The morning of Thursday 22 Rajab 1435 AH corresponding to 22 May 2014, marked the opening of the first phase of the horizontal expansion project of the Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, which included the opening of the three storeys: under the ground (basement), the ground and first floor, while the second phase, which is under construction is the expansion of the entrances of the Holy Shrine.
The opening ceremony was at the Hall of Imam Al-Hasan (peace be upon him), a new conference and occasions hall built with high-quality technical specifications, and which was opened within the new project.
The ceremony was attended by delegations representing the holy shrines in Iraq, led by the President of the Shiite Endowment Mr. Saleh al-Haidari and the General Secretary of the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) Sheikh Dea'uddeen Mohammed Amin Zeynudeen in addition to a number of political, religious, cultural and media figures.
The ceremony started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by Sayed. Hassanein Alhelu, followed by the speech of the General Secretary of the Al-Abbas's Holy Shrine Sayed. Ahmed As-Safi:
"We thank God for the blessing of inaugurating this holy place in the pure shrine of Abu Al-Fadl Al-Abbas ( peace be upon him ) and also thank all the brothers who have made physical and moral effort, and get involved in the service of visitors whose numbers have increased in the recent period , which was causing some embarrassment to the administration of the holy shrines which is determined to serve at best the visitors , but there were some compelling conditions such as the limited space set for the visitors in the current holy buildings which were built centuries ago , with time and all the change, we witnessed crowdedness among visitors, either on ordinary days or during the large occasions . "
Noting: "We made an effort to add as much as possible space to meet the minimum comfort of visitors, we have worked on a number of projects, including the roofing the sacred courtyard, which added a cool visitor's area that is distant from the sun, in addition to the idea of expansion, which added a huge space to the visitors with three storeys: under ground (basement), the ground and first floor. "
At the conclusion of his speech, Sayed. Ahmed As-Safi thanked the vice Secretary- General and members of the Board of Directors , who have shown considerable care to ensure the success of these projects , and also the projects department along with other departments at Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine , which are in fact a beehive, in addition to the thanks and praise to the presidency of the Shiite Endowment , its Engineering Department and all the workers brothers for their great effort for the completion of these projects, and special thanks to land of Jerusalem (Ard Al-Qods) company, which is still working for the holy shrine with all the accuracy, quality and efficiency in implementation of its projects.
Followed by the word of the Shiite Endowment delivered by its president Mr. Saleh al-Haidari who said : "Viewing this project reflects on the faces of all the present joy, pleasure and admiration , the Shiite Endowment is always happy to see this wonderful urban trends for the expansion of the holy sites , therefore the Shiite Endowment is supporting the projects of development and service by the holy shrine, such as hospitals, economic and agricultural projects as well as other multiple targets projects, thus we stand supportive of holy shrines and these brilliant ideas and efforts for the sake of the development of these holy cities . "
He added: "I also thank and praise Sayed. Ahmad As-Safi Secretary-General of the Al-Abbas's(p) Holy Shrine, the brothers members of its Board of Directors and all employees in the holy shrine for their eagerness to accomplish this project and other development projects, and I reiterate my thanks to the engineering staff of this project. "
Then came the word of the head of engineering projects -the oversight body for the project- the Engineer Dea' Majeed As-Sa'egh. (And to follow up the rest of his speech, click here
Followed by the word of the delegated Director of the Comapny (Ard Al-Qods) - the company that had the honour of design and implementation - Hameed Majeed As-Sa'egh (And to follow up the rest of his speech, click here
At the end, the presents has made a visiting tour of this project, during which they listened to explanations about its different parts. (For Details on the project, click here