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In pictures: Muslims across the world commemorate Chehlum

Shias all over the world mark the Chehlum or Arbaeen of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) 40 days after Ashura.

Chehlum processions kicked off in various cities of Pakistan under tight security, as cellphone services were suspended and traffic diverted from procession routes.

Millions of Shias also thronged to Karbala in Iraq for the culmination of one of the world's largest religious events.

The faithful have for days been streaming through the golden-domed mausoleum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) grandson who was killed in 680 AD by the armies of Yazid, despite the threat of militant attacks.

Many in the sea of black-clad devotees swarming the shrine walked days to reach Karbala, sometimes from cities as far afield as Basra, about 500 kilometres away by road.


PAKISTAN

People participate in a Chehlum procession in Islamabad. — AP
People participate in a Chehlum procession in Islamabad. — AP

A man pets Zuljinah on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain(RA). —Reuters
A man pets Zuljinah on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain(RA). —Reuters

Teary-eyed women mourn at the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). — AFP
Teary-eyed women mourn at the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). — AFP

Children walk among the security vehicles protecting the funeral procession in Islamabad. — AFP
Children walk among the security vehicles protecting the funeral procession in Islamabad. — AFP

Women look on as the procession passes by. — AFP
Women look on as the procession passes by. — AFP

A robot conducts a security sweep of the procession area as a child looks on. — AFP
A robot conducts a security sweep of the procession area as a child looks on. — AFP

Men beat their chests during the Chehlum rituals. — AFP
Men beat their chests during the Chehlum rituals. — AFP

Security vehicles parked at the procession site. — AFP
Security vehicles parked at the procession site. — AFP

Women cry during the Chehlum procession. — AFP
Women cry during the Chehlum procession. — AFP

People touch a horse, symbolising Zuljinah, the horse that carried Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) during the battle of Karbala, at the procession marking Chehlum. — AFP
People touch a horse, symbolising Zuljinah, the horse that carried Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) during the battle of Karbala, at the procession marking Chehlum. — AFP

People look on as men perform rituals during the Chehlum procession. — AFP
People look on as men perform rituals during the Chehlum procession. — AFP

Thousands of devotees take part in the Chehlum procession. — AFP
Thousands of devotees take part in the Chehlum procession. — AFP


IRAN

Men perform prayers as part of the Chehlum rituals. — AP
Men perform prayers as part of the Chehlum rituals. — AP

Men beat their chests during the Chehlum mourning. — AP
Men beat their chests during the Chehlum mourning. — AP

A man mourns as others look on during the Chehlum rituals. — AP
A man mourns as others look on during the Chehlum rituals. — AP

Men gather to take a procession out to commemorate Chehlum. — AP
Men gather to take a procession out to commemorate Chehlum. — AP


IRAQ

Pilgrims gather as they commemorate Chehlum in Karbala, Iraq. — Reuters
Pilgrims gather as they commemorate Chehlum in Karbala, Iraq. — Reuters

Pilgrims mourn as they commemorate Chehlum. — Reuters
Pilgrims mourn as they commemorate Chehlum. — Reuters

Female pilgrims mourn during the Chehlum rituals. — Reuters
Female pilgrims mourn during the Chehlum rituals. — Reuters

A man cries during the Chehlum rituals at Karbala. — Reuters
A man cries during the Chehlum rituals at Karbala. — Reuters


Comments (44) Closed



Imran Nov 21, 2016 06:19pm

Labbayk ya Hussain (a.s)..

SAB Nov 21, 2016 06:24pm

Very nice pictures. Labaik Ya Hussain AS. Thank you Dawn.

M. Emad Nov 21, 2016 06:25pm

'Chehlum' is commemorated privately by the Shia community in Bangladesh.

S. A. M. Nov 21, 2016 06:25pm

Ya Hussain e Mazlum.

kumail Nov 21, 2016 06:29pm

thanks

Syed TANVIR ALI Nov 21, 2016 06:43pm

Labiak Ya Hussain a.s Mola Sham jana hy mujhy.

shabbir hussain Nov 21, 2016 06:48pm

Labbayk ya Hussain (a.s)..

