Signs of Shia Courage , Shown During their Pilgrimage to Karbala


Karbala Pilgrimage at ArbaeenJNN 13 Dec 2013 Baghdad : Despite the latest wave of suicide attacks in Iraq, millions of Shia Muslim pilgrims continue to flood to the shrine of Hussein in Karbala. Continue reading

” Kheime Koubi ” A Traditional Ceremony on Ashura in Iran


Kheimi Koubi Muharrma Ritual from Iran aJNN 24 Nov 2013 Tehran : Every year Iranians in central city of Kashan hold the traditional ceremony of ‘Kheime Koubi’ which is a theatre demonstrating story of Imam Hussein (PBUH) martyrdom in the Iraqi land of Karbala, played by the locals. Continue reading

The 50th Anniversary of the Thehri Shia Massacre


Protest against Shia Genocide in PakistanJNN 6th June 2013 Karachi : On June 3rd , 1963, at least 116 Shia Muslims were massacred in the village of Thehri in the Khairpur district of Sindh province in Pakistan while taking part in the Juloos (procession) of the solemn Day of Ashura, a practice that is over 1,000 years old. Continue reading

Installation of New Zarih at Imam Hussain's Shrine Begins


Imam Hussain Shrine New Zarih Installation hJNN 23 Jan 2013 Karbala :  After the new windowed cage for the holy tomb of Imam Hussein (p.b.u.h) has arrived in Kerbala holy city on 14-Dec-2012, and after the Fortieth pilgrimage of Imam Hussein has been finished; the deputy Secretary-General of the Imam Hussein holy shrine Sayed Afdhal EL-Shamy has held a meeting with the committee assigned to installing the new holy windowed cage in the presence of the board of trustees of the Imam Hussein holy shrine. Continue reading

Around 15 Million Commerate Ashura in Karbala , Iraq – The Biggest Muslim Congregation in the World


JNN 26 Nov 2012 About 15 Millions of Muslims , Majority of which was Shiites flooded the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Sunday for the commeration of Ashura rituals, which have been largely safe from the attacks that struck pilgrims in past years , under the US Security forces administration . Continue reading

Senior Shia Cleric demand’s Lifting ban on Muharram processions in Indian Held Kashmir


JNN 16 Nov 2012 Srinagar: As the Muslim calendar has entered another New Year, Patron, Pairwan-e-Villayat, Moulana Sibti Mohammad Shabir Qumi has appealed to the Muslims to strengthen the bond of brotherhood. And demanded the Indian Government to Lift the Unjustified Ban on the Muharram Processions In Srinagar . Continue reading

Senior Shia Cleric demand's Lifting ban on Muharram processions in Indian Held Kashmir


JNN 16 Nov 2012 Srinagar: As the Muslim calendar has entered another New Year, Patron, Pairwan-e-Villayat, Moulana Sibti Mohammad Shabir Qumi has appealed to the Muslims to strengthen the bond of brotherhood. And demanded the Indian Government to Lift the Unjustified Ban on the Muharram Processions In Srinagar . Continue reading

Millions of Shia’s comemorated the 9th Day of Muharram with Religious fervor around the World


JNN 06 Dec 2011 : Shia Muslims across the globe are holding mourning rituals in commemoration of martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (PBUH), the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Continue reading

Millions of Shia's comemorated the 9th Day of Muharram with Religious fervor around the World


JNN 06 Dec 2011 : Shia Muslims across the globe are holding mourning rituals in commemoration of martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (PBUH), the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Continue reading

Senior Sunni Cleric of Al Azhar University Severely Condemns Wahhabi’s Holding Feasts on Ashura


JNN 03 Jan 2011 : Al-azhar university cleric severely blasts Wahhabis for holding feasts on Ashura, mourning day for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

Senior Sunni cleric Sheykh Khalid Muhammad Kamal al-Shazli in a speech in the Egyptian capital of Cairo pointed to the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam and grandson to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and said that holding mourning ceremonies on the day of Ashura is one of the best ways of worshipping God.

A professor to Al-azhar university, Sheykh Khalid Muhammad Kamal al-Shazli said,” In the holy books of the Sunni, there are references to the catastrophes of Imam Hussein (AS) and holding feasts and parties on this day is absoulutely out of one’s ignorance and if Muslims do so, they have to change their way.

Wahhabi-related media every year in the mourning month of Muharram recite uncertain narrations which introduce Ashura as the day of feast and parties thinking that one has to hold a party on this day and double the blessings of the day by fasting.

