Sangari, "The formation of World Assembly of Razavi Culture Devotees is a great
event inside the country.
The aspect of
Imam Reza's character which should be highlighted
of Razavi Culture Devotees World Assembly opens a way to demonstrate the real
face of Islam to the world and fighting against the anti-Islamic positions.
Mohammad Reza Sangari, a literature scholar, believes,
"At first, it should be noted that which aspect of Imam Reza's character
should be highlighted for the world."
Razavi Culture News Agency, Ali Jannati, the minister of Culture and Islamic
Guidance, has talked about the formation of Razavi Culture Devotees World
Assembly in Iran, some time ago. It is a convention by which the country can
fight against the Western cultural hegemony and introduce the character of the
eighth Imam of Shias to others better.
In this regard,
in an interview with IKNA, Mohammad Reza Sangari, the professor of literature at Tehran University and a
religious scholar, talked about the necessity of working more on Razavi
culture and making it globalized. He stated, "Working on Razavi
culture is one of the necessities in the country because Imam Reza (A.S) is a
global and international identity. His shrine is the largest in the world
compared to other Imams, nowadays. The number of pilgrims of this divine shrine
during the year is even more than Kaaba, because Mashhad city is free of the
limitations Kaaba has for going on pilgrimage. The variety of people from other
nations and religions who go on pilgrimage to his holy shrine makes
us try more to recognize the character of this sublime Imam more."
(A.S), the Guiding Person in Shi'i Culture
In relation to
Imam Reza's position, Mohammad Reza Sangari said, "Hazrat Samen Alhojaj
created a turning point in Imamate history. Before Imam Reza, there were fractions
believing in four Imams, seven Imams or so, but Imam Reza put an end
to these fractions and religions. He is a number one from cultural and
historical point of view, and I have at times said if Imam Reza had not been
brought to Khorasan by force, he himself had to go there. Because his existence
was really needed. He has treasures of knowledge and we have to learn from and
use them. Those invaluable treasures were left as a memory by him during
the time he was in Iran and they can be presented to the world
conventions and be available for artists and the thoughtful people"
Sangari continued, "Since some capacities
are developed nowadays by which our new generation can create different
works and publish different contents, through using virtual space and artistic
conditions, there is a need to lead the society towards Razavi culture a little
more. If it is supposed to introduce Mashhad city as the global capital of
Islamic culture, we have to provide the grounds for it, just now."
Some Points to
mentioned some points about the formation of Razavi Culture World Assembly,
saying, "One of the important points about the convention is that,
naturally, in such conventions, international meetings are held and we have to think
from now that which aspect of Imam Reza's character should be depicted for
"Another point is how to describe the matters, i.e. what to say and how to
say it. More importantly is the one who is to describe the contents. We have to
identify people working in this filed from now. Fortunately, in two areas of
fiction and poetry, some studies are conducted by the experts and publications
of Astan Quds Razavi, but we can do more. So it is necessary that the thinkers
and the members of think tanks think and talk about these issues, sometime
before holding the convention."
the Islamic Culture, a Fighting Front Against Takfir
writer of the book Infallible Larynx, talks in his book about the
current state of the world and the importance of holding such conventions to
fight against Takfiri currents. He states, "The more we reveal the real
face of Islam to the world, the better we can make a cultural front against
anti-Islamic currents. No doubt, today, in the military front we
are fighting against such currents as ISIS, but ISIS currents are intellectual
and cultural, too, and many people around the world do not know what the intellectual
foundations of ISIS are. So these issues also should come to the consideration
because they can exert good influence on fighting against Takfiri currents."
An Event, a
Reminder of our Identity
Sangari, at the
end, said that he recognized the Razavi Culture Devotees World Assembly as
a starter of a great cultural event inside Iran. He said, "This
event will cause a great cultural current inside the country. We, Iranian
people, owe our identity, past history and culture and even our revolution to
Imam Reza (A.S.). Such conventions provide a good opportunity for introducing
the Islamic culture, revolution and also Iran to the world."