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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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Bahrain's Ambassador to Iraq Salah Al Malki told the GDN last night that everything possible was being done in co-ordination with the Iraqi government to cope with the estimated 60,000 pilgrims taking part in the Arba'een ritual.
Others occur at regular intervals, like when more than 3 million arrive in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, roughly every year for the Haj pilgrimage, or when upward of 20 million travel to Karbala, Iraq, for the Shiite holiday Arba'een.
org/wiki/2008_attack_on_Omdurman_and_Khartoum said: "JEM forces entered the city of Omdurman, targeting the Arba'een military base and the Al-Aswat police station.
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In Suez, dozens protested at Arba'een Square after Friday prayers, also demanding the downfall of Morsi's government.
In Suez, dozens organized a demonstration in Arba'een square after Friday prayers demanding that the political isolation law be approved, which would prevent Shafiq's running.
The attacks began shortly after 7 am, despite heightened security for the Shi'ite holiday of Arba'een, which is often a time of sectarian violence.
Officials estimate that the number of pilgrims will increase to 12 million on the day of Arba'een in 2010.
The elaborately decorated shrine, with its finely crafted glass mosaics, draws millions of Shi'i pilgrims each year from Iraq and abroad (mainly Iran), particularly during religious commemorations like 'Ashura (1) and Arba'een.
Less than one month after the elections, the Iraqis also enjoyed progress in the social area with the celebration of Arba'een.
Attacks against Shi'ite pilgrims in 2006 and 2007 during the Arba'een pilgrimage fuelled a Sunni-Shi'ite war).