HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Al-Imam Ali Ar-Redha (A)
says: “O Ibn Shabib! If you weep for something, then weep for Hussein
bin Ali (A), no doubt he was slaughtered as a lamb is slaughtered, and
along him were murdered 18 men from Ahl-i-Bayt that no one is like
them on earth, and the seven skies and earth wept on his killing.”
Month of Moharram`ol Haram comes so that devotees of
Ahl-i-Bayt fulfill their pledge to the Chief of Martyrs Abi Al-Ahrar
Al-Imam Al-Hussein bin Ali (A) who watered the dying tree of Islam
with his blood giving it perpetuity.
With the advent of this month of mourning, Husseini
organizations and groups in the city of Hussein (A) – Karbala – have
erected camps to hold marasim-i-aza – majalis al-aza and mawakeb and,
hospitality of Husseini mourners.
The whole city is draped in black to signify grief, black banners
inscribed with sayings of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (A) have been placed on
buildings, shopping stores and streets, sound systems have been put at
takaya which air Husseini elegies presenting condolence to Al-Imam Al-Asr
(A), Maraje and Islamic world on the martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hussein
(A) and his companions.
Majales al-azaiyah are held at the holy Husseini and Abbasi shrines as
well as husseiniyaat, and processions are taken out which culminate at
the holy shrines.