Q: You have recently called for acting and performing the Husseini tragedy of the Imamís martyrdom on both theatre and television. Do not you think that you will face many objections from different jurists, since this could be unfamiliar to people and to jurists as well?
A: I do not think that well-educated and open-minded jurists who are fully aware of modern technology and its impact on the modern man would reject that from a jurisprudential point of view, if the means conform to the Islamic criteria. Indeed, we are all fully aware that the modern man is capable of using such technologies to deliver his messages. Similarly, Islam would make use of them so as to be widely spread and universally understood.
I know that some jurists and even ordinary people usually fear what is new and are wary of undertaking new steps, thinking that this newness would undermine what they are used to. However, we believe that swimming against the current is risky and needs patience; so, we advise those who are creative by their nature and are always looking for the best to endure the difficulties that will be facing them.
We all agree that customs are neither the end of the world nor they possess any sense of holiness. Thus, Allah, the Most Exalted, orders us in His Holy Book to liberate ourselves from the constraints of blind traditions and conventions. Allah wants us to observe, contemplate and think about such customs, in a way that makes us accept what conforms to our Islamic concepts and reject what does not, for Allah says: "We have found our fathers following a certain religion; we are merely walking in their footsteps. Each (apostle) said: What if I bring you a better guidance than that which you found your fathers following? But they replied: We deny the message you have brought." (43:23-24). Thus, we do not sanctify what is familiar. We believe that we ought to accompany the developments of life in a way that conforms to the Islamic general guidelines, which we do not believe that developing the ways of showing the tragedy of Ashura violates.