The 6th International Arbaeen Pilgrimage Scientific Seminar was started by the Karbala Center for Studies and Research in cooperation with Iraqi institutions and universities.
The opening ceremony of the Seminar was held on the Friday morning, September 23, 2022, in the Khatam al-Anbiya Hall of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein (a.s.) in Karbala.
The theme of the 6th scientific and international seminar of Arbaeen Pilgrimage is “Arbaeen; perseverance on the path, the sign of identity”.
The ceremony was attended by many Shiite and Sunni scholars, presidents of Iraqi universities, scholars and writers, administrative and military officials, tribal sheikhs, managers of scientific-research institutions, and a group of educated women.
Mr. Hassan Khakarand as the representative of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and Hojat al-Islam Hosseini Aref as the representative of the Ashura International Foundation participated in this scientific and religious seminar.
I hope this seminar will be of service on the way to Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.)
The fourth speaker of the seminar was Dr. Ali Zalan, representative of Al-Safwa Comprehensive College.
In a brief speech, he offered his condolences on the Arbaeen anniversary of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and appreciated the organizers of the seminar.
The representative of Al-Safwa Comprehensive College, as a contributor to the seminar, stated, “I hope this seminar will be of service on the way to Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.).”
Iraqi universities help Arbaeen pilgrims in various sectors: President of Karbala University
The fifth speaker of the opening ceremony of the 6th International Scientific Seminar of Arbaeen Pilgrimage was Dr. Bassem Khalil Al-Saadi president of the University of Karbala.
He stated, “The Arbaeen ceremony is a pilgrimage in which millions of people from different countries, ethnicities, and nationalities participate.”
Referring to the services of Iraqi academics during the Arbaeen ceremony, the president of Karbala University expressed, “Iraqi universities help pilgrims in various fields, including transporting pilgrims from the borders to Karbala, and serving in Mowkebs and establishing aid and medical stations.”
“Here, I must express my gratitude to Dr. Nabil Kazem, the Iraqi Minister of Science, for these services,” Al-Saadi added.
“Another service of Iraqi universities during the Arbaeen ceremony is the holding of scientific events, including the international scientific seminar of the Arbaeen Pilgrimage, in which academic figures present their articles and lectures on various topics,” he continued.
“The seminar is held annually, and I hope that scientific discussions which are presented in this year’s seminar will be used in the future,” added the president of the University the Karbala.
In the end, while expressing his gratitude to all those who participated in the 6th International Scientific Seminar of Arbaeen Pilgrimage, he said, “I hope that the professors and researchers who came to the seminar from abroad and other provinces will have a good stay in Karbala province.”
After the fifth speech, Dr. Al-Saadi recited an ode in praise of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and the description of his pilgrimage.
A series of international scientific seminars on Arbaeen Pilgrimage
Every year, the call for scientific and international seminar of Arbaeen Pilgrimage is announced by the Karbala Center for Study and Research at Iraqi universities, as well as scientific societies abroad, and it is held in Karbala before Arbaeen Day.
But this year, due to some incidents in Iraq, it was not feasible to hold the 6th seminar before Arbaeen Day. Therefore, the seminar started on Friday 24, September, six days after the anniversary of the Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s.).
It is worth mentioning that the Karbala Center for Study and Research is the research branch of the Office of Imam Hussain (a.s.) Holy Shrine, and has extensive activities in scientific, research, publishing and cultural fields.