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Expansion of Al-Abbas (S) shrine, glass roof going on

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Engineering and technical cadres operating the holy shrine compound of Abo’l Fadhl Al-Abbas bin Ali (AS) expansion project have completed fifty percent of installation of glass roof. This was announced by Head of Engineering Projects Engineer Zia Majid As-Saegh.

‘Great Prophet – divine leadership’ festival culminates in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Three-day Festival Rabi-or Risalah in connection with the birth anniversary of chief of prophets Prophet Muhammad Al-Mostafa (s) and his grandson Al-Imam Muhammad Jafar As-Sadiq (a) concluded in the holy city of Karbala on Friday February 10.

Samarra witnesses Al-Askary mourning, tens of thousands participate

SAMARRA, Iraq: Marking the end of two-month and eight day-long period of Hussein mourning and martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Al-Hasan Al-Askary (AS), the 11th infallible descendant of Prophet Muhammad (S) on Rabi al-Awwal 8, tens of thousands of mourners gathered at the holy Al-Askariyain shrine in Samarra on Wednesday Feb 1.

Over 15 million observe Arbaeen in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Husseini mourners from across Iraq and the world thronged the shrine city of Karbala on Saturday for the commemoration of Arbaeen amid tight security.

Arba’een arrangements in Karbala on way

HOLY CITY OF KABALA, Iraq: As Zeyarah Arbainiyah or the forty days after the martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) looms near and during which the holy city of Karbala witnesses gathering of millions of mourning pilgrims to commemorate the sad occasion, preparations in this holy city are on way.

Bani Assad Clan women mark Day of Karbala Martyrs Burial

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Thousands of women belonging to Bani Assad Al-Arabiyah tribe and some other women from other tribes in the holy city of Karbala took out a procession to commemorate the burial of martyrs of Karbala At-Taff on 13 Moharram.

Ashuraa ceremonies, Husseini Sha’a’er on climax in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: In commemoration of Karbala tragedy, several million mourners from across the country and neighboring States have reached in the holy city of Karbala to observe at the holy mausoleum of Imam Hussein (p) the darkest day in the universal history - Ashuraa. Ashura falls this year on December 6 Tuesday.

Mourning processions descending at Karbala shrines

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: From the dawn of the first day of Moharram (27 Nov), the month in which the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s), Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS), was slaughtered unjustly along with his 72 near and dear ones in the scorching desert of Kerbala some 1400 years ago, mourning processions started descending in the holy compound of the Husseini shrine.

Mourning processions descending at Karbala shrines

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: From the dawn of the first day of Moharram (27 Nov), the month in which the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s), Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS), was slaughtered unjustly along with his 72 near and dear ones in the scorching desert of Kerbala some 1400 years ago, mourning processions started descending in the holy compound of the Husseini shrine.

All shrines flags changed as Husseini dome’s red standard replaced to signify grief

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Assalamo Alayka Ya Aba Abdellah …. In a special spiritual environment on Saturday, November 26, Dhol-Hajjah 29, red standard, which signifies revenge, on the holy golden dome of Husseini shrine in the holy city of Karbala was replaced with a black one declaring the start of month of grief and sorrow Moharram.

Iraq Board thanks Christians for Christmas revels cessation for Ashura

BAGHDAD, Iraq: Committee of Endowment and Religious Affairs in Iraq has extended thanks to Endowment Board of Christians and other minorities for their voice of solidarity and respect for Moharram – the month of grief.

Over 3 million renew pledge of allegiance to Al-Imam Ali in Najaf

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: According to an official estimate more than three million devotees gathered at the holy shrine of Al-Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (peace be on him) in the holy city of Najaf to observe Eid Al-Ghadir or the feast of Ghadir on Tuesday November 15 amid tight security.

Allah surely looks at Hussein visitors in Karbala before His … hundreds of thousands mark ‘Arafah Day’ at Husseini shrine

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Arafah, 9th day of Dhol-Hijjah – the 12th lunar month -, is an occasion when a visit to the grandson of holy Prophet (peace of Allah be on him and his pure progeny), Sayyedaa Shababi Ahl-il Jannah Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (peace of Allah be on him) is highly recommended by traditions.

Husseini shrine marble flooring work continues

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: The engineering and technical staff engaged in the holy shrine of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) in the holy city of Karbala has completed 80 percent of their task of flooring the holy shrine with Greek white marble.

Zeyarah Ash-Sha’baniyah culminates with over 6 million participate

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Amidst tight security and best facilities, an estimated more than six million pilgrims including 125 thousand foreigners from India, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Canada, US, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and different European countries, performed Ziyarah ash-Sha’baniyah that falls on 15th Sha’ban night (night between 14 and 15 Sha’ban).

