Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi has met with the director and members of the Indonesian Ahlul-Bayt Association and explained that the best way to overcome the sedition being spread by Takfiri groups is for all Muslim scholars to unite and introduce pure Islam to them. “The Takfiri phenomenon has tarnished the image of Islam by the crimes they have committed in the name of Islam,” he explained.
He explained that the Takfiris have attacked all religions said stated that all Muslim scholars must deny the seditious ideas of these dangerous groups and emphasize to the entire world that Islam is a religion of compassion and kindness and that the Takfiri terrorists brutish actions have nothing to do with Islam. The renowned source of emulation stated that enemies of Islam have introduced the Takfiri terrorist group ISIL as “Muslim terrorists” to the world: “In their media broadcasts they deliberately refer to ISIL as the Islamic State. However, they are not a state and they are not Islamic.”
In another part of his speech, Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi explained Hadith ath-Thaqalayn (Narration of the Two Weighty Things), and stated: “We Shi’ites should act on this will of the Prophet Muhammad (S) in the prescribes matter and also in other [divine] commands. In this narration, the Prophet Muhammad (S) stated: ‘Verily, I am leaving behind two precious things among you: the Book of God and my Ahlul-Bayt (A), for indeed, the two will never separate until they come back to me by the Pond (of al-Kawthar on the Day of Judgement).’”
He also pointed to the differences in the interpretation between Shi’ites and Sunnis in regard to Hadith Ghadir al-Khumm (Narration of the Pond of Khumm) saying that the Sunnis translate the world “wali” as “friend,” but that “wali” is employed in the same sense as awla bit-tasarruf, someone who has discretionary authority over all temporal and spiritual affairs. Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi pointed out that that Hadith ath-Thaqalayn has a very high and important position in Shi’ism and stated that Imam Khomeini (RA) said in his last will that we should act on this narration without any intolerance or extremism.
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi pointed to the fact that by the blessed guidance of the Ahlul-Bayt (A) were have been guided to this enlightened path. He added we should be thankful to God because if the Ahlul-Bayt (A) did not exist, we would not have been guided to the true path. We can show this blessed path to our Sunni brethren and give them books but we should never insult their holy personalities.
At the beginning of the meeting, one audience member described the activities of the Indonesian Ahlul-Bayt Association. He explained that the association is active in the legal defence the rights of Shi’ite Islam and Shi’ite religious publishing activities in Indonesia and added that they also fight against the Takfiri extremists. He added that with the benefit of the ethics and jurisprudence of the Ahlul-Bayt (A) and the guidelines of the great scholars of Shi’ism, they have been able to invite many Sunni Indonesians to Shi’ism and stated that there are millions of Shi’ite converts in the South Asian nation, which has the largest Muslim population in the world.