karbala / iraq

streetview karbala imam hossain mosque imam hossain mosque / (no pictures allow inside this mosque) holy shrine ofabu fadhl al abbas detail of the ceiling / imam hossain mosque

in the battle of karbala, which took place on 10 october 680, imam al-hussain, a grandson of the prophet mohamed, was killed. with this battle, the shiite hope of establishing their third imam as head of the islamic community was dashed. the separation of shiites and sunnis was sealed. in islamic history, the battle of karbala is symbolic of the struggle between good and evil. (wikipedia)

The shrine is kept in the imam hussain mosque and the shrine of his brother, who also died as a martyr in the battle, is kept in the abu fadhi al-abbas mosque. The two shrines are considered the most important Shia religious site in Iraq.

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