Ancient Custom in the Land of Customs: Dhul-Hijjah 9th; Special Day for People of Minab near Imam Reza's (A.S.) Brother Shrine

Ancient Custom in the Land of Customs: Dhul-Hijjah 9th; Special Day for People of Minab near Imam Reza's (A.S.) Brother Shrine
Imamzadehs and their holy shrines have a great importance as far as the Supreme Leader of Iran has said: "Imamzadehs should become a cultural hub in their regions". Hormozgan is one of the Provinces of Islamic Iran which has a great number of Imamzadehs and shrines like many other provinces of the country.
Imamzadehs and their holy shrines have a great importance as far as the Supreme Leader of Iran has said: "Imamzadehs should become a cultural hub in their regions". Hormozgan is one of the Provinces of Islamic Iran which has a great number of Imamzadehs and shrines like many other provinces of the country.
One of these Imamzadehs and holy graves, which welcomes thousands of pilgrims every year on Dhul-Hijjah 9th (the day of Arafa), is the holy shrine of Hazrat Shah Mar'ash Ibn Mousa (A.S.) in Minab city whose divine shrine is an origin for the lovers of the Divine path. 
In the day of Arafa, a different atmosphere prevails in Minab that is because of the blessed son and descendant of the seventh Shiite imam in the region which has caused the people to spend a day full of spirituality by coming to this holy place on the day of Arafa.
People of the region, according to an old tradition left from their ancestors and by their deep conviction, come to this Imamzadeh every year in Dhul-Hijjah 9th since dawn and recite the gracious Arafa Prayer.
Since ancient times, there were two wells near the shrine of Imamzadeh Shah Mar'ash (A.S.); one of which had sweat water and the other had salt water with an approximate distance of 25 meters and on the day of Arafa, which is known as the "Ninth Day" among people of the region, pilgrims washed themselves with the water of these two wells for consecration. People of this land believed that they should wash themselves with the water of these two wells in order to insure themselves from illnesses, diseases and also to protect themselves from the harm of any incidents until the next year.
However, the water of these wells has dried up in the recent years because of the common droughts, lack of precipitation and fall in the underground aquifers and resources; but the holy shrine of Imamzadeh Mar'ash Ibn Mousa (A.S.) shines like a glowing jewel in the sky over palm groves of this land and waters the heart of any passersby and those loyal to the Guardians with the aroma of his spirituality. 
This Imamzadeh has long been the focus for enthusiasts of Infallible Imams and was a place attracting pilgrims from all over the country, particularly the neighboring provinces.
Although several actions have been done in the recent years for the construction and development of this Imamzadeh and surrounding areas by the efforts of "Baqher Nohegar", one of the lovers of Infallible Imams, and also the donations by common people, lack of recreational facilities is one of the problems of the pilgrims in this holy shrine. The officials of Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization of Minab city and the custodian organizations are required to take further steps for facilitating and deepening the pilgrimage, supplying cultural attractions, providing residential amenities and facilities in order to promote the Islamic culture, strengthening religious beliefs and also making the love of guardianship and leadership alive and fruitful in the hearts of the pilgrims.
In the past, families usually came to this holy place one day sooner in groups or with relatives and spent the night praying near the shrine. Now people come to the shrine since the early hours of Arafa Day morning and stay in this holy place until the call to evening prayers. According to the older ones, at the time when the shrine of Imamzadeh was not renovated and there were not much facilities available, pilgrimage and temporary accommodation of pilgrims was associated with difficulties. But since the renovation of the shrine, some of the problems have been resolved and some steps were taken in order to solve the problems of pilgrims throughout the year and especially in the Ninth Day.
"We have no exact date as the beginning of this custom in Minab" said the custodian of Imamzadeh Shah Mar'ash (A.S.).
Baqher Nohegar explained about the Ninth Day in Minab and said: "In the past, there were two wells in the vicinity of the shrine, which the fresh water was attributed to Imamzadeh Shah Mar'ash (A.S.) and the salty one was attributed to Imam Sajjad (A.S.). People washed themselves with the water of these two wells in the Ninth Day with the intention of healing and avoiding diseases."
"Despite the 25 meters distance between these two wells, their water was a lot different from one another. The water of one was sweat and drinkable and the other was extremely salty, even saltier than the sea water, the color of which was yellowish and smelled like sulfur" he continued.
"At the time when clinical development was meager and medical sciences had not much progress, many people came to this shrine on Dhul-Hijjah 9th from all over the province for the treatment of the joint pain, wounds and diseases; they washed themselves with the water of these wells and their diseases were actually cured" he added.
The custodian of Imamzadeh Shah Mar'ash (A.S.) said: "Regarding the draughts in the recent years, these two wells were dried out."
"Since the renovation of the holy shrine of Imamzadeh Shah Mar'ash (A.S.) in 1998, several measures have been taken for the welfare of pilgrims" Nohegar added.
Mentioning that more than 500 million Tomans were spent since the destruction, renovating and expansion of the old building, he added: "All these expenses were from people donations and donors and the assistance of Endowment Office was minimal."
Stating that every year more than 7 thousand pilgrims from all over the province come to the holy shrine of Shah Mar'ash (A.S.) on the day of Arafah and on other days, the official said: "Lack of a proper road is the greatest problem of this shrine."
Imamzadeh Shah Mar'ash (A.S.) is the brother of Imam Reza (A.S.) and his holy grave is located in Chalow-ye Gavmishi village; 10 kilometers away from the center of Minab city.
Oct 18, 2015 13:10

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