All of These Originate from God’s Affection
Hawzah News Agency-The seclude pilgrims of the Razavi Holy Shrine from 70 countries are lovers of Imam Reza (A.S.). In this place, colors, races, nationalities, and geographical boundaries have no sense and only loving Islam and the Infallible Imams (A.S.) makes sense in this big congregation.
“Do not restrict us by races, nationalities, or geographical boundaries; we all shout for freedom of dear Palestine. If such a solidarity and sympathy felt in the Seclusion of Razavi Holy Shrine existed also among the Muslim Shi’ites and Sunnis across the world, then no imperialists dared to aggress the Muslims’ countries”, said the Tajik reporter who is at the first year of educating in Al-Mustafa International University. Kamen John Trif, 30, views the success of attending in Seclusion of Razavi Holy Shrine the invitation of Imam Reza (A.S.) himself. “When I go among the secluded pilgrims, I see the seclusion as beautiful and comprehensive as Hajj and envy the young seminarians from countries like African countries who have attended in the Holy Shrine. Good for them who have an invitation letter from Imam Reza (A.S.)!”
Muhammad Sadeq Shojaei, an Indian seminarian, is busy with invocation with God. I approach him to make familiar with him. Muhammad who comes from a Shi’ite Indian family said, “This was an exceptional opportunity for us to be secluded in the Razavi Holy Shrine during the short period we stay in Iran. As soon as I get informed about the Seclusion of Razavi Holy Shrine through the seminary, I registered for that.”
“Thanks God that his holiness accepted us. I have a strange feeling. There are no such spaces in India to feel such spirituality. Seclusion, however, is growing by educated seminarians in India”, he continued.
“If I can propagate the spiritual spaces like seclusion in my country, the religion becomes capable of making all people Muslim. The opportunity of secluding in the Razavi Holy Shrine is not provided for anyone and that in the Razavi Holy Shire; this is because of God’s affection to us, I think”, said the young Indian.
Self-refining in a Magnificent Ceremony
Sayyed Ibrahim Razavi, 31, from Pakistan is another youth who is discussing religious issues with his friends.
“Seclusion is a spiritual austerity that keeps man away from materiality so that he might practice self-refinement in this magnificent ceremony”, he said.
Ibrahim, who has visited the Razavi Holy Shrine for the second time, regarding the effect of seclusion on the soul of a young seminarian said, “Such environments are very effective to a seminarian since seclusion with God and that in Ramadan month purifies the heart of man and gives a great deal of energy to us for acquiring religious affairs until the end of the year.”
Ramadan I'tikaf, a Blissful Event
Director of organizing foreign seminarians’ I'tikaf said regarding the vigorous presence of foreign seminarians in the seclusion in the Holy Shrine said, “Through a public call in seminaries of the country inviting the foreign seminarians to take part in the seclusion in the Holy Shrine, 600 seminarians participated including 200 women and 400 men that secluded in Ramadan 24-26.”
“In more than 70 countries of the world Ramadan seclusion is held by seminarians of al-Mustafa University”, Hujjat al-Islam Muhammad Reza Nejatifard asserted.
Asserting that Ramadan seclusion causes that the foreign seminarians get familiar more with blessings and outcomes of this ceremony, said, “this is a result of foreign seminarians’ presence in Razavi Holy Shrine seclusion and their implementing this Iranian-Islamic culture in their homeland.”
Regarding presence foreign seminarians in the Razavi Holy Shrine seclusion in next years he said, "Presence of distinguished figures such as Sheikh Zakzaky in Iran is a consequence of al-Mustafa International University that can make young foreign seminarians familiar with Islamic knowledge so that they can shine in their country like the sun and teach their learning in their countries.”
Solitude for Cutting from Material World
Seclusion is in fact a jumping platform for awaiting people and through self-refinement we can provide the ground for arrival of Imam Mahdi (A.S.).
Therefore, we can make use of the opportunity of seclusion for spiritual improvement and use its consequences in other times as well. The sincerity in intention of some young seminarians deeply impressed us and they all claim that they took part in the seclusion for cutting from the material world and they all were anxious to take part in this ceremony.