Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quran and Hadith Research Center Opened

Ayatullah Muhammad Muhammadi Rayshahri attended the opening ceremony of the Quran and Hadith Research Centers. The ceremony was held in Allameh Majlisi Auditorium in Dar al-Hadith Institute. He while speaking at the opening ceremony said, “Establishment of The Quran and Hadith Research Centers is an important step that will take us closer to the goals set by Dar al-Hadith Institute. I hope that this institute will be a source of manifold blessing for the Islamic Seminary and the entire Muslim world.”

The head of the Dar al-Hadith Institute thanked the Ministry of Education for their efforts and cooperation in granting approval to this newly established research center.

While pointing to the fact that we were in the last days of the holy month of Ramadan, he said, “Those people who are careful of their actions, think in these days as to how much they benefited from this divine banquet. One sign which shows that the fasting in this month was accepted and a person benefited from this month is that such a person experiences spiritual change and enlightenment.”

Ayatullah Rayshahri added, “If a fasting person during these last days feels that he has become closer to God, his attachment to worldly possessions has decreased and his longing for the hereafter has become more intense, then such a person has benefited from this divine banquet. Otherwise such a person should try more to benefit from these last remaining days.”

The head of the Shah Abdul Azim Shrine said, “One of the blessings of the holy month of Ramadan is enlightenment of the heart and such a pure and enlightened heart is a necessity for those doing research in the field of the Quran and Hadith.”

He said, “A researcher in the field of Quran and Hadith is different from a researcher in another subject. Quran and Hadith are sources of spiritual enlightenment. So a researcher in order to benefit from these two sources of light and in order to provide others with guidance from these two sources must himself possess spiritual light within himself.”

This ceremony was held in the presence of Ayatullah Rayshahri, Mahdi Nejad Noori the head of the Technology and Research Department of Ministry of Education and official from the Quran and Hadith University and from different research institutes affiliated to Quran and Hadith Research Centre. The ceremony concluded with unveiling of the foundation stone of the Quran and Hadith Research Centers and the institute officially began its functioning.

Ayatullah Safi Gulpaygani: the Quran and Hadith are two Firm Pillars of Islam

Ayatullah Safi Gulpaygani, the Great Marja’, in a message to the opening ceremony of the Quran and Hadith Research Institute said, “After my Salam and greetings to all the respected Seminary teachers, scholars and other dignitaries present in this important and great function, I congratulate the founder of the Dar al-Hadith Institute on the occasion of the opening of an important and holy Institute dedicated to researching and understanding the sublime realities present in the Holy Quran and the Hadith from the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s) which has been named the Quran and Hadith Research Centers. This research institute which has the honor of putting into practice the advice of the Prophet of Islam regarding the two heavy things namely the Quran and the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s) should feel proud and should thank the Almighty for granting them this opportunity.”

He further added, “Divine religion of Islam since its beginning and since start of its invitation to the people, till today and till the time of reappearance of the twelfth Imam (a) and till the day of Judgment, is standing on two unshakable pillars. These two pillars have not been affected by passage of time and have stayed fresh like the first day and they will continue to stay like the stars in the sky.

First of these two pillars is the Holy Quran which is the divine revelation from God, the eternal book and the everlasting miracle. It is a proof of the truth of all divine religions and the finality of the religion of Islam. The second pillar is the Sunnah and the Hadith and the knowledge which emanates from the Holy Prophet (s) and his progeny, which is the companion of the Quran.”

Ayatullah Safi Gulpaygani in the later part of his message said, “These two pillars form the soul and identity of Islam. They are foundation of Islam’s divine invitation and also the source of all the realities and explanation of all that we can possibly know from the realm of unseen. These two sources have been available for understanding and learning for human beings and even the angels. Everything in Quran and Hadith is truth and reality and every reality is present in the Quran and Hadith. All the intellectual energy, research potential and academic scrutiny should be used to understand these two great sources of reality.

The Quran and Hadith, the Quran and its commentary by Ahl al-Bayt (a), knowledge emanating from the Hadith, Nahj al-Balagah, Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah, the four books of Shia Hadith, the treasure of prayers and Duas, the encyclopedia of Bihar al-Anwar, the book Makarim al-Akhlaq and tens and hundreds of other books, all these are priceless treasures which are more valuable than the heavens and the earth because of the divine message they contain. All these are within the reach of human beings. But unfortunately most of the human beings except very few, do not appreciate the value of this great resource and bounty from God.”

He further added and said, “This world can progress and move towards its perfection and development by benefiting from these sources, from these Hadith, from these words of wisdom and admonition and from many lessons which are present in them. Yes, if we say that a guide clearer towards the unseen realm than the Quran and Hadith does not exist, it would not be an exaggeration. Also springing of this divine knowledge from the house of the Prophet (s) is a great sign and a clear and sufficient proof of existence of an Almighty God.

Unfortunately we are living in a period in which many of the people who are known as researchers and thinkers, have remained neglectful of this vast ocean of knowledge and gnosis and have not valued this bounty as it must be valued. Not only this, but we have fixed our eyes on other ideologies and sources which do not bring to us anything other than darkness, failure and confusion. They are nothing but a mirage and do not guide us to real source of water. In reality the right of this knowledge has not been recognized and fulfilled.

Opening of this institute named the Quran and Hadith Reseach Centers is important from this respect that it is start of an important movement – with God’s grace – for knowing and understanding the knowledge of the Ahl al-Bayt (a). Today the Islamic Seminary and other religious and culture institutes carry a heavy responsibility and everyone should strive with a swift and revolutionary cultural movement and action to quench the thirst of spirituality from the spring of the Quran and Hadith. They, by making use of the new technological tools, should conquer highest peaks of knowledge and should strive to hoist the flag of Islam in every corner of the world.”

He concluded his message by saying, “I pray and request to the Almighty God that he with his kindness and mercy accepts the efforts and services of all servants of Quran and Hadith and also makes these efforts acceptable in the eyes of the master of our time Imam Mahdi (a.s). I also ask that God grants all of you the opportunity to move forward with the goals that you have set.”


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