9th August, 2011 – The talk focused on key sayings of Imam Ali on the means of intellectually interpreting and spiritually assimilating the Holy Qur’an. These sayings indicate the subtle relationships between the Holy Qur’an, the principle of Walaya, and the process of spiritual realization.
Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi: Thank you all very much for coming tonight. I appreciate that you may have had to come through war thorn streets and I was one who was wavering whether I should venture out from the point of view of practicality and prudence. As always I was drawn out by the possibility of sharing with you, if not my knowledge which is very limited, at least my enthusiasm and my love for Imam Ali, for the Holy Qur’an and for Allah.