31st December 2023 / 17th Jumada ath-Thaniyah 1445

The month of Jumada ath-Thaniyah is filled with the commemorations and celebration of the beloved daughter of our Holy Prophet (saw), Sayyida Fatima al-Zahra (a). As we stand on the brink of the upcoming Gregorian year, 2024, we embrace the promise of transformation and enlightenment. With great enthusiasm, The WF has decided to dedicate the year 2024 as the “The Year of Thaqalayn.” Thaqalayn, the inseparable duo of the Qur’an and the Ahl al-Bayt (a), stands as a comprehensive source of divine guidance that has illuminated the path of believers for centuries.

The word Thaqalayn (Arabic: الثَّقَلَين)  literally means two weighty things. The Prophet (saw) has said:

إِنِّی تَارِک فِیکمْ أَمْرَینِ إِنْ أَخَذْتُمْ بِهِمَا لَنْ تَضِلُّوا- کتَابَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ أَهْلَ بَیتِی عِتْرَتِی أَیهَا النَّاسُ اسْمَعُوا وَ قَدْ بَلَّغْتُ إِنَّکمْ سَتَرِدُونَ عَلَی الْحَوْضَ فَأَسْأَلُکمْ عَمَّا فَعَلْتُمْ فِی الثَّقَلَینِ وَ الثَّقَلَانِ کتَابُ اللَّهِ جَلَّ ذِکرُهُ وَ أَهْلُ بَیتِی

‘Indeed I am leaving two things among you, to which if you hold yourself, you will never astray: the book of Allah SWT – and my Ahl al-Bayt (a), my ‘itra (family). O people hear! And I have announced to you that: indeed you will enter my presence and I will ask you about what you did to the thaqalayn (two weighty things) and the thaqalayn are the book of Allah and my Ahl al-Bayt.’
Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 294

This dedicated year invites us to delve deeply into the teachings of both the Qur’an and the blessed family of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), fostering a holistic approach to spirituality, knowledge, and community. The Year of Thaqalayn, is more than a symbolic gesture; it is a commitment to weaving the fabric of our lives with the threads of divine wisdom.

In 2023, our ‘Year of the Qur’an‘ initiative surpassed expectations, creating a global wave of love and understanding. The introduction of Qur’an Challenges sparked overwhelming participation, reaching corners of the world like Uganda, Madagascar, Kuwait, Congo, and Qatar. From toddlers to respected seniors, the diverse engagement highlights the universal impact of the Qur’an’s teachings. Communities worldwide also joined forces, organizing impactful Qur’an programs, making ‘The Year of the Qur’an’ a resounding success.

In 2024, we aim to introduce various initiatives as part of The Year of Thaqalayn. From dedicated programs to community outreach, these initiatives will enrich our understanding and application of Thaqalayn’s principles.

As we embark on this transformative journey, we extend an open invitation to communities far and wide to join us in the Year of the Thaqalayn. Let’s create a global tapestry of shared learning, spiritual growth, and communal harmony. Whether through study circles, outreach programs, or acts of kindness, let the principles of Thaqalayn guide our actions and inspire positive change. This involves not only reading and understanding, but also incorporating these teachings into our daily lives.

Together, let us make 2024 a year of profound connection with our faith, a year of enlightenment, and a year where the teachings of Thaqalayn resonate in our hearts and communities.

Remember, as we embark on this spiritual journey, let’s hold in our hearts those who are suffering across the globe, especially in places like Gaza. May our collective efforts and compassionate actions serve as a beacon of hope, bringing relief to those in need. Let your generosity help those in need on https://donate.wf

Join us in this collective endeavor to make the Year of Thaqalayn a beacon of unity, knowledge, and spiritual fulfillment.