Arbaeen 2017 is coming and millions of Imam Hussain’s lovers are going to Karbala for Arbaeen to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
Millions of Muslim people walk at least 80 kilometers toward the holy shrine of Imam Hussain for Arbaeen. There is no concern about food, drink and accommodation on this journey as Imam Hussain’s lovers kindly provide what the pilgrims need in this way.
I Recorded this video on my way from Najaf to Karbala about 10 days before the day of Arbaeen, on Nov. 1, 2017.
Many thanks to our Iraqian Muslim brothers and sisters for their hospitality in this way.
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Day of Ashura is the culmination of a ten day annual mourning period in the lunar month of Muharram for the prophet Muhammad’s grandson who was the third Shia Imam.
Today was the day of Ashura in 2017. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, traveling from worldwide descended on Karbala, to the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (PBUH) with officials putting their numbers at more than 3 million.
Ashura 2017: Shia Muslims mark the day of Ashura in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain in Karbala
Shia Muslims dressed in black, mourn for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain who was beheaded violently in thirsts and his body was left on the land, with horses running on him… All 72 of his men including his sons and families had already been beheaded one by one in front of his eyes. Read More…
Happy birthday of Imam Hussain to the Imam of our time, Imam Mahdi, and to all the believers.
In this post , I’d like to translate a part of an speech made by a great philosopher and scholar, Ayatullah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi who is fortunately alive and lives in the city of Qom in Iran. I read the text of that speech in his official website in the recent days and I found it inspiring. It was about the first lesson from the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (PBUH) in some parts
The first lesson from the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (PBUH) is that we should not concern ourselves about the future consequences, if we work to the glory of God. The good results will be achieved surely even if the present results do not seem pleasant; it may be achieved in the future years and the society will be benefited from.
Ayatullah Mesbah Yazdi said that Imam Hussain was satisfied with what he did although he gave everything he had because he worked to the glory of God and provided the long-lasting conditions for the Islamic society to be reformed…
Day of Ashura is a day Imam Husayn and all 72 of his companions were killed to revive the religion of God from utter distortion, therefor people who believe in the unique God and have different religions across the world mark the day of Ashura in every year.
You can see Sunni Muslim people and christian people along with Shia Muslim people who commemorate the day of Ashura.
Christian people in the holy shrine of Imam Husayn on the day of Ashura at Karbala, Iraq.
Arbaeen is a day on which the largest gathering in the world is held by Shia Muslim people in peace. Each year, the holy shrine of Imam Husayn in the city of Karbala receives an increasing number of pilgrims across all over the world. It was reported officially that on Arbaeen 2016, more than 20 millions pilgrims have gathered at Karbala. Despite the all modern technologies, millions of pilgrims prefer to walk 80 Km from Najaf to Karbala to show their love toward Imam Husayn and to his living son, the 12th Shia Imam (Imam Mahdi). In addition, It is quoted that the pilgrimage of Imam Husayn on Arbaeen is a sign of a believer and every single step toward the holy shrine of Imam Husayn, can wipe out one sin and have one reward.
Thanks God, this year I was among the millions of pilgrims who walk to Karbala. To be honest, the journey was not such easy but undauntedly, it was an excellent journey that one should experienced it by him/herself. A different life style in which only one backpack is enough to start the journey as everything is prepared for free by Shia muslim people on the way to Karbala.
Many thanks to Iraqi people who compete each others to be at our service for God’s sake and for the love of Imam Husayn. They offer everything they have to pilgrims as they wish to be like Imam Husayn who gave everything he had to revive Islam.
I do apologize at first that my photos can not show the all aspects of Arbaeen as I am not a photographer and I took photos with my mobile phone.
Offering free water to the pilgrims on the way to Karbala
No matter where you come
When I was younger, I was seeing people in love with imam Husayn and I tried to understand this kind of Love but I couldn’t feel it. I could not understand the feeling of those people who want to go to Karbala as a pilgrim of Imam Husayn despite all troubles and dangers over there. Walking 80 Km to the holy shrine of Imam Husayn on the day of Arbaeen is a ridiculous way to choose despite all existing vehicle in theses days, but definitely It is a way to show our love toward Husayn to the world and let all the people in the world know that there is a true love differed from the other loves tried to show by Hollywood movies.
