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  Updated: February 3, 2006

Mawakeb Azaiyah turn out Karbala practicing Sha’a’ir Husseiniyah

By: Ismail Zabeeh

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Spiritual Husseini mourning processions, every day in the morning, begin touching through the streets of the holy city of Karbala starting from headquarters of their organizing bodies that are spread across the holy city and regions surrounding the holy shrines of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) and his brother Al-Abbas (p).

A spokesman for union of Husseini organizations and groups – a body to organize and arrange timings of processions - Al-Ostaz Ali Al-Jarahi said processions from Arab and Islamic countries like Bahrain, Pakistan and Iran will participate in commemoration of martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) in the holy city of Karbala this year.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of mourners, some on foot, are traveling to this holy city to commemorate Ashura - 10th day of Moharram.

In all cities and towns of the country, there is an environment of deep grief and mourning.

Prayer leaders and officials of processions speak on significance of sha’a’ir ad-diniyah (religious signs).

Prayer leader of al-Imam Al-Hasan Al-Askari (p) mosque, Sheikh Abbas Jfar said: Month of Moharram is distinguished from all other months because of heart-rending tragedy of Karbala in which Sibt-or Rasul Al-Hussein (p) was martyred. That is why, Muslims commemorate this tragedy by practicing special Sha’a’ir Husseiniyah – shedding blood, holding majalis and mwakeb etc - that were banned throughout past regime. Practicing these Sha’a’ir is nothing new, rather are practiced since the day first across Iraq and other global parts.

In another development, Interior Ministry said it has completed necessary protective measures for security of Husseini mourners in the holy city of Karbala.


Mourners descending in Karbala to mark Ashura

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Every part of holy Karbala is a personification of each and every event of Tragedy of Karbala i.e. these are tents of Imam (p) and his Al`ol Beit (p), this is place of meeting with Omar bin Sa’ad, it is the place where Ali Al-Akbar (p) fell down from his horse, here at this place were cut the arms of Abi`l Fazl Al-Abbas (p), and here Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) went down causing holy Prophet (p) and the whole universe to weep.

“Hussein was slaughtered as a lamb...” Muharram marking in Karbala

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.”

 
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