Kings consulted with him, lions bowed to him and his fans even claim the legendary mystic could fold space and time.

But what Sheikh Abol-Hasan Kharaghani (also spelled Aboul-Hassan) is best known for is his respect for all people, regardless of their labels.

This is his most famous statement, inscribed at his mausoleum, a must-visit destination in the village of Kharaghan, about 20 km north of Shahrud:

“Whoever enters my place, feed them without asking about their faith. Because if God almighty saw them worthy of the gift of life, then they are certainly worthy of being fed at the house of Abol-Hasan.”

The 11th century Sufi and mystic still draws fans from all over the world, who pray at his tomb overlooking the idyllic greenery of the mausoleum.