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Holy city of Qom to host national meeting of Hajj religious scholars

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SHAFAQNA - A national meeting of the clerics set to attend this year’s Hajj to help Iranian pilgrims in performing their Hajj rituals will be held in the holy city of Qom, Iran on Thursday. According to Sheikh Ali Parvaneh, an official…

Pilgrimage sites: Makkah al-Mukarramah

SHAFAQNA - Masjid al-Haraam • The Holy Ka'aba. The House of Allah and the birth place of Imam Ali b. Abi Taalib [a] • Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone) • Maqam Ibrahim • Hijr Ismail. This was the location of the house of…

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…

Iraq to set up Interim Consulate in Ilam province for Arbaeen Pilgrimage

SHAFAQNA - Director General of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Ilam province Mehdi Heidari said an Interim Consulate of Iraq will be set up in Ilam province for Arbaeen Pilgrimage. "In this regard, eight provincial tourism and pilgrimage…

5 Millions of Iranian pilgrims visiting holy sites in Iraq

SHAFAQNA - The head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said the annual number of Iranians going on pilgrimage to the Atabat (holy sites in Iraq) will reach 5 million. Speaking in a meeting in the holy city of Karbala with directors…

The Pilgrimage Companion

SHAFAQNA- A man had returned from Hajj. He was relating his adventures to Imam Sadiq (A.S), and his companion. He was most impressed with one of his companions of Hajj, and was praising him. What a gracious man, we were so blessed to have him…

About 10 million pilgrims throng seventh Shiite Imam's shrine in Kadhimiyah

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SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of thousands of faithful pilgrims thronged the mausoleum of Imam Moussa Kadhim (a.s.) in Baghdad Sunday for the climax of a week-long pilgrimage that saw millions converge on the Iraqi capital. Crowds of pilgrims took to…

The Walk Of Light – Arbaeen Pilgrimage Rises a Great Resistance against Radicalism

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SHAFAQNA - Coming this weekend, over 25 million pilgrims will rally in the holy city of Karbala to mark the greatest pilgrimage of all – Arbaeen. Right at the heart of Iraq, surrounded by the Terror of the Black Flag Army it is communities…

World needs to know the meaning of Arbaeen pilgrimage

SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Mahdi al-Karbalayi, representative of grand Shia source of emulation Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Karbala and custodian of the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS), added that the world needs to know about the meaning of the Arbaeen…

Pilgrimage to Imam Reza shrine

SHAFAQNA - Two thousand poor and deprived people from seven provinces of the country visited Mashhad and Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.), on the eve of birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali Akbar (A.S.) and in the second phase of a plan known as…

Shia Muslims observe Arbaeen in Iran

SHAFAQNA - A large number of black-clad Iranian mourners have taken to the streets and local mosques and other religious and community centers to participate in observances where elegies are recited in memory of Imam Hussein and his 72 loyal…

850,000 Visas Issued to Arbaeen Pilgrims: Iranian Official

SHAFAQNA - Iraqi authorities have issued 850, 000 visas to Iranian pilgrims planning to visit Iraq’s holy city of Karbala for Arbaeen, the head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said Tuesday. “So far, 850, 000 visas have been…

Booby-trapped dolls seized in Baghdad; Isis planned bomb blasts during Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA - The Iraqi police have foiled a major bombing plot in Baghdad, where 18 dolls stuffed with bombs were seized by the security forces, which were meant to be scattered on the roads leading to Karbala during Arbaeen - a Shia Muslim…

Imam Hussein lovers begin their march towards Holy Karbala

SHAFAQNA - Pilgrims from the southern Iraqi city of Basra have began their march yesterday towards the holy city of Karbala coming from Ras Elbesha district in Fao county; the furthest region in Iraq. Media sources said the pilgrims are…

New plan for more orderly pilgrimage in Razavi holy burial chamber

SHAFAQNA - Assistant of Sacred Premises and Pilgrims Affairs of Astan Quds Razavi reported the start of a new plan for making the pilgrimage more orderly and organized in the Holy Burial Chamber. Sayed Khalil Munabbati said, “With respect…