The central courtyard of the Hussaynat Imam Bara in the indian city of Lucknow witnesses on the afternoon of the 13Rajab 1435AH corresponding to 13 May 2014 the start of the events of the annual international cultural festival of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) in its second edition, under the theme: "The Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) The righteous of the faithful and the heir of the Prophets' science" which is set up and sponsored in the second year in a row by the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine with the participation of the holy shrines of Imam Ali, Imam Al-Hussayn and Imam Al-Kadhem (peace be upon them) as well as the Secretariat of the Iraqi Shiite shrines), and that will last for five days.
The opening ceremony which started with verses from the holy Quran, has seen an extensive presence of religious, intellectual, cultural and social figures, notables and students from the Indian Hawzas, agents of religious "Marjia' " in the Islamic world as well as delegations from the Iraqi holy shrines and general secretariat of the sacred sanctuaries, in addition to the crowd presence that filled the place where the festivities take place.
Followed by the speech of the festival's sponsoring institution; the Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, delivered by the head of its religious affairs department, Sheikh Salah Al-Karbalai, who after presenting the congratulations and blessings on this auspicious occasion, said:
“With the grace of God, shining lights and perfumed whiff emitted from the pure shrine of the symbol of sacrifice and altruism, the holder of generosity and loyalty Abu Al-Fadl Abbas (peace be upon him) to be a reason for our assembly and our meeting with the well known scholars, servants of the holy shrines in Iraq, respected people of the city of Lucknow, and honourable believers, like if Aba Al-Fadl (peace be upon him) has risen again between us congratulating , leading, motivating and stimulating us to commemorate the anniversary of his father the Commander of the faithful (peace be upon him).” And to follow up the rest of his speech, click here
Then followed by the speech of Sayed Ali Ash-Shara' representative of the Imam Ali's (p) holy shrine, in name of the Iraqi holy shrines and sacred sanctuaries, who conveyed the greetings, blessings and prayers of trustees of the Iraqi holy shrines and sacred sanctuaries, regards sent with love and devotion in this blessed anniversary:
"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..." And to follow up the rest of his speech, click here
Then came the word of the scholars and Hawzas in the city of Lucknow, that was presented on their behalf by Lucknow's preacher Sayed Hameed Al-Hassan, in which he explained after conveying his thanks to the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine for organising this festival, saying:
"Lovers and followers of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) in the city of Lucknow appreciate and thank the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, to set up this blessed festival because they consider it one of the intermediaries between them and the holy shrines in Iraq, since most of them did not yet have the honour to visit these sacred sanctuaries." And to follow up the rest of his speech, click here
After that came the speech of the Vice Chairman of the Board of Deputies of Uttar Pradesh in India Mr. Seraj Mahdi, in which he said after conveying his thanks and gratitude to the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine for organising and sponsoring the annual international cultural festival of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him):
"It's great to see people linked to the Lord of the worlds, created from celestial light in human bodies, to be able to convey the divine message so that we understand it easily. And then there is a big difference between our creation and theirs, we were born in constant need of being purified and they were born pure like the example of the one who was born in the heart of the kaaba where nobody before or after him was born, he is the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him)..." And to follow up the rest of his speech, click here
Afterwards the opening ceremony's audience enjoyed an enthusiastic poem expressing the eternal love and attachment of the Great Commander of the faithful (peace be upon him), in addition to the distribution of gifts from the holy sanctuary of Aba Al-Fald Al-Abbas (peace b upon him), then in order to mark the opening of the exposition of the intellectual and cultural publications of the holy shrines, all the audience headed towards it, cut its ribbon to inaugurate one of the most interesting activities of the festival . And to see some its contents, click here