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For the First Time Ever: Ashura in Istanbul
In cooperation with Ahlulbayt Institution in Turkey, Holy Shrines in Iraq coincide with the Muharram Mourning held an exhibition in Istanbul, in the main square between the Sofia and the Sultan Ahmet Mosques. This exhibition is considered the first of its type.
Formal inauguration ceremony held in front of the Ashura tent
attended by delegations of the holy shrines and the delegation
of the Ahlulbayt Institution and a number of Officials in the
Turkish largest city Istanbul and officials from the Arab and
foreign Embassies and great mass gathering, in addition to
Ceremony began with reciting verses from the Holy Quran to be followed by the speech of the Ahlulbayt Institution delivered by Sheik Rahim Anwarshan Rahmati, director the mentioned Institution in which he said:
"In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. In the
beginning, I would like to show my gratefulness to the efforts
by the general secretariats of the Holy Shrines in Iraq. You all
know that all the believers are heading to Karbala these days,
yet the General Secretariats of the Holy Shrines in Karbala sent
their delegations to Istanbul in spite of the significance of
being there. Again, we would like to show our gratefulness to
the secretary generals of the Karbala Holy Shrines represented
by Sayed Ahmed Alsafi, and Sheik Abdul M ahdi Karbalaei for the
invaluable efforts to help establishing such a historic program
that Istanbul never witnessed before, in addition to sending the
Flags of the two holy shrines."
He added: "we would like also to speak on behalf of the representative of Grand Ayatullah Sayed Ali Sistani, and the Secretary General of the Ahlulbayt Institution, Sayed Jawad Shahristani, and say that: these projects are achieved successfully in the bless of the Ahlulbayt AS, and the sponsorship of Grand Sayed Ali Sistani".
Explaining: "the beginning was very good, as when we asked the municipality of Istanbul to allocate a wonderful place that fits the Ashura tent, they answered to be ISTANBOL the largest city of Turkey".
Then, came the word of the Holy Shrines in Iraq delivered by Sheik Ali Fatlawi in which he said:
"Salam alaikum brothers. We came from Iraq, specifically from
Karbala of Imam Hussein AS to this Islamic country. We came
carrying fragrance of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali AS
to commemorate the Martyrdom of the son of the Prophet, Imam
Hussein AS. And also we came to spread the ethics of the
Ahlulbayt AS to uphold the truth. And in order to keep
cooperation between the two countries. We would like also to
thank all those who make easy all the difficulties that this
achievement was facing.
Then came the word of the head of Istanbul Municipality:
This day is historic, for the place is historic. And the
Istanbul city is where thoughts and religions meet. This tent of
Imam Hussein between Sofia and Sultan Ahmet proves what the
Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that "Prophet Mohammed
and his Household are a point of Meeting, not Parting". I would
like to show my gratefulness to the holy shrines in Iraq and the
Then the speech of the chief of the Alawiya Religion:
"This day is significant. We gathered for the love of the
Ahlulbayt AS. And God willing that this would be the way to our
success. We have to know the reasons of the uprising of Imam
Hussein, for the Mohammadan Islam is that of Tenets and beliefs
of the Ahlulbayt, for if the man did not know the Islam of the
Ahlulbayt, he would definitely go to another Umayyad Islam
against the perfection of man, yet imam Hussein raised against
these things in order to revive the perfections of Man. Then I
thank the holy shrines and the Ahlulbayt Institution for this
In conclusion, the speech of the Professor Hatami, a Prof. in the University of Istanbul:
"Firstly, I would like to thank all those who contributed in
this exhibition. And we thank God Almighty that we see now the
tent of imam Hussein and Al-Abbas bin Ali AS in the best place
in Turkey. This tent is a sign of the reappearance of the
Messiah, imam Mahdi (May God hasted his reappearance) as
mentioned in History. Therefore we will be in release point of
the unity of Muslims and Christians that will follow imam Mahdi.
It is a great oblation for the humanity and the ways to
Finally, all aud ience went to opening the Ashura tent that includes hundreds of Ashura pictures, books, and magazines in Arabic and English, in addition to Turkish. Many presents distributed on the figures that contributed in the success of this exhibition.
It is worth mentioning that the holy shrines of Karbala, in support of their Secretary Generals, sent a delegation including General Secretary Deputy of Al-Abbas Holy Shrine and a group of members of the Administrative Council and heads of departments in the Two Holy Shrines to represent the holy shrines in Iraq in the Ashura tent.
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