NAJAF, Iraq | The Imam Ali Mosque is considered the one of the holiest sites in Shia Islam. It was built in 977 over the tomb of Ali, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad.
The NewsHour recently visited the shrine during Ramadan and watched as crowds grew throughout the evening.
People gathered to pray, eat picnics in the rug-covered outdoor patios and meet with their families and friends.
The gold-domed shrine underwent its latest renovations two years ago. The surrounding streets are lined with hotels for pilgrims, who travel from all over Iraq and beyond to pay their respects.