IN THE NAME OF ALLAH
No doubt, the first decade of the lunar month Dhul-Qaada, named as the Decade of Karaamat (Dignity), is a blessed period of time.
The 1st day of the month coincides with the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatima al-Masoumah (s.a.), distinguished daughter of Imam Musa al-Kazim (buried in Qom, Iran).
The 6th day is considered to be celebrated in remembrance of Hazrat Ahmad ibne Musa (Shah-Cheragh), distinguished son of Imam Musa al-Kazim (buried in Shiraz, Iran).
Finally, the 11th of Dhul-Qaada is the birth anniversary of Imam Ali al-Reza, the 8th Shiah Imam and infallible son of Imam Musa al-Kazim (buried in Mashhad, Iran).
Hence, the decade deserves to be commemorated along with full joy and spiritual programs, inviting the lovers and followers of Ahlulbayt (a.s.).
Decade of Karaamat is an important opportunity to reflect on the life histories, attitudes, and moral teachings of abovementioned dignitaries to be put into practice in today societies.
A survey on their life histories shows that building the characters of people for creating a noble, dignified community has been among the major concerns of Imam Reza (a.s.) and his noble sister Fatima al-Masoumah (s.a.). Their main goal was to build up a society in which spiritualities and moral etiquettes will prevail according to the teachings of the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.a.).
Therefore, introducing the way of life as practiced by Imam Reza and Hazrat Masoumah will be a suitable instrument to spread the culture of Ahlulbayt (a.s.) and strengthen the religious beliefs of the whole society, especially the younger generation.
Shiah religious and cultural institutions in different countries have a heavy duty to hold special ceremonies with joyous programs in remembrance of Imam Reza (a.s.) and Hazrat Masoumah (s.a.).
The Ahlulbayt World Assembly, while congratulating this auspicious opportunity, expects all its members and representatives as well as all Shiah Missionaries (Muballeghin) to hold seminars & ceremonies, issue notices, give lectures, and send articles to local media, newspapers, and journals in order to promote the memory, lifestyle and teachings of the three outstanding personalities.
We shall appreciate sending us a report on the accomplished activities after the end of the decade.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation;
The Ahlulbayt World Assembly
7 September 2013