A Group of Swedish tourists visited Imam Reza (a.s.) holy shrine

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(AhlulBayt News Agency) – A group of tourists from Sweden attended the Razavi Shrine and visited various sectors of the religious and cultural establishment.

The 4-person group, by efforts of Astan Quds Razavi’s Center for International Affairs, visited the Library, the Islamic Research Foundation, Razavi University of Islamic Sciences and Astan Quds Razavi’s Museum closely and got familiar with the activities of the establishment.

“The group has travelled to the country on behalf of the agency which aims to promote interfaith interactions,” the head of the group said.

“We are very interested in familiarizing with religious minorities living in Sweden. One of those is Shia religion. We took this opportunity to visit Iran and the city of Mashhad together with the head of the Shi’ite Union of Sweden” said Alain Okan.

“This trip was a great gift for us” he continued. “In this visit, we became acquainted with the history of Iran and the nation as well as with the history of Mashhad and Astan Quds Razavi.”

Expressing surprise at the visit of the Library and the Islamic Research Foundation of Astan Quds Razavi, the head of the group added, “The number and volume of exquisite and rare handwritten books and lithographs in the handwritten treasury of Astan Quds Razavi and various published works in the Islamic Research Foundation of Astan Quds Razavi is highly commendable.”

“In this visit, we found that one of the programs of the  Razavi University of Islamic Sciences was the provision of conferences and seminars for interfaith dialogue, which was very interesting for us” he noted. The tourist pointed the visit to Astan Quds Razavi’s Museum and its exquisites therein and stated, “Qur’an is a valuable book that shows how the Creator is speaking to us. In this visit, we saw the old and exquisite Qur’ans and the handwriting of the Infallible Imams (a.s.) closely and we were very surprised.”

Stating that Astan Quds Razavi is an establishment that has juxtaposed all the differences very elegantly and in harmony he stated, “I thank and appreciate all officials of this sacred establishment, with who have generously provided all facilities for non-Iranian visitors.”

Qom ready to host an annual book fair

(AhlulBayt News Agency) – In a meeting with the chairman of the Organization of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the Province of Qom, senior cleric Ayatollah Alireza Arafi thanked the authorities for holding the international religious book fair in Qom saying, “Today, the city of Qom, due to the presence of Lady Masuma Shrine (s.a.) and numerous Islamic seminaries, is considered a major scientific hub in Iran; the fact that tens of thousands of foreign students are learning Islamic sciences in the seminary of Qom makes this city the most internationally-recognized city in Iran.”

Member of the Supreme Council of Iranian Seminaries Ayatollah Alireza Arafi further noted, “Today, there are more than 100 thousand foreign students learning Islamic sciences in the seminary of Qom; If we add up the number of their family members who are also living in Qom we have almost 300 thousand foreign residents in Qom. This great potential can be used to hold international, national and provincial book fairs in Qom.”

At the beginning of the meeting, the Chairman of the Organization of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Qom presented a report on the last International Fair of Religious Books in Qom.