Everyday during the holy month of Ramadan, Muslim people can break their fast in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain. This fast-breaking meal which is called “Iftari” among Muslims is flattened in a 200 meters table by some people for the sake of God and the love of Imam Hussain.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year, on the 40th day, something amazing happens in Karbala…
Arbaeen 2014 is coming in less than a week.
Some people have already begun their journey of about 550 kilometers from Basrah, a city in Iraq, to arrive in Karbala at Arbaeen 2014.
The day of Arbaeen is 40 days following Ashura and in this year, Arbaeen will fall on 13th December.
Here are some photos of people walking toward Karbala and the people who offer food , fruits and everything they may need on the way to Karbala.
Can you guess what the photographer want to show us by the following Image of Arbaeen?!
Yes, actually It is a bit hard to understand but the man is offering a pleasant smell to Imam Hussain’s pilgrims on the way to Karbala.
Feeding Imam Hussain’s pilgrims for the love of Imam hussain on the way to Karbala
In the following four images, you can see how people offer their homes to Imam Hussain’s pilgrims for resting at night for free on the way to Karbala.
See more photos of Arbaeen at Arbaeen
Karbala holds the holy shrine of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson and his companions, so millions of Muslims around the world make their way to the city of Karbala to commemorate the day of Arbaeen in every year.
The day of Arbaeen is 40 days following Ashura and in this year(2014) Arbaeen will fall on 13th December.
According to news, many pilgrims have begun a journey of 55 miles or so to Karbala by their own foot for the love of Imam Hussain (PBUH). Here are some photos of the previous years I’ve selected for you.