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Iran's Holiest Shrine Opens to Virtual Pilgrims

Lisa Minter (
Wed, 29 Jun 2005 10:37:03 -0500

Visiting Iran's holiest Shi'ite Muslim Shrine is now just one click
away thanks to a new Internet service for those who cannot visit in

Shi'ite Muslims all over the world can make a virtual pilgrimage to
the tomb of Imam Reza in the northeastern city of Mashhad by
connecting to

"It is for those impatient Shi'ites who want to feel permanently
connected to the eighth Imam," the supervisor of the shrine wrote on
the site.

Shi'ite Muslims believe Imam Reza was the eighth successor to the
prophet Mohammad who was allegedly poisoned in 817 while traveling
through Mashhad, then a tiny village.

Mashhad has since grown into Iran's second biggest city, pulling in
much of its income from about two million pilgrims who visit the
shrine each year.

Some of Iran's most senior clerics already have Web sites, posting
religious edicts on the Web.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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