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Moukebs in Karbala to host pilgrims on 15th of Sha’ban

SHAFAQNA - More than 650 Moukebs (resting places with special facilities and services for pilgrims) are ready to provide services to the pilgrims of Imam Hussein’s (AS) holy shrine in Karbala on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam…

Imam Hussain as a model of sacrifice for entire world without discrimination

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SHAFAQNA - Convert to Shia Islam Ann Sackat noted during her visit to Iraq: "I am so happy to visit the city of Karbala and the Holy shrine of Imam al- Hussein (pbuh). When I read about this great personality, I find him a model of sacrifice…

HAZRAT ALI AKBAR (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- After Abbas (pbuh), came the turn of Ali Akbar (pbuh), to go to the battlefield. The battle drums of the enemies were now getting louder and louder. It is reported that this eighteen (18) year old son was so very much loved by one…

Birthday of Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS)

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SHAFAQNA- Salaam and heartiest congratulations to you all on a very special day. It is the day that pertains to the youth and inspires in them the feeling of virtue, moral values, and pursuit of lofty goals, such as defending the honour and…

Preparations to hold 14th International Conference of Martyrdom Spring in Karbala

SHAFAQNA -  Imam Hussein, El-Abbas holy shrines are continuing the preparations to hold 14th International Cultural Conference of Martyrdom Spring in the holy city of Karbala on the 3rd of the month of Shaban based on the Islamic Calendar,…

Discovering ruins determine Imam Hussein's way from Mecca to Karbala

SHAFAQNA - Karbala Center for Studies and Researches of Imam Hussein Shrine has announced discovering some ruins through which the way Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him) took when he came to the holy city of Karbala has been tracked and confirmed. Abdul…

Karbala Hosts Quranic Session for Lebanese Women

SHAFAQNA- According to dar-alquran.org, the Women Quran Center affiliated to the Dar-ol-Quran of the holy shrine’s Astan (custodianship) organized the program. It was attended by a number of Quran teachers and memorizers of Lebanon’s…

Iraqis must commit to peaceful coexistence"

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SHAFAQNA- The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani in Karbala stressed the importance of peaceful coexistence between the components of Iraqi society in light of the current situation that Iraq is going through…

Sheikh Musin Nejefi welcomes delegation of Imam Hussein and El-Abbas shrines in Islamabad

SHAFAQNA- Within the preparations to hold Neseem Kerbela Fifth Festival, the representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority in Islamabad – Pakistan, sheikh Muhsin Nejefey has received and welcomed the delegation of Imam Hussein…

American doctor: What we've seen contradicts what mass media portrays

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SHAFAQNA- An American Christian couple: Dr. Jack Pence and his wife – from Minnesota State – visited Imam Hussein Shrine in the holy city of Kerbela.   Pence said – in an interview – that some Americans fear coming to Iraq…

UN representative: Esistani's directives important for us to support Iraq

SHAFAQNA- The special representative of the United Nations in Iraq Ján Kubiš visited Imam Hussein Shrine and met up with the representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority sheikh Abdul-Mehdi El-Kerbela’ey.   They…

French businessman presents unique manuscript to Imam Hussein a.s Museum

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SHAFAQNA-   Dr. Ramzi Hebeeb Senber, Palestinian-French citizen, has presented a unique manuscript to Imam Hussein Museum during a visit he made to Imam Hussein Shrine. The manuscript is made of rice and gold with the…

Arbaeen soon in list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

SHAFAQNA - Karbala Center for Researches and Studies of Imam Hussein Holy Shrine organized a joint meeting with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities in order to coordinate the registration of Arbaeen Pilgrimage internationally in…

Preparations underway to hold 14th Martyrdom Spring Annual International Conference

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussein Shrine and El-Abbas Shrine are continuing their preparations to hold the 14th Martyrdom Spring Annual International Conference at the beginning of the month of Sha’ban A.H.   Ali Kadhim Sultan – preparatory…

