The Religious Ceremony of Sham-i-Ghariban
Tuesday , 09/11/2012 - 19:16
مراسم شام غریبان امام رضا(ع)
The spiritual ceremony of Sham-i-Ghariban is one of the glorious and magnificent religious ceremonies performed in the holy shrine after the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution. This ceremony is conducted in the holy shrine in two nights every year on two different occasions. These occasions are the nights after the anniversaries of the martyrdom nights of Imam Reza (A.S.) and Imam Hussein (A.S.).
All the servants including farrashan (sweepers), doorkeepers, shoe-keepers and Huffaz (reciters) assemble at the Central Organization of Astan Quds Razavi (Dar-al-Tawliyah) at the night after the anniversary of the martyrdom night of the Infallible Imam (A.S.) or Sham-i-Ghariban and rehearse the sorrowful poems that are to be recited on the way. After performing the evening prayers, they march towards the holy shrine in a special order while 14 doorkeepers, holding a tulip and a flickering candle, move in front. Khuddam, Farrashan (sweepers), doorkeepers, and shoe-keepers holding flickering candles, move towards the holy shrine in orderly queues while reciting sorrowful songs. After entering the Jumhuri Islami courtyard and settling in the pre-determined fenced locations, the grieved servants express their condolences to Imam Reza (A.S.). The ceremony ends with the eulogies recited aloud by the panegyrists in the praise of Ahl-al-Bayt (A.S.).