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  Updated: August 18, 2011

Spiritual nights and days of Ramadan in Najaf, Karbala

By: Ismail Zabeeh

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: The holy fasting month of Ramadan is being observed in Iraq like other countries with supplications and prayers for peace and stability.

Holy Najaf – home to the holy shrine of Imam Ali (AS) - is one of the most important religious centers and it observes the holy month of Ramadan in a unique manner.

Visitation to the Al-Imam Ali (Haidari) shrine gets an increase from fatour (fast break time) till dawn.

People shop groceries for their iftaar and sahour tables despite high prices. Bakeries sell special kinds of halveyaat (sweets) that include “ad-dahiniyah”. This halva (dessert) is made of flour, sugar, almond oil and animal fats.

Further spiritual environment covers Holy Najaf and holy Karbala during Ramadan days and nights as majales al-azaiyah, zekriyah and qoraniyah (Husseini and Quranic gatherings) continue throughout the nights at the holy shrines and offices of Maraje.

In Holy Karbala and Najaf, rich throw wajbatol iftaar or iftaar meals for common people and particularly in the guest houses of A’immah Atahaar (holy progeny of holy prophet, peace be upon them).


 

 
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