Astan Quds Razavi is stealing the wealth of Iran’s people
WRITTEN BY MOHAMMAD, AAI NEWS TEAM
Under the name of Islam and Imam Reza, Astan Quds Razavi – a bonyad or autonomous charitable foundation, in Mashhad, Iran – steals the wealth of the people and the country.
Astan Quds Razavi is the administrative organization managing Iran’s most important shrine, the Imam Reza shrine (the eighth leader of Shia Muslim). Estimated to be worth $15 billion, Astan Quds Razavi is a dictator in Mashhad’s economy and its wealth increases at the expense of the citizens who can’t pay their rent.
The bonyad’s power is getting too big: it owns the Economic Organization of Astan Quds Razavi, the Carpet Company, the Housing and Construction Company, the Bread Manufacturing Industry, the Wood Industry, the Dairy Products Company, the Agricultural Units of Astan Quds Razavi, the Razavi Brokerage Company, and the Razavi Transport Company – and more! Moreover, it heads the publications Quds Daily, Za'ir Magazine and Haram magazine. It is also behind vital cultural and educational institutions such as Imam Reza University, the Islamic Research Foundation, the Museums of Astan Quds Razavi, the Razavi Cultural Foundation, and the Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi. Not to mention it has too much political sway: the head of the foundation, Ayatollah Abbas Vaez-Tabasi, is a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts, which supervises the Supreme Leader.
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