Hawzah News Agency (Qom, Iran) – Ali Afzal, chief of Geo TV network and internal network Parachinar officials met with Hujjat al-Islam Hosseini Koohsari head of Hawzah international relation department.
The Delegation first in three-day tour, stayed at Razavi University in Mashhad and then at the University of Qom.
The group will continue to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, leader of the Islamic Revolution.
A member of delegation thanked Islamic Republic of Iran for special attentions, a chance to visit shrines, facilities and said: “we would like to share our ideas, we have schools and universities in Pakistan, specially Parachinar, which have 90% Shias, and fought Taliban for years.”
He said: “Shias in Pakistan, we don’t have proper guidance and a good system, especially young generation about Islam, Imam Mahdi, Muharram and Safar, no one takes responsibility.”
He continued: “We send students to private schools to get knowledge which is not sufficient. We should have a connection between Iran and Parachinar”
Another member said: “Our main goal was visit the system of education in Iran.”
A member of the delegation spoke about the problems of the Shias in Pakistan and said: “Even having Shia names like Hossein can cause problems. For example, they will fail to take tests and lose jobs. Parachinar is a little Iran and every house have the picture of Imam and Iran’s leader, we have streets in their names. It would be good to send trainers to Iran for seminaries.”
Hujjat al-Islam Koohsari, according to Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: “If someone is one of our followers and lives in a big city, in which a hundred thousand people live in the city and you find someone who is more generous than you, you are not our Shia, that means Ahl al-Bayt wants Shias to be always the best and the highest person in terms of faith and piety.”
He continued: “Our responsibility as Shias is very complicated. And you also have a very important responsibility as caretakers of Islamic schools and institutions. We should encourage the new generation to be the best in all respects. Because our religion is the best.”
Koohsari stated: “Iran has two types of educational system. A higher educational system and a seminary (Hawzah) More than 250,000 students are studying at the Seminary which is Islamic studies and some social studies. Here we have more than 140 disciplines in PhD course. We have different levels, 1,2,3 and 4th which could take 16 years. We have a document in our educational ministry which is the basic and more than 200 scholars produced it and it could be used in Pakistan schools. Next week we a conference in Mashhad called religious education and expertise gather there which is beneficial. We are also connected with Shia schools around the world in different countries.”
Hujjat al-Islam Koohsari said: “we have some scholarships specially for Shias in Pakistan, of course there must be some conditions. Students should be fluent in English or Persian and have a high academic level.”
The delegation also called on, head of Hawzah international relation department to introduce Islamic books in primary, secondary, high school and college levels.