The Selected Devotee of Razavi Culture from India: I feel strong
after visiting Imam Reza’s holy shrine
What can be written to introduce a man whose whole life is intertwined
with Imam Reza (A.S.); someone who has witnessed a miracle in his life and
named his son Reza?
Sardar Hassan lives in Naugawan Sadat in northern India. All
residents of this city are Sadat and descendants of the fourth Imam (PBUH). For
the first time, he organized Imam Reza (A.S.) Festival in Naugawan Sadat, and
it is years that he has been holding programs for Imam Reza and Hazrat Masoumeh
during Ten Days of Munificence (the period between Hazrat Masoumeh’s birthday
and Imam Reza’s). He has also written books about Imam Reza (A.S.) in Hindu. This
book, titled Lights of Munificence, tells the story of Imam Reza’s and
Hazarat Masoumeh’s lives. He received the title of the Selected Devotee of
Razavi Culture from the minister of culture and Islamic guidance in
appreciation of his endeavors to promote Razavi culture. What follows is our
interview with this lovely man.
Why is India known as the land of 72 nations?
The reason is that people of different religions live in this
In which city were you born?
I was born in a green mountainous village, called Sankhni, in
Bulandshahr. It has been named Bulandshahr since it is located on a tall
mountain. This city is located within 100 kilometers from Delhi in north India.
Villagers in the village I was born in are engaged in agricultural activities
and they produce wheat, corn, mango, etc. Now I live in Naugawan Sadat.
Please tell us about your activities in Naugawan.
As I said earlier, I organize my activities in Naugawan Sadat in
northern India. I have been teaching at the seminary of this city for six
years, and I have been undertaking cultural and religious activities in this
area. I manage a website and 10 weblogs. I am the manager of Fazael Institute.
I have written and published six books so far.
Have you written any book about Imam Reza (A.S.)?
Yes Rahnamaye Hagh [The Right Guide], written in Hindu, was
published this year. When unveiled, a book-reading competition was held, in
which 600 students from 3 universities and 16 colleges participated. I have also
written Lights of Munificence which recounts the story of Imam Reza’s
and Hazrat Masoumeh’s lives. We also hold mourning ceremonies for Hazrat Fatima
during Fatemiah period, held as 5 days for men and 5 days for women.
When was the last time you came to Iran?
One year ago. I promised to Imam Reza that I would come to Mashhad
once a year in any way possible.
What is the reason for this passion?
Imams are a single light; however, the life of each of us is
intertwined with one single Imam more than with others. Talking about me, Imam Reza
(A.S.) played an influential role in my life. Imam Reza (A.S.) has been very
gracious to me. When I went to Iran to study at seminary, I felt that Imam Reza
(A.S.) had invited me so that I can learn religious teachings in his country. I
can see reflections of blessings from Imam Reza (A.S.) in every corner of my
life. I named my only son, Reza, due to the over-whelming love I feel for Imam Reza
Reza is a nice name. Why did you choose it?
I resorted to Imam Reza (A.S.) and he gave me my son.
Do you want to tell us the story?
Yes! Sure! I was single when I came to Qom to become a seminary
student. I got married and took my wife to Qom. Later, my wife fell ill. One of
my friends and I took her to hospital, and we found that she was pregnant. A
few months later, she became ill again, when I took her to the hospital, the
doctor said that the baby had died inside her belly. He prescribed medications
so that the dead fetus would completely come out of the body.
After this, my wife and I came to Mashhad to visit Imam Reza’s
shrine. I took her to hotel after Ziarat, and I returned to the holy
shrine. I had a friend who called me at that time and asked about my wife. I said
she was slightly ill. He said: you are before someone who is kindhearted and
resolves many troubles. Go to Zarih and resort to Hazrat Zahra. I stayed in the
holy shrine that night and read surah al-Kawthar for a thousand times next to the
Zarih. When I returned to the hotel, one of the hotel staff told me: Son, your
wife is pregnant. Why did you leave her alone? I said: No, she is not. She was,
and then due to some conditions, the baby died. She said: I think you should
take her to a doctor’s once more. I said I didn’t know any doctors in Mashhad.
