Tehran (IP) - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution says deep insight and firm determination are two important qualities that constituted the personality of Hazrat Hamza, the brave uncle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Iran PressIran news: There have been several brave and self-sacrificing officers and powerful champions in the army of Islam, but the bravery of Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib is recorded in the pages of history and, in fact, constitutes the golden leaves of the history of the battles of Islam.

On January 25, 2022, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met with the officials of Hazrat Hamza International Conference. 

He said: “Your action and this commemoration of Hamza (greetings be upon him) is groundwork for future endeavors. The main work must be done by art, and the performing arts, linguistic and visual arts must be used in order to achieve the purpose of honoring and commemorating a personality like Hamza.”

The Leader stressed using artistic work as the only way to create a culture and present role models; otherwise, it will remain incomplete.

Pointing to the characteristics of Hamza, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “He is really one of the lesser-known companions of the Messenger of God (greetings be upon him and his household) despite the role that he played when he announced his faith. The way that he announced his faith was really astonishing as well: He publicly shouted that he had become a Muslim after having heavily beaten Abu-Jahl, as cited by Ibn Athir. 

“His role was also outstanding in the Battle of Badr, accompanied by the other two great personalities, and in the Battle of Uhud. Apparently, it was after the Battle of Badr when one of the captives asked, “Who was the person who fought bravely with a sign or insignia?” Whenever Hazrat Hamza fought, he had a sign or insignia on his uniform. They answered, “Hamza ibn Abdul-Mutalib”. The captive replied, “He was the one who ruined us and whatever happened to us was because of him.” He destroyed the army of the unbelievers in the Battle of Badr. He was such a personality,” the Leader noted.

“Despite that, he is an unknown personality. He is not well-known and there are no good biographies about him and his qualities. He has not received due recognition,” he added.

Mustafa Aqqad portrayed Hamza in a magnificent work of art

Referring to the portray of Hamza in the well-known movie “The Message,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted: “May God show mercy on Mustafa Aqqad who portrayed that great personality in a magnificent work of art – it was really magnificent, especially the part about Hamza - named “The Message”. Well, the actor playing Hamza was really well-known and important. We should thank him again for making such a film. It is really interesting. He managed to portray the life of that great personality, to some extent of course. Such work should be done more.”

“It should be done on the other companions of the Holy Prophet as well. It should be done on Ammar and Salman as well. As for Meghdad, who knows him? Who knows what he did?” said the Leader, adding that these personalities are very important and they should be revived.

He further gave the example of Ja’far ibn Abi-Talib, as a character with great potential for artistic and dramatic work. “His trip to Habashah, the things that happened there and his return are great materials for artistic work.”

He quoted a narration of Imam Baqir (greetings be upon him), saying that Imam Ali (PBUH) made a covenant with his uncle, his brother and his cousin over a matter that was naturally “Jihad until martyrdom”. “It means that they would continue that path until they were martyred. Afterwards, the Commander of the Faithful says, “And we fulfilled it for God and His Messenger (God’s greetings be upon him and his household), but those three overtook me.” Those three comrades preceded me in being martyred: “I was left behind until God Almighty wanted me.”

Master of Martyrs

“From the first moment when he was martyred, the Holy Prophet decided to portray him as a role model. The Holy Prophet described him as ‘The Master of Martyrs’,” he added.

“The Holy Prophet encouraged the whole Madina to cry for him. This is an act of creating a role model. That did not only concern the people living at that time, rather it concerns the whole history and all Muslims,” the Leader stressed.

Addressing the officials of Hazrat Hamza International Conference, he said: “A great task is to clarify the qualities that gave him such greatness. In my opinion, this is one of the tasks. These qualities should turn into a model for us and for others so that we can learn from them. In my opinion, there are two important qualities that constituted his personality: one is his firm determination and another is his insight. We must promote these qualities as much as we can.”

“We must build personalities who can be a manifestation of the divine and Islamic teachings and rules. If such personalities are built, then the formation of the Islamic civilization will be definite. If it is done, there will be no doubts about its formation,” Ayatollah Khamenei concluded.


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