HOLY CITY OF Karbala, Iraq: Whole Iraq and particularly the holy
city of Karbala has put on black dress, mourning standards have been
placed high, and pavilions and tents have been set up in reception of
Moharram which marks the martyrdom of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein
(p) some 14 centuries ago in the scorching desert of Karbala.
Security has been beefed up in the country.
Majales Al-Azaa began at the holy shrines of Al-Imam Ali (p), Al-Imam
Al-Hussein (p), Al-Abbas (p), Al-Imam Al-Kazem (p), Al-Imam Al-Jawwad
(p), Al-Imam Al-Askary (p) and Al-Imam Al-Hadi (p) in the holy cities
of Najaf, Karbala, Kazemiya and Samarra as well as at husseiniyaat,
mosques and offices of Grand Marajay from the eve of Moharram.
Drums were beaten as a sign of mourning. Huge banners inscribed
with sayings of holy Prophet (p) on the high status of Al-Imam
Al-Hussein (p) are seen hanging at the shrines, mosques, husseiniyaat,
buildings and streets.
Black cloths were draped over the minarets of the holy shrines and
walls of husseiniyaat to mark universal mourning which is observed to
commemorate the unparallel sacrifice of Holy Prophet Muhammad (p)ís
grandson Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) presented for defense of religion and
shariah and protection of human dignity. The mourning is still fresh
even after passing of 1,400 years.