A Brief Introduction of Isrā’

International Foundation of Revelatory Sciences

 

Introduction

The living truth of Islam, represented through the person of the Holy Prophet (S), the QurÞÁn and the blessed Household of the Prophet (A), is a panacea, which quenches ones thirst for perfection,  and brings one closer to ones Creator.

Understanding this great truth and concepts of revelation require a scholastic approach coupled with practical endeavor which is only attainable by souls purified from all mistakes and sins. Only a few outstanding people achieve scientific certitude and intellectual tranquility; those who pave the way towards their mentioned goal as they discover the realms of revelation. They  rely on God and His mercy in order to be illuminated by divine light.

Today, Islam is being guarded by the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is the entire Ummah’s duty to represent the truly brilliant picture of Islam and erase the stains of humiliation and ignorance from it.

 

This divine purpose, given the current situation, can only be achieved through mobilization and organization of genuine human resources and Islamic researchers. It is in research assemblies that various dimensions of the invaluable truth of Islam can be recognized, talented and proficient human resources trained, and precious work presented to humanity.

 

Valuable ideas and views of the great scholar, Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ (may he live long), have been reinforcing the Islamic Republic of Iran since its revolution, and his strategic and enlightening guidance has been extremely constructive during the past three decades. The Isrā’ International Foundation of Revelatory Sciences has been established under his supervision in view of the depth of the knowledge of this religious authority. He is a well-known, outstanding teacher and thinker in various fields of Islamic sciences and a distinguished figure in exegesis, jurisprudence, philosophy and mysticism.

 

Goals of  Isrā’ International Foundation of Revelatory Sciences

 

Benefitting from the works and exegetical, philosophical, theological and jurisprudential views of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ (may he live long) for the purpose of:

 

  1. Spreading and explaining Islamic sciences from his perspective in various fields.
  2. Teaching and training competent, creative and innovative researchers, scholars and teachers in the aforementioned fields.
  3. Developing and strengthening scientific and research capabilities in the mentioned fields.
  4. Strengthening the theoretical foundations and scientific principles of religious beliefs and Islamic government and defending genuine Islamic thought.
  5. Meeting the civilizational needs of the Islamic world.
  6. Increasing scientific cooperation, especially among the elite, in the above-mentioned fields.

Activities of the  Isrā’ International Foundation of Revelatory Sciences

The Foundation undertakes the following activities to achieve its goals:

  1. Undertaking research studies in Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s works (may he live long) in order to adopt and represent his viewpoint
  2. Planning and presenting educational services for training researchers and teachers while  providing the ground for training thinkers to achieve the goals of the foundation
  3. Supporting research activities including translating and writing books, articles and educational papers and innovations in Islamic and divine sciences with regards to the works and views of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ (may he live long)
  4. Cooperating with other centers and institutes, at home and abroad, regarding revelatory sciences
  5. Planning to fulfill the intellectual needs of the Islamic world by translating research works
  6. Communicating with researchers and scholars in and out of the country
  7. Providing necessary facilities for educational, cultural and research activities associated with the foundation’s goals
  8. Establishing research centers, colleges and educational institutes in different fields of Islamic sciences
  9. Developing digital information banks and websites, publishing specialized and cultural journals, holding seminars and conducting promotional activities to achieve the foundation’s goals
  10. Publishing paper and electronic books, preparing compact disks, and establishing well-equipped publishing and printing centers
  11. Developing and presenting digital and audio-visual products in Islamic sciences
  12. Preparing sources and text books along with designing courses.

Centers and Departments of Isrā’ International Foundation of Revelatory Sciences

1.      Ma‘ārij Research Center for Revelatory Sciences

Aware of the contemporary needs of society, coupled with the desire to fulfill them, Ma‘ārij Research Center for Revelatory Sciences is dedicated to use the latest technology to promote academic competency. Its research efforts are organized in three research departments:

  • QurÞÁn and Ahl-ul Bayt (A) Research Department
  • Philosophy, mysticism and Islamic Kalam[1] Research Department
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics Research Department

Ma‘ārij Research Center for Revelation Sciences aims to promote Islamic sciences and direct them towards the real needs of contemporary society, and take big steps forward for posterity while appreciating the efforts of the scholars of the past.

