Mohammad Reza 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

Mohammad Reza 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
The Formation 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."

Mohammad Reza 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

The Formation 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."

According to 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."

Imam Reza (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"

Utilizing New Capacities

 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 be Noted

Sangari 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 today's world."

Sangari added, "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."

Disseminating the Islamic Culture, a Fighting Front Against Takfir

Sangari, the 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."

Sep 11, 2017 10:55

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