The Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine held the annual cultural Festival of Ashura at Baghdad University.

The Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine held on Wednesday morning the 24th of Muharram 1438 AH corresponding to the 26th of October 2016 in the hall of the martyr Al-Hakm at Baghdad University, the fifth annual cultural festival of Ashura within the Al-Kafeel youth national project in cooperation with the presidency of the mentioned university. This festival is held to commemorat the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Al-Hussayn, his family and companions (peace be upon them).
The festival, which was attended by the delegations of the holy shrines and the shiite sites in addition to the University professors and students, has started by the recitation of verses of the holy Quran and reading the Fatiha in memory of the martyrs of Iraq, followed by the national anthem and the chant of the Al-Abbas' (p) holy shrine "The melody of pride". Then the president of Baghdad university; Dr. Ala' Abd Al-Hussayn Al-Kishwan has delivered his speech.
Followed by the word of the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, delivered by Deputy Secretary-General; Engineer Basheer Mohamad Jasim, in which he stated:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we are meeting again in this blessed festival for the fifth year in row, and as the narration states: "What was for Allah grows," which is more evident when speaking about Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) when commemorating his martyrdom anniversary. In fact the Ashura school embodies the heaven values that are inspired from the Holy Prophet, his father the Commander of the Faithful and his mother Az-Zahra (Allah's prayers be upon them), which carries all the humanitarian, moral and ideological lessons. Thus the Ashura school is the real school that shows this work is for the sake of the Almighty, as Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) has executed a divine project with faith, without wich his sacrifice would not be eternal. We ask the Almighty God to be from the followers of this great school."
Then religious stanzas [Muwashshahat] were presented by the servant of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him); Mohamad Amieer, in addition to a research lecture of professor Dr. Abd Al-Karim Al-A'raji in which he has spoken about the principles of the right in the Hussayni renaissance."
Followed by the theater play entitles "If only I was there", written by the writer Ali Al-Khabbaz; the head of the media division at the holy shrine played by Islamic Ghadeer Association, followed by poems showing the love and loyalty to the Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them). The festival was concluded by offering in-kind gifts to those who have contributed in the establishment of this festival and to the winners of Ashura cultural competition. Tribute was paid to the female students who wear Iraqi 'Abaya.
The attendees headed after to the opening of the photo and paintings exhibition set up by Al-Kafeel Museum for treasures and manuscripts in the holy shrine, and to the opening of the book fair in addition to the tents of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) et up to train visitors on life-saving skills.
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