Jun 10 2023
Imam Reza (a.s.) knows the feelings of pilgrims well
It is not strange if we write that Soheil Asaad has become a Shia by the mercy and grace of Hazrat Samen Al-A’imah [Imam Reza] (AS). Forty years of life has been a great opportunity for him to get acquainted with the Islamic lifestyle and to guide more than a hundred people to Shia Islam.
He recently was the manager of Imam Reza (AS) Islamic Center in Spain for about 3 years.
He explains 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 considered as one of the competitors. In fact, the many activities I had done in conveying the message of Shia Islam culture around the world were the reason for this. Also, the history of managing the Islamic Center in Spain caused me to be appreciated and chosen as the honorary servant of the holy shrine.”
Soheil Asaad says about his spiritual connection with Imam Reza (AS): “In this Holy Shrine, All of the pilgrims feel understood; 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 sympathized with was Imam Reza (A.S.). The first shrine I visited was the shrine of Imam Reza (AS). When I came to Iran, the first place where I felt the 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 Imam Reza (A.S.), 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 pilgrims well and that is why pilgrims do not feel strange in this shrine, but it seems that they have found their acquaintance already 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 Security of mind.”