Under the slogan "Ziyarat of Arba'een; Meanings and connotations", the Karbala Center for Studies and Research of the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) held its International Conference of the Ziyarat Arba'een on Saturday morning the 23rd of Muharram 1439 AH corresponding to the October 14, 2017, with the participation and attendance of a large group of religious and academic figures.
The Senior Official of the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him); Sheikh Abd al-Mahdi al-Karbala'i, has delivered a word in the conference opening stating: "It has become clear to all that the greatest faith, belief and passion mobilization is the Ziyarat al-Arba'een, as the number of the visitors is increasing from one year to the other, whether from inside or outside Iraq, and we must know how to employ this mobilization in all areas towards the desired religious, moral, ideological and intellectual goal..."
Sheikh Yusuf al-Naciri from the Center for the Defense of the sanctities stated: "The project of Ziyarat Arba'een of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) is at the forefront of the strategic projects adopted by the Center for the Defense of the sanctities. As such conferences shed the light on studying the dimensions of the Ziyarat Arba'een at all levels. And from this holy place I call the concerned people to register this Ziyarat in the international forums, especially in the World Memory Programs in the UNESCO, so that people in the world know the tragedy of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and its impacts in the hearts of his followers and lovers."
The supreme body of the encyclopaedia of the blessed Ziyarat Arba'een had also a word delivered by Sayed Mohamad Ali al-Helo, who said: Most of what is done by the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) of international conferences and seminars is in the service of the belief, and through this scientific conference I would like to clarify some points that were the aim of establishing this conference:
1- Documenting the Ziyarat Arba'een, gathering its practices as a social religious ritual and monitoring its impacts on the individuals and the society.
2- Showing the role of Ziyarat al-Arba'een to the cultural heritage of Iraq and the world and highlighting its social, cultural, civilizational dimensions, goals and impacts in the Islamic culture of our societies.
3- Study the different dimensions of this blessed ritual and employing the principle of coexistence, dialogue and religious tolerance.
4- To meet the basic requirements of the Ziyarat and to rescue its needs in various fields.
5- Record the Ziyarat within the World Heritage.
The conference also included the presentation of some scientific and academic researches that deal with the service, geographical, educational and psychological reality of the Ziyarat of Arba'een. As well as the distribution of appreciation certificates to the participants in the conference.
Mr. Abd al-Amir Aziz al-Quraishi, Director of the Center of Studies and Research in Karbala, has stated: "Today, more than 50 research papers from various Iraqi universities have been put forward, as well as participating research from other countries such as Bahrain, Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, to highlight the importance of Ziyarat Arba'een which embodies generosity, altruism, giving and peaceful coexistence.