Thanks to the existence of illuminated grave of Hazrat Reza (A.S.) and holy system of the Islamic Republic, Astan Quds Razavi has experienced, under the wise management of its late custodianship, many various and spectacular achievements in different areas. After the demise of Ayatollah Waiz Tabbasi in Esfand, 1394/ February, 2016, Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi was appointed by the Supreme Leader as the new custodian of this organization. Presence of Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi will definitely be a source for various positive and prosperous changes in this organization. Astan Quds Razavi has played very important role in various arenas and its qualitative and quantitative activities have increased and developed in a way which is incomparable to all its activities in last pervious centuries.
Astan Quds Razavi’s deep and various activities are conducted to protect and revive Razavi endowments based on the intention of the benefactors and public needs of the society particularly those of Razavi pilgrims. Emphasis of Astan Quds Razavi is on spiritual and cultural affairs as its main duty and it conducts all these by means of a central organization and its developed specialized subparts including six assistances, one general office, economic organization, fourteen cultural, scientific, educational, and social institutes at national and international levels. Some activities of Astan Quds Razavi to develop and expand cultural and Islamic teachings will be offered here.
All cultural, scientific, research, educational, and social institutes of Astan Quds Razavi before the victory of the Islamic Revolution was only one library with less than 50 thousand books, one museum and one office for cultural affairs. At the moment however, Astan Quds Razavi, based on the importance of cultural and religious programs, is the owner of various, cultural, social, scientific, research and educational institutes, thanks to the great endeavors of its custodian. Each of these institutes conducts a wide range of spiritual, cultural, and specialized studies.
Razavi Specialized Hospital
Capacity of Razavi Hospital is 320 beds and it has been built in a land with a vastness of around four million square meters. Buildings of the Razavi Hospital are about 56 thousand square meters big and they have been built in five floors.
Connectivity with Astan Quds Razavi, enjoying advanced medical equipment in accordance with today’s technology, having competent and skillful personnel and necessary medical facilities, and observing all religious and medical standards are some features of this hospital.
Different Sections of the Hospital
CSR unit (central sterilization), MRI, nuclear medicine, endoscopy, emergency unit, specialized clinics (checkup), holter monitoring, dentistry, otolaryngology, pain, maternity and non-pain delivery, internal ward, laboratory, radiology (simple, digital, mammography, panorex and bone density), fixed and mobile ultrasound, CT scan and CT angiography, pharmacy, heart rehab ward, central operating rooms, cardiac cateterism, ICU rooms, (ICU of open heart surgery and ICU of other surgeries), surgery ward, women ward, maternity block, NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), a heart department including: heart wards of 1 and 2, CCU and heart surgery, echocardiography and exercise testing and pace-maker. Also, this center enjoys hospitalization rooms in four different shapes equipped with nurse recall and care monitoring, library, sterile unit for infectious wastes, facilities for staff, hospital information system (HIS), building management system (BMS), and advanced communications system.
Building of the hospital has been designed according to the best type of architectural structures and highest standards. Taking the advantage of technical ideas of salient foreign and Iranian advisors, necessary anticipation for fixing the facilities and equipment has been done, so it has enough safety in case of facing with natural disasters.
Imam Reza University
Imam Reza International University was established in 1378/1999 following emphasis of Astan Quds Razavi’s late custodian and authorization of supreme council of cultural revolution. Educating faithful and innovative managers, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs based on benevolent manner was the goal behind the establishment of this university. In comparison to other non-profit universities of the country, Imam Reza University is a dynamic and prosperous academic center. Enjoying God’s favors and guidance of its supreme founder, Imam Reza University has succeeded to attract public attention. It has also succeeded, attaining an international status and license from center of electronic teachings, to become a pioneer and different center in nurturing young Iranian talents. Providing a scientific and dynamic situation to nurture religious young generation under the Razavi supreme culture is the main goal of this academic center.
Possessing two independent campuses for men and women and having 70 members of academic board and also over 400 invited lecturers in about 60 majors, Imam Reza International University has provided necessary ground for creation, expansion and application of knowledge in a healthy and peaceful atmosphere. This university has got a 30 thousand square meter educational space and it offers courses in both BA and MA levels. University’s wide range of capabilities has led to a promotion in quality of education, pedagogy, and appropriate services given to the society. These capacities have also solved many problems of students and their families.
Razavi University of Islamic Sciences
This university has about 800 BA, MA and PhD students and it is active in 18 academic majors and different research departments. The second building of the center, a 10800 square meter place, was established in 1383/ 2004. Razavi University has published over 40 books up to now. Out of this number 11 has been awarded in different festivals and book of the year ceremonies. “Thought of Seminary School” and “Theology and Law” are two specialized journals of this academic center.
Supreme Cultural Council
Policy making, observing, coordinating, and consolidating intellectual and software backing of Astan Quds Razavi’s cultural and religious activities
Assistance of Propagation and Islamic Communications
Programming, coordinating, and comprehensive promoting of propagation, communication, and services offered to the respectful pilgrims of Imam Reza (A.S.) from all around the world.