Aamaal Layali Al-Qadr, Azao Amiril Mominin concludes in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Mourning rituals marking the anniversary of martyrdom of Amir ol-Mo’minin Al-Imam Ali b. Abi Talib (peace be on him) and aamaal of three Layali al-Qadr (Ramadan 19, 21 and 23) culminated in Iraq and other countries.

Tahaddamat Wallahi Arkan Al-Hodaa … millions observe Haydari mourning (A) in Najaf

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: An estimated three million mourners gathered at the holy shrine of Al-Imam Ali (AS) in the central Iraq holy city of Najaf marking his martyrdom anniversary on Ramadan 21 while thousands of policemen and soldiers stood guard for the commemoration across the province.

Millions flocking to Najaf for Aza-o- Amir-il Mominin

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: In commemoration of the martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Ali Al-Mortadha (a.s.), first infallible descendant of Prophet Muhammad (s), hundreds of thousands of mourners have been heading to the holy city of Najaf at his holy shrine.

Revival of holy Ramadan nights in Kufa mosque

KUFA, Iraq: Holy Mosque of Kufa is one of the four significant and important mosques in Islam i.e. Al-Haraam Mosque (Kaabah), Prophet Mosque and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Spiritual nights and days of Ramadan in Najaf, Karbala

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: The holy fasting month of Ramadan is being observed in Iraq like other countries with supplications and prayers for peace and stability.

More holiness spreads in Karbala as 15 Sha’ban A’maal commence

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: As festivals and a’maal to mark fifteenth Sha’ban (night between 14-15 Sha’ban, Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17) began at the holy Shrine of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (pbuh) on Saturday, July 16, eve of Sha’ban 15, atmosphere in the holy city of Karbala is filled with further spirituality, bliss and happiness.

Millions mourn Imam Al-Kadhim (AS) in Kadhimiyah

BAGHDAD, Iraq: An estimated 5 million pilgrims flocked on Rajab 25, June 28 Tuesday to the holy shrine of Al-Imamayn Al-jawwadayn (AS) in Kadhimiyah to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Mussa Al-Kadhim (AS) snarling traffic and sending security forces to the streets to protect the worshippers.

Karbala drapes black to mourn Al-Hauraa Zainab (AS), Mawakeb azaa descend

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: On Rajab 15, June 18, Holy Husseini shrine witnessed arrival of large number of mourning processions marking the martyrdom anniversary of Aqeelatol Hashmiyyin As-Sayyedah Zaynab binte Ali bin Abi Talib (AS).

Al-Imam Ali b-day celebrations in Najaf, Kadhimiyah

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Mauled or the birth anniversary of Al-Imam Ali Al-Mortadha (AS) was celebrated in Iraq with reverence and devotion on Rajab 13.

Iraqis mourn Al-Imam Al-Hadi (A) in Samarra

HOLY CITY OF SAMARRA, Iraq: Martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Ali Al-Hadi (AS), the tenth infallible descendant of holy prophet (s), was observed on Rajab 3 Monday June 6 at the holy Al-Askariya shrine in the holy city of Samarra.

Jawwad ol-A’aimmah b-day celebrations to held at Kadhimiyah

HOLY CITY OF ALKHADHIMIYAH, Iraq: Authorities for the holy shrine of Al-Imamain Al-Kadhmain will organize a grand festival marking the birth anniversary of Jawwad-ol A’aimmah Al-Imam Muhammad bin Ali Al-Jawwad (AS) at the holy Kadhimiyah shrine compound.

Al-Imam Al-Baqer (A) b-day festivities in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq: Marking the birth anniversary of Al-Imam Muhammad b. Ali Al-Baqer (AS), Kadhimiyah shrine authorities arranged a grand festive gathering on Rajab 5.

Assalamo Alayki Ya Bab-ul Hawa’ej Omm Al-Banin … mourning in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Tens of thousands of mourners participated in Sha’a’er wa Maraseem Azaiyah (mourning rituals) in the holy city of Karbala marking the demise anniversary of Sayyedah Fatimah Al-Kalabiyah – Omm Al-Banin (a.s.) – spouse of Al-Imam Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.).

Husseini, Abbasi shrines take part in "Ya-Hussein Road" project

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Keen to provide the best services for pilgrims to the Husseini and Abbasi holy shrines in Karbala, especially during the specific visits throughout the year, the Two Holy Shrines participated through its engineering and technical departments in the (Ya-Hussein Road) project allocated to the visitors coming on foot from Najaf to Karbala city.

Imam Hussein Shrine new designs made public

ROME, Italy: The designs created for the holy shrine of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) were unveiled during a ceremony with veteran Iranian miniaturist Mahmoud Farshchian.

