‘All the lovers of Ahlul Bayt (P.B.U.H) have tried to show their affection and devotion to the Ahlul Bayt (P.B.U.H) through the works they have created and this is one of the miracles that can be attributed to Imam Reza (A.S)”, said Homayun Qanavati, mentioning the fact that with a quick glance at the history of Persian literature and arts, one can find the traces of Imam Reza (A.S) and Shiite culture in all the works created.
“Shiite Artists and literary men have always been inspired by Imam Reza (A.S) and their latent aptitudes have been flourished due to the graces of the Imam (A.S)”, Qanavati explained.
Mentioning the chaotic status of the world and the atrocities that the oppressed are suffering, he said: “In the world around us, wherever you see, there are atrocities which bother us all”.
“Nowadays, the existence of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S) and such activities as holding Imam Reza (A.S) International Festival and thus the propagation of Razavi culture can help us survive this situation”, he continued.
“Razavi and Shiite cultures are parts of our national identity and nothing except our personal interests in Ahlul Bayt and Shiism can unite us all” said Qanavati, emphasizing on the point that the more we propagate this culture, the more we can protect ourselves from attacks against us.
“Sometimes, we get very anxious, tired and bored but as soon as we step in the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S) a great feeling of peace and affection comes over us as if we are showered with his kindness at the moment” he continued, saying that all of us have similar memories of this love and affection toward Ahlul Bayt (P.B.U.H).
“This is a miracle which happens to man only in this environment. All of us have perceived Imam Reza’s (A.S) miracles and have experienced his graces”, the secretary of the Pub Culture Council of Khuzestan stated.
Qanavati pointed the unity and intimacy among Iranian people and said, “Imam Reza (A.S)festival is held in different languages but language does not separate us because we are united through our souls and essence”.
“We hope that we expand this environment more than ever in the next year, especially in Khuzestan province which is quite ready and interested in doins so” he stated, expressing the fact that art in the Islamic culture provides man with peace and energy.
“Interesting point in this festival was receiving rich articles which were more in number and higher in quality in comparison with previous years” said the Executive Secretary of the Fifth Razavi International Poetry Festival.
Sayyed Karim Musavi pointed to more qualified works being received in this year in comparison with previous years and said: “Received poems had also a better quality”.
“In none of the previous festivals we have seen such a participation”, Musavi mentioned, noting the good participation of Arab poets in this festival.
Talking about programs in this year’s Razavi International Poetry festival, he also said: “In addition to the main programs, some other programs were also planned including Entrance of a symbolic caravan of Imam Reza (P.B.U.H.), Velayat Road Athletic and Cultural Festival, Ehsan al-Reza Conference in Dezful, Ceremony in the honor of residence of Imam Reza (A.S)in Arjan in Behbahan, etc. that were all welcomed as well”.
Executive Secretary of the 5th Razavi International Poetry Festival explained: “this festival is held to propagate holy Razavi culture, to increase cultural and artistic activities related to Ahlul Bayt’s lives, especially Imam Reza’s (A.S), to commemorate producers and creators of prominent cultural and artistic works about Imam Reza’s (A.S) life, personality and teachings and also to contribute the publication and promotion of these cultural and religious works in the field of Arabic poem”.