 

A) Research Center’s Commitments

1.      Publishing Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s exegetical, jurisprudential, philosophical works and views on mysticism (more than 130 works published so far)

  1. Explaining and presenting his intellectual and scientific approach
  2. Conducting research studies on Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s views on contemporary issues
  3. Explaining the theoretical framework and principles of Islamic sciences and expanding them to new areas
  4. Making the QurÞÁn and knowledge of the Holy Household (A) accessible for individual and social existence, in comprehendible form, according to the needs of the Islamic community and the present-day world
  5. Defending religious teachings and concepts according to the varying levels and needs of their recipients
  6. Proving and demonstrating the efficiency of  religion while responding to the needs of the age and generation

B) Research Center’s Structure and Commitments

The Research Center aims to assign privileges and responsibilities according to available expertise. Its structure and a description of its commitments are presented briefly as following:

  1. Director, Research Center: his responsibilities include developing and implementing executive and research policies of the Research Center, managing research departments, supervising employment of professional and competent human resource, communication with other institutes and intellectuals, evaluating and confirming research products and submitting reports to authorities.
  2. Supreme Assembly of Research: this assembly comprises of the director, research deputy, directors of the research department and some of the faculty members. This assembly formulates general policies of the research center, supervises implementation of projects and issues regulations vis-a-vis research.
  3. Public Relations Office: in charge of arranging and organizing everyday activities of the research center’s director, preparing his meetings’ orders, corresponding and maintaining the archive of the office of director, collecting information, coordinating with the heads of research departments and reflecting on their requests.
  4. The Planning and Development Office of Research Studies: this office studies, develops and introduces research policies and strategies. It develops comprehensive and functional programs, corrects research processes according to the newest scientific approaches, analyses the ground for establishing new research departments or developing current departments. It also convenes cultural and social pathological studies to report to the authorities.
  5. The Office of Academic and International Cooperation: preparing a suitable ground for communicating with research centers and communities and the intellectuals within and out of the country; preparing the ground for researchers and faculty members to benefit from local and foreign scholastic resources; planning to introduce researchers by participating in scientific and international conferences and conventions, and promoting the level of communication and cooperation with national and international academic centers.
  6. Deputy Research Management Division: It is composed of three divisions: management division of research and scientific services; division of supervision and evaluation; and, management division of the library and scientific documents. They recognize the needs, plan, coordinate, supervise and troubleshoot research activities, enrich the library and supervise research services while attracting researchers and communicating with other academic centers.
  7. Management Division of Supply and Human Resources: It is composed of three divisions; management division of human resources and the secretariat; financial management and assistance; and, services management. Their responsibilities are: providing space and human resources for the research center, managing personnel affairs, supervising secretarial affairs, managing and distributing parcels and correspondence, maintaining archives, supervising provision and supply of the research center’s hardware and software, analyzing and programming the budget, providing all expenses, supervising the tagging and maintenance of assets and supervising disciplinary issues.

2. Isrā’ Cultural Studies and Research Center

The published works of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ mostly address a selected intellectual audience. They are, thus, presented at an enriched level and can be used as the reference for and source of a variety of topics to generate knowledge for those who crave it.

Thanks to the Holy Islamic Revolution led by Imam Khomeini (may Allah’s blessings be upon him), many young and religious people look for an authentic center where they can quench their thirst for genuine Islamic knowledge. Thus, it is of crucial importance to provide Islamic knowledge at a more general level in order to benefit them.

The Cultural Studies and Research Center of Isrā’ International Foundation of Revelatory Sciences, therefore, considers it its duty to build a bridge between the perceptions of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ and those of the society. In addition, it hopes to deliver his teachings to all the monotheists of the world, to reconcile the bewildered human beings of today with their innate godly nature, to free them from the mirage of their self-created ideas and to lead them to eternal peace and prosperity.

Goals:

  • Spreading Islamic knowledge and culture according to the viewpoint of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ (may he live long)
  • Providing public access to his speeches (in multimedia) and written works
  • Helping different Islamic social groups, especially the youth, to benefit from topics discussed by him
  • Acquainting the students with Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s vast knowledge and views
  • Extracting various new issues and providing the academic society with his viewpoints about religious, social, political and cultural issues in written form
  • Providing a thematic collection of his ideas and categorizing them in the most accessible form for the researchers

 

Scientific Groups

Due to a variety of  fields of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s (may he live long) speeches, it is necessary that different research groups be formed to compile his works. Therefore, as a first step, the following four scientific groups were established:

  • Research group for Ahl-ul Bayt (A) studies
  • Research group for QurÞÁnic Exegesis and Sciences
  • Research group for Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism
  • Research group for Islamic Ethics

3.  Isrā’ Translation Center

The translation center of Isrā’ International Foundation began to classify and present quality translations of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s works to the world.

The center has translated many books, speeches, articles, messages and jurisprudential opinions of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’ into Arabic, English and Urdu languages. Experts in these languages translate, edit and assess these documents.

