The Holy Shrine
The holy shrine of Hadrat Abdul Azim Hasani (A.S.) along with the sacred tombs of Hadrat Imam zadeh Hamzeh ibn Imam Musa al-Kazim (A.S) and Imam zadeh Taher ibn Imam Ali ibn Hussein (A.S.) in Ray city has been one of the most famous sacred places and tourist attractions in Iran. Millions of the lovers of the Holy Ahlul Bayt (house hold of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) from all parts of the world every year visit this holy shrine.
In spite of its sanctity and importance this holy place as a cultural, religious and social site was always mismanaged and was devoid of any proper organization.
Previously the Qajar and Pahlavi rulers due to their evil intentions and dishonest considerations, directly or indirectly took actions to impair and isolate this holy shrine and to show them just as cemetery. In the early years after the victory of the Islamic revolution some limited activities such as foundation of Hawzah Ilmiyyah (Islamic Seminary) of Hadrat Abdul Azim (A.S.) on the previous location of Raza Khan's grave was carried out. But the required facilities were not available for the pilgrims and cultural and moral atmosphere was also not suitable for such a sacred site.
As a result the Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution Ayatullah al-Uzma Khamenei appointed Hojjat al-Islam Mohammad Rayshahri as the Chief Custodion of the holy shrine of Hadrat Abdul Azim (A.S.) and the sacred tombs of Imam zadeh Hamzeh (A.S) and Imam zadeh Taher (A.S). In the part of the supreme leader's appointment order it is stated:
"It is neccesary that you (Hojjat al-Islam Mohammad Rayshahri, the Chief Custodian) carefully and seriously take action to protect and utilize the endowed properties, funds and incomes of the shrine securely and utilize them in development of the holy shrine, giving services to pilgrims and the people of Ray city, publication and propagation of the sciences of the Holy Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) and also providing services to all the poverty stricken people."
After taking the charge the new management conducted preliminary studies and research and the following measures were taken as the first step:
1) Creating a sophisticated and active administrative organizational set up.
2) Providing the legal executive mechanism for the organization such as legal registration of the
letters of association and endowments.
3) Employing experienced and expert engineering consultants to provide a comprehensive national level massive development plan for the holy shrine of Hadrat Abdul Azim (A.S.).
The national development plan for the expansion of the holy shrine of Hadrat Abdul Azim (A.S.) closely coordinated its efforts with various others organizations in Iran. These steps were a starting point in the reformation of the organization of the holy shrine in all its aspects. The shrine expansion and development started in 1992 with 20 full-scale welfare, cultural and religious projects. (for further information, refer to the section on architecture and building).
At the present the holy shrine of Hadrat Abdul Azim (A.S.) as an autonomous organization works under supervision of the Supreme Leader of the Revolution with 700 staff members active in the financial, developmental, commercial, cultural; international, public-relations divisions and renders various kind of services to pilgrims of the holy shrine.