“Cultural activities based on religion are the strategy against cultural invasion. The strengthening and institutionalizing the Razavi culture can bring prosperity to the society” said Rahim Shohrati Far in an interview with the news headquarters of Razavi Photo Festival in Tabriz, according to The Public Relations Office of Culture and Islamic Guidance in East Azerbaijan.
Tabriz governor also said that “the infallible Imams (P.B.U.T.) are practical examples of the luminous verses of Quran. As symbol of Good morals, virtues and perfect man’s characteristics they are perfect examples. Those who seek knowledge, wisdom and perfection benefit from source of their knowledge and virtues”.
“The infallible Ahl al-Bait’s (P.B.U.T.) traditions and lifestyle include the best methods of teaching Islamic knowledge and traditions and was Key to Success, lighting and dramatic expansion of Islam in the world because of having these perfect models of practice” he added.
Shohrati further mentioned: “Imam Reza’s successful life can be introduced as source of light and virtue for those who seeking prosperity and said, “Using the lifestyle and characters of Razavi tradition in society should be considered as major needs in cultural policies by custodians of culture”.
“Imam Reza (A.S) has many followers not only in Iran but also in countries around the world. The international Festival of Imam Reza (A.S) provided the area of expression and crystallization of this love of Imam Reza (A.S)” he said.
Governor of Tabriz, pointed out that without the advent of art and the artist, cultural development will not be possible and said: “a real artist is who can create divine mysteries, Islamic Art, religious and spiritual nature in his artworks because the artist is responsible for leading social and cultural thoughts”.
“Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.), integrated artists and people of culture, science and thought in recent years with a comprehensive planning and has been institutionalized globally as a cultural and artistic activity” he added.
Shohrati also considered the previously held several consecutive Razavi Photo Festival in East Azerbaijan successful.
The festival is one of the programs of the 13th International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S) and will be held in East Azerbaijan in collaboration with the Public Culture Council of East Azerbaijan, Art Deputy Minister of Culture, General Office of Culture and Islamic Guidance of East Azerbaijan, Imam Reza (A.S)’s Culture and Arts Foundation, and East Azerbaijan Art and Literature Center.