Updated on 28/06/2010
The WF-Qum Office was pleased to receive a very distinguished personality from amongst the greatest scholars of Qur’anic sciences in Iran – Hujjatul-Islam wal Muslimeen Shaykh Mohsin Qara’ati.
Shaykh Mohsin Qara’ati (Courtesy: qaraati.ir)
Shaykh Qara’ati is one of the most well-known instructors of the Qur’an at present and he has composed many volumes of books on the various dimensions of the Holy Book and its sciences, including the famous “Tafseer-e-Noor”. He has also been an oft-appearing personality on Iranian national TV – suffice it to say that his TV lectures at present receive the highest ratings and the most audience from across the country. His academic and pedagogical achievements are immense, as he has been active for more than 35 years in the field of Qur’anic instruction. His efforts have been directly affirmed by the likes of Imam Khomeini (ra) and Ayatullah Shaheed Mutahhari (ra). He is also one of the contributing authors of Tafseer-e-Namuneh – a work headed and directed by Ayatullah al-Udhma Shaykh Nassir Makarim Shirazi.
During his visit to Qum Office, Agha Qara’ati was introduced to the activities of the World Federation and the Office in Qum. He was immensely pleased by the kind of activities taking place at the Office and additionally was surprised to learn about the high number of community students currently studying in Qum from across the globe.
Shaykh Qara’ati took the opportunity to convey his sincere advice to the students regarding the in-depth study of the Holy Qur’an and to make it a part and parcel of their holistic Hawza studies. He went on to warn the students against not been one of those who will become the subject of the Prophet’s (saw) lamentation to the Almighty on the Day of Judgement:
وَ قالَ الرَّسُولُ يا رَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي اتَّخَذُوا هذَا الْقُرْآنَ مَهْجُورا
And the Messenger cried out: O my Lord! Surely my people have treated this Quran as a forsaken thing (Furqan: 30)
He stressed the desperate need of implementing the Divine Scripture into our daily lives and emphasised taking the learning of the Qur’an very seriously. He additionally suggested that Qur’anic examples must be coupled into every aspect of Hawza studies such as the learning of Arabic grammar (morphology and syntax), Fiqh’, Usool al-Fiqh and so on. He further highlighted the need for each Talabeh of the Hawza to have undergone atleast a single round of Tafseer of the Holy Book.
In his cordial exchanges at the Office, Agha Qara’ati expressed a keen interest in expanding bilateral cooperation with the Qum Office and providing assistance with the many needs of the students.
For his part, Shaykh Nadir Jaffer – Manager of Qum Office, thanked Agha Qara’ati for his presence at the office and conveyed the full cooperation of the office in working together to meet the needs of the community students. He also suggested him to hold a book fair at Dar al-Zahra (sa) of literature composed by him at highly discounted prices with cooperation of the World Federation, for the benefit of the students, similar to the one held last year of Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli’s books. Preparations for this project are now underway…
The meeting was attended by most of the office staff and ended with dinner.
Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi, Assistant Secretary General for Islamic Education, expressed: “It is delightful to see so many of the high calibre scholars engaging with our students and office in Qum. I am sure they will benefit immensely from these scholars.”
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