The eighth Shia Imam and Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Reza's birthday is being celebrated by Shia Muslims. To commemorate the event, thousands of Muslims have flocked to the sacred shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran's northeastern metropolis.

Iran (IMNA) - To commemorate the birth of the eighth Imam of Shia Islam, hundreds of pilgrims have flocked to the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad. Imam Reza was born in the Saudi city of Medina on the eleventh day of the lunar month of Zul-Qa'ada in the year 766.

Millions of Shia Muslims pay their respects to Imam Reza (PBUH) each year by visiting his gorgeously adorned mausoleum in Mashhad.

Since he spent his final years in Iran, Imam Reza enjoys a unique status among Iranians.

According to historical accounts, the Imam was invited by the Abbasid caliph Ma'moun to travel from Medina to Mashhad to serve as the Islamic realm's crown prince.

Imam Reza revealed the Abassid dynasty's pervasive corruption throughout his tenure.

Iranians hold Imam Reza in high regard as a source of spirituality who never fails to calm the pilgrims to his shrine.

And this, they claim, is the key to Shia Muslims' unshakable devotion to their eighth Imam even today, centuries after his time.

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