the holy hamra of qom

Qom, pronounced in Persian as Ghom, is the largest center for Shi’a Islam scholarship in the world.

There, we can find a theological centre and the Holy Shrine (Hamra, in Persian) of Fatema Ma’sumah (or Mae’sume).

Most of my Iranian friends would not understand why I wanted to visit Qom. My explanation was simple: I wanted to see it, to get the feeling of the place, to understand a bit of the second most important holy place in Iran. We can’t deny that it influences the whole country.

Once I stepped out the bus, I took this taxi — although I wanted to take it darbast nemikhan (“I don’t want taxi” — meaning it would be a shared taxi, as it’s usual in the country), the driver of course charged me perhaps 10 times more than he would have charged a local.

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darbast nemikhan
darbast nemikhan

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On the entrance of the Shrine I left my backpack, and the guys asked if I were Muslim — non-muslisms are not allowed to enter the holy shrine. I answered: “No, I’m not, but I’m not Catholic, nor Jewish, and what I can say is that I believe in God.” Then the doorkeeper replied: “why do you want to come here?”. I said that I have interest in learning about different religions and cultures; and then he allowed me to enter the Shrine.

As I have read, and also spoken to other travellers, only a few (non-muslims) manage to go inside. I was sincere with the doorkeeper, had long sleeves collared-shirt, and a shallow beard.

Once inside, I observed the architecture and people for quite a while. Then I was able to take some pictures, without being intrusive or disrespectful — some of them were also taking some pictures or even filming:

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golden shrine
golden shrine

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now the silver part
now the silver part

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The architecture is quite interesting:

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detail of the dome
detail of the dome

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Inside the Shrine several Moullahs and religious people:

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moullah
moullah

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And women with their shades:

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women on their shades
women on their shades
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