The Holy Gravestone

Tuesday , 07/26/2011 - 2:32
The Holy Gravestone
So far three gravestones, each with high historical value, have been mounted on the holy gave of Imam Reza (A.S.), the oldest of which is a marmorean stone, which is 30×40 cm with a diameter of 6 cm. This stone was mounted on the holy grave of Imam Reza (A.S.) in the sixth century of Hijrah. This sacred gravestone is included among the most precious art works preserved in the museum of Astan Quds Razavi and is in "Kufi" script.
In addition to three inscriptions engraved on the margin of the mentioned gravestone, there exists an inscription on the adytum-shaped surface of this sacred stone.
The second gravestone was apparently a white marble limestone installed on the holy grave of Imam Reza (A.S.). There is little historical information about this gravestone.
The third gravestone is a very beautiful and a high quality marble stone extracted from the Turan Pusht mine in Yazd. This marble gravestone is green, 110×220 cm, and wighs 3600 kilograms. This gravestone has been installed on the holy grave of Imam Reza (A.S.) inside the sacred Zarih in 1379 H.S./2001 A.D., at the time of replacing the old burial chamber with the new one project.

Due to this gravestone’s erosion and damages, with the project of installing and replacing the old burial chamber with the new one, it was also replaced with a new one in the presence of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The new gravestone contains inspiring artistic contents bearing some divine verses of the Glorious Qur'an inscribed on it.
In addition to the holy verses of the Glorious Qur'an, the birthday and the martyrdom dates of the holy Imam (A.S.), have been inscribed on the present holy gravestone of Imam Reza (A.S.).