Fatimi mourning observed at Husseini Shrine, tens of thousands attend

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Tens of thousands of mourners extended their condolence to Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) on the anniversary of martyrdom of his respected mother The Lady of Paradise, daughter of Prophet Muhammad (S), Sayyedah Fatimah Az-Zahraa (AS) on Jamadi Al-Oola 13.

Worldwide Muslims stand behind Bahrain protesters

BAGHDAD, Iraq: Against a violent crackdown by the Bahraini ruling dynasty, Shiites from Iran to Saudi Arabia and through Iraq in the Middle East rallied behind Shiite protesters in Bahrain.

Holy Prophet mourned in Najaf, millions condole Amir’ol Mo’minin

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: On the martyrdom anniversary of Chief of Prophets Muhammad bin Abdullah (s) on Safar 28 Wednesday February 2, millions of mourners extended their condolence to his son-in-law, cousin and first infallible descendant Al-Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (AS).

Karbalaians mark Sibt An-Nabi Al-Akbar (A) martyrdom anniversary

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Sibt Ar-Rasul Al-Akbar Al-Imam Al-Hassan Al-Mojtaba (AS) was martyred on Safar 7 according to some traditions while other reports say it was Safar 28 when Sayeda Shababi Ahlil Jannah (AS) kissed martyrdom.

Up-till Jan. 23 more than 12 million Arbaeen mourners step in Karbala

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Despite terror attacks, flocks of mourners, up-till-now, have been descending in the holy city of Karbala to commemorate at the holy shrine of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah (AS) Arbaeen Al-Husseini that falls on Tuesday Safar 20, January 25.

World’s biggest gathering … 16 million pour in Karbala for Arbaeen, this year Al-Arbaeeniyah unprecedented

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: The spokesman of the holy Abbasid shrine Ali Al Saffar said that Ziyarah Al-Arbaeeniyah this year was unprecedented with regard to number of pilgrims, quantity of food prepared and distributed, free accommodation and treatment services all this and much more what happened in the ziyarah.

Arbaeen preparations finalized … over 14 million expected

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Karbala governorate council has announced completion of security and administrative preparations to receive pilgrims for observance of Ziyarah Al-Arbaeeniyah (fortieth day after the martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hussein, peace be upon him) that marks next week.

Hina processions in Imam Hussein city

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Mourning processions of Hina also known as Mehndi of 11-year-old bride-groom Qassem bin Al-Hasan bin Ali Al-Mortadha (AS) was observed on the 7th day of Moharram 1432 H in the Holy Land of Karbala, Iraq.

Ashura ceremonies on peak in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Heart-rending voices of ‘Wa Husseina’ are coming from every nook and corner of the black-draped holy city of Karbala where millions of Husseini mourners have reached to commemorate Ashura that touches its climax on Friday December 17.

Basra Christians not to celebrate Christmas for Moharram

BASRA, Iraq: Christian community in Basra have decided not to celebrate Christmas on December 25 as it coincides with the mourning month of Moharram and in the wake of incident of Baghdad church, and they will put their money in holding Husseini processions.

5th day of Moharram in Karbala – camera report

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Here is a camera report of azadari on 5th day of Muharram in holy city of Karbala:

Maraseem Ashuraiyah in Karbala on Moharram 3

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Following is a photographic report of Husseini mourning in the holy city of Karbala on Moharram 3:

The Holy Land of Karbala on the Second of Moharram

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: 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.

Imam Hussain, Abbas domes’ red standard changed signifying mourning season start

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Red standard or alam (red colored-alam signifies revenge) on the holy golden domes of the holy shrines of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) and his brother and chief of his army Al-Abbas bin Ali (AS) in the holy city of Karbala were replaced with black ones declaring the beginning of month of grief and sorrow - Moharram - in a special ceremony on Tuesday night, eve of Moharram 1, December 7.

Eid Al-Ghadir observed in Najaf e Ashraf

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Eid Al-Ghadir also called as Eid Al-Wilayah was observed across Iraq with great reverence and enthusiasm on Dholhijjah 18. Hundreds of thousands of devotees gathered at the holy Haideri shrine in the holy city ofNajaf to renew their pledge of allegiance to Al-Imam Ali Al-Mortadha (AS).

Thousands visit Holy Mosque of Kufa on Ghadir

KUFA, Iraq: On the auspicious occasion of Festival of Ghadir thousands of pilgrims flocked to the holy mosque of Kufa, one of the four great mosques in the world.

Kids from Arab countries partake Hadith-e-Kessa memorization contest

HOLY CITY OF KERBALA, Iraq: The Three-day contest of memorization of Hadith-e Kessa for children from different Arab States that began on Thursday, November 11 in the holy shrine of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) concluded on Saturday, November 13.

