When is Arbaeen 2015?

The day of Arbaeen is the 40th day following Ashura and in the year of 2015, Arbaeen in Iraq will fall on Thursday, the 3rd of December. [Updated according to the news]

The Arbaeen ceremony is the largest peaceful gatherings in the world that is annually occurs 40 days after the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH), and his companions on the day of Ashura.



In the last year, I was only a virtual visitor of Arbaeen epic, sitting behind my laptop and insert some photos of Imam Hussain’s pilgrims into my blog and so on, but this year I’m going to be among  millions of pilgrims on the way to Karbala despite Read More…

Who is Hussain? An international campaign

Among lots of campaigns and organizations, I found an international campaign which aims to inspire people through an inspirational man called Hussain and bring positive change in the world we live in.


“Who is Hussain” is a campaign started in 2012, and now has over 60 reps across the world that everyone can Read More…

Shia Muslims mark Ashura 2015

Millions of Shia muslims across Iran as well as elsewhere in the world commemorate the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and third Shia Imam on the day of Ashura.



The yellow head band contained an Arabic sentence means: “We are all your Abbas”



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Ashura 2015 in Iran: Noon prayer in congregation

Noon prayer in congregation by Imam Hussain (PBUH) and his companions on the day of Ashura, in the middle of battle of Karbala has a strong message to all the believers.


Ashura 2015 in iran

Noon prayer in congregation on the day of Ashura in Tehran, Iran

Millions of Shia Muslims mourn for Imam Hussain on the day of Ashura and attend prayer in congregation at noon in the streets or mosques or the holy shrines according to what Imam Hussain did in Karbala.

One of the slogans in Ashura 2015 was “Labbaik O’ Hussain means prayer on time


Shia Muslims on the day of Ashura in Iran

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Ashura 2015: Millions of Shia Muslims gather in Karbala

Today, the 24th of Oct., was the day of Ashura. Millions of Shia Muslims across the globe gathered in Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of  the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH) and all his companions.



Huge crowds of pilgrims, dressed in black packed inside the Imam Al-Hussain’s holy shrine while most of them were in the streets outside, mourning for Imam Hussain (PBUH).



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Ashura tears: Quote about Imam Hussain 4



The holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“O’ Fatimah! Every eye shall be weeping on the Day of Judgment except the eye which has shed tears over the tragedy of Hussain (PBUH) for surely, that eye shall be laughing and shall be given the glad tidings of the bounties and comforts of Paradise.”
Bihar Al-Anwar, vol.44, p.293

قال رسول الله صلی الله علیه و آله و سلم:

یا فاطمة! کل عین باکیه یوم القیامة الا عین بکت علی مصاب الحسین فانها ضاحکة مستبشرة بنعیم الجنة.

بحار الانوار، ج 44، ص .293

The day before Ashura 2015: Tasua in pictures

Today is Tasua

The day before Ashura is called Tasua which is the 9th day of Muharram. Shia muslims and other people from different religions, try to commemorate this day more than the first eight days of Muharram as Tasua is attributed to mourn for Imam Hussain’s brother,  Hazrat Abbas (PBUH), although he was martyred on the day of Ashura  like the other Imam Hussain’s companions.


The holy shrine of Hazrat Abbas (PBUH) in Karbala, the 9th night of Muhharam 2015

As access to water had been closed for three days and nights in Karbala,  Hadrat Abbas was the one who Read More…

Shia muslims participate in mourning ceremonies in Muharram 2015 + Video

Shia muslims worldwide have participated in the mourning ceremonies since the first day of Muharram. mourning for Imam Hussain will reach its climax on the day of Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram.  In the following image you can see one of the Shia morning ceremonies which is held in every night of Muharram in Tehran, Iran.


The red curtain contained the name of “Ali Akbar (PBUH)” as last night was the night of mourning for Imam Hussain’s son, Ali Akbar (PBUH) who was martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala while he was Read More…

What is Ashura?

Islam was on the verge of disappearing within the throat of the tyrants and justice being crushed under the stampede of evildoers. The cruel rule of Yazid and his men was about to cross the shining face of Islam away by a red line and the agonies and troubles suffered by the great Prophet of Islam (s) and the early-day Muslims as well as the blood of the self-sacrificing martyrs, were about to be forgotten and gone to the winds.

It was at this point that Imam Husayn (PBUH) set out on the great Ashura uprising. The Master of Martyrs rose to strengthen Islam, to oppose cruelty, and to stand up against the empire of those days that were beyond the scope of modern day empires.


