PROPAGATION OF RELIGION
Q1: Means of expression have developed in these days; so, do you encourage presenting some important Islamic events on the screen after filming them for example?
3. There must be focus on the Imam (peace be upon him) knowing about his end from the very beginning, and that he was determined from the beginning to welcome this end. This is testified by his speech at the Holy Mosque of Makkah which he delivered one day before starting his journey to Iraq, his dialogue with Abdullah ibn Abbas, his dialogue with his brother Muhammed ibn al-Hanafiyya, his letter to Muslim ibn Aqeel (peace be upon him), his determination to continue his march after he knew about the martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqeel (peace be upon him), his accompanying of al-Hurr al-Riyahi until he had reached deeply into the area under the command of Ubaydullah ibn Ziyad [although he could return at this juncture], his letter to Banu Hashim in Medina in which he stated, "anyone who joins me will be martyred, and anyone who lags behind me will not obtain victory,” and his emphasis in his dialogue with Umar ibn Sa'd that his martyrdom was a matter already decreed by the Almighty, and many other such instances, in addition to the knowledge of the unknown stated by the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny), the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) and others that Imam al-Hussain (peace be upon him) would be killed. All this emphasizes that he (peace be upon him) sacrificed for a sublime goal, and that he succeeded in so doing. He was not a leader who attempted to do something in which he failed as a result of miscalculations, as the enemies of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) try to claim.
We have the greatest assets of ideologies and concepts embedded in the Holy Qur'an, the teachings of the Prophet and his Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) in their statements, sermons and supplications as well as derived from their way of life, conduct and the behavior of their followers who followed their footsteps. All this provides sufficient explanations for the doctrines, Islamic laws, ethics and manners, for cultivating the souls and getting them to reach perfection. And all of these are already within our reach and are easy to access and benefit from. We have the right to raise our heads in pride and glory due to them. Through all of this, a researcher and a preacher are free of need from other ideologies and presentations no matter what they may be or where they come from. A little amount of truth suffices one from a great amount of falsehood, let alone the abundance of such noble concepts and lofty ideologies that we have. Allah Almighty has said, "Do you not see how Allah sets forth a parable? A goodly word is like a goodly tree the root of which is firmly fixed and branches reaching the heavens; it brings forth its fruit at all times, by its Lord's permission. Thus Allah sets forth parables for men so that they may receive admonishment. And the parable of an evil word is that of an evil tree. It is pulled up by the root from the surface of the earth: It has no stability” (Qur'an, 14:24-26). All praise is due to Allah for His blessings on us of guidance.
Q4: There are some preachers and students of religious sciences who were forced by circumstances to migrate to Western lands. They are torn between continuing to perform their Sharia-required function in propagation and the studying of the Islamic sciences on one hand, or looking for a job in some other field on the other hand. This is so because life here is hard, and it is difficult to combine both. So, is it permissible for them to desert their religious duties in propagation and look for another job, despite knowing the need for religious preachers?
A: Allah does not over-burden anybody, only what one is capable of bearing. However, the importance of propagation in these lands obligates its performance as much as possible, even if it may be with regard to some of its aspects if all of them cannot be performed. In this respect, one knows best what he can do; surely we belong to Allah, and to Him is our return.
Q5: In the tough circumstances through which our Islamic nation is passing, there is a trust crisis in some of our societies, between the society and some clerics from among the scholars and preachers in some countries. Numerous circumstances have contributed in creating this trust crisis. We wish you would be so kind to provide us with some pieces of advice and directives to alleviate this problem.
A: The said crisis is one of the most serious and complex problems this oppressed sect has passed through. Yet, it is an indication of a blessing on this sect which corresponds to its resilience and immortality; because it shows that the society is free of blind following of clerics and preachers. This makes a cleric unable to derail the society away from the straight path of this sect, if he wants to do so for whatever reason, be it his ill intention subduing him, or if he is subjected to external pressures or temptations, as it has taken place to many sects and societies.
Also, if a cleric or a preacher is subject to criticism and scrutiny, he will remain cautious, vigilant and try to avoid slippery paths. He will keep himself distant from accusations; he will then be prompted to try to attain perfection and loftiness.
In any case, all sides must observe the limits set by Allah Almighty and beware of crossing them under the pretext of liberation or impulse. They must seek to please Allah Almighty while maintaining a true intention with Him.
A cleric and preacher must pay attention to performing his function in the best possible way. He must avoid negativities as much as possible and listen to constructive criticism. He must be responsive to it, without the matter causing him to attempt to please people at the expense of his principles and duties no matter what the cost may be.
Members of the society must encourage straightforwardness, the performance of duties, the rejection of deviation regardless of its source and caution against destructive, irresponsible and unfair criticism.
In so doing, first and foremost, the pleasure of Allah is obtained, which is the most important cause of success and blessings in one’s work and in strengthening one’s efforts. This in turn will strengthen people's trust in the clerics and preachers so they feel comfortable with the latter. They will listen to him, seek his guidance and directives, accept what he says, co-operate with him in order to serve this honorable sect, which is based on reality and truths and supported by clear and evident proofs, the efforts of its dignitaries and scholars, and their sacrifices, patience, steadfastness, perseverance throughout the ages, during the times of trials, tribulations and seditions.
We plead to Him, the most Praised One, to enable us to labor along His path, the path of those who always seek to please Him, those whose good deeds He accepts; surely He is the most Affectionate towards the believers, the most Merciful. Surely my success comes from Allah; on Him do I rely, and to Him shall I return.