Protest in Iraq-Saudi border region for Baqee reconstruction

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Demanding reconstruction of holy shrines of A’immah Al-Baqee in the holy city of Medinah, a demonstration was held in the holy city of Karbala attended by large number of people from different governorates.

Demolition of Baqee shrines anniversary observed in Husseini shrine

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: A mourning seminar marking the anniversary of destruction of holy shrines of A’immah in Al-Baqee cemetery in Medinah, Saudi Arabia, was held in Husseini shrine compound. Officials, clerics, authors, educators and intellectuals participated.

Inauguration of new golden domes of Al-Imamayn Al-Jawwadayn (A) shrine

HOLY KADHMIYAH, Iraq: Opening of the new golden domes of the holy shrine of Al-Imamayn Al-Jawwadayn i.e. Al-Imam Moussa bin Jafar Al-Kadhim and his grandson Al-Imam Muhammad Taqi Al-Jawwad (peace be upon them) in the holy city of Kadhimiyah was held on Tuesday September 14 in a special glorious and spiritual ceremony.

Laylat’ol Qadr revival at Aba Abdillah (AS) shrine

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Laylat’ol Qadr Ramadan 23 fell this year in Iraq on Thursday night (night between Thursday and Friday).

Iraqi army present guard of honor to Husseini Military Chief on gold gilding ceremony – Jafariyanews' Exclusive report

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: A magnificent ceremony marking the completion of gilding the holy minarets of the shrine of Abu al Fadl al Abbas peace be upon him with gold and the beginning of two projects i.e. renewal of Zarih As-Sharif (net around the holy grave), and expansion of the holy shrine compound was held on the occasion of cherished memory of the birth anniversary of Al-Abbas peace be upon him on 4 Sha'ban 1431. Arrangements were made to illustrate the three projects supported by photographs and documents, as well as the production of the last three documentaries concerning the three projects through the unity of editing and photography, and to move the ceremony to the big screens, and give copies of films to satellite channels to broadcast.

Hydari mourning concludes in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Mourning rituals marking the anniversary of martyrdom of Amir ol-Mo’minin Al-Imam Ali b. Abi Talib (peace be on him) and aamaal of first two Layali al-Qadr (Ramadan 19 and 21) culminated in Iraq and other countries on Ramadan 21.

Revival of first Layla`tol Qadr in Husseini shrine

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Layla`tul Qadr is the best night among the nights of the whole year. No night, throughout the year, is on a level with this night. On account of its merits, surpassing excellence, superiority, and the superabundant bounties, benefits and favors this night brings for the mankind it leaves behind every night known for blessing.

Millions stepping in Najaf for Haydari mourning

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Hundreds of thousands of mourners have been heading to the holy city of Najaf to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Ali Al-Mortadha (a.s.), first infallible descendant of Prophet Muhammad (s), at his holy shrine.

Ramadan nights in great Kufa mosque – a report

KUFA, Iraq: Kufa Mosque is one of the four significant mosques in Islam i.e. Al-Haraam Mosque (Kaabah), Prophet Mosque and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Marje As-Sistani’s rep warns of political impasse

KARBALA, Iraq: Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Husseini As-Sistani’s representative in the holy city of Karbala has warned that the country's prolonged political stalemate could prompt suffering people to turn violent.

Ziyarah Ash-Sha’baniyah ends; millions celebrate

HOLY CITY OF KERBALA, Iraq: Despite terrorism that claimed more than 140 pilgrims, millions of devotees observed Ziyarah Ash-Sha’baniyah at the holy shrine of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) in the holy city of Karbala on 15th Sha’ban (night between Sha’ban 14 and 15), July 27.

Iraq observes b-days of Abtaalo Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Birth anniversaries of Abtaal- Karbala (heroes of Karbala) i.e. Al-Imam Al-Hussein, Abu’l Fadhl Al-Abbas and Al-Imam Zayn-ol Abideen (peace be on them) were reverently observed in different Iraqi cities including the holy city of Karbala.

Maba’ath An-Nabawi, Meraaj observed in Iraq, Saudi Arabia

AL-QATEEF, Saudi Arabia: In celebration of Maba’ath An-Nabawi, Meraaj and Israa on Rajab 27, magnificent festivals were held in Iraq and eastern parts of Saudi Arabia.

More than 10 million descend at Kadhimiyah shrine to mourn Imam (AS)

HOLY KADHIMIYAH, Iraq: A record more than 10 million mourning pilgrims gathered on Thursday July 8 Rajab 25 at the holy shrine of Al-Imam Mousa b. Jafar Al-Kadhim (AS) in the holy city of Al-Kadhimiyah to commemorate his anniversary of martyrdom, according to a high-ranking official of the sacred shrine.

