Imam Khomeini’s holy mausoleum turns into religious and academic activities

Imam Khomeini’s holy mausoleum turns into religious and academic activities

Imam Khomeini’s holy mausoleum is located to the south of Tehran in the Behesht-e Zahra (Paradise of Zahra) cemetery.

The holy site, which is located on the southern suburbs of the Iranian capital Tehran, has become beacon of academic and spiritual gatherings in recent years.

Imam through his messages, speeches and works had frequently recommended the believers to undertake serious efforts to recite Quraran and supplications narrated by the holy prophet of Islam and his infallible successor during the holy month. Imam also stresses the self-training and spiritual training during this holy period.

Experts maintain that Imam’s philosophical, mystical, jurisprudential and political thought have deep roots in basic Islamic sources such as Quran and Sunnah. The divine personality of Imam had well command over philosophy, mysticism, Jurisprudence, Quran and Hadith sciences and several other disciplines of knowledge.

Beside knowledge, Imam decorated himself with divine, spiritual and moral values and revived religious values in contemporary era when the entire world had been plunged into social and moral decline. 

Construction at the holy site commenced in 1989 following Khomeini's heavenly departure on June 3 of that year.

It is still under construction, but when completed will be the centerpiece in a complex spread over 20 square kilometers (4,900 acres), housing a cultural and tourist center, a university for Islamic studies, a seminary, a shopping mall, and a 20,000-car parking lot. 

The site is a place of pilgrimage for followers and devotees of Imam Khomeini from around various parts of the globe. 

 The exterior of the shrine complex is a highly recognizable landmark. It has a dome surrounded by four free-standing minarets.

 The Haram-e Motahhar Metro Station is the closest station to the mausoleum.

 The shrine is surrounded by a large rectangular plaza which has been designed to hold vast numbers of visitors. With its size, inclusion of a qibla wall and a maqsura, the tomb resembles a mosque, but has been called a Hussainiah

 The dome sits above a transition zone with two layers of clerestories, decorated with stained glass depicting tulips (an Iranian symbol of martyrdom).

The dome is supported by eight large marble columns that circle the sarcophagus, that together with other smaller columns support the space frame ceiling.

The ceiling is also punctuated by clerestories. The floor and wall surfaces are made of polished white marble. The floor is covered with fine carpets.

Muslims, non-Muslims and people of all faiths are allowed inside the complex. 

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