Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Bahraini regime of systematically targeting religious leaders of the country’s Shia community and violating the clerics’ right to freedom of expression and gathering.
Dozens of Shi’a Muslim clerics have staged a gathering in Bahrain to express their support for distinguished religious figure Ayatollah Isa Qasim and denounce the Al Khalifah regime’s decision to revoke his nationality.
“intellectual and religious guidance”, “political guidance and bolstering insight” and “guidance and presence in social services’ arena” as the three main tasks of the clergy, noting: “By acquiring necessary qualifications and knowledge, in today’s different world, clerics must prepare themselves for fulfilling decisive obligations in the society.” Supreme Leader said.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that clerics are serving as guides for public opinion as they won trust of people and they listen to them patiently.
In a ceremony marking the beginning of the new academic year at the Islamic Seminary of Qom, Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi gave advice to seminarians at Qom's famous Madrassah al-Faydhiyah Qom in regard to their duties as scholars.