Suffah (Platform) Ceremony

Tuesday , 09/11/2012 - 19:19
Suffah (Platform) Ceremony
The religious ceremony of Suffah is conducted by the servants (Khuddam) and Farrashan (sweepers) in Dar-al-Huffaz or Dar-al-Salam porticos twice every day: about half an hour before sunrise and immediately after performing the evening prayers.
Besides reciting the Glorious Qur'an, the Fourteen praising articles for Infallible Ones (A.S.) or the Twelve Infallible Imams (A.S.) composed by Khwajah Nasir-i-Tusi is also recited during this ceremony.
Before the ceremony is performed, appropriate preparations are made by the Farrashan (sweepers) in the special place. Then, 14 bookracks, candleholders and copies of the Glorious Qur'an are brought to the place and are arranged in two rows at the two sides of the portico.
The Huffaz (reciters), in a special order, enter the portico, sit behind the bookracks and make ready to start the ceremony by reciting the Fourteen praising articles. As soon as the servants enter the portico and the supervisor and his deputy settle at the middle and front of the portico, while the other Khuddam stand in two lines beside them, the ceremony starts. At this moment, the reciters recite about one Section of the Glorious Qur'an and each recite one part of the Fourteen praising articles beautifully in aloud voice. They all stand up as a sign of respect when the name of Imam Reza (A.S.) is recited, and again sit down to continue the recitation. Once again, while hearing the name of the Imam Mahdi (A.S.) recited at the start of the part 14 of the poem, the population stands up as a sign of respect.
After completing the recitation of the Fourteen praising articles, while all Khuddam and Farrashan (sweepers) are standing in a queue, the orator of the reciters read aloud the special Khutbah (oration). This special oration contains praising and worshipping God, praising the Infallible Imams (A.S.), Imam Reza (A.S.) in particular, praying to Allah- the Exalted- for hastening the glad advent of Imam Mahdi (A.S.), asking for God's favor for late Founder of the Islamic Revolution -Ayatollah Khomeini (R.A), scholars and all those who devoted their lives to Islam in the past, and praying for the health and a long life for the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and all those who have devoted their lives to Astan Quds Razavi and the sacred Order of the Islamic Republic of Iran.