What is Ashura?

The text written in the image is a quote about Imam husayn(PBUH) by Imam khomeini:

Imam Husayn (PBUH) revived Islam by his blood

Read more from Imam Khomeini at Ashura uprising

A heat in the hearts: Quote about Imam Hussain by Prophet Muhammad 3


Imam Hussain is the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson who was martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala in 680 A.D. All 72 of his companions including his family and even his Read More…

Ashura is the day of grief for Imam Husayn



By my father and my mother, oh Husayn, you deserve to be cried for, by every eye

Oh Husayn of patience, the mountain of consolation, you made all the prophets cry And the earth and the heavens cried with grief and sorrow; and sadness had flown and prevailed the east and the west

By Mustafa Al-Naeb

Women with their infants participated in mourning ceremonies worldwide

In the first friday of Muharram, mothers with their infants participated in the mourning ceremonies to remember the 6-month-old infant of Imam Hussain (PBUH), Hazrat Ali Asghar (PBUH), who was mercilessly martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala in the year 680 AD.



Iranian women in a large Hussaini infants gathering – Muharram in Iran



These large Hussaini Infants gatherings were held in 3000 places worldwide according to news.



An Hussaini infants gathering – Muharram in Iran 2015

Shia Muslims along with other people from different religions and from different parts of the world, have held ceremonies since the first night of Muharram to mourn the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (pbuh) and his companions.


Preparation for the month of Muharram and day of Ashura 2015

Today is the first day of Muharram 2015 . Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar, the month in which Imam Hussain along with all 72 of his companions were martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala.

Muslim peoples and Imam Hussain’s lovers from different religions across the globe have prepared themselves for Muharram by dressing in black, hanging black flags on their house and shops’s walls and hoisting it on the holy shrines, streets, mosques and public places, holding ceremonies and etc.

Muharram 2015

Muharram 2015 – A flag which “O Hussain” is written on

Muharram 2015 -the holy shrine of Lady Masumah in Qom

Muharram 2015 -the holy shrine of Lady Masumah in Qom

Lady Masumeh shrine adorned with black flag from Imam Hussain’s holy shrine on the eve of Muharram 2015 (1437)

Muharram 2015 - the holy shrine of Lady Masumah in Qom

Muharram 2015 – the holy shrine of Lady Fatima Masumah in Qom, Iran

Muharram 2015 -Milad tower in Tehran, Iran

Muharram 2015 -Milad tower in Tehran, Iran

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Ashura and a Ten-day of mourning period for Imam Hussain?!

Imam Hussain who is the prophet Muhammad’s grandson was martyred on the tenth day of Muharram, day of Ashura, in Karbala but why do we have a ten-day of mourning period started from the first day of Muharram?!



Recently, professor Panahiyan, an Iranian cleric who teaches at the universities and Howzah, answered this question as a note to a news channel that I tried to translate the main parts of it:

There might be some different reasons for mourning form the first day of Muharram. It might be because of what Imam Reza, the 8th beloved Imam of ours, said about his father, Imam Kazem (pbuh): “No one could have seen my father’s smile when the month of Muharram came. Sadness was increasing in his face day by day till the tenth of Muharram and when the tenth day of Muharram would dawn, it would be a day of grief and weeping for him.“[1]


Mourning for Imam Hussain (PBUH) -Muharram 2015


Mourning for Imam Hussain (PBUH) – Muharram 2015

Another reason might be that mourners can prepare themselves for the deep grief of Ashura by mourning form the beginning of Muharram because the grave tragedy of Ashura can be more tolerable after one week of mourning. The prophet Muhammad said that “surely , there exists in the hearts of the believers, with respect to the martyrdom of Husayn, a heat that never subsides.”[2] Thus, Every one who feels this heat, knows that entering to the day of Ashura without a previous mourning period is very painful.





For some people a ten-day of mourning period is an opportunity helping them to feel the great tragedy of Ashura.

Actually this mourning period might be a type of volunteering to help not mourning and it seems to us that mourners go into Imam Hussain’s tent from the first day of Muharram in order to help him and not to leave his leader alone. That’s why this period of ten days is like an epic while mourning on Ashura night has just a color of sadness and greif.


