Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Al Mahdi mosque and cultural center is located in my university;"Azad University of Mashhad"
The building is designed by one of MA students of Art & Architectural factually.Since it is forbidden to take photo in the university place,I could not to take better shots.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Almas-e-Shargh or Diamond of the East is a big unique shopping center in Mashhad with 650000 square meters area in 5 floors.This great and beautiful center is designed by an Iranian famous architect " Khalil Sohrabian" and is included many facilities such as restaurant,coffee shop.amusing park,a 27000 square meters parking,gym,net cafe,wireless Internet and etc.Look at the dome,It shines like a real diamond!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Kian center is a hypermarket & KFC Fast food & shopping center & Import/Export Trade Leads - Global Trade Business Opportunity Services .
Friday, September 26, 2008
A shot of Old Mashhad near Imam Reza holy shrine.Most of the building near here are old and the government try to bye and destroy them and build new constructions instead.The designs have to follow the Islamic style that you see in the photo.Architects and engineers won't be allowed to use modern concepts and architecture near the holy shrine.
This photo is taken by one of my university friends, "Danial Rezazadeh" .Thanks Danial!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
My Sketch (I put it for you Dina!)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Qur'an 97, 1-5)
In the name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful.
1 Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Predestination.
2 Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!
3 The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
4 The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees.
5 (The night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn.
Last Night was Laylat al-Qadr,Laylat al-Qadr is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel (Jibril in Arabic). It is also the anniversary of the night in which the Qur'an is believed by Muslims to have been revealed in its entirety. The Laylat al -Qadr can also be known as the night of excellence.
The verses above regard the Night as better than one thousand months. The whole month of Ramadan is a period of spiritual training wherein believers devote much of their time to fasting, praying, recitating the Qur'an, remembering God, and giving charity. However because of the revealed importance of this night, Muslims strive harder in the last ten days of Ramadan since the Laylat al-Qadr could be one of the odd-numbered days in these last ten (the first, third, fifth, or seventh). Normally, Muslims would perform an i'tikaf in the mosque (i.e they remain in the mosque for the last ten days at a strech) for prayers and recitation.
For more information about this holy night , please click here.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The first documented evidence on the existence of Persian carpets came from Chinese texts dating back to the Sassanid period (224 - 641 CE).
Reference : Wikipedia
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I love you and will miss you. I'll come back soon.
Here is the sparkle of god throne, take off your hat.
Here is the mausoleum of the master of Toos, prone on the ground.
Here is the Mount Sinai, take off your shoes.
Here is the tomb of Ferdowsi, kiss the earth.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
In the beginning of the 9th century, Mashhad was a small village called Sanabad. It was not considered a great city until Mongol raids in 1220 which caused the destruction of many large cities in the Greater Khorasan territories, leaving this place relatively intact. Thus the survivors of the massacres migrated to Mashhad and it became larger.
Sanabad Street, which is one the most famous and oldest streets, is the original place of the old Sanabad village in this city.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Today, despite the huge scientific evolution and great achievements in medicine, ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply is still one of the most important concerns of medical community in global scale; the mankind has been unable to replace this life-giving source with any other substitute so far.
Near %100 of blood need in Iran is provided by blood donors. Blood donation is a culture among the people in Persia.
Monday, September 8, 2008
In these two photos, you'll see the old and modern architecture of Mashhad. I was passing through this old building by my car when I took the photo; so I couldn't realize what this building was. "Malek House" is the only thing I could see. If any of the Mashhadi's visitors know, tell us please.
And you see the Mellat Bank below as a modern building. Interesting to know that these two buildings are in a same street: Arg Street.
If you are interested to see more photos of old architecture in this part of the world, The Land of Persia, visit The Travel to Kashan.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
As you see in the picture, It is usuall to eat such simple meal for breaking fast in Iran. Bread, cheese with fresh vegtables, date with a cup of tea or a glass of milk. We have also a special kind of sweet for this month which is named Zoolbia & Bamieh (the yellow colored sweet you see in the photo) .
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
It was my first time visiting the churches in Mashhad. As I said only one of them is active, St Mesrop Church. The other one has been closed for a few years. After walking up and down in the streets, I finally found the St Mesrop. The door was closed. I pushed the doorbell. An old woman picked the phone and said: "Yes?"
Meead: "Excuse me, could you please open the door? I want to enter the church."
Woman: "Why? Who are you?"
Meead: "I just want to visit inside of the church."
Woman: "For what?"
Meead: "I like to take some photos."
Meead: "Oh why?"
Woman: "I said no."
Meead: "Sorry, but could you please come down to the door. I want to talk with you."
Meead: "Who is the servant of the church? I want to meet him."
Woman: "He is not home."
Meead: "When will he come back?"
Woman: "I don't know."
Meead: "Could you please tell me how and when I can meet him?"
Woman: "I told you I don't know. Go and come back next month, after Ramadan."
Meead: "Oh, I'll not be in Iran in the next month."
Woman: "It's your problem."
Meead: "Okay, thank you. Bye."
And she put down the phone. I got so upset that she didn't let me in even for a second to visit inside of the church, really sad! I looked around to see if any of their neighbors were there. Oh yes, there is a man there. I got close to him and asked him if he knows who is the servant of this church. He said that he knows him.
I asked him: "why they didn't let me in."
Man: "They prefer not to let muslims in. Muslims always cause them trouble. Why do you want to visit the church?"
Meead: "I just want to take some photos and visit the church for the first time."
Man: "They let several of you inside before but none of you never made any donation to the church. They just spent their time and energy to open the door for you and let you in and gave you lots of information. But at the end, all of you just say thank you, not more."
I thanked the man and came back in front of the church. I rised my head to look the building. What I saw was so sad. Most of the windows were broken. Did people really do that with the church? If yes ... I found the answer why the other church is closed and this one is not open everyday. I found the answer why christians have moved out from Mashhad. I can't believe they did that. Jesus!
I also have a bad news: Recently a christian, Ramtin Soodmand, has been arrested in Mashhad by an intelligent agancy. No one has any news about him after 12 days. Ramtin was only allowed a few days ago to contact his mother briefly by phone, at which time he informed his mother that he was in good health, but did not disclose any other information about his detention or the reason for his arrest.