Authorization given to the office in Al-Najaf

In the name of Allah, the Abundantly Merciful, the Intensely Merciful.
Praise be to Allah.

Has-has al-Haq wrote:
In the name of Allah, the Abundantly Merciful, the Intensely Merciful.
May the prayers and peace of Allah be upon Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad, the Imams and the Mahdis.
May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

Dear Imam,
Here is a question about the extent of authorization given to the office in Al-Najaf al-Ashraf and others within the framework of the new system. Dear Imam, we have made an audiovisual question to increase the chances of it reaching you.
The Youtube link is titled Panorama of the Yamani Call, Episode 1: Audio Message to Imam Ahmed Alhasan PBUH.
Ali al-Ghurayfi
Alia Sharif

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you.
The tasks performed by the office in Najaf are several, and they include assigning Imams of Friday prayer, assigning deputies of the Office in various regions around the world, issuing statements on various cases where a statement of the opinion of Ahmed AlHasan is needed, answering jurisprudential questions, receiving people and communicating with them, and helping solve some of the people’s problems, aiding the ones who need aid whether financial or otherwise whenever possible, and supervising some of the establishments that are a part of the call. You can ask the ones responsible for managing the Office about the Office’s other tasks, the details of their work and what they are authorized to do, and I do not believe they would delay in responding to you, God willing.

In relation to the statements or directions issued by the office management as I clarified, they must rely on legislative texts. If there is a dispute about whether or not they do rely on the texts, then whoever is objecting can write a question to me and request that the Office deliver it.

Anyway, my advice to every reasonable and rational person is to not think individually or make his decision on an individual basis. In the Quran, Allah called upon the infallible divine ruler, whom He appointed, to consult [with others] before making a decision, so what about the non infallible one? The Almighty said, {So because of mercy from Allah you dealt gently with them. And if you had been rude and harsh at heart, surely they would have dispersed from around you. Then pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. Then when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed Allah loves those who rely upon Him.} Surat Aal-e-Imran (The Family of Imran) 3:159. The Messenger Muhammad pbuhap consulted with the believers in many matters concerning the management of life in society and defending the society. There is the story of the consultating Salman al-Farsi about digging the trench to defend Madinah, and you can refer to what the previous vicegerents of Allah, may the prayers of Allah be upon them, said about urging [people] about consultation.

When you need to make a decision, listen to what others are saying about the project or the issue at hand, and be a good listener who benefits from what he hears to the greatest extent possible. And don’t ever become complacent. You, for example, may be very intelligent within the realm of academics, yet not have practical intelligence. You may have a doctorate degree in engineering and be a university professor, yet you may not succeed in finding the practical solution for a problem in a specific project, whereas an engineer who graduated with low grades from a college of engineering excels at finding the practical solution.

As for the work of the call, first and foremost, it’s unacceptable for a person to neglect his community work with the excuse that he is working for the call or informing others about it. For example, in relation to Dr. Alia Sharif and Dr. Ali al-Ghurayfi, may Allah protect them, it would be unacceptable for them it be negligent in the field of medicine or increasing their medical knowledge therein, or treating a patient, for example while using the work of the call or informing others as an excuse. God willing, they are bigger, wiser, and more rational than that, than to behave in this absurd way. Any person can devote a part of his time and his life to calling to the truth and introducing it to the people without neglecting to increase his cognitive and cultural capacity to gain more information and to read and be informed of all that’s new if possible, and without neglecting his community work and his family (the spouse and the children), even from the aspect of entertaining his children or taking them to scientific or natural places to expand the horizons of their thinking and knowledge.

Furthermore, there are no restrictions on working for the call. Any person can do what he wishes, and what he deems suitable, or what is easy for him to do. Even if Ahmed AlHasan doesn’t deem it suitable, that doesn’t mean this person has committed a sin, or that he won’t be rewarded. Rather deeds are [judged by] intention, and Allah is behind the intention. Yes, if he personally commanded him against it, he shouldn’t do it. But in general, and in any work and as advice from your servant Ahmed, try always to listen to all opinions. In addition, let the manner in which opinions are presented among you and in your meetings, (even if it is your field of work) be aligning and not conflicting so that you help yourself and your brothers to hear the opposing opinions. For example, instead of sitting and arguing with one of us saying, “This project is failing because of something,” and the other saying, “This project is successful because of something,” let’s all sit together and say what the positive aspects of this project are, and let’s all present the positives: each individual among us for example presents something positive about the project according to his perception, and then we say what the negatives are and we all present the negatives, and we move to proposed solutions and the possible modifications, etc., and do the same thing. The result will be that this meeting will help us make the right productive decision. Each individual among us has to learn to think and present the positives when the discussion is concerning the positives, and to think and present the negatives when the discussion is concerning the negatives, and so on for the proposed issues that remain; so the individual shouldn’t contribute to only one issue. This way, we can achieve a good result and accomplish good work. But if an individual remains rigid and unyielding with a certain way of thinking, and looks at issues from only one perspective, then he will unfortunately come to many wrong decisions. As a result, even if he succeeds in his work, I can assure you that he would have been more successful and he would have achieved far more than he actually achieved had he listened to others and benefited from their opinions, points of view, and ways of thinking.

Concerning Dr. Ali and Dr. Alia, if you have a program on the subject of atheism or that deals with The Atheism Delusion or other books, let it be one of your goals to air it on media channels available to you, such as the television channel. I believe you can make it a successful and beneficial program for everyone by listening to the criticism your program receives. For example, show the episodes you have available so far to others, such as your brothers on the satellite channel team, the scientific Hawza, the Office or others, and ask them to give the program as much criticism as possible, whether it be technical or scientific. Also ask them to inform you of the program’s pros based on their opinion, as well as the solutions that they propose. Try to start anew if your initial work is irreparable, even if due to technical flaws belonging to the producers and the directors that aren’t yours, for example. It’s also unnecessary for you to take some or all of their opinions.

Their opinions or some of them might be wrong; nevertheless, always listen carefully to the criticism you and your work receive with hearts and minds that are open to the opposing opinion, and try to reach perfection in every act that you aim to perform.

Finally, I hope that imperfection in work doesn’t become a barrier preventing you from working. In general, to work even if my work has some imperfection is better than to not work at all.
I hope that my advice is beneficial by the favor of Allah Almighty; his favor upon me is great.
And may the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

The guilty shortcomer,
Ahmed Alhasan
11 Rajab of mercy and forgiveness
1435 AH


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