over??
What do you get out of it????
What is the matter with you’ll???
What animosity do you have towards each other???
You are all God-fearing, good and knowledgeable scholars, then why is it that if a concept is not cleared or a word of warning is not given, an EXPLOSION has to occur???
The students of the same school should start fighting within themselves?????
Do you think your fight and missions are well justified???
Is it a fight between a hero and a villain???
Have you forgotten the peaceful teachings of Holy Prophet(saw) and the Holy Imams(as)????
Let me remind you with some narrations of our beloved Holy Masoomeen(as).
The Holy Prophet [s] said:* “There will come a time for my Ummah when their rulers will be cruel, their scholars will be greedy and have little
piety.…Bihar-uI-Anwar, vol. 23, p. 22
** Do you think you fall in the category of scholars, Prophet Muhammad(saw) has warned the Ummah about???
The Holy Prophet **[s] said:* “There will come a time for my Ummah when They will love this world and neglect the next world, They will love buildings and forget the graves…..Al-Ithna ‘Ashariyyah, p. 202
** Are scholars not part of the Ummah?? They are not exceptions…
The Holy Prophet [s] said:* “There will come a time for people that: they
will not respect their scholars except for their good clothing…….Waqayi’-ul-’Ayyam,p. 439
The other side of Coin……………….
** We have many good scholars within us. But they are not well known and are poor. They do not have money, name or fame! They do not make good orator. Hence we people do not invite them to recite majalis or take lectures. Am I making sense??
** Does this mean that, knowledge is not valued and an important criteria to judge a scholar? Does he have to be a good orator,and know how to play dirty politics and makes groups in order to be invited to recite majalis from mimber e Rasool? His knowledge about Islam gets no credit?? He gets sided out for being precise, knowledgeable, poor, honest and humble??
We appoint scholars to lead the jamaat prayers, teach our children in madressa, to answer our questions. All this on mininmum possible salary?? We don’t even think twice if their salary is sufficient in providing them a decent life style and necessities to their family??
But if this scholar was to kill his humbleness, his silence, sell his faith, talk our native language, he would have been minting money like there was no tomorrow. He would have not to worry about his finances at all.!!
Who gives them money??? We do!!!
Who are responsible for the sufferrings of sincere scholars???? We are!!!
We do not allow our scholars to act independently on Islamic matters. When we hire a scholar, set limits for him. We tell him what we want to hear and what we don’t want to hear from him. We tell him what to talk about and what not to mention at all. We don’t give him a double think whether its right in Islam or not.
For example: Maulana, please do not talk about hijab and its importance because the ladies don’t like to hear about it. Do not discuss the importance ,status and scrifices of Ahlulbait more over here because the public in this area are Inquilabi(revolutionary), etc etc.
So the scholar has to obey the trustees, presidents, leaders of the mosque, centre or group inorder to survive. The scholar that takes orders and obeys them, he lives on. The one who opposes because its not correct in Islam, they are kicked out the very same day!! He gets sacked!! Our DUTY??? Our duty is to select good, humble and learned scholars and give them the freedom to talk independently. Provide them with sufficient salary so that they can meet their necessities and survive without any worries. Before inviting any scholar for lectures or majalis, we have to make sure that he is learned and knowledgeable.
I am aware of many scholars who can barely read urdu, arabic, etc going to the West to recite majalis returning with their pockets full of money. They are also given Khums to help poor indian, but their Khums is eaten by these very own Scholars.
Not every scholar or orator is authorised to collect Khums? We have to make sure that our Khums fall in the right hands. I have personally witnessed these scholars eating up the Khums instead of passing it on to the needy, deserving, or representatives of Mujtahids or Mujtahids in person.
(Note: All `ulama’ of our time are unanimous in saying that during the period of occultation, the share of the Present Imam must be used for the causes with which the Imam would agree. They also believe that the best persons to know such causes are the mujtahids. Therefore, according to all our present `ulama’, sihmu ‘l-Imam must be handed over to the most learned and trustworthy mujtahid or be used in the way authorized by such a mujtahid. The condition of religious knowledge and trustworthiness are important to guarantee the right use of sihmu ‘l-Imam.
It is an individual’s responsibility to transfer the sihmu ‘l-Imam to the mujtahid. If it is given to the representative of the mujtahid, then the responsibility will shift from the khums-payer to the representative. (For example, if the representative looses the money before it reached the mujtahid, then the khums-payer is no longer responsible for that.)
If a trustworthy person who is not a representative of the mujtahid agrees to take the sihmu ‘l-Imam to the mujtahid, then, in case of being lost, the responsibility will not shift from the khums-payer to that person: either the messenger should make up the loss or the khums-payer has to pay again. In the latter case, the khums-payer may request the mujtahid to exempt him for that year.)
So pay the Khums to Right person only…..
It is the duty of our scholars not join ignorants or any groups who hire people to create disputes within the Ummah. Do not join such groups for the sake of money, prosperity or fame. Do not forget that scholars need to PLEASE ALLAH and not the trustees, presidents, leaders of any group, organisation, place or jamaat. Scholars shouldn’t be running behind rich and powerful or say things to impress them.
The source of all sins is the love of the world . It is related in a tradition that two fierce, bloodthirsty wolves who attack an untended flock of sheep from the front and back, take longer to destroy tha tflock than it does for love of wealth and position to destroy the faith of the believer . And apparently, according to some other traditions, it is from the love of the self and the love of the world that these transgressions occur.
This love for one’s self, love for money, love for position destroys our faith, destroys our religion, destroys ISLAM!! Think about it for a while and you’ll see for urself that love for this world takes you nowhere. It is not right for you to bind youself for this world, especially this WORLD of ours.
*Imam Baqir (A.S.) : ** The scholar whose knowledge is made use of &
benefitted from, is worthier & more virtuous than seventy thousand
worshippers. **(Tuhful Aqool, P.294) *
It was asked of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his
descendants) who the worst people in the world were, and he replied “the*
`ulama* when they become corrupt.” *Bihar al-Anwar *, Majlisi, Vol.74,p. 138.
OUR ALIM MUST REMEMBER
Imam Sadiq (pbuh) said that: When the last breath reaches here – and he
pointed to his throat – the *`alim* *can no longer repent*. Then he read
this verse from the Qur’an: “God will accept repentance from those who did
wrong through ignorance.” The late Mullah Muhsin Fayd al-Kashani, an
outstanding authority on Shi`i *hadith*, said on this tradition: “When the
last breath reaches the throat, repentance by *an `alim who recognises the
signs of death and who loses hope of staying alive will not be accepted *,
but he who is ignorant of these signs and still hopes to live, his
repentance will be accepted.” *Al-Wafi*, Vol. 1, p. 21
It was my duty today to speak to you gentlemen on this matter, to the extent that I am able, so that you will pay more attention to what is happening and what is likely to happen.
May God bless you in the next world. May God grant you success in serving Islam and Muslims. May God guide you towards purification and towards another way of thinking. God willing, tomorrow we will continue with our discussions.
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