an abstract of the contents
In this issue, the editorial deals
with the matter of proximity in Islamic world and the Welcome gesture of Muslims
to this call. A successful example of this movement is "the Dar al Taqrib" in
Cairo. This organization is supported by all of the scholars of Sunni and Shi'i
sects of the Islamic World. This organization has performed a series of unifying
activities to eliminate the gaps between the Islamic sects of the religion,
including the publication of a magazine titled "Resalat-al-Islam". In this issue
of our magazine, a review of that magazine has been written for the readers.
In This section, There are two
articles. First, the fifth part of Qura'nic stories, by M.B.Hakim, Chief of the
Council of Proximity Assembly. In our previous issues the discussions were about
"The Characteristics of Qura'nic Stories and their Goals". In this issue, it
deals with the Story of Moses (A.S) according to its historic chronology in
which the story has been analyzed as pointed out in Qura'n. The second article
is the first part of a study, titled "Abrahamic Words" by M.M. Asse'fi wherein
the words that were presented to Prophet Abraham as the means of his trial are
the word of proximity
This article in this issue is
pressnted under the title of "Tafseer of Majma'al - Bayan, a sample of
approximating exegesis" by Mr. Vae'z-zadeh Khurassani, the Secretary General of
the World Proximity Assembly of the Islamic Religions". This Tafseer has been
published by Dar-al-Taqrib in Cairo, and re-published by "the World Proximity
Assembly". Mr. Vaez'-Zadeh has written this article as an introduction to this
reprint, wherein the characteristics of this tafseer and its approach to
proximity has been discused.
studies in the principles of fiqh
The article of this issue of the
above section is named "Proximity Among the Hierarchies of Reasonings in
Ijtehad," by M.A.Taskhiri. The matter of arrangement and order of reasoning is a
question that has been dealt with in this article.
In our previou issue, there were
two letters between Mr. Vae'z-zadeh Khurassani and Mr. Abdol - Aziz Ben Baz, the
Higher Mofti of S.Arabia. Mr. Hassan Ben Ali Saqaf has presented a discussion as
a supplement to Ben Baz article in which the writer emphasized this point that
all muslims have got a common idea concerning the matters of "Tawassol" and
The special section of this issue
is related to "Resalat - al - Islam Magazine" issued by "Dar-al-Taqrib" of Cairo
so far sixty (60) issues of this magazin have been issued in the past 25 years
and they contain some of the most important ideas of proximity in significant
areas of Islamic thought and contemplation.
the history of the establishment of "Dar-al- Taqrib" by Sheikh Mohammad Taqi
Qomi, together with its goals and the concerned problems, as well as the story
of the publication of the magazine is discussed here.
Also the first declarationof Dar-al-Taqrib and its reflections, including the declaration of Sheikh
Abd-al-Majid Salim, the Chief of the Committee of Fatwa of al-Azhar and the
Deputy of Jama'at -al- Taqrib and the reaction of Islamic World to it. This
declaration has stated all goals of the Jama'at and its policy for the
developement of the culture of Taqrib. It had a vast impact among the Muslim
Scholars. Two of those reflections have been mentioned. One of them, an article
by Sheikh M.H. Kashef -al-Qata'. from Najaf, the other, the article of Sheikh
M.S.Hae'ri Mazandarani of Iran. In these two articles, the authors have approved
the goals stated by Taqrib.
The Area of Ideology
is the title of a series of articles in Resalat-al-Islam, which reflect the
common beliefs of Muslims about the obligations of Islamic Idea, as well as the
discrepancies caused by Ijtihad in the secondary issues of Islamic Ideology. In
this section, two articles by Sheikh M.J.Moqnieh,
named "The Obligations of Religion in Shi'i School" and Sheikh Abd - al- Mota'al
Sa'idi, titled "Taqrib among Islamic Religions and Monotheism", are printed.
Qura'nic area, is the best axle
around which Muslims from different sects are gathered. The Qura'nic articles of
Resalt-al-Islam clearly show this fact. In this area, an article by Sheikh M.
Shaltute, The Sheikh of Azhar, is written as an introduction to the Tafseer of
Majma' al - Bayan, wherein the Sheikh of Azhar has greatly admired the Shi'i
. The Fiqhi discussions of Resalt - al - Islam indicates a unification of ideas
among Shi'i and Sunni scholars in the major fields. only the matter of Ijtihad
is prohibited by some Sunni Muslims. The two articles of this area are by Sheikh
M.H. Kashef - al - Qata' (From Najaf) and Sheikh M. Mustafa Maraghi (of Egypt)
which insist on the fact that the matter of Ijtihad should be discussed and its
prohibition is against the principles of Islam.
The Area of Literature,
here, too there are many common opinions among the Shi'i and Sunni Scholars.
What is called Shi'i Literature is actually a literature that discusses about
the aims of Islam and its ideals. The article of Sheikh Abd-al-Jawad Ramazan
under the title of "Truthfulness (Sedg) and Emotions (A'atefeh) in Shi'i Poems"
manifests this fact.
A Tour in Editorials,
is a part of this special section which
reviews the sixty (60) editorials of Resalat - al
- Islam, wherein the trend of Islamic issues of th Muslim world and the movemens
of Taqrib activities had been pointed out.
Contents of the Articles of the Magazine from the
lst to the 60th issue is also printed
according to their subject - matters.
books in the balance of taqrib
In this issue, a book by Mr. Zaki
Milad, titled "The Role of Shi'i Scholars in Islamic Unity" has been reviewed.
In this book the author has studied the works of past and contemporary shi'i
scholars who have played a cruicial role in the unity of Muslims.
press and proximity
Under the title of "The
Reflections of the Tenth Conference of Islamic Unity" the Syrian newspaper,
called "Teshri'n" in its 6889th issue has published an article by Dr.
Abd-al-Karim Abd-al-S'amad and an interview with Sheik Ehsan Ba'drani of the
participants in the Conference. These hare been introduced to our readers .
All the activities of internal and
external affairs of World Assembly of Taqrib among Islamic Religions during the
past year have been printed in this issue.