Noteworthy to say that the Egyptian and people of Cairo in particular, including Shia and Sunni have a special attention to Imam Hussein (AS) mosque believing that the head of Imam Hussein (AS) [decapitated after his martyrdom] was carried by one of the daughters of Imam Hussein (AS) to Egypt as a way of protection from the enemies.

The place is now considered a holy place and much respected by both Shia and Sunni.

Senior Sunni Cleric of Al Azhar University Severely Condemns Wahhabi's Holding Feasts on Ashura


JNN 03 Jan 2011 : Al-azhar university cleric severely blasts Wahhabis for holding feasts on Ashura, mourning day for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

Senior Sunni cleric Sheykh Khalid Muhammad Kamal al-Shazli in a speech in the Egyptian capital of Cairo pointed to the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam and grandson to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and said that holding mourning ceremonies on the day of Ashura is one of the best ways of worshipping God.

A professor to Al-azhar university, Sheykh Khalid Muhammad Kamal al-Shazli said,” In the holy books of the Sunni, there are references to the catastrophes of Imam Hussein (AS) and holding feasts and parties on this day is absoulutely out of one’s ignorance and if Muslims do so, they have to change their way.

Wahhabi-related media every year in the mourning month of Muharram recite uncertain narrations which introduce Ashura as the day of feast and parties thinking that one has to hold a party on this day and double the blessings of the day by fasting.

Noteworthy to say that the Egyptian and people of Cairo in particular, including Shia and Sunni have a special attention to Imam Hussein (AS) mosque believing that the head of Imam Hussein (AS) [decapitated after his martyrdom] was carried by one of the daughters of Imam Hussein (AS) to Egypt as a way of protection from the enemies.

The place is now considered a holy place and much respected by both Shia and Sunni.

Saudi Shia and Sunni Muslims Sign a Document of Reconciliation After the Events of Ashura


JNN 29 Dec 2010 : Saudi Shia and Sunni figures in Medina signed a document to “live as one family”, a week after the clashes that took place between the parties on Ashura.

Hundreds of radical Wahhabis from Al-Ansar attacked with sticks and stones to the Shia citizens when mourning for Imam Hussain (A.S) in Ashura in Quba district on last Thursday, which many Shias arrested.

According to Rassid news network, the paper was inked yesterday, December 25, under the title of “Peaceful Co-existence like a Single Family” following a strife caused by a group of Wahabi extremists on the day of Ashura.

Expressing his deep regret for the event, Abdul-Aziz ibn Majid referred to Islam as a comprehensive religion that is against creating discord or forming various religious sects.

Warning those who intrude social order and security, he urged all Shia and Sunni thinkers to dispel the existing bilateral tensions by holding a joint seminar in Saudi Arabia.

The document was the first reconciliation paper inked between the Shia and Sunni. At the signing ceremony some 200 top Shia and Sunni figures and a number of Suadi Arabia’s officials including Taher Al-Hajuj, Saleh al-Jodan, Feysal Aburabae and Solemian Al-saedi were present.

On this year’s day of Ashura in the holy city of Medina, the Shia mourners were attacked by a group of Wahabi extremists. The strife led to some injuries and damages, and was finally stopped by the security forces who arrested 50 individuals



Ashura Comemorations In Bahrain , Kuwait and Saudia Arabia


JNN 18 Dec 2010 – MANAMA, Bahrain:  Thousands of Shiite Muslims in Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia marked Ashura on Thursday, commemorating the Martydom of the  grandson of the Prophet Mohammed , Hussein Ibn e Ali A.S with processions and cries of mourning.

In Manama, processions took place in the narrow streets of the old city, which is dotted with Shiite places of worship. Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni dynasty but the majority of its population is Shiite.

A number of Shiites Also attended the Procession from nearby Saudi Arabia, where they make up 10 percent of the population, and Kuwait, where they are about a third of the population, came to Bahrain to participate in the processions.

The colour black dominated the occasion, which marks the martyrdom of Hussein (A.S), a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and the third Shiite imam, in 680 AD by the forces of the Omayyad Caliph Yazid (L.A) in a battle in Karbala, Iraq.

Men covered their heads in dust, crying “Hussein, Hussein,” expressing regret that the faithful did not rescue the imam when he was besieged in the Iraqi desert.

Women, who usually do not participate in Ashura processions, did so in Bahrain this year.

