The Supreme Religious Authority: The people of Iraq are enlightened and civilized and have bright minds, and everyone should invest this in order to scientifically develop the society.

The Supreme Religious Authority has shown that the people of Iraq are enlightened and civilized with bright minds, and everyone should invest in order to scientifically develop the society and to advance the scientific level of the youth.

These were the important points stated in the second sermon of Friday prayer held in the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) on Friday 5th of Dhu al-Hijjah 1439 AH, corresponding to August 17, 2018, and was led by his eminence Sayed Ahmad al-Safi, in which he stated:

My brothers and sisters, we have talked previously about anger and its positive impacts in achieving the right. Today, we will speak about another important subject; Culture in its general meaning.

Learning is undoubtedly a resource of immunity and clarity of vision. If the person has the minimum level of education and culture, this will help him be aware of deception ways that might make him fall from the right path, as usually the destruction infiltrate through ignorance, which is a very heinous situation of any small of large society. When the head of the household is ignorant, he will not be able to take them to safe haven.

Therefore, in order that the person learn, be educated and cultivated, there must be reliable sources so he can learn. At all times and places, there is clear sources that might need some effort but it is usually existent.

If the person is protected by his education, this will protect him from collapsing. Ignorance on the other hand is encouraged by those who do not want the good to people. For example, when there is a doctor who is making great efforts to educate his patients on how to take care of themselves and how to have a healthy lifestyle, this will help them recover and be able to not visit him that often, while another doctor will not make such effort so his patients keep coming back to him. Thus as long as they are ignorant as long he will benefit from them for a longer period.

Who is the responsible in the society for the education? Is the political or economic or civil society organizations? As an individual, I am responsible for developing myself and my abilities, as when I do not use my skills in the right direction, I will get a fragile culture and I will convey this ignorance, which I consider to be a science, to others.

We notice, that many depend on information of unknown origin that they find in the social networking sites, considering the truth and in light of which he reacts and spreads it to others. This is not wisdom! The Almighty has honored human by the mind, the reason, we should use them to think and analyse before acting. We should always remember the holy verses: {And stop them; indeed, they are to be questioned.} (37:24) and {And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those [one] will be questioned.} (17:36).

For the sake of the future of our children, you have to use well your mind to get you to the great development stages. Be educated and know the source of information, do not be a yes-man that repeat and convey what you read or hear without being sure of the authenticity of the information. Unfortunately, there is a state of ignorance and lack of awareness as well as a policy of keeping the superficial culture in the society, as ignorant people will not see wrong facts in their society.

Iraq is an authentic enlightened society, and therefore, the culture of our youth has to develop by learning real knowledge. When we read history, we learn that many issues spread because of ignorance, which is the worst disease that one can have. When we see, meet and talk with our children, we witness how empty they are, we notice that there is an outbreak of ignorance. We are all responsible of this situation, individuals, parents, media, etc. The people of Iraq are enlightened and civilized people and have bright minds, and everyone has to invest for the scientific progress of our society.

We must know that the personality of each of us is shown when he speaks. This ignorance must be eradicated. All of us are responsible. When the student gets to a certain level, he needs to complete his personality, he must look for the correct information and the source of information, as fabrication, slander and lying are rejected. And we have to be careful when sharing information without being sure of it, because we can lead to misguidance of others.

I think the subject is very important as ignorance is devastating, and when we want to protect ourselves, we must fortify our knowledge, education and culture.

May Allah make us learn what is beneficial to us in this world and in the hereafter. May Allah protect you from all evil. May Allah forgive them believers, men and women, alive and dead. And, the latest of our prayers is; praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and Prayers and Allah's Peace be upon Mohammad and his pure and immaculate Household.
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