Kabul (IP) - Shia people of Afghanistan performed Arba'een March rituals in the country's capital city of Kabul on Monday.

Iran PressAsia: The Shia people and lovers of Imam Hussain (AS) held Arba'een March rituals in the Moradkhani quarter of Kabul, chanting elegies and mourning for the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam. 

Afghan people gather and mourn for Imam Hussain (AS) at the Moradkhani quarter annually in Muharram and Safar months. 

This is the first Arba'een ritual commemorated in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban. 

Arba’een marks the 40th day that followed the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam, and his 72-strong companions in the Battle of Karbala, in what is now southern Iraq, in 680 AD. The battle featured an unjust fight between Imam Hussein (AS) and his army and the hugely outnumbered army of the Umayyad Caliph of the time, Yazid I.

Each year, millions of Muslim mourners set out on a symbolic 80-kilometer-long walk that begins from the holy city of Najaf in Iraq, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein’s father,  Imam Ali (AS), is located, to the holy city of Karbala that houses the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS).


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