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Iran Ziarat Packages

The Majority of the world religions has their roots in some of the special places. They feel emotional or spiritual attachment to these places as they have certain affiliation with their religious beliefs. These sets of associations may have their links to their religious beliefs relevance of a Holy figure or some historic battle. People like to revisit these historic places to commemorate their stands. Such is the case with Shiat community across the world. Particularly in few states like Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco and Pakistan people prefer to go to such holy sites. Such visits are commonly known as Ziyarat and are mostly the places associated with Prophet PBUH, his family, descendants and Shia Imams and saints. Shia Muslims are a part of Muslim sect and are most famous for the pilgrimage sites. Holy sites of Shia Muslims are divided into two categories overall. First is the kind of holy places which are equally shared by all the Muslim sects and second are the sites which are valued in particular by the Shia Muslims. Shia sect is very clear about the practice of Ziyarat. In the words of Ayatollah Khomeini “It is haram (forbidden) to prostrate to anyone except Allah. If the act of prostration in front of the shrines of the Infallible Imams (‘a.s.) is a form of thanksgiving to God, there is no objection, otherwise it is haram.” The Shia does, however, perform Ziyarah, because of the fact that it is a source of seeking nearness to Allah and His prophet PBUH. It is also a common notion that burying near the graves of Shia Imams is a sign of blessing and peace. Iran is one of the most famous destinations for Shia Zahirs particularly due to historical events. Here is the list of few places where Shia Muslims pay homage. Mashhad, Khorasan: This city is situated in the North East province of Khorasan. It is the burial place of Imam Ali Al­Redha (8th Imam of Shia Muslims). This place is known as the center of tourism in Iran. It’s located on a vast area of around 598,657 meter square making it one of the largest mosques in the world. Zahirs surrounds the place for the dust clearing ceremony every year. The tomb of Imam Ridahis located beneath the majestic golden dome within the courtyard of the mosque. The multifarious Ziyarah has seven courtyards covering an approximate area of 331,578 m2 to its beauty. Moreover, right from the enclosures, there are few exterior entrances which are named after shiat scholars. These sanctuaries are also used as a shelter house for pilgrims during the time of any unforeseen disturbance. Place of ablution is also there. Four directions of the tomb have four Bast. Upper Bast: Bast Shaykh Toosi: This Bast is 86 meters in length and situated on the west of Inqilab courtyard. The west part of the sanctuary leads to shohada square. Bast Shaykh Tabarsi: This Bast is 86.50 meters in length and connected to the south of Inqilab. From the north it is connected to Tabarsi Avenue. The beautiful courtyard has a number of fourteen minarets and three fountains to add Lower Bast: Bast Shaykh Hur Ameli: This Bast is located on the south east side of the Shrine. On the western front it is connected to Inqilab courtyard and Payeen Khiyaban on the east. It is around 115 meters long. Bast Shaykh Bast: It is located on the south of Dar ­Al­vilayah porch. A major portion of the area is dedicated to the servants of the Holy Shrine. Besides these Basts, there is a beautiful rectangular mosque connected directly to the entombment compartment. It is popularly known as Masjid­e-Bala­e­ sar­e­ Mubarak­e­ Hazrat. This holy mosque is one of the highlighting attractions for pilgrims, particularly because this mosque is the oldest existing mosque in Mashhad. If you are visiting Iran for Ziyarats, don’t even think of missing this. Qom, Tehran: This city is situated in the South of Tehran, the Iranian capital. This place is the burial place of Imam Ali Al­Redha’s sister, Lady Fatema Al­Ma’asuma. The three daughters of the ninth Imam are also buried there. This place is the one of the most striking attractions for Zahirs visiting Qom for visiting Holy places. This place is also very important for the city’s economy. The beautiful mosque along with its spiritual value welcomes pilgrims across the board. The mosque consists of a burial chamber along with three prayer halls and three courtyards. Three prayer halls are large enough to accommodate a massive number of pilgrims and are named as Tabatabai, Bala Sar, and Adham. Since Qom is regarded as the foundational place of the Iranian Revolution, the Fatima Masoumeh shrine was given much prominence in their times and hence was enlarged extensively. Adding to that, three balconies were built in the year 1519 AD. One of the balconies is “The Golden Balcony”, on the top of which an epigraph with a blue background with a glorious is Hadith inscribes as “Those who die with the love of the Family of Muhammad (S.AW.), die like the martyrs”. Second balcony, Aineh balcony, which got its name from the mirror work on the area.Around mere one meter of the wall is crafted with stone work while the rest of the covering is all mirror art manifestation. Balasar Mosque: Balasar Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful entryway in the shrine. Earlier it was used as a staying place for pilgrims, but later was renovated building a mosque with two glorious domes. The recent renovation of mosque depicts the true glimpse of Islamic architecture. Tabatabai Mosque: Being built on the zenana courtyard, this mosque has a dome placed on fifty columns. It was constructed between the periods of 1941-1950 A.D. Shaheed Mutahhari Mosque is another beautiful mosque in the shrine with striking tile work. Shemiran, Tehran: Imamzadeh Saleh is the son of the Twelver Shia Imam, Musa al kadhim. The Imamzadeh Saleh’s buried place is situated in Shemiran. It is one of the most sought after Imamzdeh mosque in Iran. Rey, Iran: Shah Abdol Azim shrine is located in Rey, Iran also written as Ray. Shah Abdol Azim was the descendant of Hazrat Hassan Ibn Ali. He was also known for his long companionship with Muhammad al Taqi. The shrine is beautifully constructed with totally mirrored interior. A bazaar nearby makes it even better for pilgrims as they can buy traditional souvenirs. Along with Shah Abdol Azim there is the mausoleum of Imamzadeh Tahir, who is the son of Imam Sajjad, The fourth Shia Imam. His tomb is located in Ray near Shah Abdul Azeem. During the renovation process, an astonishing miracle regarding the body of Imamzadeh Tahir was also reported. Moreover, brother of Imam Reza, Imamzadeh Hamzeh is also buried there. Isfahan, Mashhad­e Ardahal: Mashhad­e Ardahal is situated in the Isfahan province of Iran. It is around 40 Km west from Kashan. This place is visited by the pilgrims across the Muslim world for the tomb of Sultan Ali, the son of the fifth Imam Muhammad Ali Baqir. The architecture of the place is mesmerizing. Carpet washing ceremony of the shrine is attended by thousands which is held in Mashhad­e Ardehal. Iran is the host of several Ziyarats for the followers of the Shiite sect as well as all the Muslims. Government is taking active decisions to preserve the architecture of these places and to maintain the well­being of the shrines.