RUIS holds First National Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies in Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine
The event was attended by RUIS president Hoj. Shobeyri, Mohammad Mahdi Baradaran, the general director of the holy shrine and Hoj. Asqari, the head of the RUIS Endowment, Vows and Pilgrimage Center as well as prominent professors from Imam Sadeq (AS) and Imam Hussein (AS) universities.
Hoj. Shobeyri pointed to a hadith by Imam Reza (AS) which says “Every Imam has a covenant with his friends and followers, and the complete fulfillment of this covenant happens by visiting Imams’ graves,” and said: “In order to fulfill the covenant, one must be benevolent to the Imam and one of the examples is the pilgrimage of the infallible Imam, and the Arbaeen march is an instance of this benevolence.”
Shobeyri further stressed that by using the capacity of Arba’een event many economic, political and cultural issues can be resolved. “To solve problems in the society through the medium of pilgrimage, scientific studies should be made in a comprehensive way, something that is greatly underscored by chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi.
“Now is the time of interdisciplinary and comprehensive studies, so I suggest that a network be formed between universities across the country, especially Razavi, Imam Sadeq (AS) and Imam Hussein (AS) universities with the centrality of pilgrimage and Arba’een,” he noted.
Also Hoj. Asqari introduced the goals, policies, strategies, areas of activity of the working groups of this specialized center, stressing on content production on pilgrimage with a focus on beliefs, customs, religious rules and the jurisprudence as well as cleansing the pilgrimage from superstitions and deviations.
The second part of the meeting in the evening focused on presenting a report on the latest developments in Iraq and the Arba’een 1400 AH pilgrimage, and also on the progress of the Arba’een international association plus the one-year planning of the host universities.
Moreover, on the sidelines of the meeting, a MoU between Imam Sadeq University and Endowment, Vows and Pilgrimage Center was signed to improve the level of interaction and scientific cooperation with educational, research and promotional approach and the optimal use of the existing facilities and capacities to achieve common goals.