Preachers must avoid exaggeration during Muharram

Preachers must avoid exaggeration during Muharram

An internationally-reputed scholar says the preachers should preach genuine historical facts during the mourning ceremonies in the holy month of Muharram.

Dr. Mohammad Moghaddam recently told in a gathering that preachers and speakers should mention historical and authentic facts while delivering speeches during mourning ceremonies marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia imam.  

The head of international department of the Institute for compilation and publication of Imam Khomeini works warned that any exaggeration about the prophets, the infallible Imams and religious personalities could cause youths to take distance from the religion. 

He emphasized that historical facts in accordance with Quranic and Islamic teachings should be cited and explained with a rational approach for the participants and audience. 

The scholar went onto say that Quran suggests that preaching should be done with wisdom, as we read in a Quranic verse as following: "And do not argue with the people of the Book except in the best way.”

Hojjat al-Islam Moghaddam concluded by saying that ultimate propose of the religions and the prophets is to train the mankind, and the religious teachings are responsive to the spiritual needs of  society.

The ceremony was held  to mark the lunar month of Muharram, the 10th day of which, known as Ashura, marks the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammad’s grandson.

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