Messages of 3 Grand Ayatollahs to 5th Intl. Imam Reza Congress

15:08 - May 14, 2024
News ID: 3488343
IQNA – Three grand Ayatollahs have sent separate messages to the 5th Intl. Imam Reza Congress underway in Mashhad.


Three grand Shia scholars—Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, Ayatollah Ja’far Sobhani, and Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi—stressed the significance of justice and refraining from oppression in their separate messages.

According to Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, justice can be considered in two aspects: rhetoric and jurisprudence.

“From a rhetorical point of view, justice means there is no coercion in religion; that is, people are free in religion, not coerced. People are free to choose the path to heaven or hell," explained the grand scholar in his message.

He continued by looking at justice from a legal or jurisprudential perspective, saying: “Jurisprudence, however, urges human beings not to go the wrong way, not block anyone’s path, and to believe in righteousness.”

Verse 256 of Surah al-Baqarah which reads “There is no compulsion in religion” does not mean individuals are free to do anything; rather, it means they are free to choose infidelity, do wrong, and go to hell; similarly, they are free to do right, believe in God, and go to heaven, he added.

He further wrote in his message: “Jurisprudentially, it’s incumbent on everyone to observe justice and refrain from oppression. Oppression isn’t allowed against anyone, even a dog.”

Ayatollah Makarema Shirazi also lamented the widespread oppression and inequality against people at the hands of arrogant superpowers in different parts of the world, calling it the most important reason for global demand to spread justice and prevent oppression.

“Today, naked oppression is evident, especially in Gaza. The people of Gaza are deprived of the most basic human rights and are suffering from the most heinous crimes," added the Ayatollah.

Stressing that the importance of justice and refraining from oppression constitutes the pillar of Islamic teaching, the grand Shia scholar stated: “One of the gravest divine missions of the Prophet was spreading justice and fighting oppression. This is so important that Imam Reza referred to it as the criterion for being a Muslim.”

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Ayatollah Sobhani, in his message, tried to establish the case for the legitimate position of the twelve Shia Imams as the righteous successors of the Prophet by citing references from some Sunni scholars.

The Fifth International Imam Reza Congress is underway on May 13 and 14 in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. Religious scholars from numerous countries, such as Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, England, Brazil, Thailand, Spain, etc., are attending the event.