She gave me the address of a doctor’s office, called Dr. Bohloul. We went to
her office. She conducted a sonography, and said your baby is alive! We were
shocked. We showed her the medications the other doctor in Qom had prescribed.
She said it was impossible for a baby to remain alive after the mother takes
these medicines. When I restored my calm, I remembered the previous night and
remembered how Imam Reza (A.S.) is famous for his kindheartedness. So when my
son was born, we named him Reza.
You said your wife’s marriage portion included a travel to Mashhad
to visit Imam Reza’s shrine, right?
Yes, my wife’s marriage portion was 107 Rupiah and a travel to
Mashhad to visit Imam Reza’s holy shrine.
Had someone else determined such a marriage portions?
Yes, a few of my relatives.
Imam Reza (A.S.) has many attributes.
Which one do you think is prominent?
Imam Reza (A.S.) is extremely kindhearted. He even treats the
sinners with kindness. But one more thing about him that is stuck in my mind is
his own hadith, stating “one who visits my shrine, I will meet him/her in three
I have not read something like this about any other Imam. So I
think Imam Reza has a very special position.
How do you feel when you go to the holy shrine? What goes on
between you and Imam Reza (A.S.)?
Not everything can be described through words. I say some things to
Imam Reza that I cannot tell anyone else since Imam Reza knows what goes on
deep in our hearts. When I visit his shrine, I feel strong. I feel I have such
a unique supporter who will always stand up for me. It is as if he takes care
of me and all his devotees. And I am sure that he will give me whatever I want
since he is a symbol of love and compassion.
In your opinion, to what extent Imam Reza’s presence in our
country, is influential under the current circumstances?
It is unknown that had the pressure exerted on Iran been exerted on
some other country, what would have happened to that country. We witnessed that
Iran could bear all these difficulties and overcome all sanctions thanks to
Imam Reza’s special attention to this country. This is a result of Imam Reza’s
kindness and support. So as Martyr Moqnieh said: we are victorious.
Yes! You and we are victorious for sure! Our children do not live
as others do. Look at our leaders! Look at how they sacrifice their lives in
battlefields, jihad, and in defense of Islam. We have inherited the path they
We will stand tall; even if the only thing left to us is our life,
we will sacrifice it as well. We will not let the right be violated even if we
are lonely as Hazrat Zainab was in Yazid’s palace. We will shout even if our
throat is torn apart. We will not give away this religion easily. The defenders
of the shrine have a slogan that says: we are all your Abbas, Ya Zainab! We will
repeat this sentence to our children in every moment of our lives. We are not
afraid of anything, we will not remain silent against oppressions and we will
fight to the end of our life.
Do the Indian Muslims recognize Iran as the country of Imam Reza
(A.S.) and Hazrat Masoumeh (PBUH)?
Yes, the shias of India recognize Iran as the country of Imam Reza
(A.S.), Hazrat Masoumeh (A.S.), and Imam Mahdi.
On the eve of Imam Reza’s birthday, you were at his holy shrine.
Tell us about that magnificent night.
That night, I saw a shrine which hosted a great number of Razavi
lovers. Imam Reza’s lovers had filled all courtyards. I knew that Imam Reza is
so kind that he would let everyone in. It was the first time that I was in
Mashhad on the eve of Imam Reza’s birthday. I had not seen such a passion in my
whole life. Previously, I had been in Mashhad on the eve of Hazrat Zahra’s
birthday, but it was not the same.
You had always visited the holy shrine as a pilgrim, this time you
are the Selected Devotee of Razavi Culture! How are you feeling?
There is no honor greater than being the selected devotee of Razavi
culture. This festival gave me the greatest honor in my life. I do not think I
deserve it. What I have done is trivial. I did not know that they invite Razavi
culture activist from around the world before I received the invitation. I
thanked Imam Reza for this blessing and honor he bestowed upon me.
Is there anything in Iran that you envy?
Yes! You have Imam Reza (A.S.) and that I envy that.