3rd Conference on Razavi Hadith Held by Most Prominent Shiite Hadith Research Center in Islamic World
Publish Date: 10/8/2015 Code: 46164

3rd Conference on Razavi Hadith Held by Most Prominent Shiite Hadith Research Center in Islamic World

Executive Secretary of “National Conference on Razavi Hadith (3) Hujjatulislam Mohammad Reza Sobhani Nia said: “If selection of the theme and topics and analysis of the works received in conferences is not done carefully, this will lead to the presentation of poor and repetitive research works and activities...”

 “The closing of the 13th Imam Reza (A.S.) International Festival provided us with an excuse to pay a visit to Hujjatulislam Mohammad Reza Sobhani Nia, the Executive Secretary of “National Conference on Razavi Hadith (3)”- one of the Imam Reza (A.S.) International Festival sub-Conferences- and talk to him in this regard” Iran's Book News Agency (IBNA) reported from Qom.

-Would you please tell us about the necessity of holding “National Conference on Razavi Hadith (3)”and also what effects publication of Razavi books has on our society today?

Knowledge of the teachings of Ahl al-Bayt (P.B.U.T.) and its dissemination publicly in the society is considered as one of the necessities of each era. In every period, we need to restore the teachings of Ahl al-Bayt (P.B.U.T.) according to the needs of the day and provide them for the public-most of whom already fascinated by the manners and ways of those gushing fountains of light and wisdom. Nevertheless, religious teachings can be divided and regulated in different areas and the area of religious issues, as a basic theme, will be considered as the backbone of other issues. Accordingly, discussion of religious and theological issues is of greater importance.

However, theological hadiths of Imam Reza (A.S.) pave the way for the encounter with deviant intellectual movements and will also be effective in strengthening Shiite beliefs, since the Imam was faced with different movements both within and also outside religion and knowledge of the words and behavior of the Imam in this regard has a substantial role in our awareness of encounter with intellectual movements. Thus, due to the importance of the issue of beliefs, both because of different intellectual movements and also the illuminating guidance of that Imam on religious issues that can be helpful for our society today as well, that topic was chosen as the central theme of “National Conference on Razavi Hadith (3)” and we hope to be able to properly address this social need by coming up with weighty and valuable achievements.

- How much do such conferences affect the development of the scientific and religious atmosphere in the society?

If scientific conferences are well informed and force theorists and authors to create works, they will have their own scientific impact and will bring about a scientific movement and surge. This scientific zeal and activity enhances the intellectual level of the society and increases general insight in times of intellectual, cultural and religious crises; but we should be careful so that such conferences are not harmful. It seems that if selection of minor topic and themes of the conferences is not done carefully and the works received in the conference are not carefully examined, this will lead to the presentation of poor or sometimes repetitive research works and activities. Thus, in order to prevent from the presentation of poor and repetitive works, active scientific centers in the area of the topic of the conference should be involved and professional experts on the topic of the conference should be invited for active scientific cooperation in holding it.

- As you are the Deputy Director of Institute of Islamic Ethics and Psychology, which is a subsidiary of Dar al-Hadith Institute, could you please provide us with some information on the history of activities related to Imam Reza (A.S.) in Dar al-Hadith Publications as well?

Dar al-Hadith is a scientific center and for more than twenty years it has been professionally engaged in the research and study of the hadiths of the Infallible Imams (A.S.). This center engages in research on hadith sciences and also research on hadith jurisprudence and has also become the most prominent center of the world of Islam in the arena of Shiite research on hadith. In addition to its hadith activities, this center has also heeded the hadith activities of the time of Imam Reza (A.S.) and also Razavi hadiths and has provided some publications in this respect. The most important work published by this institute on the issue of Razavi hadiths is the four-volume book “Razavi Letter of Wisdom” which was published in 2014 and 2015. Also, the Cultural Deputy of this institute, coinciding with the second conference, prepared, produced and published a collection of books, on diverse titles, such as the biography, stories, miracles, poetry and bibliography of Imam Reza (A.S.), for the general public, in the form of a cultural package, and its titles include: “Selected bibliography of Imam Reza (A.S.)”, “Here the sky is nearer”, “The heaven of your look”, “In the presence of the sea”, “The messiah of Tous”, “The eighth month” and “The proceedings of Razavi Conference 1”.

With regard to this scientific capacity- both specialized and promotional -and thanks to the existence of four active research centers on the issues of interpretation of the Ahl al-Bayt (P.B.U.T.), Sciences and Teachings of hadith, Islamic Ethics and Psychology and the Words of the Ahl al-Bayt (P.B.U.T.), this institute, following the agreement with Imam Reza (A.S.) International Foundation for three consecutive years, devised the program for holding Razavi hadith conference, and despite the ups and downs that were on our way, hopefully in 2015 the Third National Conference on Razavi Hadith on the topic of “theological hadiths of Imam Reza (A.S.)” is also being held.

-Based on the holding of two periods of Conference on Razavi Hadith, what do you think is the necessity for holding the Third Conference?

As the topic of each of the conferences has been different from the other one, holding of each conference will be evaluated independently and uniquely in its type. The conference this year also, with a focus on theological hadiths, may also become more successful than the two previous conferences due to the importance of its topic. However, this issue will depend on the more and more participation of the lovers of the eighth Imam, particularly experts and professionals, in the area of hadith and theology.

-Could you please let us know what the results and achievements of the conference are and how they are presented?

This conference, like the first and second conferences, receives the articles and after assessment by the jury, the top articles will be chosen and the proceedings will be published in a separate book. However, prominent articles in terms of hadith will also be published in the scientific-research journal of “Hadith Sciences” or scientific-promotional journal of “Hadith and Thought”.

It needs to be mentioned that “The National Conference on Razavi Hadith (3)” is held in Qom in the latter half of October this year on the decade of Velayat. The General Office of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Qom Province, in cooperation with the scientific-cultural institute of Dar al-Hadith, will hold the National Conference on Razavi Hadith with an approach to theological and religious hadiths of Imam Reza (A.S.).

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