Prophet’s birth ceremony in the shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh

Though Shi’i theology formally states that the relatives of the Imams, or Imamzadehs, hold a lower status than the Imams, popular Shi’ism still strongly venerates imamzadehs. In homeland, there are many more burial places of the Imams’ relatives than there are for the Imams themselves. Imamzadehs are considered to be close to God and religiously pious because of their close relation to Imams.Shi’is commonly travel on pilgrimages to shrines of imamzadehs, such as the Shrine of Fatima Masumeh, the sister of the 8th Imam ‘Ali al-Rida, in Qom.