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  Battle of Karbala - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Karbala was a military engagement that took place on 10 Muharram, 61 AH (October 10, 680) in Karbala, in present day Iraq, between the Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandson Husayn ibn Ali and a military detachment from the forces of Yazid I, the Umayyad caliph.
This battle is central to Shi'a Muslim belief.
The Battle of Karbala ensued, in which Husayn and all his men were killed, and his remaining family taken prisoner.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Karbala   (1491 words)

 Karbala - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is the capital of Al Karbala Province.
Karbala's prominence in Shīˤī is the result of the Battle of Karbala, fought on the site of the modern city on the Tenth of Muħarram in 61 A.H. October 10, 680).
Karbala's development was strongly influenced by the Persians, who were the dominant community for many years (making up 75% of the city's population by the early 20th century).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Karbala   (918 words)

 The Battle of Karbala | Truth For Muslims
Karbala, which means anguish and vexation, is situated 50 miles south-west of Baghdad and about six miles west of the Euphrates River.
The story of Husain at the Battle of Karbala is remembered during the first 10 days of the Muslim calendar each year by Muslims.
The story of Husain at the battle of Karbala happened over thirteen hundred years ago and has been retold countless times from one generation to the next.
www.truthformuslims.com /articles/marion_2003_04_02_karbala.htm   (546 words)

Karbala is a holy city for Iraqi Shia because it holds the shrine of the martyred Imam Husayn ibn Ali, whose death here in 680 and the subsequent conflict over succession of the caliphate distinguished the Shia from the Sunni sects of Islam.
The word Karbala is also a name of plant of wood sorrel, so may be the city is named as Karbala considering that there is a lot of this plants in the city.
In Karbala, there was an explosion in the center of the city as well as explosions on a road used by Shiite pilgrims leading to a Shiia shrine.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/iraq/karbala.htm   (1555 words)

 Ziaraat.com - Karbala - About
Karbala has the unique feature of having its name engraved in the memory of generations and all along the history of the Muslim world.
Karbala was at first an uninhabited place and did not witness any construction activity, although it was rich in water and its soil fertile.
Abul-Fazl al-Abbas(a.s.) was the brother of Imam Hassan(a.s.) and Imam Hussain(a.s.) and the standard-bearer of Imam Hussain(a.s.) in the battle of Karbala.
www.ziaraat.com /karintro.html   (1605 words)

 Channel 4 - Karbala
Karbala is surrounded by orchard and palm groves and can be accessed directly from Baghdad and the holy city of Najaf.
Karbala today is an important religious centre, as a destination for pilgrims and a seat of learning with more than 100 mosques and 23 religious schools.
Karbala is currently rebuilding after the 2003 war and is patrolled by Polish and Bulgarian coalition forces.
www.channel4.com /culture/microsites/K/karbala/tod_karbala.html   (624 words)

 Karbala -
At the centre of the old city is the Masjad al-Husain, the tomb of Husayn bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad by his daughter Fatima and Ali ibn Abi Talib.
The city is extremely ancient – its name is variously said to be derived from Assyrian, Babylonian or Persian roots and it was in use as a Christian graveyard prior to the Islamic conquest.
Karbala's prominence in Shi'a Islam is the result of the Battle of Karbala, fought on the site of the modern city on the 10th of Muharram in 61 A.H. October 10, 680).
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Al_Karbala   (898 words)

 Battle of Karbala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The Battle of Karbala took place on October 10, 680, in Iraq.
The battle saw the large and professional army of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid, face the army of Imam Husayn, which, according to some legends, consisted of 72 men and boys, 2 of whom were the Husayn's sons.
During the battle, one of Yazids generals, named Hurr, changed side to face certain death with Husayn.
www.worldslastchance.com /encyclopedia/index.php/Battle_of_Karbela   (639 words)

 Karbala: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
It is the capital of Al Karbala Province[Follow this hyperlink for a summary of this subject].
Karbala's development was strongly influenced by the Persians Persians quick summary:
The persians are an ethnic group that lives mainly in iran, in afghanistan, tajikstan, and uzbekistan....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/K/Ka/Karbala.htm   (1877 words)

 History of the Shrine at Karbala
The wave of visitors never stopped coming to Karbala, from the time the Umayyad and Abbaside caliphs prevented the construction of the shrines to the time the believers were able to build the precinct, despite the hardships and difficulties imposed on them.
And today, since Karbala is witnessing new calamities, and the mausoleums of Imam Husayn [a] and his companions are subjected to destruction and neglect, and visitors are prevented from reaching that place, it is suitable to familiarise ourselves with Karbala...
Abu al-Fadl Abbas, peace be upon him, was the brother of Imam Hasan [a] and Imam Husayn [a] and the standard-bearer of Imam Husayn [a] in the Battle of Karbala.
www.al-shia.com /html/eng/books/shrines/karbala.htm   (1805 words)

