HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Amid tight security, an estimated 7
million Husseini mourners jam packed the holy city of Karbala that is
home to the holy shrine of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) and his brother Abo’
Fadhl Al-Abbas (AS) to commemorate Ashura – the tenth day of Moharram
– on Saturday January 19.
Mourners from across the country and other states thronged streets
and alleyway s for ceremonies mourning the slaying over 14 centuries
ago of the Prophet Mohammad (SW)'s grandson Imam Hussein (AS).
Among the mourners were thousands of men wearing white robes, who
marched through the streets striking their heads with swords to gush
out blood to show their grief at the brutal unjust killing of Imam
Hussein (AS) and to honor the Imam (AS)’s matchless sacrifice.
Blood flowed down their robes. Others beat their chests to the
sound of drums and elegies. Medics carrying first aid kits walked
through the crowd, ready to staunch head wounds.
Officials said 25,000 Iraqi police and soldiers were deployed
across Karbala. Iraqi helicopters circled over Kerbala, which was
under a total vehicle curfew.
Ashura ceremonies were also held in other cities including holy cities
of Najaf and Kadhimiyah.