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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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Meantime, member of the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense Committee Karim al-Aliwi told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website that Israel is seeking to foment sedition and internal war in Iraq, warning of possible Israeli air attacks on Arba'een pilgrims in Iraq.
The people from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Nigeria staged a silent protest during the yearly procession known as Arba'een Walk against the Indian aggression on the Kashmiri people.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the people from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Nigeria staged a silent protest during the yearly procession known as Arba'een Walk against the Indian aggression on the Kashmiri people.
According to reporter, the people from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Nigeria staged a silent protest during the yearly procession known as Arba'een Walk against the Indian aggression on the Kashmiri people.
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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.
Police told NINA that a car bomb exploded in a residential neighborhood, near Arba'een Street, behind Tikrit Stadium.
In Suez, dozens protested at Arba'een Square after Friday prayers, also demanding the downfall of Morsi's government.