In the name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful
Our ancient Iran, has a celestial nature in its chest, and has a palpitant heart, the carotids of which send the water of life all over Iran from the smallest villages to the largest cities. Iran’s heart beats in Khorasan from where the branches of friendship and devotion to the Razavi shrine are spread everywhere and from where the perfume of love is spread in gardens, and as a result, it becomes possible to understand the reality of the knowledge of Ali Ibn Musa Al-Reza's threshold in all boundaries and the hidden capacities are revealed.
Thousands of hidden talents and chests full of enthusiasm have joined the Razavi shrine, which is guarded by angels, and have presented their works. Nowadays, a valuable treasure of literary and artistic works in the areas of holy culture of Razavi is the outcome of these talents and capacities being manifested.
How wonderful is seeing a crowd of teenagers and youths interested in Razavi knowledge, who have been recognized and introduced in Imam Reza festival and have presented their creativity and have created unique literary and artistic works for the sublimation of Iran.
Certainly Imam Reza festival is a pristine sapling that in its twelfth anniversary has changed into a strong tree that thousands of artists and belletrist have emerged under its shade and Iran is proud of them. And, this is all because of the special attention from the Holy Samen Al-Hojaj and the sincere and staunch efforts of members and executers of this festival, who have received the grace for reviving Imam’s commands, and they are satisfied.
This year, we celebrate the twelfth year of the beginning of the Imam Reza (A.S.) festival at a time when religious and ethnic devilries have been increased by Islam’s remorseless enemies, and these acts have made Muslims all over the world worried. Thanks to God that our country is in the shade of Razavi flag and unity and is far from the harms of these devilries and our sophisticated and educated people only care about our homeland, religion and culture’s eminence.
We assume the beginning of the twelfth round of this festival as an auspicious event and begin the programs of this festival in the name of twelve shiny stars of Imamat and Velayat in the Ten Days of Generosity and on the birthday of lady Fatima Masomeh (S.A.A.) and, by the help of Allah, this festival shall continue until the birthday of Imam Reza (A.S.) and we are sure about the eminence and success of this festival too.
I appreciate the valuable and honest efforts of all the members involved and I cordially thank all the people in the country and abroad who are preparing the arrangements for the twelfth Imam Reza (A.S.) Festival.
Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance