The Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine represented by the Division of University Relations within the national project of Al-Kafeel Youth, has held the fourth Annual Festival of Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her) under the slogan "From the blessings of Lady Zaynab, we draw inspiration," on the occasion of her auspicious birth anniversary, in collaboration with the University of Dhi Qar..
The festival was attended by a number of cultural and academic figures and university professors in addition to a large number of students, it started with the recitation of verses of the holy Quran by the reader 'Amru Al-'Ula Al-Kafa'i, followed by the national anthem and the anthem of the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine "Pride's Melody." The Scientific Assistant of the University President of Dhi Qar has delivered his word in which he stated: "I am delighted and honoured to be with you today and convey you the greetings of the university presidency. The university of Dhi Qar as usual held the fourth edition of the annual cultural festival of Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her) in cooperation with the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, and we hope that through research that will be discussed at the festival by the researchers who will try to fulfil even a small part of their covenant to our Lady (peace be upon her), and we wish the success to everyone and we renew our thanks to the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine for its interest to establish and revive these blessed events."
The word of the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine was delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General, Engineer Mohammed Jassem, in which he said: "It is a pleasure to be present in this festival with you in the University of Dhi Qar for the fourth year in row to celebrate the auspicious birth anniversary of Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her), this great person blessed by the Almighty God, one of her titles is "Umm al-Masa'ib [mother of calamities]" as all her life she faced difficult days among of which her witnessing of the tragedy of At-Taff. Since her childhood, she was nurtured and prepared to this heavenly role as the Almighty made her creation be complete. Whenever this immaculate Lady went out, her father the Commander of the Faithful walked in front of her, her brothers Imam Al-Hassan and Al-Hussayn walked on her sides and behind her walked Al-Abbas (peace be upon them all) so no-one could see her shadow... But for a greatest mission, she travelled with her brother Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) to Karbala, she was the ambassador who protected the truth, and thanks to her, the true religion of God and the real story of Islam and Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) remains immortal."
Adding: "Lady Zaynab fulfilled her heavenly message in all honesty and she remained steadfast and patient despite the tragedy that has befallen on her... And, despite being a woman, in stead of waiting for comfort, she was the one comforting others. so, it is our duty to learn and spread her wisdom, positions and words, not only on her birth anniversary but all our life, as during the day of Judgement we will be asked what did we offer to her (peace be upon her). Especially our sister and daughter, they have to take her as an example in their daily life. So we ask the Almighty to help us to be inspired from her (peace be upon her) to serve ourselves and our community."
Concluding his word by saying: "When the names of Zaynab and Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them) are mentioned in a place, it is inevitable that the blessings will be present, so we have to take advantage of this blessing and make Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them) our model in everything, so you can be successful in your studies, and steadfast in front of the ideological war that fight against the true thought and belief. so presumably we must commit to the development of science and ethics, that both if gathered, the society is refined."
Followed by a poem of Dr. Qasem Al-Saidi in which he enumerated the virtues and qualities of the Lady Zaynab, then the researcher Dr. Adnan Maleh presented a paper entitled: "The biography of the Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her)". At the end of the ceremony both the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine and the University of Dhi Qar have exchanged shields and distributed appreciation certificated to the participants, then the attendees headed for the opening of the exhibition that included the outcomes of the holy shrines of Imam Al-Hussayn and Al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them).
In conclusion, at the sidelines of the festival, a friendly football match was held between the football teams of the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine and the University of Dhi Qar.