Exclusive masterwork gets honor to bedeck Imam Hussein Zareeh

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Authorities of the holy Husseini shrine in Karbala have replaced the ancient artifact at the top of the door of the Zareeh (tomb) of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) with a very unique and rare piece of art which the specialists considered extremely important to decorate the holy grave.

Maseeraat, majalis in Karbala marking ‘Fatimi Mourning Season’

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Anniversary of martyrdom of Bedh’atur Rasul (s) Fatimah Az-Zahra (AS) was observed across the country on Wednesday April 28, Jamadi Al-Awal 13.

Imam Ali International Airport reopens after 9/11-like threat

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: Najaf’s Imam Ali International Airport used by thousands of pilgrims reopened on Thursday April 22 after Al-Qaeda threats led to its closure two weeks ago, a local official told AFP.

Official holiday in Baghdad to mourn Imam Al-Kadhim (AS)

BAGHDAD, Iraq: The government has announced official holiday in Baghdad governorate on Thursday July 8, Rajab 25 marking the martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Musa bin Jafar Al-Kadhim (AS).

Over one-million mourn Al-Imam Al-Hady (A) at his Samarra shrine

HOLY SAMARRA, Iraq: An estimated more than one million mourners from other parts of the country gathered at the holy Askariyain shrine in holy Samarra to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Ali Naqy Al-Hady (AS), the tenth infallible descendant of prophet Muhammad (S).

Karbala observes martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hady (AS)

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Ali Naqy Al-Hady (AS), father of Al-Imam Hasan al-Askary (AS) and grandfather of Al-Imam Al-Mehdi the Awaited Imam (AS), was observed in Karbala with reverence on Wednesday June 16.

Al-Qaeda 9/11-style plot to prick into Iraq holy shrines thwarted: US officials

BAGHDAD, Iraq: Iraqi and US security officials say Iraqi forces have foiled an al-Qaida in Iraq plot for a 9/11-style attack to hijack airlines and fly them into the holy shrines housed in Iraq.

Iraq Marje’ declares vote-buying 'Haraam', tells aides to stay neutral

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Al-Marje Al-Aala Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Al-Husseini As-Sistani has issued a Fatwa (religious ruling), declaring vote-buying as Haraam (forbidden) ahead of the country's March 7 parliament elections.

Al-Imam Al-Askary (AS) mourned in Samarra, Karbala, Najaf, Kadhimiyah

SAMARRA, Iraq: The martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Al-Hasan Al-Askary (AS) on Raby Al-Oulaa 8 was observed with reverence across the country.

Assalamo Ala’l Hussein … Over 14 million gather in Karbala for Arbaeen

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: An estimated more than 14 million Husseini mourners commemorated Arbaeen Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) in the holy city of Karbala - home to Husseini and Abbasi shrines - on Safar 20, Feb 5 Friday paying rich homage to the supreme and matchless sacrifice rendered by the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S) along with his 72 faithful near and dear ones for religion and Shariah in the burning desert of Karbala some 1,400 years ago.

Pure gold and silver windows fixed at Imam Hussein slaughter site

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: The engineering and technical cadres in Al-Atabah Al-Husseiniah have fixed two new net casements made of untainted gold and silver on the site where Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) was unjustly slaughtered in the 61 AH in the burning desert of Karbala.

Hundreds of thousands descending in Najaf to mourn Prophet (s)

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: It was Safar 28 when the chief of prophets, Prophet Muhammad b. Abdullal Al-Mostafa (peace be on him and his holy progeny) was martyred.

From the city of Al-Hussein … Arbaeen remembrance on climax

HOLY CITYOF KARBALA, Iraq: Brutal attacks on pilgrims of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) were continued leaving hundreds martyred and injured but this cruelty could not stop them from marching to Karbala where the Arbaeen commemoration will reach on its height on February 5, Safar 20.

Deep grief covers Karbala … mourners continue descending for Arbaeen

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Amid tight security, herds of mourners continued to reach the holy city of Karbala from outside and inside the country on February 2 Tuesday to observe Arbaeeniyato Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS).

Five million to-date step in Karbala for Arbaeen commemoration

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Number of Husseini pilgrims who have entered the holy city of Karbala till February 1 to commemorate Arbaeen Al-Husseini (the fortieth day after the martyrdom of Al-Imam Aba Abdellah Al-Hussein, peace be on him) is five million, according to Othaman Al-Ghanami, chief of Al-Forat Al-Ausat operations.

Karbala to get half of religious tourism revenues

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Iraq’s Parliament has agreed to give 50 percent of the revenues coming from religious tourism in Karbala to the holy province that houses the holy shrines of Al-Imam Aba Abdellah Al-Hussein and his brother Abo’l Fadhl Al-Abbas (peace be on them).

