05 Jan 2013
Arbaeen Commemorated Across the World With Fervour.
Largest Peaceful Gatherings of All Times Historically.
In their tens of thousands despite deadly bomb blasts which have taken the lives hundreds of Shia Muslims across the country over the past year, these black-clad followers of Hussain Ibn-e-Ali have once again gathered here in Arbaeen procession to remember his sacrifice along with his 72 companions.
The demonstrators pledged allegiance to Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein who remains a symbol of courage and patience against evil and oppression. Pakistan's Shia Muslims flocked to the streets to show their love and respect for Islam's greatest martyr.
Chanting "Down with the US" and "Down with Israel" these mourners say they are not only remembering Karbala of 14 century ago but also drawing lessons for today's Karbala against the modern-day oppressors.
After performing afternoon prayers, mourners started to march remembering the tragic events of Karbala. For over 1400 years Shia Muslims have been nurturing the tale of Karbala and the sacrifice of Imam Hossein and his followers.
In Islamic world Karbala continues to evoke the deepest emotions every year when Shia Muslims commemorate Imam's sacrifice on Ashura and then on the 40th day since the anniversary known as Arbaeen pay tribute to the universal values of truth and justice. Perhaps this is the reason why Karbala has not been forgotten so far and will never be.
Iraq's holy city of Karbala is hosting a religious ritual described as one of the largest in the country. More than nine million Shias from Iraq and other countries have poured into the city to commemorate Arbaeen.
Arbaeen marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein -- Prophet Muhammad's grandson and the third holy figure in Shia Islam. Imam Hossein was martyred together with 72 of his companions in what is today Karbala in the seventh century.
Such ceremonies have often been targeted by terrorist attacks over the past years. Official say security has been beefed up on the eve of Arbaeen.
A few days ago, Iraq announced the arrest of a number of Al Qaeda leaders across the country. The terrorists responded by launching several attacks on a group of pilgrims who were marching on foot to Karbala. At least 15 were killed and scores wounded.
The pilgrims condemned the violence, but emphasized that such measures would not prevent them from participating in Arbaeen rituals.
The Iraqi government has deployed about 35,000 troops in and around Karbala to protect the pilgrims. Officials say a joint operation center has been set up by seven ministries to come up with a plan to provide security and services to the pilgrims.
Officials say the number of foreign Shia pilgrims visiting Karbala is rising each year and has now exceeded 100 thousand. This may be an indication that the holy Imam is receiving a yet stronger support for a cause he put his life on centuries ago.
Each year on the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein, Shias around the globe remember Arbaeen and the hardships Imam Hussein went through. The fact that the cause of Imam Hossein is still respected fourteen hundred centuries later may be an indication that the sacrifice which the third Shia Imam and his companions made will never fade away over time and is instead getting more and more popular.
The secretary general of Hezbollah has once again blamed certain regional countries and their Western allies for fueling the ongoing unrest in Syria. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah accused these countries of being accomplices in the bloodshed and warned of the repercussions of the Syrian Crisis on the entire region. These high-voltage stances came in a televised speech he delivered to the masses who gathered in North-East Lebanon to participate in "Arba'een" ceremonies.
Hezbollah's Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has once again blamed Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey for fanning the fire which has been ravaging Syria for almost two years now. Nasrallah accused these countries of being responsible for the continuation of the bloodshed and the obstruction of a political settlement in the country.
The resistance movement's chief echoed these high voltage stances on the occasion of "Arba'een", which marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, and his 72 companions in the epic battle of "Karbala".
Nasrallah warned that "Lebanon is the country suffering the most from what is happening in Syria". He criticized the calls by Lebanese opposition leaders who demand the closure of borders with the sister State.
Answering the calls of the Resistance movement's leader was a sea of people in black who flooded the streets and squares of the Lebanese city of Baalbeck.
Women and children, young and old have flocked to the north eastern city of Baalbeck to renew their allegiance to Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammad's grandson and the third Shia Imam, whose uprising against tyranny of the time over 30 centuries ago still serves as a the symbol of fight against oppression and cruelty for world's freedom seekers.
As custom has it in Lebanon, each year a ceremony is organized by the Resistance movement Hezbollah in honor of the captivation procession of those who remained alive after the battle of Karbala and were imprisoned by the soldiers of the tyrant Yazid and led to his palace in Damascus.
The honorable procession was led by the Grand-daughter of the Prophet of Islam, Zeinab, and the fourth Shia Imam, Imam Ali Bin Al-Hussein. It included the women and orphans of those who were martyred in the battle as well.
Arbaeen is seen in Lebanon as an occasion which reminds people of the lessons learnt in the epic battle of Karbala back in 680 A.D. The most important of which is what voiced by the Martyred Imam Hussein: Refusing to favor the obedience of the ignoble over the death of the noble.
The role of Hazrat Zeynab (SA) and Imam Sajjad (AS) in conveying the message of Ashura was highlighted at a program held on the occasion of Arbaeen (the 40th day after Ashura) in Georgia.
Amir-ul-Mumenin (AS) Mosque in the city of Marneuli hosted the mourning ceremony attended by a large number of Georgian Muslims.
It was addressed by Hojat-ol-Islam Muhyeddin Hekmat Niya, seminary and university instructor, who talked about the Karbala event and Imam Hussein's (AS) uprising as well as the virtues of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS).
He highlighted the important role that Hazrat Zeynab (SA) and Imam Sajjad (AS) played to clarify the objectives of Imam Hussein (AS) uprising and convey the message of Ashura.
Marneuli is a small city in the Kvemo Kartli region of southern Georgia and administrative center of Marneuli District that borders neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia. Currently, Muslims constitute approximately 10 percent of Georgia's population.