The mourning ceremony of Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (pbuh) was held via videoconference with the presence of the Leader of the Revolution on September 27, 2021 at the University of Tehran. Before the Covid pandemic, groups of university students used to mourn and commemorate the Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (pbuh) with Leader’s presence in the Hussainiyyah of Imam Khomeini. However, this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic and health protocols, this Arabeen ceremony was held at the University of Tehran with Leader’s taking part via videoconference.
At the end of the Arbaeen mourning ceremony, Imam Khamenei delivered a brief speech in which he referred to the close and complementing relation that exists between Imam Hussain’s (pbuh) struggle in the way of God and those attempts made to elucidate the event of Karbala afterwards, first by Imam’s household and then by Muslims during each Arbaeen Walk. Then, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed on the importance of “elucidation” especially among university students, stating “as a duty, each of you [university students] should illuminate your surroundings like a lamp.” The following is an excerpt of the main points Imam Khamenei stated in this speech:
- The 40 days from Ashura to Arbaeen was a crucial time in Islam’s history. As Ashura saw the utmost struggle and sacrifice, these 40 days saw the utmost struggle with elucidations and exposures. The move by the Prophet’s family immortalized Karbala and complemented this sacrifice.
- The way of Imam Hussain is a sweet, successful path that will definitely bring results. Using Imam Hussain’s teachings, one can reach the peaks of spiritual and material felicity. This is the path to be travelled.
- You young people can promote true, correct thoughts in the internet and struggle on the path of God. Of course, the main point is to do this while being ethical and avoiding the use of curses, deception and lies in the face of public opinion. Logic must be embellished with ethics.
- You the youth should prepare to begin to clarify and disclose. This is the path Lady Zainab (pbuh) took during the 40 days from Ashura to Arbaeen. Many truths need to be clarified, and it’s misleading to keep public opinion in confusion. This movement for clarification removes confusion.