One million observe Imam Sajjad (AS) martyrdom at Zayd b. Ali shrine in Hilla

HILLAH, Iraq: An estimated more than one million mourners gathered at the holy shrine of Zayd bin Ali bin Al-Hussein (AS) near Al-Kifl south of Babil, Iraq, to observe the anniversary of martyrdom of Al-Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein As-Sajjad (AS).

Flocks reaching Karbala on foot in spite of freezing cold

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Despite mounting cold and chilled winds hundreds of thousands of Husseini mourners, most of them on foot, continue making their way to the holy city of Karbala on to observe Arba’iniyato Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS).

Al-Imam Al-Hasan (AS) mourned in his brother’s city

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Martyrdom Anniversary of Sibt An-Nabi Al-Akbar Al-Imam Al-Hasan Al-Mojtaba (AS) was observed in the holy city of Karbala on Safar 7. Al-Imam Al-Hasan b. Ali b. Abi Talib (AS) was martyred on Safar 7 according to some traditions while some other say it was Safar 28 when he kissed martyrdom.

Half a million foreigners to mark Arbaeen in Karbala

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: At least half a million (500,000) foreign pilgrims are expected to observe Arbaeen Al-Imam Al-Hussein in this holy city this year, Karbala tourism director said.

Solidarity with Hazrat Zainab: 'Chehel Minbar' special tradition marked

PARIS, France: In Iran's western province of Lorestan, thousands of women have commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (s)'s grandson, Imam Hussein (a.s.) by means of a special tradition referred to as 'Chehel Minbari'.

Ashura commemoration on pinnacle in Imam Hussein city

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: In commemoration of the blood-stained sacrifice rendered by the grandson of holy Prophet (SAWW) Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) along with his near and dear ones in the scorching desert of Karbala for defense of divine religion and Muhammadan Shariah, chain of Ashar-e-Muharram-ul Haram majalis and Zuljinah processions is in continuation with due respect throughout the country like other global parts.

Over 3 million mark Ashura in Karbala crying, gashing heads

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Assalamo Ala’l Hussein Assalamo Ala Aulad’il Hussein Assalamo Ala Ashaab’il Hussein … more than three million Husseini mourners from across the world swarmed the shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq amid tight security marking Ashura, the tenth day of Moharram, which falls this year in Iraq on December 27 Sunday, to pay homage to unmatched sacrifice presented by Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) and his 72 faithful companions in the scorching desert of Karbala for defense of religion and protection of high human values.

Security upgraded in Najaf, Karbala as climax of Ashura approaches

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: As security has been beefed up in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala marking Ashura – Moharram 10 when Abi Al-Ahraar Al-Imam al-Hussein was martyred – that falls this year on Sunday December 27, millions of Husseini mourners are heading to Karbala to commemorate the heartrending occasion.

Husseini revolution model for all … aza continues in Karbala

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Majalis and mawakib al-Husseini are being held across this holy city to commemorate the unparalleled sacrifice of grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s), al-Imam Al-Hussein (a).

Karbala wrapped in black to mourn Aba Abdellah al-Hussein

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: All cities and towns in general and the holy city of Karbala in particular has dressed in black outfit; green, black and red mourning standards have been hoisted, 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.

Husseini dome’s red standard changed signifying mourning season start

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Red standard (alam), which signifies revenge, on the holy golden dome of the shrine of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) in the holy city of Karbala was replaced with a black one declaring the beginning of month of grief and sorrow - Moharram - in a special spiritual environment.

Iraq Christians cancel Christmas celebrations to honor Ashuraa

BASRA, Iraq: The Christian community in the provinces of southern Iraq have decided to suspend all celebrations marking Christmas and New Year that coincide this year with Ashura Al-Imam Al-Hussein (peace be upon him) to express solidarity with the grief of Muslims on sufferings of Imam Hussein and Ahlil Beit (a.s.) in the month of Muharram.

Services demanded for shrine of Muslim b. Aqeel (AS) sons

AL-MOSAYYEB, Iraq: Talal Abdel-Rasul Ali, Secretary for the holy shrine of sons of Muslim b. Aqeel (a.s.), the ambassador of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) to Kufa, has demanded from the central and local governments to extend public facilities to the mausoleum as thousands of pilgrims from the country and the world pay visit to the shrine on daily basis.

Millions swear allegiance to Imam Ali in Najaf marking ‘Ghadir’

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Idd Al-Ghadir, or the Feast of Ghadir, named after the place – Ghadir-i-Khomm - where holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his pure progeny) declared his cousin and son-in-law Al- Imam Ali (peace be upon him) his first infallible successor on the orders of Allah by raising his hand in front of more than 120,000 hajj pilgrims, was celebrated on Sunday, Dhol-Hijjaj 18, December 6, across Iraq with deep enthusiasm while Najaf police leadership announced success of security plan regarding the occasion.

