The Kind Man

“Humbleness has grades of which is that the human being recognize his position , not expect from anybody more than what he deserves , associateand behave with others the way he likes to be treated ; and if anybody did bad to him , instead he does good , restrains his anger, forgives and is benevolent.” ~ Imam Reza

At the beginning of the 9th century (3rd century AH) Mashhad was a small village called Sanabad situated 24 km away from Tus. There was a summer palace of “Hamid ibn Qahtabi”, the governor of Khorasan. In 808 when Harun al-Rashid, Abbasid caliph, was passing through there to settle down the insurrection of “Rafi ibn Leith” in Transoxania, he became ill and died. He was buried under the palace of Hamid ibn Qahtabi. Several years later in 818 Imam Ali al-Reza was martyred by Al-Ma’mun and was buried beside the grave of Harun, now Mashhad (Persian: مشهد , ‹Mašhad›, literally the place of martyrdom) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world.

Imam Reza was the seventh descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the eighth of the Twelve Imams.  Like his father and grand fathers he became the practical example for others during his life. He taught the lesson of life to the people. He did not segregate and separate himself from them and did not lead his life on the style and pattern of tyrants and oppressors. He did not overlook or show heedlessness and disrespect to anyone.

"Stinginess destroys human's dignity."~Imam Reza

After the death of Hārūn Rashīd, Hārūn’s two sons began fighting for control of the Abbāsid Empire. One son, Al-Amin, had an Arab mother and thus had the support of Arabs, while his half-brother Al-Ma’mun had a Persian mother and the support of Persia. Al-Ma’mun believed that Persia was sympathetic to the Hashemites and asked for Ali al-Rida to meet him in Persia. Ali al-Ridha left his only son, Muħammad at-Taqī, and his wife and set out for Merv.


"Best wealth is what is spent for guarding dignity." ~ Imam Reza

After defeating his brother, al-Ma’mun named Ali al-Ridha his successor. He hoped to win Shī’a support through this move, but the passage of caliphate would occur only if Ali al-Rida outlived al-Ma’mun (as with all promises of succession). Al-Ma’mun even changed the black Abbāsid flags to green, the traditional color of the house of Alī ibn Abī-Tālib(Imam Ali), the first Shī’a imam.

Ali al-Ridha did not outlive al-Ma’mun, martyred on May 26, 818, in Persia while accompanying al-Ma’mun at Tus. Most scholars agree he was poisoned by al-Ma’mun who poisoned Imam using grapes. Ali al-Ridha is buried within Imam Ridha Mosque, in Mashhad, Iran.


"Humbleness is to give the people what you like to be given."~Imam Reza

A cute Arab boy visiting Iran with his family.

My brother took all these photos with his mobile phone.


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