"The holy shrines have today the role of carrying high the flag of Islam, and making it reach all parts of the world, due to the great place that they have in the hearts of all Muslims." This what explained Sayed Ali Ash-Shara' representative of the Imam Ali's (p) holy shrine during his speech in name of the Iraqi holy shrines and sacred sanctuaries in the opening ceremony of the annual international cultural Festival of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) in its second edition, that took place during the afternoon of the 13 Rajab 1435 AH corresponding to 13 May 2014, in the largest Hussaynya in the world (Hussaynyat Imam Bara) in the Indian city of Lucknow, set up and sponsored by the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, under the theme: "The Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) The righteous of the faithful and the heir of the Prophets' science", in order to commemorate the anniversary of birth of the Leader of the Resplendent and the dragonfly of the pious Imam Ali Ibnu Abi Talib (peace be upon them).
He added: "We're seeing today this truth in the presence of Muslims in general and with all their colours in those sacred sites praying to God in the most magnificent image to show to the world that what is shared by Muslims is more than what sets them apart, and this blessed celebration is only a building block in the quest for the Islamic unity and a great step in shrinking the distortion developed by strangers to Islam so the free people in the world today could recognize the bright truth of Islam. "
He explained: "Spreading the pure Biography of the holy household, Ahl Al Bayt (peace be upon them) and commemorating these blessed occasions like the anniversary of birth of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) can guarantee removing the distortion caused by those who made from religion a source of violence, blood and intimidation, from which Islam is innocent, therefore the responsibility is double on all Muslims to unify their ranks in order to show the world the bright image of Islam, based on respect and peace among all peoples of the world. "
Concluding : "Imam Ali ( peace be upon him ) is the only one born in the arms of the House of God, in his hands shines brightly the sun of truth to complement the timeless march of Islam after the Noble Prophet (Peace and Allah's mercy be on him and on his lineage), He (p) is the right path for this nation, the great river which quench its thirst and the light that brighten the darknesses, as the holy Prophet (Peace and Allah's mercy be on him and on his lineage) said about him "ourselves" (Holy Quran 3:61), his immortal presence since birth which began in the house of God till his martyrdom at the altar (Mihrab) of worship, represents the obvious way to the blessing of Allah the Almighty , and at the same time it is a trust in the hands of every lover of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) to bear to subsequent generations through the practical application of his approach ( peace be upon him ) and to transfer his immortal thoughts to all the globe. Eventually this event stands today as a serious step in the performance of this trust "