Imam Hussein Shrine opens contemporary theater in Kerbela

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SHAFAQNA- The Cultural House in the holy city of Kerbela has witnessed a play titled “Sejeem” in the remembrance of the Iraq’s martyrs.   The play was attended by a great number of academics, artists, directors, and educationists.   Alaa…

Divine Will & Martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA- In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful Allah’s Blessings be on you, O Saaheb al-Amr, help us and forsake us not Imam Husain (a.s.) stated: “Allah intends to see me martyred.” It was at the time when Imam…

Indian pilgrims walk 6000 km to visit Imam Hussain in Karbala

SHAFAQNA - A group of seven Shia Muslim pilgrims from Hyderabad old city has left for pilgrimage in Iraq on foot. They will complete their journey of 6000 km by walk to reach the city of Karbala in Iraq. The enthusiastic pilgrims are expected…

Al-Abbas holy shrine gilds dome of great Masjid al-Sahlah

SHAFAQNA - The distinctive dome is being covered with gold tiles that were manufactured in the workshops of the Gilding Division of the holy shrine,” said al-Sa’egh. The Engineering Projects Department at the al-Abbas Holy Shrine is gilding…

The Other Muslim Pilgrimage - Walking to Freedom

SHAFAQNA - An excess of 14 million men, women, and children gathered this November in the holy city of Karbala (Iraq) to mark Islam’s other pilgrimage - the largest to ever have taken place in History … and yet we seldom discuss it. Every…

Reflection on Arbaeen - From Najaf to Karbala

SHAFAQNA - If the pilgrimage of Arbaeen has often been told, and related in terms the West could understand so that it’s message could be conveyed to all communities, we seldom reflect on Arbaeen’s significance from a Shia perspective. And…

A Pilgrimage of the heart - Arbaeen 2017 shows the best Islam has to offer

SHAFAQNA - Unknown to most, ignored by many for its message would disturb those truths an elite carefully architected around Islam, millions of men, women, and children took part yet again this November in the greatest pilgrimage known to man…

Arbaeen - The Untold Largest Pilgrimage in History

SHAFAQNA - Far from the public eye, carefully blanketed by mainstream media silence, the holy city of Karbala saw this early November its numbers of inhabitants swell by an estimated 17 million and counting. From all four corners of the world,…
largest mini-city for pilgrims

Mini-city for pilgrims in Karbala: the largest one

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Shafaqna - Sayyid El-Ewssya pilgrim mini-city is a new modern edifice built for pilgrims who come to make a pilgrimage to Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him). This mini-city is 30 acres This project is 30 acres. It consists of a 1200-square-meter…

Lessons from Karbala – Raising kids with empathy

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SHAFAQNA- With the arrival of the month of Muharram, the month in which Imam Husayn ibn Ali was killed, along with his brothers, sons and followers on the plains of Karbala, there is no better time to touch on the topic of empathy. Especially…

The 40th - The Arbaeen Walk to Karbala - Documentary - with Ali Fadhil

SHAFAQNA-Arba'een or Chehelom is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs 40 days after the Day of Ashura. It commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad which falls on the 20th day of the month…

Christains, Sunnis and Shias in Karbala for Arbaeen

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SHAFAQNA- Arbaeen is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (a.s), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the third Imam of Shia Muslims. Large crowds…

Arbaeen of Imam Husayn AS

SHAFAQNA- By Shaykh Saleem Bhimji What follows in this piece is a brief look at the “Arba‘een” [the commemoration of 40 days after the tragic events of Karbala] of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him. The article concludes with…

Jabir's powerful words to 'Atiyyah on the Arbaeen of Imam al-Hussain (AS)

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SHAFAQNA- Al-A’mash narrates from ‘Atiyyah al-‘Awfi, who said: I left with Jabir bin ‘Abdillah al-Ansari (may Allah have mercy on him) to visit the grave of al-Husayn bin ‘Ali (‘a) bin Abi Talib (upon whom be peace); and…