'Eid of Wilayah’ celebrated in Karbala

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: A magnificent festival to mark Eid Al-Ghadir Al-Agharr also called as 'Eid of Wilayah’ was organized in the area that lays between the two holy shrines i.e Al-Imam Al-Hussein (A) and Al-Abbas (A) in the holy city of Karbala.

Millions mark ‘Arafah Day’ at Husseini shrine

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Marking the blessed Day of Arafah, Dhol-hijja 9, which fell this year on November 27 Friday in Iraq, several million devotees from Iraq, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Tanzania and many other parts of the world amid tight security measures paid visit to the holy mausoleum of Chief of Martyrs Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (peace of Allah be on him) in the holy city of Karbala.

France, Iraq ink deal for Karbala airport studies

BAGHDAD, Iraq: To accomplish studies for a future airport in the holy city of Karbala, France's firm Aeroports de Paris International signed a 28-million-euro (41-million-dollar) contract with Iraqi government this week.

Corpses smuggling a new trade in Iraq

PARIS, France: Cadavers, or corpses, is an older and more surprising commodity being smuggled into Iraq, according to a report. The transfer of the dead was stopped during the past 30 years of rebellions, invasion and war with Iran but once again it is now a big business.

Najaf Marjaiyah calls: ‘Do not exploit religion in ballot campaign’

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Al-Marjaiyah Ad-Diniyah, or the higher religious authority, in the holy city of Najaf has warned of exploitation of religion and al-Marja’iyaat Ad-Diniyah through speeches by prayer leaders who have certain tendencies in favour of someone in election campaign.

Pact to re-fix old Zarih on Askariyain graves

HOLY SAMARRA, Iraq: The old Zareeh (gold net around the grave) of the holy graves of Al-Imamain al-Askariyain (AS), which faced destruction as a result of terror criminal act against the holy shrine, will be fixed again on the holy graves in Samarra.

Experts reconstructing damaged Sardab Al-Gheybah

HOLY CITY OF SAMARRA, Iraq: Professional technicians are working to reconstruct the vandalized parts of the holy Mehrab of the Sardab (cellar) of Imam Al-Asr Al-Hojjah Al-Montadhar (AS) in the holy city of Samarra.

Gold-work of Abbasi shrine minarets nears to finishing point

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Gold work of holy minarets of the sacred shrine of Abi’l Fadhl Al-Abbas bin Ali bin Abi Talib (AS) in the holy city of Karbala is expected to be completed in the mid of upcoming month of November this year.

Al-Marje As-Sistani refuses reports about vote boycott

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: An official source in the office of Al-Marjaiyah Ad-Diniyah Ayatullah Sayed Ali al-Husseini As-Sistani has declined on Monday reports which said that the Grand Ayatullah warned that he may call for a boycott of January's general election if MPs adopt a closed voting system,Iraq’s Buratha News reported.

Cries of ‘Tahaddamat wallahi arkaan al hoda’ in the sky of Kufa

KUFA, Iraq: It was Masjid-e-Kufa when in the 40 Hijri, 19 Ramadan dawn an evil man Ibne Moljem struck a poison-dipped sword on the neck of Ameer-ul Mo’minin Al-Imam Ali (AS) while he was in prostration of the dawn (fajr) prayer.

Millions gather in Najaf to observe Imam Ali martyrdom

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: Millions of mourners descended at the holy city of Najaf to observe here the anniversary of martyrdom of Sayedol Wasiyyeen, Imam-ol Mottaqeen, Amir-ol Mo’minin Al-Imam Ali ibne Abi Talib (AS) on Ramadan 21 that fell this year on Friday September 11.

3-day Haidari processions march through Karbala

HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Since the 19th Ramadan night and till the 21st day of Ramadan the holy city of Karbala witnessed big mourning processions in connection with the martyrdom anniversary of Master of Believers Imam Ali (AS).

Najaf, Karbala see first Laylah Al-Qadr, Imam Ali (A) dharbah marking

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: First of three Layali Al-Qadr (Ramadan 19, 21, 23) was observed at the holy shrines of Al-Imam Ali b. Abi Talib (AS) and Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.

Blast near Aulaad-i-Muslim (AS) shrine in Musayyab slammed

MUSAYYAB, Iraq: Clerics and leaders have strongly condemned a car bomb attack near the holy shrine of two sons of Muslim b. Aqeel (AS), the cousin and ambassador of Imam Al-Hussein (AS) to Kufa.

Al-Hakim buried as tens of thousands pay respects

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: Revered Iraqi Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, son of grand Marje Sayed Mohsin Al-Hakim (late), was buried beside his brother amid frenzied scenes in holy city of Najaf on Saturday August 29, following his death from lung cancer three days ago.

Nation mourns death of Al-Hakim, burial to be in Najaf

TEHRAN, Iran: To show their respects to the influential Iraqi leader and son of late Al-Marje Al-Aala Sayed Mohsin Al-Hakim, Sayed Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who died Wednesday August 26 in Tehran, thousands of people in Iran flocked to a mourning ceremony.

Ziyarah Sha'abaniyah ends peacefully

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: An estimated six million worshippers gathered at the holy shrine of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) and site of Imam al-Mahdi in the holy city of Karbala on 15th night of Sha'aban (night between Thursday and Friday, August 6-7) honoring the birthday of Al-Imam al-Mahdi al-Montadhar (AS).

Spirituality, holiness in Karbala on crest as 15 Sha’ban A’maal begin

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 Sha’ban 15.

Assalamo Alayka Ya Moazzab fee Qa'ar-es Sajoon ... Over 6 million gather in Kadhimiya as commemoration on peak

BAGHDAD, Iraq: Holy Kadhimiyah is in profound grief and mourning as the commemoration of the martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Mussa Al-Kadhim (AS), the seventh infallible descendant of prophet Muhammad (S), was in climax on Saturday July 18, Rajab 25.

Despite hot weather mlns of Imam Kadhim (A) mourners reaching his shrine

AL-KADHIMIYA, Iraq: Despite the scorching summer and the sand storms that occasionally hit Baghdad, hundreds of thousands of devotees of Ahlul Bayt (AS) were walking Thursday towards the Kadhimiya district of Baghdad carrying black, red and green flags.

Imam Hussein (A) martyrdom journey beginning marked with majalis, processions

TORONTO, Canada: Massive Majalis Al-Azaa and mourning processions were held in different countries to mark Rajab 28 that falls in many global parts on July 21 while in some other on July 22. Ammari processions were taken out in Pakistani and Indian cities of Lahore, Karachi and Lucknow.

Al-Imam Ali Al-Mortadha (A) greeted on Mab’ath, Me’raj

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: Hundreds of thousands of devotees observed the auspicious occasion of Mab’ath and Me’raj at the holy shrine of Amir Al-Mo’minin Al-Imam Ali (AS) in the holy city of Najaf amid stiff security.

'Iraq recent attacks wake-up call', Ayat Sistani representative

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: A confidant of Grand Ayatollah Ali as-Sistani, Sheikh Abdel Mahdi al-Karbalai, said Friday that a spate of recent sectarian attacks in Iraq were a "wake-up call" to the government.

Owing to Najaf, Karbala shrines … tourism industry flourishing in Iraq

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: It may be hard for Westerners to believe, but one industry that’s booming, despite the global recession, is Iraqi tourism, Stars and Stripes reported.

Millions mourn “Omm Al-Aa’immah (A)” in Najaf

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Martyrdom anniversary of Sayedaton-Nessa-el Aalamin (Mistress of the women of world) Sayedah Fatimah toz Zahraa Al-Batool (AS), the only daughter of holy Prophet Muhammad b. Abdullah (S), spouse of Al-Imam Ali (AS) and mother of Hasnayn Karimayn (AS) was observed throughout Iraq on Jamadi Al-Aakher 3.

Kazimiyah gets new layer of security: street gates

HOLY KAZIMIYAH, Iraq: In a clear sign of ongoing security concerns as bombings continue, Iraqi authorities have quietly installed about 100 metal gates near the holy Kazimiyah shrine.

Samarra shrine reopens after reconstruction

SAMARRA, Iraq: Al-Marjaiyah Ad-Diniyah representatives, clerics and high government officials attended a grand reopening ceremony of the rebuilt holy shrine of Al-Imamyan Al-Askariyain in Samarra on Thursday April 16, 2009.

A photo album of newly rebuilt Askariya shrine

SAMARRA, Iraq: Holy Shrine of Al-Imamayn Ali An-Naqi Al-Hadi and Hassan Al-Askari (peace be on them) has been reopened after its reconstruction. Thousands of visitors began to descend on Holy Shrine.

Laborers rejoice completion of Askariyain shrine dome, minarets

HOLY SAMARRA, Iraq: Sacred dome and minarets of the holy shrine of Al-Imamayn al-Askariyain (AS) in Samarra have been completed by the grace of Allah Almighty and help of fourteen Masumin (peace be on them).

Major terror attacks against Arbaeen pilgrims

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Terror attacks against Husseini mourners going to the holy city of Karbala for Arbaeen Al-Husseini commemoration were in continuation. Arbaeen which comes every year on Safar 20 falls this year on February 16 Monday.

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