The Book of Wisdom of Basij

Muhammad Muhammadi Rayshahri

With the collaboration of Dar al-Hadith Research Center

1st ed., 2002, 315 pages, Arabic – Persian

Dar al-Hadith, Qom, Iran

The book, arranged in a thematic or­der and making reference to the Holy Quran and the hadiths of the Infallibles (PBUH), is an attempt at delineating the status, characteris­tics, and the responsibilities of the Basij and the Basijis. The Basij is among the most significant and las­ting accomplishments of the late Im­am Khomeini, which has assu­med a major role in the Muslim co­m­munity. In the view of the author, a number of Quranic verses that refer to predictions about the greatness of Islam and the support it will be given by the peo­ple of another race are in fact refer­ences to the Basij and the Basijis. In addition, in the hadiths of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) we see him refer­ring to the race of Salman as the true helpers of religion and clear exa­m­ples of those referred to in the verses. The culture of Basij is a cul­ture that has derived from the Holy Quran and the hadiths of the Infal­libles (PBUT), a culture that the au­thor attempts to ela­borate in the pre­sent work.

The book is arranged into five chapters.

Chapter one is devoted to the status of Basijis. Besides prese­nting a brief account of the leaders of Basij, it introduces the unknown Basijis as the key supporters of the Muslim comm.­unity and as those who prepare the ground for the establishment of the Islamic government.

Chapter two elaborates the quali­fications of a Basiji, i.e. religious knowledge, political awareness, ap­p­ropriate conduct, and avoidance of vices.

Chapter three is an examination of individual, social, cultural and military duties. It deems the secret of success of the Basij and Basijis to be respect for religious, ethical and social rules, as well as the avoi­dance of violence.

Chapter four enumerates the factors that have contributed to the success of Basijis. These include the acquisition of necess­ary qualifications, respect for the capacities of interlocutors, observing the rules of being a messenger, tolerance, avoidance of strictness, avoidance of unnecessary violence, and the bear­ing of hardships accompanying the task of conveying the mes­sage.

Chapter five contains accounts of famous Basijis among the ranks of the companions of the Holy Prophet and Imams Ali and Husain (PBUT).  

 The Arabic version of the text is printed on the even pages with the Persian translation appearing on the opposite pages. The contents are arranged with the Quranic subjects appearing first followed by the hadiths of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the Infallibles (PBUT). The book was published in 2002 by the same publisher, in pocket size without the Arabic text and in 200 pages. The Arabic text also appeared independently with the following bibliographical data: al-Ta`bia'ah fi al-kitab wa al-sunnah, Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri, with the coll­aboration of Ahmad Gholam Ali, Qom: Dar al-Hadith, 1st ed., 2002, 172 pages.

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