“God Loves who loves Hussain”
احب الله من احب حسینا
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Walking on #Arbaeen is a way to introduce a man who gave all he had for God’s sake to save the last version of the religion from utter distortions; Walking on Arbaeen is a way to hasten the reappearance of Imam Mahdi.
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Imam Mahdi is a man from the descendant of the holy prophet Muhammad and Imam Hussain (PBUH). Imam Mahdi is the 12th imam who Shia Muslims believe that he was born in year 255 (869) and he is now living among people although they do not know him.
It’s narrated that when Imam Mahdi reappeared, he will stand next to Ka’ba in Mecca, introduce himself by Imam Hussain and what happened on Ashura to him and state clearly five sentences:
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Shia people mark the day of Tasua in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain and Hadrat Abbas in Karbala, Iraq
Today is the 9th day of Muharram , a day called Tasua in which all people mourn for the last man left for Imam Hussain (PBUH). A man who Imam Hussain cry for when he killed on the day of Ashura at Karbala. He was Hadrat Abbas, the Imam Ali’s son and Imam Hussain’s younger brother who was martyred on the way back to the tents while he was bringing water for the thirsty women and children. Read More…
The second night of Muharram Mourning was held at the official house of Imam Khamenei which is called “Imam Khomeini Hussainiyeh” and Imam Khamenei , the grand leader of Islamic community attended it.
In the previous post, I made an image about why Imam Hussain (PBUH) rose up as stated in his will, but that was not the only reason for Imam Hussain to revolt.
The holy shrine of Imam Hussain (PBUH) in Karbala, Iraq. A photo taken in Muharram 2016
There are three main causes explained in Martyr Mortaza Motahhari’s book written according to the Islamic quotes for why Imam Hussain rose up against Yazid’s government and why Ashura happened.
1-Imam Hussain rejected to pledge allegiance to the immoral and non-Muslim man such as Yazid who wanted to be a ruler of Muslim community despite the threatens made by Yazid’s government because swearing allegiance to Yazid indicated not only accepting Yazid as a ruler but also accepting the wrong way of succession determination was being established for the first time by Yazid’s father in the Muslim community. The thing that was not permitted in Islam and both Shia and Sunni sects.
2-About 100,000 people of Kufa sent 18,000 letters to Imam Hussain and invited him to come to Iraq and re-establish an Islamic government, although they forgot their invitation and leave Imam Hussain to be alone against the 30,000 people of Yazid’s Army and even they helped the Army! This invitation cause Imam to have no choice other than to accept their request
3- Reforming the Muslim community and promoting virtue and preventing vice was the third and the main reason for Ashura uprising. Imam Hussain had found about his cousin, Moslem (the son of Aghil), martyrdom on the way to Kufa, therefor Imam could have refused the invitation sent by the people of Kufa and come back to Mecca, but he did not stop going to Kufa until Yazid’s Army stop him and his companions in a land called Karbala. Imam Hussain himslef stated this main reason openly in his will to his brother before traveling to Kufa. You can see a part of Imam Hussain will in the following image:
“I did not rise up for the cause of wickedness, amusement, corruption or oppression, but I rose up to reform the Muslim community of my grandfather [Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)]. I want to promote virtue and prevent vice.”
اني لم اخرج اشرا و لا بطرا و لامفسدا و لاظالما انما خرجت لطلب الاصلاح
في امة جدي و اريد ان امر با لمعروف و انهي عن المنكر
Bihar Al-Anvar: V.44, P. 329
-Read more explanation in this book (The Truth Hussain’s (A.S) Revolt) which I found on the internet and It is an English translation and abstract of the original book written by martyar Mortaza Mutahhari, an Islamic philosopher who Imam Khomeini invited all the people to read his books.
Tonight is the first night of Muharram in 2016.
Although Imam Hussain (PBUH) and his family and companions have not arrived yet to Karbala in such day but mourning ceremonies have got started at all over the cities in Iran as well as other countries by Shia Muslim people to follow Imam Reza’s mourning style for the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain. Read more about Imam Reza’s style at here
Imam Reza, the 8th beloved Imam, said about his father, Imam Musa (Moses) 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 [day of Ashura] and when the tenth day of Muharram would dawn, it would be a day of grief and weeping for him.”
The Grand Bazaar is a great historical market in the capital city of Iran. This market has several corridors with more than 10 kilometers in length.
On the day of Tasua and Ashura, the The Grand Bazzar are closed and shopkeepers and other people attend in the mourning ceremony held inside the market’s corridors for the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH).