By: Ismail Zabeeh
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Arafah, 9th day of Dhol-Hijjah(Zilhajj) – 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.
A hadith, or a saying, of Prophet Muhammad (peace of Allah be on him and his pure progeny) goes that Allah certainly looks at the visitors of Hussein in Karbala before He looks at His (Allah’s) visitors in Mt. Arafah.
Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH & HP) said: “your Adiyah (prayers) are fulfilled and repentance is accepted in this night.” He who spends this night in worship will be given the reward of 170 years of worship.
Marking this blessed Day of Arafah, several million devotees from Iraq, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Tanzania and many other parts of the world have reached to the holy mausoleum of Chief of Martyrs Al-Imam Al-Hussein (peace of Allah be on him) in the holy city of Karbala amid tight security measures.
Husseini pilgrims from across the world gather at the holy shrine on the night and day of Arafah.
They recite zyarah in front of the holy grave of the Imam (peace of Allah be on him) and perform other rituals.
The pilgrims also converge on the holy shrine of his brother Abu`l Fazl Al-Abbas bin Ali bin Abi Taleb (peace of Allah be on them) in this holy city.