Imam Reza (AS) is the manifestation of a leader who is "strong against unbelievers, but compassionate amongst one another".
The statement was made by chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi at a ceremony on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam Reza (AS) in the Jame' courtyard of the holy shrine in Mashhad.
Hoj. Ahmad Marvi pointed to the ethical merits of the Infallible Household of the Prophet (pbuh), saying: "All the Imams possessed perfect ethical merits, but some of them are believed to have unique merits such as the Prophet (pbuh) and Imam Reza (AS) who are known for their compassionate behavior."
Imam Reza's compassion is not restricted to the material world, he stated, adding that his compassion will be with the believers even in the Doomsday. "No one shall return empty-handed from his holy shrine, which is a place of hope and grace."
Hoj. Marvi referred to Imam Reza's way of conduct, saying: "As Imam Reza (AS) was compassionate with the believers and the oppressed, he was also strong against the unbelievers when defending the rights of the believers."
"Imam Reza (AS) rejected the invitation of the tyrant ruler of the time for cooperation and openly announced that the precondition for being a believer is fighting the oppressors of the time," he further noted.
An epistemological pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) means the translation of his knowledge, teachings, and words into all associations, communications and all aspects of the pilgrims' social and political life, he added.
He recommended the pilgrims and believers to resort to Imam Reza's teachings "to show compassion to the servants of God, to help the needy, to act against tyranny and the oppressors in political and social arenas, and to support resistance movements against the tyrannical powers."
Denouncing indifference in view of the oppressions against the oppressed nations, Hoj. Marvi said: "As a Shia Muslim nation we cannot be indifferent to the oppressed people of Palestine and to the first Qibla of the Muslims."