Imam Reza's birthday ceremony was held at Imam Reza's historic home in the city of Marv, Turkmenistan, with the presence of Dr. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, the Supreme Leader Adviser and member of the Expediency Discernment Council, Professor Mohammad Kafi, President of the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, and hundreds of enthusiastic Turkmens to Imam Reza (AS).
At the ceremony, Reza Khanian, Iran's Cultural Attaché, welcomed the guests and thanked the Turkmen government, in particular, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, for agreeing to hold this celebration. He added this annual celebration shows that Imam Reza (AS) has great respect among Turkmens.
Seyed Mohammad Ahmadi, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Turkmenistan, also noted the magnificent presence of the people at the celebration shown the pure feeling of the Turkmen people towards Imam Reza (AS) as a kindness model.
Then Dr. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel also conveyed the greetings and message of the Supreme Leader of Iran to the people of Turkmenistan and Marv, saying: Imam Reza (AS) has put Iranians and Turkmen together and today, throughout Iran, and especially Mashhad, people also celebrate this ceremony. He further noted the strong ties between the two countries and said the leaders of the two countries have great respect for each other and the two countries. He also added that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkmenistan have the safest borders.