Under the patronage of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, a number of students of the Middle Euphrates Technical University organized the second annual Birth of Hope Festival, to commemorate the blessed births of the month of Sha'ban.
The official of the University and School Relations Division of the Public Relations Department at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, Professor Maher Khaled al-Mayahi, stated to Al-Kafeel Network: "This festival is held within the activities of the Al-Kafeel National Youth Project, through its coordinators at the university, and this is the second year that it is held on such days."
He added, "The festival's program was full of festive activities that revolved all around the revival of these auspicious occasions in this glorified month, as after reciting verses from the Holy Quran, there was the speech of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, delivered by the Director of the Qamar Cultural Center of the Department of Intellectual and Cultural Affairs Sheikh Harith al-Dahi, in which he touched on a number of important points that urge adherence to the revival of these occasions, and the expansion and increase of students’ knowledge of the Mahdism cause and increasing their adherence to it, in addition to important guiding and educational axes related to the university student."
He explained that "the festival also witnessed Quranic and chanting participations by the students, presented by the Munshid Muhammad Amir al-Tamimi and Sayed Mohamad al-Yasiri."
Al-Mayahi continued, "The conclusion of the activities was held by honoring (15) students who won the Mahdism competition that was held a while ago and focused on the goals and dimensions of the Mahdism cause, and they were honored with gifts by the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine."
In conclusion, al-Mayahi affirmed, "Through our national project, we continue to hold such activities and events, which take the occasion of the births and deaths of imams (peace be upon them) as their starting point, to contribute to the consolidation of these concepts and increase spiritual communication, and to make these occasions a turning point in the lives and behavior of students. The interaction and participation of the students is only evidence of this approach.”