Photos by Mehr News Agency
Catching a glimpse of Iranian-Islamic architecture: The tomb of Bayazid Bastami in Shahroud, Semnan province of Iran, attracts many interested people.
The name Bastami means "from Bastam". Bayazid's grandfather was a Zoroastrian who converted to Islam. His grandfather had three sons, Adam, Tayfur and 'Ali. All of them were ascetics. Bayazid was born to Tayfur. Not much is known of his childhood, but Bayazid spent most of his time in isolation in his house and the mosque. Although he remained in isolation, he did not isolate himself from the Sufi realm. He welcomed people into his house to discuss Islam. Bayazid also led a life of asceticism and renounced all worldly pleasures in order to be one with Allah The Exalted. Ultimately, this led Bayazid to a state of "self annihilation", which, according to many Sufi orders, is the only state a person could be in order to attain union with God. (read more on wikipedia)
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