Madina, Saudi Arabia  -  January 12, 2004


Ayatollah Al-Qazwini delivers a speech in the holy city of Madina

     The extraordinary annual event held in Madina and Makka serves as one of the greatest symbols and representations of Islam. Millions of people travel from all over the world to perform the Hajj in Makka, Saudi Arabia. The pilgrims of the holy house of Allah in Makka usually visit Madina, the city in which the the holy Prophet Mohammad [p], his daughter Fatima Al-Zahara [a] and four of our holy Imams (Imam Hassan Al-Mujtaba, Imam Mohammad Al-Baqir, Imam Zaynol A'bidin and Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq) are buried, either before or after performing the Hajj. Among the pilgrims of the holy house of Allah this year was Ayatollah Sayid Mortadha Al-Qazwini. Ayatollah Al-Qazwini departed to perform the Hajj from Karbala on January 10, and he arrived in Madina to visit the holy Prophet Mohammad [p] a day after. Ayatollah Al-Qazwini usually delivers many speeches while he is in Makka and Madina every year. He takes advantage of the gathering of the many people that belong to different schools of though and he delivers speeches in effort to guide and enlighten them to the path of Ahlul-Bayt [a], or the true path of the Holy Prophet Mohammad [p].

     On January 12, Ayatollah Al-Qazwini delivered a speech in the presence of many Hojjaj. His eminence spoke about the current situations and conditions in Iraq after the fall of the corrupt Ba'ath regime. He spoke about the importance of building a new civilized and educated Iraq to structure a solid foundation for the followers of Ahlulbait [a]. Ayatollah Al-Qazwini then mentioned the importance of educating ourselves and educating the people in culture, Islamic teachings and intellect. He ended his speech with a few poems about Imam Hussein and a usual brief mourning and sympathy for Imam Hussein [a].