IOPHR - On Friday and Saturday 17 and 18th of February 2017, ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of Sufi day were held in Hamburg and Hanover Germany.
On Friday and Saturday 17 and 18th of February cultural ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of Sufi day were held in Hamburg and Hanover Germany. These popular gatherings brought together professors and scholars from distinguished German universities, including scholars of Christianity, ordinary German people and refugees living in Germany along with the Iranian people from every religion and belief. These ceremonies were held in order to raising public awareness on the serious and sensitive issue of division and sedition within our society and to unify public consciousness through cultural activities and uniting individual hearts, to combat the rise of ideology of hate and division that is often branded by extremist groups under false label of Islam.
It is important to note that 21st of February which, corresponds to 3rd of Isfand in Persian Calendar, coincides with the with the day of issuance of the Charter of the Spirituality in 1389 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who warned against the rise of subversion by the Mullahs which would led to division and sedition. Moreover, the 3rd of Isfand by the Nematollahi Gonabadi Sufis is also regarded as the international Sufi day.
Furthermore, on Sunday 19th February, there was also a gathering of a groups of supporters of the global human rights community in a street demonstration within Hanover, Germany, in support of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. These demonstrations were held in order to raise awareness of the severity of the violations of human rights and the rights of Iranian citizens by the Iranian Regime. During these protests there were number of audio and video interviews with participants of this protest which will be provided in due course.