Arbaeen

Arbaeen

20th day of Islamic month of Safar
In the year 680 c.e., Imam al-Hussein died during the Battle of Taf in Karbala, Iraq. He was the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad The martyrdom of Hussein was such a pivotal event in Islamic history that it has inspired two Shi'ite Muslim holidays of mourning: Ashura and Arbaeen. Ashura, the holy day that commemorates the day Hussein fell to his Sunni enemies, is more widely observed, but Arbaeen still retains significance and elicits fervent expressions from the faithful.
The holy day falls on the 40th day after the anniversary of Hussein's death and marks the date when the martyr's decapitated head, which had been carried off as a trophy to Damascus, was finally reunited with his body.
The most popular way that Iranian Shi'ites observe this holiday is by carrying out ziarats —pilgrimages to a holy shrine. The holiest of shrines to Hussein lies in Karbala, the Iraqi city where the fateful seventh-century battle took place. Karbala receives most of its pilgrims from Iraq and Iran. Celebrations have seen Shi'ite-Sunni violence during periods of elevated tension between these two groups.
CONTACTS:
Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Imam Khomeini Sq.
Tehran Iran
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The Zurbattiyah border point has seen heavy traffic as the pilgrims cross from Iran to take part in the Arbaeen commemoration.
On Friday, a towing vehicle pulling an aircraft at Imam Khomeini International Airport ran into a plane being prepared to fly people to Najaf for the Arbaeen ceremonies.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a statement on Friday appreciated the Iraqi government for maintaining the safety of the Iranian pilgrims taking part in the Arbaeen rallies marking 40th day of mourning for Imam Hossein (PBUH) after he was martyred on the day of Ashoura over 13 centuries ago.
It was the first attack on Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad during the lead-up to the religious commemoration known as Arbaeen, when Shiite faithful converge on the holy city of Karbala.
In a video interview withn Syrian-based news channel Oreint news, Syrian rebels show a reporter a tunnel stretching some 700 meters into the area of Mount Arbaeen, near the northern Syrian city of Ariha.
NECEF (CyHAN)- Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals on Saturday.
With hours to go until the Arbaeen commemoration reaches its climax Saturday, a sea of black-clad devotees filled the streets, waving flags, beating their chests and chanting.
With a few hours to go until the Arbaeen commemoration reaches its climax on Saturday, a sea of black-clad devotees filled the streets, waving flags, beating their chests and chanting.
State news agency Mena said the cars were parked in a lot in Suez's Arbaeen district.
Jamil bin Mohammed Arbaeen,said that the Civil Defense was well prepared for any eventuality.
The rescue teams are still deploying efforts to make sure there are no more victims at the site," Jameel Arbaeen, the general director of Makkah civil defence, said.
A series of car bombs, shootings and suicide attacks killed scores of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in the week before the Shi'ite holy day of Arbaeen, which coincided with Christmas Eve this year.