[1] (کَانَ أَبِی ع إِذَا دَخَلَ شَهْرُ الْمُحَرَّمِ… امالی صدوق/128)

[2] «إِنَّ لِقَتْلِ الْحُسَیْنِ حَرَارَةً فِی قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِینَ لَا تَبْرُدُ أَبَداً»مستدرک الوسائل/10/318

Peace be upon Imam Husayn


Peace be upon Imam Husayn who was martyred on the day of Ashura

Drinking water is universally held to be one of the most basic of human rights and is vital to the survival of any living creatures, but Imam Husayn, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, was martyred along with all his companions on the day of Ashura in Karbala while they were all thirsty. The tents of his family were pitched just a walking distance from the banks of the river Euphrates and yet he and his camp – including his six month old baby – were not allowed a single drop.

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More than 10 million people in Karbala for Ashura 2014

According to the news, despite all threats made by ISIL terrorists, more than 10 million pilgrims gathered in the holy city of Karbala to mark the day of Ashura in the year 2014.


Day of Ashura in Karbala

Every year millions of mourners and lovers of Imam Husayn across the globe flock to Karbala, a city in Iraq where the holy shrines of Imam Husayn and his companions are located, to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson on the day of Ashura.


day of Ashura in Karbala

Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram, the 1st month in the Islamic calender. Imam Husayn who was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), along with all 72 of his companions were martyred on this day in the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.


day of Ashura in Karbala


day of ashura in Karbala

On the day of Ashura, shops and businesses were closed as mourners began pouring onto the streets since dawn but free food and drinks offer to mourners and pilgrims in the streets and mosques by some other people for the love of Imam Husayn (PBUH). Some people distribute foods which is called Nazri food, among their neighbors home by home thus you usually do not need to prepare your own food on the day of Ashura and Tasua, the 9th day of Muharram.

In the year 2015, The day of Ashura will fall on Saturday, the 24th Oct. and many pilgrims are preparing yourselves to arrive at Karbala for this day.


Day of ashura

For remembrance of Imam Hussain’s 6-month-old child, Ali al-Asghar, who was martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala, many people dress up their infants like this in a special mourning ceremony on the 6th day of Muharram and also on the day of Ashura:






day of Ashura


day of Ashura


day of ashura

Imam Husayn and his companions were all in thirst in the hot dessert of Karbala even his six month old infant, but the enemy shot a three-headed arrow to the infant’s throat and cut his head off instead of opening the gate of river or giving them a drop.

To Karbala we want to fly



Hussein’s a candle of light,
Who glows both in day and night,
Guiding us all to the right,
To Kerbala we want to fly

By Sayed Ali Al-Mousawi Al-Khalkhali

Husayn was martyred on Ashura day while he was thirsty

Drinking water is universally held to be one of the most basic of human rights and is vital to the survival of any living creatures, but Imam Husayn, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, was martyred along with all his companions on the day of Ashura in Karbala while they were all thirsty. The tents of his family were pitched just a walking distance from the banks of the river Euphrates and yet he and his camp – including his six month old baby – were not allowed a single drop.



Access to water had been closed for three days and nights, but during this time, Hadrat Abbas, the brother of Imam Husayn, was able to get some water for children on one or two occasions, including the night of Ashura and That’s why Abbas had been received the nick name of Saqqa which means “water carrier”.


Ashura – Remember Imam Husayn (PBUH) when you are drinking water

On the day of Ashura, Hadrat Abbas went to get some water again. The number of men who guarded the river bank was four thousand. Read More…

The holy shrine of Imam husayn in Karbala

Imam Husayn gave his heart to God and God gave millions of hearts to Imam Husayn.


The text written on the curtain is “Peace be upon you o Aba-Abdillahe Al-Husayn” Read More…

Quote about Imam Hussain 2


A quote from Prophet Muhammad about Imam Hussain (PBUH):

 “اِنَّ الْحُسين مِصباحُ الْهُدي وَ سَفينَهُ الْنّجاه 

Verily Hussain is the shining light of guidance and the ark of salvation .”

Shia Muslims commemorate Ashura

Every year, millions of Shia Muslims commemorate the great tragedy of Karbala and mark the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s grandsonImam Hussain (PBUH), and his companions on the day of Ashura.










Ashura-The supreme leader of Iran and general Qassem Soleimani in a mourning ceremony for Imam Hussain (PBUH)


Ashura- The supreme leader of Iran and general Qassem Soleimani in a mourning ceremony for Imam Hussain (PBUH)


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