The central Iraqi city of Karbala, which witnessed the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, hundreds of years ago, is to receive millions of mourners commemorating the tragic event, Press TV reports.
Black-clad mourners are flocking to the holy city from across Iraq as well as other parts of the world to honor the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Imam Hussein and a small group of his followers along with family members were martyred by the tyrant of his time – Yazid – in 680 AD. They were martyred in a battle with Yazid’s large army known as the Battle of Karbala on Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram, the first month on the lunar calendar.
The epic battle has ever since been resonating strongly with Muslims across the world, marking the steadfastness and fortitude of the Shia Imam and his companions, who were killed for refusing to pledge allegiance to Yazid.
“…I came from Iran to Karbala and Imam Hussein’s holy shrine because Imam Hussein…taught us how to make revolution against injustice and tyranny,” said a mourner.
“…we need to inculcate what Imam Hussein had in him, the humanity,” said another mourner.
“Imam Hussein is not only for Muslims and for Shia. Imam Hussein is for the whole universe. The message of Imam Hussein is peace, humanity, sacrifice,” said one man.
After Imam Hussein’s death, his remaining family members, mainly women and children, were taken captive by Yazid.