‎Imam Reza Shrine Hosts Iraqi students

Saturday , 01/26/2019 - 15:09
‎Imam Reza Shrine Hosts Iraqi students
28 Iraqi elementary and high school students residing in Australia have visited the holy shrine of the eighth Imam of Shia Islam, Imam Reza, in Iran’s city of Mashhad. Astan News reports.
28 Iraqi elementary and high school students residing in Australia have visited the holy shrine of the eighth Imam of Shia Islam, Imam Reza, in Iran’s city of Mashhad. Astan News reports.
As part of their visit, the Iraqi students took a tour around the holy shrine and were acquainted with the activities of Astan Quds Razavi, which is in charge of managing the affairs of Imam Reza’s shrine.
Member of the Board of Trustees of Imam Hassan Mosque in Australia’s Melbourne, Hamed Hamdi, said on the sidelines of the visit, “We were invited to Iran by Ayatollah Hakim's office in [Iran’s] city of Qom. During our three-week stay in Qom, the students attended training courses on ethics and jurisprudence taught by lecturers and scholars of Qom.”
He added that the four-day trip to Mashhad was part of their itinerary. “Pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza is very interesting to us,” explained Hamdi.
“Next time, we will bring two groups of male and female students to Qom and Mashhad,” said the Australia-based scholar.
19 year old Jafar al-Khalifi, who is a first time pilgrim to Mashhad, described Imam Reza’s shrine as magnificent. “I’m amazed by the large number of porticos and courtyards in this shrine,” he said.
“So far as the shrine is large, it is buzzing with pilgrims in the courtyards and porticos,” added al-Khalifi, saying that what has caught his attention was the number of worshippers in Morning Prayers which is not less than that of the two other prayers.
Mohammad Baqer al-Razavi, another young member of the Iraqi delegation, pointed to the diverse nationalities of pilgrims of Imam Reza. “For me, this religious bond [between different nations] is very interesting,” he pointed out.