A Devotee of Razavi Culture in Nigeria: "Nigerians Have a High Capacity to Absorb Islamic Teachings"

A Devotee of Razavi Culture in Nigeria: "Nigerians Have a High Capacity to Absorb Islamic Teachings"
The Non-Iranian guest of the 12th Imam Reza (A.S.) International Festival from Nigeria, said:

"I am a psychiatrist and know well that there are 110 ways for altering the beliefs of people and at present, limited methods are used for the propagation of Razavi culture in the world of Islam but the people in my country have a much greater capacity for absorption of Islam and the Shiite beliefs  since in Nigeria, we make use of more methods for this regard".

"I am the vice president of Dar Al Quran (House of Quran) in Nigeria and I started my Razavi-related activities since 5 years ago”, added Ahmad Adamu Assafah in the press conference of the Non-Iranian guests of the 12th Imam Reza (A.S.) International Festival.

"In order to further develop the Razavi culture, I wrote the book 'Imam Reza (A.S.), the Martyr of Mashhad' which has been published and is accessible to everyone in Nigeria; my book 'The Insight behind the Words of Wisdom by Imams' has also been published " he continued.

Mentioning that every year at the blissful birth anniversary of Imam Reza (A.S.) he takes extensive actions in Nigeria, he further stated, "Two years ago, we carried out a study concerning the expansion of Islam and Shiite ideology in Nigeria and came to the conclusion that in the past, people faced great challenges to become a Muslim but have always shown a great interest in becoming one".

"After the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, by the leadership of Imam Khomeini the Iranian nation made use of the two weapons of knowledge and politics for expanding the Shiite beliefs in Africa, and after some time, another factor came to aid these two strategies and that was solidarity of thoughts and the friendship of religions" noted Assafah.

"Propagating Shiite ideology requires different methods in different parts of the world. For instance Propagating Shiite ideology is greatly different in Nigeria and Lebanon. The people of Lebanon knew the Shiite ideology much before the Islamic Revolution, but in Nigeria the Shiite thoughts came to be widely known mostly after the Islamic Revolution"; thus taking social, cultural and political context in which peoples of different nations live into consideration is of utmost importance in propagating Islam and the words of Ahlul Bayt (P.B.U.H), he noted.

"At present, Nigeria has a population of 160 million and 60% of them are Muslims, out of which 55% are Shiites", he added.

Sep 30, 2014 11:30


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