Ayatollah Nouri calls for promoting Islamic cultural work

SHAFAQNA – Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani stressed the importance of the cultural work of the Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah in order to spread true Islamic spirituality to the millions of pilgrims who visit the shrine annually. Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Nouri-Hamadani has met with administrators of Qom’s Holy Shine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah (S), where he stressed upon the importance of cultural work and said that it should take precedence among the programs planned by the Holy Shrine. “Culture and spirituality lead pilgrims to these holy places so we should have programs to promote spirituality,” he explained.

His Eminence explained that the holding of educational courses and effective and influential lectures are very important. In this field, we need teachers who are well-educated, and they should be tested on their knowledge. They should be well-versed in various Islamic sciences, including history, in order to dispel any doubts and questions by the pilgrims.The renowned source of emulation referred to the attacks of the enemies of Shi’ite Islam who spread dissention over the religion. He also added that the scholars who serve in the Holy Shrine must have the ability to respond to the various issues and questions raised by the pilgrims.

Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani explained that the pure and revolutionary teachings of Islam must be elucidated from the pulpits of the Holy Shrine, saying: “Those who enter the field of religious propagation must spread a revolutionary spirit and speak of the Islamic Awakening. Even when reciting supplications such as Du’a al-Nudbah (Supplication of Lamentation), it should be done in a manner which is different to the method it was recited before the Islamic Revolution and in a manner befitting the contemporary period.”

His Eminence explained that that which is spoken from the pulpits of the Holy Shrines of the Infallible Imams (A) should be a proof for the people. He stressed to the clerics present that the people view them as guides and look up to them, so they need to work harder in the field of religious propagation than elsewhere. He praised the publication of a monthly magazine by the Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah (S), saying it is one of the important tasks that can be done in the cultural sector. He recommended that in part of this magazine, the many prominent scholars who are buried in the shrine should be introduced to the people.

Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani also encouraged the publishers to write about the virtues of Lady Ma’sumah (S) and to make use of the beautiful poems of the late Imam Ruhollah Khomeini (RA) in regard to the holy lady, saying: “Since Imam Khomeini (RA), nobody has described Lady Ma’sumah (S) in such a beautiful manner.”

Source : RNA

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