Holy shrine in Iranian city of Mashhad hosts large-scale meals after daily Ramadan fast
Every year during Ramadan, the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad hosts thousands of fasting pilgrims for a free Iftar meal.
It's the first time after two years that Muslims have marked Ramadan without serious worries over the coronavirus.
With the majority being vaccinated, the holy shrine has once again opened its doors to the wave of passionate pilgrims who have a special love for their eighth Imam.
The charity gesture is organized by Astan Quds Razavi, a religious institution in charge of the guardianship of Imam Reza's Shrine.
It says aside from this magnificent Iftar meal, it is also engaged in charity works throughout the fasting month to put a smile on the faces of the poor.
Muslims say fasting is not just an abstention from eating and drinking. They are taught that the holy month is a time to push the limits on humanity and partake in charity works, including Iftar donations. And Imam Reza's shrine says it seeks to be a pioneer in Ramadan's humanitarian gestures.