Due to the academic excellence of the works and their selective readers, the center holds sessions for criticizing translated works. The center also collaborates with other centers to avoid poor translations in the above-mentioned languages. Other tasks include creating an information bank of language experts, updating the website in three languages, classifying and reviewing previous translations, and communicating with translation offices in other countries.

4. Imam Hasan Askari (A) School and Higher Education Seminary  

  1. Imam Hasan Askari (A) Higher Education Seminary 

Imam Hasan Askari (A) Higher Education Seminary was inaugurated in 2008 in Amul. The Institute has three levels:

1.      The course of Islamic Theology – level 2

2.      The course of QurÞÁnic exegesis and sciences – level 2

3.      The course of QurÞÁnic exegesis and sciences – level 3

Eighty students are currently studying in the institute. 

  1. Imam Hasan Askari (A) School in Amul

This school began to work in 2004 and has attracted almost one hundred religious students in grades 7 to10. Darse Kharij lessons in Fiqh and Usul will start this year.

The school has two buildings equipped with educational facilities and dormitories. 

  1. Sa‘ādat Seminary in Qom

This school runs classes for students in grades 8 and above. In this school, 21 sessions are held every day. A part of this school is used as a dormitory for senior religious students.

  1.  Isrā’ Higher Education Seminary 

This Seminary  is being established in Qom. The institute will focus on QurÞÁnic exegesis, levels 3 and 4. 

  1. Imam Hasan Askari (A) School and Higher Education Seminary –Tehran

This school is under construction in Herawi square, Tehran, adjacent to Imam Hasan Askari (A) mosque

5.  Isrā’ Center for Textbooks

This center is responsible for promoting Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s ideas in various fields of Islamic sciences in the form of textbooks and educational resources suited to different academic levels.

Its first priority is to prepare educational resources for the Higher Education  Seminary associated with  Isrā’ International Foundation for Revelatory Sciences. Following the study of modules of QurÞÁnic exegesis and Islamic theology courses, it was decided that textbooks be prepared for 24 course titles. 14 titles are being prepared while the rest are being researched.

The center cooperates with high-ranked researchers and seminary/university professors as well as with various academic and research centers that prepare textbooks. Moreover, the center actively seeks and reviews published works to benefit from them. The center is also planning to prepare a schedule for the next 5 years and draw up a vision plan for its future.

Some of the projects being undertaken are as follows:

  1. Principles and basics of QurÞÁnic exegesis
  2. Thematic exegesis 1-6
  3. Thematic exegesis (Oneness of God – Prophethood – Resurrection )
  4. Introduction to Islamic Philosophy 1, 2
  5. Introduction to Islamic Theology 1-4
  6. Modern Islamic Theology
  7. Religious Science
  8. Islamic Ethics

6.  Isrā’ Electronic Publishing Center

Isrā’ International Foundation for Revelatory Sciences has established an electronic publishing center to provide digital content, software programs, audio and video CDs of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s speeches, lessons, and works.

Some important ones are as follows:

  1. ÑirÁt al-ÍudÁ” Software Series: is the first and the most comprehensive software regarding an audio interpretation of the QurÞÁn.
  2.  Isrā’ Digital Library: is a comprehensive collection of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s works until 2010. Capabilities include search facility, advanced search, indexing, etc.  
  3. TasnÐm” Software Series: is a collection of lessons and text of “TasnÐm” book series.
  4. RahÐq MakhtÙm”: is a comprehensive collection of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s lessons of Asfār.

Projects in progress:

1.      A comprehensive software of “ÑirÁt al-ÍudÁ

2.      Jurisprudence Thesaurus Tree

3.      An Encyclopedia of rational sciences 

4.      Topic-based software of QurÞÁnic exegesis

5.      An explanation of the sermons of Nahj al-BalÁghah together with Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s speeches after Friday prayers

6.      TasnÐm” software, an exegetical interpretation of the chapters AÁl ‘ImrÁn, Al-NisÁ’ and Al-MÁ’idah  

7.      “Sirāt al-Hudā” software, exegetical interpretation of  chapters Al-Anbiya’ and Al-Íajj   

7.  Isrā’ Media Center

 Isrā’ Media Center has been established in the main building to cover Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ and the foundation’s programs and comprises of the general office of media research and production.

General Office of Media Research

The general office of research supports media researches conducted by researchers. Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s special attention to the philosophy of art and theoretical art studies offers a new perspective in training senior researchers in the field of religious arts. It may serve a new outlook on the academic groups of the center regarding the development of distribution of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s views. The future, full of promise, may even see the creation of a college of religious arts under the guidance of the great Ayatullah.