The processions in Bahrain were supervised by volunteers and security services, and no incidents were reported.

Saudi Shiites complain of marginalisation and segregation in the Gulf kingdom dominated by Wahhabism, a strictly puritanical form of Sunni Islam.

In Kuwait, members of the Shiite community marked Ashura inside their places of worship, as street processions are banned.

Erdogan Attends Ashura Ceremony in Istanbul, Addresses Mourners


JNN 17 Dec 2010 Ankara :Thousands of Turkish Shia braved freezing temperatures to commemorate the day of Ashura. There was a huge turnout at the Ashura  Muharram in Turkey where marches and mourning consolations were taking place in Ankara and Istanbul, and many other places. Erdogan delivered a speech about the moral meanings of the occasion.

Senior adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ali Akbar Velayati, was among the attendees in the ceremony and addressed the mourners describing the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH), as the symbol of fight against oppression.

Erdogan attended the ceremony this year for the first time since his AK party came to power in 2002.

Erdogan, who is a follower of the Hanafi school of the Sunni branch of Islam, delivered a speech at the ceremony, in which he discussed the importance of unity between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

“We have been feeling the pain of Karbala for 1,370 years. We have to feel that pain in our hearts. We remember (Imam) Hussein (AS) whenever an innocent person is killed,” the Turkish prime minister said as he began his speech.

“This country is ours, these lands are all ours, this history, this civilization is ours. Nobody can claim superiority to any other. We are equal to each other and we are all brothers in these lands. We are all first-class citizens of this country. The problems of all religious groups in my country are mine. That’s why we are struggling to address century-old problems through consensus. Aren’t there those who oppose us? Of course, there are. But we will overcome this with patience,” Erdogan added.

Erdogan’s participation in Ashura ceremony is a sign of Islamic unity

Addressing the Ashura mourners in Istanbul, Velayati described Erdogan’s participation in the ceremony as an extremely significant symbol of Islamic unity.

He also pointed to Turkey’s role in defending Islamic values and foiling plots against Muslim countries.

Ashura symbolizes unity among Muslims, justice, devotion, and the struggle against oppression, Velayati added.

He said that Imam Hussein’s uprising was aimed at reviving Islam and teaching Muslims to rise against bullying powers. Velayati also called on all Muslims to stand for the rights of Palestinians. He said that Muslim countries were obliged to defend the Palestinian nation in the asymmetrical war against Israel.

Velayati noted that the Gaza siege was a clear sign of Israel’s tyranny against Muslims and the people of Gaza, adding that the teachings of Imam Hussein (PBUH) tasked Muslims to extend assistance to the Palestinian nation. He also highlighted Turkey’s status in defending Islamic values and confronting conspiracies against Muslim countries.

Millions commemorate Ashura in Karbala & Najaf


 

JNN 17 Dec 2010 Karbala : Millions of Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to mourn the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet of Islam’s grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Amid tight security, huge crowds of mourners have reached the holy city of Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.

The event marks the 10th day of the Lunar month of Muharam, which is also the climax of the ten-day Ashura commemorations.

Around 28,000 soldiers and law enforcement agents are on duty in the Iraqi city. Some 7,000 reserves could join the force if deemed necessary.

Iraqi security forces have reportedly rounded up as many as 80 suspected militants, who intended to unleash chaos on the holy city.

Muharram ceremonies in Iraq have been the target of numerous attacks over the past years. The deadliest took place in 2004 when near-simultaneous blasts in Baghdad and Karbala killed more than 170 people.

Mourning ceremonies were also held in different countries around the world on Thursday.

The Day of Ashura is when the third Shia Imam was martyred along with 72 of his companions while fighting for justice during the battle of Karbala in the year 680.

Seen as one of the most important occasions in the Shia Muslim calendar, Ashura is both a day of sorrow and inspiration. Muslim men, women and children take to the streets every year to express their grief.

 

Ashura commemorated in Karbala and around the world


JNN 16 Dec 2010 KARBALA: Iraq has arrested 73 Al-Qaeda-linked suspects officials said were implicated in plotting “chaos” during Ashura in Karbala, as two million pilgrims thronged the shrine city on Thursday.

The arrests underscored fears of violence during the 10-day Mourning Majalis and Processions that culminate on Friday, in a key test for Iraq’s security forces ahead of a complete withdrawal of American troops in a year.