The events of Karbala reflect the collision of the good versus the evil, the virtuous versus the wicked, the collision of Imam Husain (the head of virtue) versus Yazid (the head of impiety).
Thus, Karbala proved to be a clash involving Islamic truths versus falsehood, right versus wrong, belief versus disbelief, the oppressed versus the oppressor, faith against brute force.
The tragedy of Karbala taught humanity a lesson that standing for the truth and fighting unto death for it is more honorable and valuable than submitting to the wrongful, especially when the survival of Islam is at stake.
www.al-islam.org /short/Karbala.htm   (6576 words)

 Asia Times
Karbala (an Aramaic name) is the second Shi'ite holy place after Najaf (Najaf is Islam's fourth holiest city, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem).
Karbala is so holy that many pilgrims carry soil from it to pray in their cities, be they in Iran or Pakistan.
The battle of Karbala was a larger-than-life event that not only defined the Sunni-Shi'ite split inside Islam, but also defined the Shi'ite view of the world as a blend of protest and martyrdom: a radical activism.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/ED22Ak03.html   (2601 words)

 Asia Times
Karbala is the site of the famous 7th century battle where Imam Hussein was killed and subsequently buried.
They are familiar with Najaf and Karbala, are in tune with the parallels being drawn across the Arab world between the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq and the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
Shi'ites never forget their sorrow: for them, the 7th century battle of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Ali are as vivid as the American forces ripping today through Karbala and Najaf.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/EC29Ak07.html   (1143 words)

 History of Muharram
The Period of mourning is observed in the first month of the Islamic calendar, and it commemorates the death of Hazrat Imam Hussain in the battle of Karbala.
Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Muhammad the Prophet was killed in the battle of Karbala.
The gory battle of Karbala was fought against this law and tradition of Islam.
www.theholidayspot.com /islamic/muharram/history.htm   (903 words)

 U.S. Troops Battle Fighters In Karbala
KARBALA, Iraq - U.S. tanks, helicopters and jets attacked fighters loyal to a radical Shiite cleric in this holy city Wednesday, partially destroying a mosque used by insurgents and setting seven hotels ablaze.
Half of the Mukhaiyam mosque in Karbala was destroyed in the fighting.
In Karbala, hundreds of Iranian and Iraqi pilgrims were trapped in hotels by the fighting.
www.military.com /NewsContent/0,13319,FL_karbala_051304,00.html   (905 words)

 Massacre at Karbala: 680
In 680, a Shi'ite revolt was brutally suppressed at the battle of Karbala.
Modern Shi'ites view the loss of this battle not as a disaster, but as Hasayn's deliberate sacrifice, designed to awaken the Muslim population to the sour, selfish state of the Muslim leadership.
The battle has, therefore, become the single most important event in Shi'ite history and has made martyrdom an enduring part of their religion.
www.thenagain.info /WebChron/islam/Karbala.html   (967 words)

 World History 600- 700 AD
At the battle of Nineveh, the forces of Heraclius (the Byzantine Emperor), defeated the forces of the Sassanid Empire.
The Battle of Nehawand in central Persia completed his conquest of the Persian Empire in 642.
Ali defeats the rebels at the Battle of the Camels.
www.multied.com /dates/600ad.html   (764 words)

 Karbala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Karbala is one of the most holy cities in Islam, but it is for the Shi'is that it plays the most important role.
This story is very central for Shi'is today, and has gained a position in the Shi'i thinking not all to different from the crucifixion of Jesus in Christianity.
For Shi'is Karbala is considered to be a bridge to Paradise, hence many have over the centuries had their bodies transported to Karbala to be buried here.
i-cias.com /e.o/karbala.htm   (296 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Husayn bin Ali   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Events October 10 - Battle of Kerbela November 12 - The Sixth Ecumenical Council opens in Constantinople The Bulgars subjugate the country of current-day Bulgaria Pippin of Herstal becomes Mayor of the Palace Umayyad caliph Muawiyah I succeeded by Yazid I ibn Muawiyah Erwig deposes Wamba to become king of the...
Husayn was famously killed, along with his entire family, in a most severely brutal manner, in Karbala on a day that is now referred to as Ashurah; a day that has been greatly mourned by Shi'as across the world for over 1300 years.
Husayn is said to have married the eldest daughter of Yazdegerd III, the last King of Sassanid Persia.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Husayn-bin-Ali   (1553 words)

