Trip to Villages Surrounding Qom [Kahak, Kirmejegan & Veshnaveh]

Most schools are off due to the Iranian new year (nowrooz) so some of us friends decided to head out to the outskirts of Qom in some of the old villages that surround the main city of Qom. We went to a district called Kahak, which itself also hosts the village of Kahak in it, among various other villages like Sarm, Siru, Verjan etc. Afterwards we went to another rural district within Kahak district called Fordo and went to the village within Fordo district called Veshnavah. If all this doesn’t make any sense, then just visit this Wikipedia page that lays out the different districts that are within the county of Qom.

All 3 villages have at least one notable grave of an Imamzadeh there with a shrine. The village of Kahak has the grave of Imamzadeh Zainab Khatoon (one of the grand-daughters of Imam Musa Kadhim [as]) and is referred to as Ma’suma of Kahak (as opposed to the daughter of Imam Musa Kadhim [as] who is refferred to as Ma’suma of Qum). Kahak also has a house of Mulla Sadra, where he resided for a few years.  Ayatullah Khamenei writes the following about Mulla Sadra and his time in Kahak:

There is very little information as to when exactly Mulla Sadra arrived in Kahak. Neither can we make sure how long he stayed there. Historians’ estimates range between seven to fifteen years.

What is definite, however, is that he spent the early years of his stay in Kahak – perhaps as long as ten years – in the seclusion of his own home. The chain of events in those years reveal the important role played by Mulla Mohsen Feyz Kashani in re- introducing Mulla Sadra to the outside world. He resumed teaching and as Feyz writes in his autobiography, the courses included theosophy, education and even gnosis.[1]

The shrines of other Imamzadehs we got to visit were Imamzadeh Noor Ali and Imamzadeh Hadi; both of them are from the progeny of Imam Zain ul-Abideen (as).  Apparently there are also a few caves in the area, one near Delijan village and one near Veshnavah. We were not able to go there, because everyone we asked in the village informed us that it is too far to go (about a 5 km walk on mountainous ranges) and since it isn’t the season right now, you will not really be able to go there and won’t be able to find any help there or other tourists.

 


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