The representative of the Leading Marja’iyya in Europe meets with officials and representatives of Islamic institutions and centers in London and urges them: to hold tight to the rope of God, unify their ranks, organize their affairs and pay attention to the aspirations of their youth
25 Rabi II 1441
He gave this speech at the Idara-e-Ja’aferiya Center in South West London, in the presence of a number of scholars and officials of Islamic organizations, beginning with a verse from the holy Qur’an (“Say: Work, for God will see your work, His Messenger, and the believers)”, stressing the importance of private and public work. With reference to the theory of work in Islam and the respect for the worker and his rights, considering it an act of worship that the worker is rewarded for. Even in some cases it is considered a struggle for the sake of God (a hard worker for his people is like the mujahid for the sake of God). At the forefront of these works is the work done in Islamic centers and institutions because of the service offered to the community in terms of education, ethical, social and religious ideology, especially these days with the spread of corrupt ideas and beliefs that are due to the emergence of misguided currents among Muslims throughout history – the most serious proof of this is the allegations of direct representation of Imam al-Mahdi (a.t.f.) that are ongoing. Certain individuals emerge in the ambassador’s attire with heretic ideas that include exciting factors to enable them to easily influence simple minds. Such people depend on spreading their heretic ideas and expanding the influence they have over the weakness of the general public’s ideological culture - taking advantage of crisis situations in society.
The basis of the practical ideology that must be instilled in simple minds so they can renounce the falsehood of anyone impersonating any particular characteristic of the sacred aspect in the major disappearance era (Asr al-Ghaiba al-Kobra) that we live in, lies in the need to refer to the narrations of the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.) through genuine specialists, in order to arm our youth with sound ideology to confront such deviousness.
It is quite clear the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.) did not leave their Shi’as in a criteria vacuum when distinguishing between truth and falsehood – rather they (a.s.) flooded them with reason. For example, they ordered them to deny those who falsely claim to be the Mahdi or his special ambassador, as in the narration that includes talking about the blessed seal and signature of al-Samri - the 12th Imam’s last authorized wakil and ambassador - as communiques used to be issued, on behalf of Imam al-Mahdi (a.t.f.), to the Shi’as as it is known: “O Ali bin Muhammad al-Samari, may God reward your brothers in you, because between you and death are six days, so organise yourself and do not recommend anyone to take your position after your death. The second and complete disappearance has occurred, so there is no reappearance except after God Almighty’s permission, and that is after a long term and the cruelty of hearts, and the earth filled with injustice. Those of my Shi’as will come-forth claiming to have witnessed. But whoever pretends to have witnessed before the emergence of the ‘Sufyani’ and the ‘cry’ is a slandering liar, there is no strength or any strength except in God Almighty.”
Thus, it becomes clear that our mandate in this era is to adhere to the true beliefs deduced and clarified by rabbinic scholars who satisfy all required conditions and take our worship duties and social obligations from them as well displaying the moral qualities that they urge, and by this we will have armed ourselves with the true faith and good deeds.
His Eminence stressed upon the scholars and officials of the Islamic centers on holding monthly meetings among themselves to organize their affairs relevant to weekly and monthly programs - so there is no overlapping between them, especially with regard to Friday prayers when the legal distance between two Friday prayers need to be observed. He also emphasized on convening monthly women’s seminars, because of the need to explain the legal issues that concern them.
In conclusion, he emphasized upon what the leading Marja’iya has affirmed in its general and private directives, especially with regard to unity of word and stance, among all those who are concerned with the affairs of the Umma, and reject division, resentment and transcendence of the ego and thus lies their strength.
((And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; … )) Holy Quran 3:103.