The university of Baghdad holds the second annual festival of Ashura in cooperation with the holy Abbasid shrine
The holy Abbasid shrine, with collaboration of the presidency of the university of Baghdad, held the second cultural festival of Ashura at the hall of the martyr (al-Hakim) at the University of Baghdad. The festival witnessed the presence of delegations that represents the holy Husseinia, Kadhimiya, Abbasid shrines and a large number of university professors and students. The president of the university of Baghdad, prof. Dr. Alaa Abdul Hussein Al-Kashwan, delivered a speech saying: ” we are pleased that our university, which is the mother of Iraqi universities, participates with the general secretariat of the holy Abbasid shrine in establishing this festival ( II annual cultural festival of Ashura) which will be held on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), adding: ” Imam Hussein is a symbol of courage and sacrifice and devotion to the message of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and he is great school from which we inspire all the values and ideals and these imams should be our model and an example in our behavior and work in every aspect of our lives. The president of the university of Baghdad called students and instructors to inspire lessons from this great revolution which is renewed throughout history and to join hands in building Iraq’s national unity and to achieve excellence since one of the principles of this revolution is reform”. Then came the statement of the Secretariat of the holy Abbasid shrine by the deputy of the secretary – general addressing inspiring lessons from the Husseinia renaissance made by Imam Hussein through his holy blood, besides the attitude of magnificent Zainab along with Imam Zin al- Abidin (peace be upon them). The festival included a reading a poem that inflamed the enthusiasm of the attendants by the director of the department of information and public relations at the university of Baghdad, Dr. Kazem Omran entitled ( oh Ashura ) and other poems as well as providing historical play talking about the meaning of Husseinia revolution, its objectives and lessons immortalizing the greatest heroic epic in history glorifying the sacrifices of the house of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon them). The festival was attended by deputy of the president of the university of Baghdad for scientific affairs, Dr. Alaa Mohammed Karim, and the assistant of the president of Nahrain university for administrative affairs, Dr. Basim Al Abdali. Also an exhibition of the publications of the holy Abbasid, Kazimiyah and Husseiniya shrines. It is noteworthy that this festival had previously held for the first time at the university of Baghdad through the national “Al-Kafeel project” which is an educational cultural project that aims to develop the capacity of young people in various fields in Iraqi universities and institutes which is established by the unit of university relations at the public relations department in the holy Abbasid shrine that made weekly rounds for Iraqi university students to introduce the achievements of the holy shrine and doing competitions among universities, summer camps for students, football games, scientific and religious competitions among the participating universities in addition to religious and tourist tours and cultural, scientific and religious lectures.