The pure body of the late Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Taqi Tabatabaei Qomi, may his soul rest in peace, was buried in the shrine of Imam Ali, peace be upon him, after it was given tribute by the large number of people in the cities of holy Karbala and Najaf in Iraq. The funeral service of the late Grand Ayatollah Qomi was attended by representatives of Islamic Jurists and religious Authorities, the Islamic Scholars, and the masses of people. Following the loss of the Grand Ayatollah Qomi, the Grand Jurist Ayatollah Shirazi canceled his course of Advanced Jurisprudence on Saturday October 29, 2016 and held a ceremony to honor the memory of late Grand Jurist Ayatollah Qomi.
Following the sad departure of the Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Taqi Tabatabei Qomi, may he rest in peace, the Grand Jurist Ayatollah Shirazi sent a message and expressed his condolences. Parts of this condolence message reads as follows:
In the name of God, the Mercy giving, the Merciful
We are from God, and to Him we shall return.
The demise of the Islamic Jurist, Grand Ayatollah Haji Sayyid Taqi Tabatabei Qomi, may God elevate his ranks, was a big blow to Islam and the sacred Islamic Seminaries.
His noble father, the late Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Husayn Qomi was one of the first people who rose to protect the Islamic values such as Hijab and the legacies of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, in Iran; while any resistance against the Iranian ruling regime was answered with execution and torture. This great Islamic jurist and his family were finally exiled due to their firm stances.
After that disturbed age, his noble father made a historic return to Iran and revived the Islamic values of Hijab and the ceremonials of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him. The return of this great scholar, along with many other scholars, including my father brought back freedom to the Iranians. I, personally, offer my heartfelt condolences for the passing of this great scholar to our awaited Imam Mahdi, may he reappear soon, the sacred Islamic Seminaries, and the respectful family of this great scholar. I pray to God to have this great man by the side of his noble ancestors, the holy Prophet of Islam and his pure Household.
Sadiq Shirazi, Holy Qom, Iran, Muharram 25, 1438/ October 27, 2016
The Central Office of the Grand Ayatollah Shirazi in the holy city of Qom, Iran held a ceremony to honor the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Sajjad, peace be upon him. In this ceremony, which was held at the presence of the Grand Jurist, the lecturers and speakers clarified on the great character of the Fourth Shia Infallible Imam.
Shia Rights Watch Organization, affiliated to the Office of Grand Ayatollah Shirazi demanded thorough and official investigations into the recent aerial attack to a group of Shia mourners in the city of Daquq, in Kirkuk. In addition, SRW condemned this unspeakable crime and asked for the accountability of the engaged parties. It is worth noting that a religious gathering in the city of Daquq, in Kirkuk was targeted by an aerial attack earlier this week. Reports estimate that nearly 20 women were martyred and almost 50 others were severely wounded.
In the past few days, the communities of Iraqi pilgrims traveled to the holy city of Qom in Iran and visited the Grand Jurist, Ayatollah Shirazi at his Central Office in this city. After meeting with the Grand Jurist, these pilgrims listened to a lecture by Sayyid Husayn Shirazi, the son of the Grand Jurist.
According to a report by Shia Rights Watch Organization, multiple arrests of Malaysian Shia civilians took place during the month of Muharram in different cities of this country. It has been disclosed that 35 Shia civilians are now under arrest in Johor Bahru state, 30 others in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur state, and a few others are detained in Malacca state. These Shia civilians will face charges in the Malaysian Sharia courts. The charges of these Shia adherents have not yet been announced. Following these arrests, a number of Malaysian Shia civilians wrote a letter to the Malaysian officials and requested for their legal rights for performing their religious rituals.
Shia Rights Watch Organization expresses concerns over the fate of some Shia clerics, speakers, and religious scholars who were arrested by Saudi forces in the different cities of this country. In the statement published by SRW, this human rights organization condemned these arbitrary arrests and counted them as a serious threat to the safety of Shia citizens in Saudi Arabia.
The Advanced Course of Jurisprudence by the Grand Jurist Ayatollah Shirazi will resume on Saturday, October 22, 2016 after it was called off in the first twenty days of Muharram. This course will be held on 09:15 am, local time, at Zainul Abedin Mosque, in the holy city of Qom in Iran.
Imam Shirazi World Foundation appreciated all people and Islamic Centers that contributed in the glorious Ashura gatherings and the memorial ceremonies of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, in this year. This foundation also thanked all governments, state-run institutions, community centers and all people who provided services to the pilgrims of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him. In addition, ISWF pointed to the extensive efforts of the enemies for creating division among Shia Muslims and emphasized on solidarity.
The human rights organization of Shia Rights Watch, located in Washington DC has released a statement in which it appreciated the countries that have taken steps to protect the Shia Muslims during Muharram 2016. In the meantime, Shia Rights Watch underlined the religious rituals of Muharram as an important means to safeguard the solidarity of Muslims and the Shias, regardless of their nationality and political affiliations. In the end, SRW urged members of states to use this chance to increase peace talks and encourage dialogue among their citizens in areas of human rights.