A Reflection on the Key Teachings of Imam Al-Rida ('a) from the Viewpoint of Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

Imam al-Rida ('a) played an integral role in guiding the intellectual progress of the Muslim Ummah and defending the Islamic beliefs against the encroachment of un-Islamic ideological currents. As the Muslim Ummah’s borders expanded, it came in to contact with the ideas and beliefs of many various nations and religions.

Key Elements and Teachings in the Life of the Prophet (s) from the Viewpoint of Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

These were hearts and minds which had been locked by the darkness of deviation and straying and it was the Prophet (s) who helped open them to guidance and salvation.

The Significant Role of the Lady Zaynab in Explaining the Revolution of Ashura According to Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

The Lady Zaynab is narrated to have said to Imam al-Sajjad (a): In this land in the future, a flag will be raised over the tomb of your father, Imam al-Husayn (ʿa), which will never become old or faded. With the passing of time, it will not be damaged and no matter how much the leaders of disbelief strive towards effacing it, it will only grow in grandeur and greatness day by day.

The Effects and Consequences of the Ashura Revolt According to Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

There is hope that in the world of today, the oppressed nations will take lesson from the story of Karbala and rise up, crushing their oppressors once and for all.

The Wisdom and Greatness of Abal-Faḍl al-ʿAbbās by Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

We must be careful never to become like those who sell their religion, neither for much worldly wealth, nor for little. In this issue, we must follow one who was faced with the greatest of tests but never sold his religion irregardless of its personal cost.

A Look in to the Strategies of Combatting the Oppressive Super-Powers as Found in the Revolution of Ashura by Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

One of the main problems facing humanity during our time period is that of the oppressive superpowers and their destructive goals and policies. The aim of Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) was nothing but fighting against these oppressive and tyrannical powers.

Some Teachings from the Life of Imam Al-Hasan ('a) by Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

There is no doubt that Imam al-Hasan (ʿa) possessed so many positive and noble characteristics that he was truly befitting of his name ‘Hasan’. We hope that we can also follow in his footsteps and become more like him as well.

The Manifestation of the Culture of ‘Servanthood’ in the Epic of Ashura From The Viewpoint of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) performed his prayers in congregation even on the day of Ashura. This shows us that the prayers must be performed even in the most extreme and difficult of condition. Thus, in order to highlight this lesson and show its importance, it is very important that we offer the Noon Prayer of the day of Ashura in congregation.

Ethical Lessons from the Movement of Ashura by Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

Reviving the name and memory of these great men is something which gives inspiration and it furthermore gives human beings a spirit of self-sacrifice.

A Look in to the Detriments of the Distortions Created in the Mourning Ceremonies of Imam Al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) Through the Viewpoint of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

The mourning ceremonies must be held in a way where all the people are made aware of the goals of Imam al-Husayn(ʿa). The methods which are used in these ceremonies must be in line with the guidelines of Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) and the rest of the Infallibles (ʿa), as well as the common practice of the wise members of the Muslim community.

The Key Element of “Remembering Death” in the Movement of Imam Al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) as Reflected in the Words of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

Various moments in the history of Karbala have shown us how we should live an honorable life and how we should die an honorable death. These are the same lessons which Imam al-Husayn(ʿa) taught the world at the Battlefield of Karbala on the Day of Ashura.

Teachings and Messages from the Uprising of Ashura as Reflected in the Words of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

We must follow in the footsteps of the martyrs of Karbala and we must also implement the teachings and messages which they left behind for us.

The Semiology of the Martyrdom of Imam Al-Husayn (ʿa) on the Day of Ashura from the Viewpoint of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

The martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) was so intertwined with various lofty values that it will never become old, nor will its values ever become outdated. Not only that, but Karbala and the sacrifice of Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) grows in value and relevance every single day.

Important Considerations Regarding Mourning for Imam Al-Husayn (ʿa) According to Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

The combination of the proper affections for Imam al-Husayn (ʿa) alongside the necessary knowledge and understanding of the purposes behind Imam al-Husayn (ʿa)’s uprising are two necessary aspects of the establishment of proper mourning. The mourning ceremonies must be held with ever increasing levels of grandeur and perfection every year and we must be careful not to engage in any actions which will tarnish the grandeur of these ceremonies.

The Goals and Motivations of the Ashura Movement from the Viewpoint of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

One can only claim that they love Imam al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) and are among his true followers when they have reflected upon the various corruption and problems which exist during their own time period and they have done their best towards reforming these issues. Without any doubt, if the mourners of Imam al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) make a logical and calculated decision together towards fighting the corruption which exists in their society, they will be successful in reforming it.

A Look in to the Philosophy of Mourning for Imam al-Ḥusayn (ʿa) from the Viewpoint of Grand Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi

Ashura is not merely an incident which happened in the past, but rather, it is a reality which continues to this very day.

Muslims Shall Be Vigilant Against Discords

To the Kind attention of Hazrat Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi
 
With greeting,
 
Undoubtedly, mourning for Hazrat Sayedoshohad (a.s.) is honorable for all Shiite. However, some questions are raised about the method of mourning and a group of adversaries are trying to cause discord among the mourners through spreading gossips. You are kindly requested to clarify for us the proper method of mourning for the Master of Freemen.
 
Regards,
 
 
A number of your Moghalleds

Answer to the Questions About the Sacred Mosque of Jamkaran

Question
 
His holiness Hazrat Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi
 
 With greeting,
 
You have previously mentioned valuable utterances for introduction of Jamkaran mosque. The lovers of Imam of Time (a.s.) request for a more comprehensive introduction about this great religious centers to remove any ambiguity and temptation raised by the uninformed and ignorant.
 
 A number of your Moqalledin
 
October 2006

Reply of His holiness to the letter of a number of seminary students regarding j

In the name of God

I had declared this decree several years ago conditionally, and it has been registered in my book, Rulings of Taqlid, that if based o­n the approval of the experts, smoking cigar (and other tobacco products) is harmful for health, it is forbidden.