Friday, 10 June 2011

Renovation and Intellectual Ijtihad of Imam Khamenei: A Pioneer Leader of Clear Vision + PIC

Renovation and Intellectual Ijtihad of Imam Khamenei: A Pioneer Leader of Clear Vision + PIC
The two day international conference was the first of its kind outside Iran. It debated the reflections of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei on modern Islam.
 Hundreds of intellectuals, Muslim clerics as well as Christian scholars have attended the event and voiced their views concerning the importance of a state based on human values embodied in the Islamic establishment under the leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei.
 Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah spoke at the opening of the event on the first day. His eminence said that the resilience of this nation unveiled the US administration's attempt to seize the Arab revolutions and the U.S commitment to "Israel's" security.
 Sayyed Nasrallah noted the importance of studying the unique personality of Sayyed Ali Khamenei and praised his pivotal role in the region over the past two decades. He also tackled the regional stages in which Imam Khamenei was the pioneer in predicting the unpredictable.
 Sheikh Shafiq Jradeh, head of the Sapiential knowledge Institute gave a speech, of where he noted the importance of this conference. He said that it aims to having a notable gathering of thoughts and knowledge, adding that people should enter the wide field of intellectuality. This field was made by a great Intellectual himself, Sayyed Khamenei, who should be known not only as a Leader and Imam, but a pioneer scholar that foresees the future of the region with a vivid and sharp thinking that opened the door to a contemporary Islamic Renaissance.
 Alastaire Crooke, a British diplomat and the founder and director of the Conflicts Forum, participated in the first session on the Civilization Values in the Thought of Imam Khamenei.
 He said, "Certainly, key will be to continue the Imam's sense of depth, the approach toward the implicit, and the priority of lived experience in an inter-connected world: In other words, to re-inflate the imploded dimensions of ‘being' from that of the single material plane of existence, and to ‘feel' again the roundness and depth of existence."
 Alastaire concluded that perhaps it is in the Imam's prioritizing of experience over theories about experience; in insisting that opposites need to be held together, and in his sense that all is in a process of change and flux, rather than stasis, and in his understanding that all things contain an energy of life.

 On the second day, the conference was attended by Hizbullah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem, Archbishop Sarkisian of Iranian Armenians, former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, the Iranian parliamentarian Gholamali Haddad Adel as well as several Muslim and Christian scholars from different Arab and Western countries. They all presented their views.
 The conference reflected the level of Islam's positive influence in the world while having Iran as model. Especially at a time of political regional crises, Iran's Islamic revolution could serve as one of the best lessons.
 Dr. Mohammad Marandi, a Professor at the University of Tehran took part in the second session on the Political Thoughts of Imam Khamenei. Dr. Marandi said that the leader of the Islamic Revolution as well as the highest authority guiding the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, in the early period of his leadership stated that Iran's foreign policy must be based on the three principles of honor, wisdom, and expediency. He noted that the actions of the Islamic Republic must not contravene moral principles, the principle of expediency must not run in contravention to those of honor or wisdom. In other words, choices made by the Islamic Republic regarding regional or international affairs must not be treated with a preference for expediency. Dr. Marandi concluded that Ayatollah Khamenei rejects a realist approach to foreign policy.
 The discussions in the conference circled around Welayat al-Faqih the Shiite theory and what this system poses before Islamic thought and the challenges it presents. Welayat al-Faqih stands very prominent, these days, amongst the various political Islamic theories. This system went into practice, going through thorough revisions and developments with Imam Khomeini, or with Imam Khamenei, which necessitates the reading of the Ijtihad intellectual project of Imam Khamenei as it represents an Islamic leadership, and due to the developments he has contributed to praxis and theory in Islam.

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