Press Shia Agency – The custodian of the Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah referred to the ‎difference between adherence to wilayah (guardianship) and the slogan of wilayah and said, ‎‎“The enemies are trying to destroy the people’s adherence to wilayah.”‎

Press Shia – Speaking at a mourning ceremony for Imam al-Husayn on the eighth night of the ‎solemn month of Muharram in Qom, Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Sa’idi said that Imam al-Husayn ‎said, “Martyrdom is the art of the men of God” and noted, “With the status that he had and ‎the fact that he was the ‘teacher of the martyrs,’ the late Imam Khomeyni enjoys the status ‎of the dear martyrs.”‎


Referring to the fact that the martyrs gave the blood in their veins in the way of God in order ‎to provide the platform for the implementation of the divine commandments, the custodian ‎of the Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah said, “These great men gave their blood in ‎order to secure the moral and psychological security of their brothers and sisters in faith. ‎The martyrs donated their blood and instead, attained eternal life from God. On this basis, ‎the families of the martyrs mustn’t be upset because their martyrs have eternal life with God ‎and they are at the divine threshold of bliss.”‎


He said that the martyrs are the source of blessings and explained, “When the memory of ‎the martyrs is remembered somewhere, the perfume of faith, sacrifice, and virtue is ‎enveloped in that place. Sometimes neglect seizes the atmosphere of the city and country in ‎such a way that the people neglect the memory of the martyrs and revolutionary values but ‎they are stirred by the holding of ceremonies marking the remembrance of the martyrs and ‎give attention to the culture of sacrifice and martyrdom.”‎


Ayatollah Sa’idi considered commemorating the martyrs of the Sacred Defence [Iran-Iraq ‎War] as an extension of the reverence for the martyrs of Karbala and said, “The ‎commemoration of the status of the martyrs is undoubtedly less worthy than martyrdom ‎because if there are no people who, after the martyrdom of the martyrs, keep their ‎memories and their objectives alive, the values that the martyrs sacrificed their blood for will ‎be destroyed.”‎


The Friday prayer leader of Qom said that the main purpose of commemorating the martyrs ‎is to revive the covenant with the martyrs and the ideals of the Islamic Revolution and said, ‎‎“Today, many of the devious hands of the foreign powers and on the internet have ‎stretched out toward us so that we swear allegiance to them and forget the values of the ‎Islamic Revolution but these mourning ceremonies lead to us swear allegiance to the pure ‎hands of the martyrs and on this path, we will gain proximity to God.”‎


He acknowledged knowledge, expectation along with action and public participation as three ‎pillars of real expectation and explained that the expectation is a social-political issue and ‎noted, “The people in the year 61 AH/680 CE were also waiting for the Imam of their time ‎‎[Imam al-Husayn] and wrote letters to him and invited him to come to Kufah but because ‎they didn’t observe these pillars and didn’t understand the guardianship of the Imam of their ‎time, they created a tragedy and acted in such a way that the tragedy will remain until the ‎Day of Resurrection.”‎


Ayatollah Sa’idi added, “The people of Kufah, despite the fact that they comprehended the ‎era of the Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali, left the Imam alone but the honourable ‎people of Iran who adhere to wilayah [guardianship], despite the fact that they don’t ‎comprehend the era of the Prophet and haven’t seen the Imam of the Time [Imam al-‎Mahdi], they responded to the call of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution ‎‎[Ayatollah Khamenei] and support Wilayat al-Faqih [Guardianship of the Jurisprudent]. The ‎enemies also knows this very well and for this same reason, the adherence of the people to ‎wilayah has been targeted.”‎


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