HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Assalamo Alayka Ya Aba Abdellah …. In
a special spiritual environment on Saturday, November 26, Dhol-Hajjah 29, red standard, which signifies revenge, on the holy golden dome of
Husseini shrine in the holy city of Karbala was replaced with a black
one declaring the start of month of grief and sorrow Moharram.
In view of millions of believers and in presence of tens of thousands
including political, social and religious figures, the flag replacing
ceremony was held at the Husseini shrine compound after Maghrebayn
prayers as a sign that Husseini season began.
The color of the standard means much. Red color is a
symbol that the personality lying under this tomb was killed unjustly
and his revenge has not been taken yet, and that Al-Imam Saheb Al-Asr
(A) will take revenge from the killers.
It has been a practice that during the mourning months of Moharram and
Safar, red standard is replaced with a black one to signify sufferings
of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (A), his Ahl-i-Bayt (A) and companions.
As soon as sighting of moon is declared from the office
of Al-Marje Al-Aala Sayyed Ali Al-Husseini As-Sistani either it is on
Dhol-Qaadah 29 or 30, the ceremony is held after Maghreb and Isha
prayers at the Husseini shrine and after it at the Abol Fadhl Al-Abbas
It is worth noting that at the same time, standards at holy shrines
throughout Iraq i.e. Imamayn Al-Jawwadain (AS), Al-Imam Ali (AS),
Al-Imamayn Al-Askariyain (AS), Muslim bin Aqeel (AS) and also in Iran
at the holy shrine of Sayyedah Fatimah Al-Masumah bint Al-Imam Moussa
Al-Kadhim (AS) are replaced with the black ones.
The ceremony started with recitation of Quran verses by
Abdel Hamzah Al-Karbalayi followed by speeches by Shiite Waf Board
Sayyed Salih Al-Haydari, secretary general for Husseini shrine Sheikh
Abdel Mehdi Al-Karbalayi and others.
In his address, Karbalayi said: Husseini Sha’a’ir (practices of
Husseini grief i.e. majalis, matam, latam, qama, processions) are not
bid’ah rather our heritage which we have inherited from our Prophet
Then at the mourning beat of drums to salute Al-Imam
Al-Hussein (AS), while the mourners were chanting and crying: “Ya
Hussein … Ya Shaheed (O martyr) … Ya Habib Rasul Allah (O the favorite
of Allah’s Prophet)”, the standard was replaced with weeping hearts
Later, the mourners marched to the holy shrine of Al-Abbas bin Ali
(AS) where the same ceremony was held. The ceremony culminated at a
majlis al-aza at the shrine.
Here is the video of Flag changing ceremony in Karbala:
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