Vehicle traffic in Karbala was brought to a virtual standstill as pilgrims were made to walk to the shrines of the revered Imams Hussein and Abbas, while all visitors were searched at checkpoints.

“We were able to destroy 14 terrorist cells and arrest 73 people, including 37 wanted persons,” Karbala provincial council chief Mohammed al-Mussawi said. “We seized lots of weapons, IEDs (improvised-explosive devices), explosives belts and equipment.

“If they had been able to mount their attacks during the pilgrimage, it would have created chaos. Karbala is the main target for terrorists during Ashura.”

Mussawi said those arrested were suspected members of Al-Qaeda.

Speaking on Wednesday, the Iraqi army commander responsible for security in five provinces including Karbala said those detained were implicated in an Al-Qaeda-linked group called the Boys of Heaven.

General Othman al-Ghanimi said a total of 80 suspects had been arrested.

Mussawi said the number of pilgrims in Karbala for the commemorations had reached two million, 238,000 of them from abroad.

Karbala police spokesman Major Alaa Abbas reported no incidents in the city so far. He said tight security arrangements would remain in force until the pilgrims had headed home after the ceremonies.

The deadliest Ashura attacks were in March 2004 when near-simultaneous bombings in Karbala and at a Shia mosque in Baghdad killed more than 170 people.

“Everything right now inside Karbala is good,” said 40-year-old Kadhim Hussein, a pilgrim from the southern port city of Basra. “We will continue our commemorations of Hussein’s martyrdom despite all the threats from enemies.”

BEIRUT

Massive crowds thronged streets across Lebanon on Thursday to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, responding in force to a call by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah the previous night.

A correspondent at the scene said tens upon tens of thousands of Nasrallah’s supporters lined the streets of the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburb of Beirut as the 10 days of rituals to mourn the Ashura.

TEHRAN

Millions of Iranians, beating themselves with fists and chains, marked the climax of Ashura on Thursday, a day after a suicide bomber killed 34 people taking part in a procession.

Men, women and children dressed in black gathered in cities across Iran as the 10 days of rituals to mourn the death of Imam Hussein, the faith’s third imam, reached a peak.

Iranian state television carried live footage of the Ashura processions in the capital Tehran, the second city of Mashhad, the Shiite clerical centre of Qom and the smaller cities of Yazd, Bam and Ardebil.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was shown attending a gathering in south Tehran.

Crowds of mourners, meanwhile, were seen across Tehran staging short street plays depicting the Karbala battle which led to Imam Hussein’s A.S Martyrdom .

Chanting “Ya Hussein!” the crowds, many of them shirtless men beating their chests with their fists, set fire to makeshift tents and re-enacted the killing of Hussein as women and children watched, some with tears in their eyes.

Bomb blasts kill 3, injure 32 in Iraq


JNN 15 Dec 2010 : One explosion struck a group of mourners west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The other bomb targeted a procession in the town of Khalis, north of the capital.

Attacks on Shia mourners have increased in war-ravaged Iraq in the lead-up to Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Ashura, the tenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar year Muharram, falls on December 16 this year.

Many devout Muslims across the world are also holding ceremonies to mourn the event which is one of the most important occasions on the Shia calendar.

On Ashura day, Imam Hussein (PBUH) and 72 of his companions were martyred while fighting for justice during Karbala battle in Iraq back in the year 680.

On Monday, four people were killed and 17 others wounded in a bomb attack on a group of pilgrims northeast of Baghdad.

Blasts kill Many Shias at Imam Hussein’s Mourning Procession in Iraq

Suicide attacks targeting a police checkpoint and a Shiite Muslim procession in western and central Iraq on Sunday killed over 20 people, including six policemen, police and a doctor said.

According to Iraqi police and hospital officials, the blasts occurred on Sunday near the provincial council building in Ramadi, Anbar’s capital, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

The first explosion was heard at 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), killing at least 17 people, among them six members of the police force.

At least 23 people have also been left wounded in the Sunday attack.

Only minutes later, a second bomb was found in a nearby parking lot. Police say they have detonated it in a safe area.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Government officials in Anbar, a former al-Qaeda stronghold, have frequently been targeted by militants.

The violence comes days before the climax of the Shia commemoration ceremony of Ashura on Thursday.

The tenth day of Muharram, which is known as Ashura, marks the anniversary of the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Every year on Ashura thousands of Muslims from all over Iraq and neighboring countries hold mourning ceremonies and many head for the holy city of Karbala, where the shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is located.