Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization in the opening ceremony of Razavi Culture Devotees World Assembly said that the 13th Festival programs are now being held in 79 world countries.
“Imam Reza (A.S.) recommends us in a hadith ‘to have good opinion about God. The one who has a good opinion about God’s, God will be in his thought”. The reason why it is emphasized in the narratives that we must have a good opinion about God is that if man does so, he will always mention and remember God” Said Abuzar Ebrahimi Turkoman, the head of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, reciting a hadith from Imam Reza (A.S.), according to the News and Information Department of Imam Reza (A.S.) International Foundation.
“Allameh Tabatabai’ has a statement in this regard; he says that ‘man is heedless of everything in this world except himself. He does not forget himself for a moment. Therefore God asks man to pay attention to him less and think more about God” he added.
Referring to the 13th International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.), Ebrahimi Turkmen continued “The 13th Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.) is being held. The international section has been added to the agenda since 2008 which has been active until today.”
“21 devotees of the past periods of Razavi Festivals of Imam Reza (A.S.) from different countries are present in Iran now to participate in the 13th Festival” he added, stating that the International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.) was first held in 8 countries at the beginning but today 79 countries around the world are hosts of the festival programs.
The head of the Culture and Islamic Communication organization also said: “For the first time, the international section of Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.) will be held in Tehran, and this procedure will continue in future years. However this does not mean that International department of Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.) operates independently, but from now on they will continue their programs in Tehran.”
Pointing to the establishment of the Razavi Culture Devotees World Assembly, he said: “This assembly is formed with the participation and membership of those who have attended last year in the International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.) and in the future the winners in next festivals will be new members of the Assembly.”
“Razavi Culture Devotees World Assembly’s Articles of Association has been approved and from today it will officially start its activities” Ebrahimi Turkmen added.
As he announced, the publication of several books and journals on the subject of Imam Reza (A.S.) in Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and sending more than 20 documentaries to the cultural agencies and branches in various countries are the special activities of this round of the festival.
He also talked about the appreciation of Ayatollah Asefi, the representative of the Supreme Leader in Iraq, who was going to be present as the special guest of the festival, which did not happen, because of his decease a few months ago. He also mentioned that other programs of the festival, including the appreciations of Hujjat al-Islam Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Shiites in Nigeria, and also Victor Alkak, the Lebanese poet and philosopher and the poet of a beautiful ode in praise of Imam Reza (A.S.).