As I contemplate on how to pen down my experience as a mentor for the recently concluded WF girls’ youth course, my thoughts run to the time when I was a little girl and yearned to go out and explore the world, similar to these girls who were bubbling with exuberance, vitality and an insatiable thirst for learning new things. My mentoring experience to these girls was exhilarating and a source of enlightenment.
The World Federation's External Tableegh Department has the opportunity to sponsor a fantastic initiative by a local Shi'a research institute in Kosovo that publishes quarterly e-magazines named Revista "VLERA", which means "VALUE".
This institute located very close to the city centre in Pristina was purchased in July 2016 with the help of The World Federation and is now officially registered as an NGO, called "The International Research Institute Naim Frashëri".
"Naim Frashëri" was an Albanian poet, writer and one of the most prominent patriots of the Albanian national movement for independence from the Ottoman empire. He is widely regarded as Albania's national poet, who has authored 22 books, including a book of poetries on Karbala called "Qerbelaja" published around 1898, containing 25 poems and narrating history from pre-Islamic time till the period of our Aimmah (as).
The Revista VLERA e-publications cover important religious, social and cultural topics. So far, the magazine has published 32 issues, with the latest one – VLERA 32 issued in October 2020. The PDF version has a greater reach being circulated via email to the local public as well as institutions including libraries, schools, colleges and government officials. It is also shared on social media and is available online for download at http://www.revistavlera.com/libraria/.
The latest edition of the magazine - VLERA 32 for Muharram and Safar highlights the events of Karbala and the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn(as) and his noble companions in the form of articles that are published in the magazine. Apart from these, the magazine covers a wide number of other topics like:
- Who is Lady Fatimah Zahra (sa)?
- Grandma medicine from Tropoja
- The formula of happiness
- Imam Ali's letter to his governor Malik al-Ashtar
- The Leader of the Believers Imam Ali (as)
- Psychological advice for parents
- The War of Karbala and the story after Karbala
- VALUE - Interviewed on knowledge about Karbala
- Tearful eyes
- The birth of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and the early years of his life
- Poems on Karbala by Naim Frashëri
- The beautiful Names of Allah (Asmaa al-Husna)
- Who Is Imam Mahdi?
- Prostration on the Turbah (baked clay)
- The doctrine of religion
- Dependence on misleading hopes
The magazine is also promoted via the institution's and page and receives a good amount of feedback as the diversity of the topics covered is appreciated by the people.
Alhamdulillah, our External Tableegh activities in Kosovo not only benefit the people there, but also reach the neighbouring countries that share the same language such as Albania and Macedonia.
It is worth mentioning that The World Federation had printed the first Qur'an in the Albanian language in 1995, through the great efforts of Marhum Mulla Asghar (ra) and Murabbi Al-Hajj Mulla Muhsin Jaffer.
“Educate a woman and you educate a generation” is an adage that has been repeated through the centuries and attributed to various personalities. Regardless of its origins, the truth behind the statement is timeless.
Read a short biography of Prophet Muhammad (saw)