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The Islamic conquest of Persia led to the end of the Sassanid Empire and the eventual decline of the Zoroastrian religion.

However, the achievements of the previous Persian civilizations were not lost but were to a great extent embraced by the new Islamic state.

Ansarin: Iran and Islam owe one another a debt of gratitude.

The city of Mashhad serves as the spiritual capital of Iran.This city owes its significance to Imam Reza’s shrine which is the burial site of Ali Ibn Musa al-Ridha, the seventh descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the eighth imam in the Twelver Shi’i tradition.Imam Reza’s Shrine complex, which is the largest mosque in the world by dimension and the second largest by capacity, is located at the heart of the city.The shrine attracts almost 30 million pilgrims from around the world every year.And to facilitate the visitors and run the complex there are countless devoted volunteers from all walks of life.

In this exclusive Press TV documentary, we will visit the holy shrine in Mashhad and meet some of the people who have dedicated their lives to serve there.

TIME CODE : _Actuality I’ve been here continuously every morning and afternoon for 68 years. I come here to ask Imam Reza for his intercession in the hereafter.

Narration: This melody has been heard for hundreds of years…It’s played from here, looking down on the second biggest shrine on the planet…It’s calling on people to come to pray…More than 27 million people travel here every year….

It’s run by the most powerful non-government organization in Iran….

There are thousands of servants here…volunteer to provide calm and comfort to the pilgrims….

They are doctors, scientists, lawyers and ministers who come to support the pilgrims on their journey to the heart of the shrine.