What is Astan Quds Razavi?
Saturday , 03/23/2019 - 18:06
آستان قدس رضوی
Astan, literally means the front section of a room connected to the door, doorway, realm, anteroom, shrine, and threshold. In holy places and also the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.), Astan, Astaneh, or Utba is called for the first and the closest entrance toward the Holy Shrine.
The inner concept of the doorway is derived from its role as a passage between the outside and inside (of a sacred place). The doorway is the symbol of separation and at the same time has the possibility of solidarity, unity, and reconciliation. This solidarity possibility occurs when the one who has entered the threshold, get accepted and is allowed to enter.
However, it will be the symbol of separation and divergence if he/she stays at the doorway, and nobody accepts him/her.
Heavenly Court of Imam Reza (A.S.) is a gate open to the truth. This Heavenly Court is a haven for anyone who rushes toward it with devotion and pray, and Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (A.S.) has opened his arms of mercy toward his enthusiasts and caress the souls of his pilgrims and the people on his vicinity with the fragrance of his presence in the land of Toos. However, being the guest and the host of such a heavenly gem is not an easy task, and accepting the responsibility of creating an atmosphere befitting the dignity of this Great Imam is a venture. Doing this important issue is the responsibility of "Astan Quds Razavi".
Astan Quds Razavi literally means the Pure and Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.); however, colloquially and in general it is called for the enterprise of the Holy Shrine; organizations; institutions; medical, agricultural, industrial, and cultural administrations; et cetera, which is said to be attributable to Imam Reza (A.S.).
"Astan Quds Razavi" is the official title of an enterprise which manages and supervises Razavi Holy Shrine, its endowments, and belongings and aims at restoring the endowments properly. Relying on the endowments and offerings of the pilgrims of Razavi Holy Shrine, this enterprise has utilized all its power in order to provide all the required services for the pilgrims and the people at the vicinity of Imam Reza (A.S.).
Modernization and reconstruction of the Holy Sanctuary of the Shrine, maintenance and preparation of the Holy Shrines in order to host the pilgrims, creating different facilities for performing pilgrimage at ease with knowledge, guiding the pilgrims, et cetera are among the services of Astan Quds Razavi which appears at a glance; however, the scope of activities of Astan Quds Razavi is beyond the extensive dimensions of the Holy Shrine. Museums, libraries, universities and schools, hospitals and medical centers, and industrial centers are among the other activities of Astan Quds Razavi.
When the pilgrims enter the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.), the sense of peace, security, and order manifests in them. This feeling flows in the pilgrim’s heart because of the trust in the servants of this Illuminated Court, and he/she performs the pilgrimage rituals freely and comfortably in the spiritual atmosphere of the Holy Shrine.
What is important here is the presence of more than 20 million pilgrims in the holy city of Mashhad and providing their required facilities and fulfilling their demands, which is a very difficult task and requires systematic planning.