The preparatory committee for the sixth international Al-Jood Contest announced the completion of all evaluation works of the poems and research, which will be announced at a ceremony held under the slogan "The wisdom's fountains erupt by literature and poetry at the holy shrine of the thirst's quencher" on Friday the 13th Jumada II 1436 AH on the occasion of the death's anniversary of the venerable lady Um Al-Baneen (peace be upon her).
Member of the Preparatory Committee for the competition Mr. Ali Al-Khabbaz, the official of Media Division of the Department of Intellectual and Cultural Affairs explained the following: "The idea of the establishment of Al-Jood Contest for the poesy was an idea of Sayed Ahmad Al-Safi, and for the creation and the establishment of poetry library that highlights the virtues of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him), because we have notices the rarity of such poems in the Arab literature. This contest made a high cultural movement in Iraq through the five last competitions, which this sixth edition will continue this year inshaAllah."
He added: "In the first years, the competition was limited to the Iraqi poets and over the years, the participation expended also to Arab poets from 45 countries and the participating poems reach hundreds. The competition was characterized by the large participation of poets from Persian Gulf, and the participating poems were characterized by more quality. We were able to overcome a lot of obstacles that every poesy festival encounter, as the evaluation task of the jury is very hard, needing it to be at high level of awareness because of the large numbers of the participants and small number of the winners."
Mr. Al-Khabbaz concluded: "In this year the research contest emerged, a new experiment which production is made for the service of the library of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him). The research focused on the historical dimension of the personality of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) and its impact on the course of events, the leadership and military role played by Al-Abbas son of Imam Ali (peace be upon both of them), and also research about the architectural and urban arts of the holy shrine of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him), Arab poesy about Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him), the knowledge of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) and the life of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) outside the fighting camps. A special mechanism was followed in the selection process of the research, from which resulted the winning research that will be announced during the competition."