In order to accommodate the largest number of visitors and to make it a place for praying and performing Ziyarat rituals, especially during the Ziyarat of millions, the holy shrine of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) has held in conjunction with the birth anniversary of Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her), a ceremony to put the foundation stone for the great shrine's project of Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her) in coordination with the executing agency; Kawtar Foundation, and that was on Sunday the 5th of Jumada Al-Ula 1437 AH corresponding to the 14th February 2015 in the hall of the Seal of the Prophets (Allah's prayers be upon him and his holy Household).
The ceremony, which was attended by the senior official of the holy shrine of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), the governor of Karbala, in addition to a number of religious and political figures, began by the recitation of verses of the holy Quran and a brief Ziyarat of Imam Al-Hussayn and Lady Zaynab (peace be upon both of them), followed by the word of the senior official of the holy shrine of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) Sheikh Abd Al-Mahdi Al-Karbala'i, in which he has stated:
"We have to benefit from the available opportunities, thus this huge project has seen the light through an agreement between the management of the holy shrine of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and the Kawthar charity foundation. The brothers from this foundation love to present these great services to the holy shrines, and we ask the Almighty to help us in accomplishing such blessed projects."
This was followed by the word of the Kawthar charity foundation: "On the occasion of the auspicious birth of Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her) and to put another brick in the service of the visitors of the Master of Martyrs and his brother Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them), we put today the foundation stone for the expansion project of the shrine of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him): the shrine of the Saint Lady of Bani Hashem (peace be upon her), which includes 160 thousand square meters under construction, as the project introductions were launched last year, and the designs are made by the most skilled architects, and consists of four floors, two underground floors, ground floor and the first floor, using the latest hardware to complete the project, which is part of the expansion project of the two holy shrines. Other construction projects are implemented in conjunction with this project. We hope that it will be completed in the least possible time -InshaAllah- so we can see the fruit of this blessed work."
Then, the Inshad band of the Imam Al-Hussayn's (p) holy shrine presented religious stanzas followed by an illustrative film about the details of the project. The project manager Dr. Hassan Khosro has also presented his word in which he has explained the project phases and the duration of its accomplishment, which will six years. The attendees headed then towards the project site to lay the foundation stone.