 Hazrat Imam Husain & Battle of Karbala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
He had been simply ordered to proceed to battle and he was not entirely aware that it was the grandson of the Holy Prophet who was the target of their tyranny.
Hazrat Abbas who was the standard bearer argued that he should go, not to give battle, but to bring water for the children who were desperately thirsty.
Hazrat Zainul Abideen, the sick surviving son was now the Imam, the leader of mourning women and crying children who were taken prisoner and led to the court at Damascus with the head of Imam Husain as the coveted trophy for Yazid.
www.binoria.org /albineng/may98/husain.html   (6772 words)

 CNN.com - Pilgrims flood Karbala on final holy day - Apr. 23, 2003
Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered at a holy shrine in Karbala for the first time in decades to worship and rally against the U.S. presence in Iraq.
Karbala is where Muslim martyr Imam Hussein bin Ali -- grandson of the prophet Mohammed -- was killed and entombed more than 1,300 years ago.
The pilgrimage to Karbala is, in part, atonement for the failure of the pilgrims' ancestors to come to Hussein's aid.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/04/23/sprj.nitop.karbala.pilgrimage   (616 words)

 The Connection.org : Karbala
It is a fight to the death, a fight for access to the water of the Euphrates River, a fight in which women and children are killed, and a fight that ends with the brutal annihilation of the smaller force.
And, it is a battle in the desert that took place over 13-hundred years ago.
Once again, the battle will be seen as a fight for freedom against oppression, only this time, it was done with the muscle of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne.
www.theconnection.org /shows/2003/04/20030407_b_main.asp   (280 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
It was the wedding of Imam Hussain's daughter, Fatima Kubra, and Imam Hassan's son, Qasim, moments before the battle of Karbala, that spawned the incorporation of this event into the narratives of Karbala, giving the tragedy characteristics of an ill-fated romance.
By recasting the events of Karbala in local imagery, marsiya writers were also able to infuse their poetry with intellectual concerns, such as the ideal manner in which a king should rule.
Through these texts, the events surrounding the battle of Karbala were emplotted in a myriad of ways congruent with changing political and cultural milieus.
asnic.utexas.edu /asnic/sagar/spring.1995/akbar.hyder.art.html   (3532 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / Middle East / U.S. forces battle near Karbala shrines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
American AC-130 gunships and tanks battled militiamen near shrines in this Shiite holy city Friday, and fighting was heavy in two other towns south of Baghdad.
KARBALA, Iraq -- American AC-130 gunships and tanks battled militiamen near shrines in this Shiite holy city Friday, and fighting was heavy in two other towns south of Baghdad.
In Karbala, the U.S. military said it killed 18 fighters loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who launched an uprising against the American-led coalition in early April and is wanted in the murder of a rival moderate cleric last year.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/05/21/iraqi_police_raid_home_of_pentagon_ally?pg=full   (1194 words)

 Channel 4 - Karbala
Five major rituals have developed over more than 12 centuries around the battle of Karbala (See map), where Husyan and his followers were massacred by armies loyal to the Umayyad dynasty (See family tree).
These rituals include memorial services, plays representing the battle of Karbala, public flagellation, mourning processions through the streets of Karbala and the visitation of Husayn's tomb particularly on the occasion of the 10th day (Ashura) and the 40th day (Mared al-Rass) when Muslims mourn their dead.
The marchers include men and women of all ages; the men clad mostly in white robes and headbands signifying the shrouds of a corpse, and the women cloaked from head to toe in traditional fl dress (abaya).
www.channel4.com /culture/microsites/K/karbala/tod_muharram2.html   (560 words)

 US troops battle Karbala militia
Fighting in Karbala was concentrated near the Mukhayam mosque, close to the holy shrine for Imam Hussein, which the Mehdi Army uses as a base.
A correspondent for an Arabic TV network in Karbala said citizens told him is was "the most violent night in the history of the city".
Mr Sadr has offered to end a standoff with US troops in Najaf, the city he is holed up in, if the coalition postpones its legal case against him and establishes an Iraqi force to patrol the city.
homepage.mac.com /glgreen/iblog/B891982871/C553591206/E1444710062   (365 words)

 Shi'a Pundit
Karbala, the site of martyrdom of Imam Husain AS, lies once again at the nexus of powerful forces shaping the world.Both Karbala and Kufa (where Ali AS is buried, near Najaf) are directly in the path of the US forces advancing on Baghdad, and are major religious and demographic centers for Shi'a.
The troops moving on Karbala made their rapid advance under heavy allied air protection that wiped out a column of charging Iraqi armor and sent some of Saddam Hussein's outer defenses withdrawing toward the capital.
The television pictures from Karbala, a Shiite Muslim pilgrimage city some 80 kilometres south of Baghdad, showed the aircraft surrounded by Iraqi civilians, dancing and shouting slogans glorifying President Saddam Hussein and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles.
shiapundit.blogspot.com /2003_03_23_shiapundit_archive.html   (2656 words)

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