The governor general of Razavi Khorasan proffered his congratulation on the dawn of new year of 2017 and Mashhad’s being selected as the cultural capital of Islamic world.
According to the reports of media relation office of Mashhad; the capital city of Islamic culture in 2017; Alireza Rashidian(the general governor) stated in his message, “The love of holy prophet, Muhammad(PBUH) and his descendants is a uniting thread that is well able to change animosities into kinships, and upheavals into serenity as long as we resort to it”.
The complete text of the message is as follows:
Hereby, I express my sincerest gratitude to my God that provided me with the opportunity of serving in the city that takes pride in hosting the holy shrine of Imam Reza, and that millions of pilgrims eagerly set out to visit him from various parts of the world every year.
Mashhad is the spiritual capital of the land of love and sacrifice, i.e. Iran. The city which has been selected as the cultural capital of Islamic world on the side of ISESCO in 2017, and its citizens and officials are resolved to take this opportunity to express the values flowing in the historical experience of this city to the whole world, and they attempt to proudly host the people of the world especially Muslims with their various events, rich historical and cultural heritage and potentials. Additionally, they are firmly determined to serve as a stable example for the capitals of Islamic world on the basis of basic values taken from Razavi lifestyle, the city’s ever-changing history, and contemporary capabilities.
Now that some parts of the world especially some parts of Islamic lands have undergone extremist and blasphemous seditions and illusions, the enemies of Islam and Muslims have in mind to harm the basis of Islamic culture and civilization, and that Muslims now need unity more than any other time, Mashhad’s acting out as the capital of Islamic culture is significant and influential in solving the problems of Muslims. This is so because the love of holy prophet, Muhammad(PBUH) and his descendants is a uniting thread that is well able to change animosities into kinships, and upheavals into serenity as long as we resort to it. Hereby, we thank God for bestowing us this holy way to resort to the uniting thread through his almighty order.
The implementing programs of Mashhad, the capital of Islamic culture are comprised of extending the infrastructures of service to tourist and pilgrims, augmenting the utilization of existing and extendable potentials, holding cultural and scientific events in various fields, producing journalistic papers, and implementing educational and propagating programs are all in line with strengthening Islamic unity and spreading the perspectives of Imam Khomeini and his true deputy; Supreme Leader, and the policies of the government of moderation and hope in complying and spreading such an outlook.
Improving the position of Mashhad city and its citizens and pilgrims in the universal scope and enriching Islamic culture and civilization stemming from the spiritual and historical originalities of this splendid city have been programmed and will come into fruition in light of God’s grace and with the help of implementers and the responsible figures in 2017. The whole implementing programs will take into consideration the factors of being international, durability, facing and fighting enemies’ discrepancy and animosity making, in line with science-and technology-based stable development approaches. The officials serving people in Razavi Khorasan house of state government, its executive organizations, state and general institutions hope that they can accomplish such a mission with the participation of the whole citizens, economic and cultural practitioners, teachers and students, university professors and students, clergymen at Islamic schools and Astan Quds Razavi, and the respected representative of Supreme Leader; the mission of making the event of Mashhad’s being the cultural capital of Islamic world memorable for the city and a prominent and significant memento for Islamic nations and communities throughout the world.