Razavi Economic Organization
Founded in 1382/ 2006, Razavi Economic Organization purposed to manage and direct companies and institutes affiliated to Astan Quds Razavi. It also supplies cultural and construction costs of the organization in order to give better services to the pilgrims of Imam Reza (A.S.). Institutes under the supervision of this organization are as follows:
Mineral and Industrial Activities:
These types of activities are done in two areas of industry and mine particularly food industry and they are conducted within 17 companies and institutes including non-metallic mineral industry, sugar, automobile manufacturing, textile industry, wood industry, and publications. These companies and institutes are:
*Carpet Company of Astan Quds Razavi
*Print and Publication Institute (Offset, Industrial Printing (Flexography) and Food Packaging)
*Razavi Cement Company
*Shahab Khodro Company
*Razavi Banaye Sabok Company (Hebelex)
*Wood Industry Company of Astan Quds Razavi
*Quds Razavi Mines and Granit Company
*Khorasan Textile and Spinning Company
*Iran Combine Manufacturing Company
*Quds Razavi Flour Company
*Razavi Yeast Company (private joint stock company)
*Torbat Heydariyeh Sugar Company
*Razavi Sugar Company (Abkouh)
*Razavi Food Industry Company
*Razavi Dairy Products Company
*Chenaran Sugar Company (private joint stock company)
*Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Activities
This section is active with 12 companies and institutes in the areas of cultivation, gardening, forestry and pastures, and animal husbandry and fishery. This section produces over 80 items.
*Malek Endowment Organization
*Endowments and Agriculture Organization of Semnan Province (Damghan)
*Endowments and Agriculture Organization of South of khorasan
*Endowments and Agriculture Organization of Chenaran
*Razavi Agriculture Company
*Quds Razavi Agriculture and Development of Forests Company
*Esfarayen Crop and Industry Company (private joint stock company)
*Crop and Industry Company of Anabad in Kashmar
*Astan Quds Razavi’s Crop and Industry Company of Sarakhs
*Gardens Institute of Astan Quds Razavi
*Razavi Crop and Husbandry Institute of Kenebist
*Crop and Industry Company of Nemuneh Farm
*Service, Construction, and Health Activities
Activities of this section is done in three parts of building, housing and road construction, computer, IT and communications, and treatment, pharmaceutics, insurance and financial services within 15 companies and institutes as follows:
*Organization of Development and Construction of Big Khorasan
*Razavi Distribution Company
*Razavi Research and Technology Company
*Razavi Insurance Company
*Samen Pharmaceutics Company
*Quds Razavi Concrete and Machine Company
*Shahab Yar Company
*Razavi Medical and Aromatic Herbs Company
*Razavi Stock Exchange Company
*Razavi Housing and Construction Company
*Quds Razavi Consultation and Computer Services Company
*Quds Razavi Water and Soil Engineering Company
*Sarakhs Special Economic Zone
*Razavi Credit Institute
*Astan Quds Razavi possesses shares of 44 pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical equipment companies and institutes. Also, it has less than 50% of the shares in 60 other companies and institutes.
To reconstruct and repair the dome of the Razavi Shrine after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, old bricks of the dome were all removed and it was covered with a layer of concrete. Then, the surface of the dome was covered with copper bricks having a gold cover. This golden layer covered about 700 square meters.
The current golden and silver chamber is the 5th structure put on Imam’s (A.S.) grave. This chamber which is considered a masterpiece of Islamic and Iranian art was unveiled in 1379/ 2000.
Institute of Holy Shrine of Hussein Ibn Musa al-Kazem (A.S.) and Mausoleum of Martyr Modarres (R.A.)
Constructing multipurpose halls, museums, resting places for families, and library in tens of thousands square meters of devotional and pilgrimage places in Tabass and Kashmar are some important activities of this institute in south of Khorasan.
This company has published over 1700 title books in the areas of religion, literature, history, geography, sports, language, psychology, and kids and teenagers.
Physical Education Institute
Having a sports complex with a vastness of about 16000 square meters, this institute has succeeded, as one of the best and most advanced sport centers of the country, to attain valuable achievements by attracting interested people and providing a safe place for families. Sports facilities of this complex include special pools for men and women, traditional exercises hall, soccer pitches, multipurpose halls, cycling track, track and field stadium, a stadium with a capacity of 30 thousand and so no.
Islamic Research Foundation
Enjoying scientific services of around 135 researchers in ten specialized departments, Islamic Research Foundation of Astan Quds Razavi plays its role in three areas of compiling, translation, and edition of Islamic texts to revive and expand teachings of Qur’an and the infallible Imams (A.S.). The building of this center is about 24 thousand square meters. Publishing around 7580000 copies of books with 1808 volumes and 1006 titles is one of the honors of the center. Fifteen publications of this center have ever been awarded as selected books in various festivals and book of the year ceremonies.
Organization of Libraries, Museums and Documents Center of Astan Quds Razavi
This organization includes following sections:
Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi: Possessing more than one million and three hundred thousand print books in various topics, around forty thousand lithographic books, 78 thousand copies of books and other sources of manuscripts, over 70 thousand foreign books in 69 languages, around 7 million historic documents, 1 million journals in Persian and foreign languages, publishing specialized and research quarterlies of librarianship, over 120 thousand members, and a vastness of 28800 square meters, Astan Quds Razavi’s Central Library is known as one of the richest, biggest, and most valid libraries and document centers in the country and the world.
Affiliated Libraries of Astan Quds Razavi: At the present time, over 40 libraries in Iran and one library in India is affiliated to Astan Quds Razavi’s Organization of Libraries, Museums and Document Center. These libraries have got over 1250000 copies of print books and about 21 thousand manuscripts. These 41 libraries render services to more than 160 thousand members.
Museums of Astan Quds Razavi
Three museums and Twelve Treasuries with the following names:
Treasuries of Qura’n, gifts of the Supreme Leader, carpet, history of Mashhad, coin and medal, stamp and banknote, porcelain and candlesticks, weapon, clock and astronomy tools, visual arts, seashell, snail and mollusks, and treasury of decorations related to architecture (under construction), museum of anthropology, Malek national museum in Tehran, and Vaziri museum in Yazd.