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Qom

Administration
Full nameQom
Official nameQom
Native nameقم
Settlement typeCity
CountryIran
ProvinceQom
CountyQom
BakhshCentral
Demography
Total Population957496 (2006)
Other information
Time zoneIRST (UTC+3:30)

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Qom ( -faɢom, also known as Q'um or Ghom) is a city in Iran. It lies 156 km (96.9 mi) by road southwest of Tehran and is the capital of Qom Province. At the 2006 census, its population was 957,496, in 241,827 families. It is situated on the banks of the Qom River.

Qom is considered holy by Shi`a Islam, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Mæ'sume, sister of Imam `Ali ibn Musa Rida (Persian Imam Reza, 789 816 AD). The city is the largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage.


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