Imam Reza knows the feelings of pilgrims well

It is not strange if we write that Soheil Asad has become a Shia by the mercy and grace of Hazrat Samen Al-A’imah [Imam Reza] (AS). In fact 40 years of life has been a great opportunity for him to get acquainted with the Islamic life-style and to accompany more than a hundred people to the Shia Islam. He recently was the manager of Imam Reza (AS) Islamic Center in Spain for about 3 years. He explains about his honor of being Imam Reza (AS)’s shrine servant: “In a festival named Imam Reza (AS) in the holy city of Mashhad, which was held under the title of the 12th International Cultural and Artistic Festival of Imam Reza (AS), I was also considered as one of the competitors. In fact, the many activities I had done in preeching Shia Islam culture around the world were the reason for this. Also, being the manager of Imam Reza Islamic center in Spain, led me being honored as the chosen servant.” Soheil Asad says about his spiritual connection with Imam Reza (AS): “All of the pilgrims of holy shrine of Imam Reza (a.s.) feel understood there; because Imam Reza (A.S.) himself had migrated from his homeland to Mashhad, So he understands his pilgrims from wherever they are…When I became a Muslim, the first Imam I resorted to in my exile and sympathized with was Imam Reza (AS). The first shrine I visited was the shrine of Imam Reza (AS). When I came to Iran, the first place where I felt freshness and beauty of Islam, was the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS). “Although I could not speak Persian well with the people of Iran, I felt good about that Imam, so I can say that Imam Reza (AS) has been the most important and influential figure in my entire life.” He continues: “Sometimes when I go to Mashhad with my friends from other countries for pilgrimage, I have this in mind, and in conversations with friends, we say that Imam Reza (AS) knows the mood of strangers well and that is why foreigners do not feel strange in that shrine, but it seems that they have found their acquaintance and they can talk to him as much as they want. This feeling of familiarity is so convenient for a person in a strange country and causes cheerfulness and discipline.”

June 11, 2022