Photos by Mohammad Akhlaghi, Mehr News Agency
To mark the death anniversary of Saint Masumeh, a group of women in Qom, accompanied by men, marched in the streets of Qom to declare their support for chastity and hijab.
The shrine of Masumeh (sister of Imam Reza) is located in Qom, the second most sacred city in Iran after Mashhad. After dying from an illness while en route to visiting her brother, Masoumeh was buried in Qum in 816.
Much of the shrine complex was first built by Shah Abbas I in the early 17th
century. The shrine has attracted to itself dozens of seminaries and religious
City of Qom lies 156 kilometres (97 mi) by road southwest of Tehran and is the capital of Qom Province. It has an estimated population of 1,042,309 in 2005. It is situated on the banks of the Qom river.
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