Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly

The Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly (Persian: مجمع جهانی اهل البیت‎) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) that was established by a group of Shiite elites under the supervision of the great Islamic authority of the Shiites in 1990 to identify, organize, educate and support the followers of Ahl al-Bayt.

Establishment and first conferenceEdit

One of the most important goals of the Iranian government after the success of the Islamic Revolution was to foster unity among Muslims across the globe. In order to reach that goal, the Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly was established in 1990.[1] Its first conference was held on May 21, 1990. More than three hundred scholars and Muslim elite, mostly Shiite, attended. At the end of this conference, through a letter, the participants asked Ayatollah Khamenei to establish the Ahl al-Bayt Assembly and he accepted.[2][3] Its statute ordained Tehran as the main center of this INGO.[4]

According to Abdul Karim Soroush, the establishment of the Assembly was a counter-offensive of traditionalist Shiite Clerics inside the powerful elite against Tehran`s Ecumenical Society (Persian: مجمع تقریب مذاهب‎) because they suspected it was developing tendencies to encroach upon the Sunnis.[5]

The following topics were discussed at the first conference:

  • Ahl al-Bayt and their scientific and cultural heritage;
  • Ahl al-Bayt's role in leading the Ummah;
  • Ahl al-Bayt's role in the unity of the Ummah;
  • Ahl al-Bayt's practical role in the maintenance of Islam;
  • Ahl al-Bayt and services of Islamic Revolution influenced by their teachings;
  • Human values and ideals of Ahl al-Bayt and the methods to implement them in social life;
  • The situation of the followers of Ahl al-Bayt and ways to support them and raise their dignity.[6]


General AssemblyEdit

The General Assembly has a group of Islamic scholars and religious and cultural figures of the Islamic world as its members. According to the statute, the General Assembly is held every four years. The first was held in February 1994 and was attended by more than 330 members of this Assembly from 61 countries as well as scholars and researchers from different fields and Muslim countries.[4]

Supreme CouncilEdit

Some elite members of the General Assembly are or have previously been members of this council. According to the statute, members of this council are chosen by Vali-e-Faqih for five years.[5] The council is responsible for the adoption of policies, programs, the budgets' assembly and supervision of the Executive Assembly.[7]

General SecretaryEdit

The first General Secretary of this assembly was Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Taskhiri, from 1990 until 1999. The second General Secretary was Ali Akbar Velayati.,[5] followed by Ayatollah Mohammad Mahdi Asefi.[8] Hojjat al-Islam Mohammad Hasan Akhtari, a former Iranian ambassador to Syria, is the current General Secretary of the assembly.[9]


The Secretariat is divided into the Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of International Affairs, Department of Executive Affairs, Department of Economic Affairs, Office of the Secretary General and the Planning and Supervision Office.[10]


The following goals are declared in the statute:

  • Revival and expansion of Islamic culture, protection and defense of the Quran, tradition of Prophet Muhammad and Ahl al-Bayt;
  • Defense of the rights of Muslims, especially Shiites;
  • Strengthening Islamic unity in the face of the propaganda of enemies of Islam;
  • Preservation of the cultural heritage and honors of the Islamic civilization;
  • Development, improvement and reform of the cultural, economic, social and other aspects of followers of Ahl al-Bayt.[4][11]

Some ManifestosEdit


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  2. ^ "Introduction to the Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly". Newsgrouphamshahrionline.ir. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  3. ^ Ebrahimi, Mahboobeh. "Introduction to cultural centers". Shmim-e Yas.
  4. ^ a b c "Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly". Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Rainer, Brunner, Werner, Ende. The Twelver Shia in Modern Times: Religious Culture and Political History. Brill.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ Vaez zadeh Khorasani, Muhammad (1990). "World Congress of Ahl Al-Bayt". Meshkat (27): 1–23.
  7. ^ "At the activities and goals of the Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly". Rasa News. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly". Professional Training Center interpretation and Quranic sciences. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Seven options for the head of the Islamic Culture and Communications". News analytical database 598. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly". Information Center of Seminary. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Encyclopedia institutions of Islamic Revolution". Encyclopedia of the Islamic Revolution and history of Iran. Archived from the original on 2015-10-12. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  12. ^ "condemning the assassination of a group of Hezbollah's warriors". ABNA. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Condemning the assassination of a group of Sunni Scholars of Basrah". ABNA. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Condemning the Fatwa of Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh about the destruction of churches". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Warning about destruction birthplace of the Prophet in Mecca". Shia News. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Condemning the death sentencing for Sheikh Nimr". ABNA. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Condemning the arrested Shaikh Ali Salman". Afghan Voice Agency (AVA). Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Monifesto of Ahl Al-bayt World Assembly about massacre in Shikarpur". Shariyan. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.

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