Spirituality, holiness in Karbala on crest as 15 Sha’ban A’maal begin
By: Ismail Zabeeh
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Atmosphere in the holy city
of Karbala is overflowing with further spirituality, bliss and
happiness as festivals and a’maal marking fifteenth Sha’ban (night
between 14-15 Sha’ban Thursday-Friday) began at the holy Shrine of
Al-Imam Ab Abdellah Al-Hussein (pbuh) on Thursday, August 6, eve of
Statistics show that millions of devotees have reached this
beautifully bedecked holy city to observe Zyarah Ash-Sha’baniyah,
which is the best amal (deed) of this blessed night of Sha’ban 15.
From the advent of the month of Sha’ban, devotees from
across the country and other parts of the world – young and old, men
and women, mostly on foot, some individually, some in caravans -,
carrying white, green and red banners and standards were heading to
the holy city to achieve the honor of visiting Imam Al-Hussein (pbuh)
marking 15 Sha’ban.
Zyarah Ash-Sha`baniyah, or the mid Sha`ban visit to Al-Imam Al-Hussein
(pbuh), is one of the most important zyaraat, according to narrations.
As various narrations urge this visit, flocks of believers had been in
practice of heading to this holy city for the visit of Al-Imam
Al-Hussein (AS) shrine every year despite strict measures taken by the
ousted despot Saddam regime which was used to commit atrocities
against the pilgrims preventing them from going to holy Karbala this
day. The devotees were used to defy tyrannical rule and persevered in
performance of rituals of this visit sacrificing for this expensive
and precious things subjecting themselves for security pursuit and
detention many times.
In 1991 on this occasion, large number of pilgrims was martyred, went
missing and detained at the hands of Baathist regime as a punishment
for heading to Holy Karbala for visit of the holy Husseini Shrine.
Narrations from A’immah Ahlul Bayt (pbut) say that fifteenth night of
Sha’ban is the best after the night of Qadr.
It has been narrated from holy Prophet (pbuh&hp)’s fifth infallible
descendant Al-Imam Al-Baqer (pbuh) that: “This is the best night after
the Night of Qadr. In this night, Allah grants the servants His favor
and forgives them with His blessing, so spare no effort in nearing
Allah therein. This is a night wherein Allah has made obligatory for
Him He would not send one, who asks him, empty handed… and this is the
night which Allah has made for Us - the Prophet's progeny (Ahlul Bayt)
- as He made the Night of Qadr for our Prophet ...”
The birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp)’s last descendant Savior of
Humanity Al-Imam Al-Hojjah bin Al-Hassan Al-Mehdi Al-Montazar (pbuh)
in Sorra Mann Ra’a (Samarra), Iraq in 255 AH increased the honor and
excellence of this night.
According to the sayings of holy Prophet (pbuh&hp), Imam Mehdi (pbuh)
will return to deliver humanity from darkness and strife, and he will
fill the earth with justice and equity as it would have been filled
with oppression and injustice.
Thursday’s A’maal will culminate with the floating of hundreds of
candles and letters to Imam Al-Mehdi – Imam of the Era (may Allah
hasten his reappearance) - on a river in Holy Karbala at Friday
pre-dawn (Sha’ban 15, August 7).
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