General Office of Production

The major responsibility of this division is high quality recording all academic, cultural, political and social activities of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ. In this center, all post-production processes are defined additional to all the stages of production, mixing and audio mixing which are all provided in two non-linear mixing boxes.

Currently, this general office meets the acceptable standards of broadcasting the programs of the national media of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This general office is planning to launch Internet TV for followers and enthusiasts, anxiously awaiting Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s ideas. This general office aims to provide the facility of live reception of the Ayatullah’s lessons, as the great exegete of QurÞÁn in the Islamic world.

8.  Isrā’ websites center

 

 Isrā’ websites center provides religious information as per the beliefs of the Ayatullah in cyberspace. The center’s most important activities are as follows:

  1. Organizing websites of the Foundation:

The center has planned to launch the comprehensive portal of the Foundation and introduce websites and their divisions on the main portal so that users can have easy access to all of the Foundation’s websites and their divisions. Currently, the center manages eight websites. The main website of the center is www.esra.ir. Dispersion of the websites made the center decide to launch the comprehensive portal to facilitate communication between users and associated websites of the Foundation.

 

  1. Dealing with requests for establishing websites submitted by different parts of the foundation
  2. Updating different websites of the Foundation:

Homepage of the portal

Office of Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ

E-magazine

Tawhid logbook

Āmol Seminary

Foreign Languages (Urdu-English-Arabic)

  1. Checking correspondences through main e-mail addresses of the Foundation
  2. Appointing the editorial board including the managers of the Foundation’s websites
  3. Running educational courses for websites’ managers and operators
  4. Launching the portal in different languages
  5. Launching and organizing the news page
  6. Launching a photo service
  7. Maintenance of the Foundation’s websites

 

 

 

9.  Isrā’ Publishing Center

 

    Isrā’ Publishing Center was established in 1993 to publish Ayatullah JawÁdÐ ÀmulÐ’s valuable works in various languages and present them to the seekers of Islamic knowledge. The center has made the following commitments:

  1. Publishing written works with desired quality, standard and at an acceptable speed, using modern technology
  2. Distributing products quickly, at reasonable prices, through traditional, telephonic and electronic sale
  3. Preparing the ground for quick, easy and cheap access to the products for customers in and out of the country
  4. Attending provincial, state level and international exhibitions at home and abroad
  5. Providing customer service before and after sales
  6. Advertising and providing information through websites, short message services, maintaining a database of readers and publishing associates to publish catalogues and indexes of works, etc.
  7. Setting up distributers in and out of the country        

 

10.  Isrā’ Publication and Printing Organization

 

Due to the dramatic growth of the number of cultural and research centers and seminary schools in Qom and a lack of proportion in the development of the printing industry (be it in quality or quantity), Isrā’ Foundation established a publishing and printing center to help achieve its great goals.

 

The first phase of  Isrā’ Publication and Printing Center

 

In the summer of 2003, technical studies and design of the building was completed under the supervision of consulting engineers. Isrā’ printing complex and publication was built on 3700 m2 of land with the covered area measuring 2100 m2.

 

Inaugurated in 2006, this center was chosen and introduced as one of the four best projects in the Qom province by Industry Organization. By opening this center, production of various printing products requiring quality, precision and speed became possible.

 

In 2006,  Isrā’ Publication and Printing Center received the Green Service Unit Award from the Department of Environment. In 2010, this center received the management standard of ISO 2008: 9001 from TÜV NORD of Germany.

 

Technical Capabilities and Printing Equipment

 

Pre-printing

A 5.4 Plate Setter Top P-102

 

Printing

A Two-Color Printing Machine: Print Master PM 74-P2

A Four-Color Printing Machine: Print Master PM 74-P4

 

Post-Printing

A hot binding machine: Heidelberg Eurobind 1200

A paper folding machine, size 2-pages Stahlfolder 56KH

A cutting machine: Polar X115

 

The second phase of  Isrā’ Publication and Printing Center

 

To stay among packaging printing centers, Isrā’ Printing Center began building its second phase on an area of 1800 m2 neighboring the center. Part of the equipment from this phase has been purchased while the remainder will be bought soon.

 

Technical Capabilities and Printing Equipment in the Second Phase

 

Four-color 4.5-paper printing machine with leather rivets: KBA Rapida 106

A printing machine capable of printing 18000 papers in 74 * 106 cm sizes per hour

A printing machine capable of printing papers weighing 45 g/m2 up to 800 g/m2

The cutting machine: Wohlenberg 115 model 2010 with full touch control panel and high quality precision of cutting down to 0.001 mm.

 

The modern  Isrā’ Printing and Publishing complex is capable of producing books, journals, posters, etc. at the highest level of quality while maintaining desired environmental standards.


 

[1] Islamic theology