Flocks heading to Karbala for Arbaeen
By: Ismail Zabeeh
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Despite cold weather and threats of
terrorism, Husseini mourners from across the country were flocking to
the holy city of Karbala to mark the approaching occasion of Arbaeen
Al-Husseini, or the fortieth day after the martyrdom of grandson of
Prophet Muhammad (S) Chief of Martyrs Al-Imam Al-Hussein (A) along
with his 72 faithful companions in the scorching desert of this holy
city 1400 years ago.
According to reports, Iraqi police and different local militias that
work under different religious leaders have made strict security
arrangements particularly in the Holy Karbala.
Visitation to the Master of Youths of Paradise Al-Imam Al-Hussein (A)
on Arbaeen is highly recommended by Holy Prophet (S) and A’emmah (A)
from his holy progeny (S) highlighting great merits of the pilgrims.
It is reported in Kamel-oz Zeyarat that when a person intends to
visit Al-Imam Al-Hussein (A), holy Prophet (S) sends an angel to the
pilgrim conveying to him his (s) Salaam.
The mourning devotees including men, women and children, some
bare-footed, are reaching here on foot from across Iraq in forms of
caravans and groups, some alone, carrying green, red and black
Husseini flags, performing chest beating and chanting dirges and
elegies to signify Martyr of At-Taff.
While tens of thousands of faithful have already arrived here,
hundreds of thousands are in their way to Holy Karbala that is home to
the holy mausoleums of Al-Imam Al-Hussein bin Ali (A) and his brother
Al-Abbas bin Ali (A).
The devotees before heading to Holy Karbala are reaching at the holy
Shrine of Master of Believers Al-Imam Ali (A) in the Holy Najaf.
It has been a practice that different Husseini organizations and
bodies set up facilitating tents, refreshment stands, sleeping spots
and makeshift mosques in the shade of palm trees on routes to Holy
Karbala to ease the mourning pilgrims who are zealous to reach the
holy Husseini and Abbasi mausoleums where heavy tatbeer (hitting
swords on head to shed blood) will be witnessed like past.
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