Syed g.abbas naqvi Nov 21, 2016 07:08pm

ASSALAAM O ALAYKA YAA IMAM-E- MAZLOOM KARBALA (A.S)

asif Nov 21, 2016 07:10pm

Labayk ya Hussain ...MashaAllah momineen

Gem Khan Nov 21, 2016 07:18pm

Shia chehlum protected by Sunni security forces. This is the beauty of Islam can be found in Pakistan.

Anwar Bhojani Nov 21, 2016 07:18pm

Thanks

Asim Nov 21, 2016 07:29pm

Thanks for sharing. Chehlum commemorated in Oman yesterday.

Hamed Quraishi Nov 21, 2016 08:00pm

Hasan and Hussein died for freedom and democracy for all of us!

Mulazim hussain Nov 21, 2016 08:05pm

Salam Ya Hussain (as). Thanks Dawn for so very good pictures!

Fahim Khan Nov 21, 2016 08:30pm

@Gem Khan Chehlum is for all Muslims and security forces are not sunni or shia.

Taher Nana Nov 21, 2016 09:18pm

Labbaik Yaa Hussain....Labbaik Yaa Hussain

Objective View Nov 21, 2016 10:06pm

@Gem Khan
Chehlum of the grandson of the prophet (pbuh). The prophet (pbuh) and his grandson are for all Muslims.

hasan Iqbal Nov 21, 2016 10:31pm

Labbayk Ya Hussain (a.s)

Syed ABIS Nov 21, 2016 11:36pm

Labaik Ya Hussain

Lashari Nov 21, 2016 11:47pm

Hussain as lives in the heart of humans,and he will be remembered as long as this universe lasts.LabiekYaHussainAs

Ravi vancouver Nov 21, 2016 11:58pm

@Fahim Khan I fully agree with you. There is no difference due to sect all are Muslims. This hatred between Sunnis and Shias is against Unity in Islam, no outsiders should be allowed to misuse this difference to divide them.

John Nov 22, 2016 12:08am

Estimated 66 million zaireen are attending the 40th of Imam Husian (A.S) in Karbala this year.

Askari Nov 22, 2016 12:14am

@Syed TANVIR ALI Next year come to Sham with your whole family. Inshallah

Syed ABIS Nov 22, 2016 12:34am

Labaika Ya Hussain (AS).

S. A. M. Nov 22, 2016 01:04am

Hussain is the voice of sanity. Our Imam sacrificed his life to show what is right and what is wrong. the message of kerbala is for all generations till the end of this world. Our Prophet said I am from Hussain and Hussain is from me. when we live our Prophet why some people forget that he had asked all Muslims to live his Family as well.

MAHMOOD MIR Nov 22, 2016 01:24am

LABAIK YA HUSSAIN, Please show us some pictures of Lahore, Karachi and some other areas of Chelum procession. Imam Hussain is for entire Muslim's of the World. Thanks for the coverage.

Hira Nov 22, 2016 03:20am

This is the face of of Pakistan we'd all like to see, Tolerance for everyone's beliefs!

Karachi Wala Nov 22, 2016 05:11am

Very nice pictures - showing the people's emotions.

Muslim Medina Nov 22, 2016 06:31am

I could not control my emotion seeing the Chehlum pictures from Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. Tears flowing from my eyes. Many many thanks Dawn for refreshing our memories and of others who live in Canada or U.S.A.

Dhaval Nov 22, 2016 07:47am

Hi. Beautiful pictures.

Mohamed Kayume Khan Nov 22, 2016 08:28am

Salaam - This is the muslim Ummah of both Shias and Sunnis in deep reflection on a great tragedy of our common history, faith and destiny. Let us unite in Brotherhood and love and reach to all with the same humanity.

Thanks for sharing --

Zehra Nov 22, 2016 09:16am

@Gem Khan Imam Hussain A.S. is all the muslim's Holy Prophet P.B.U.H grandson & one of the most beloved , him along with this elder brother Imam Hassan A.S. of the Prophet P.B.U.H......This is our Holy Prophet's grief....biggest grief of all......which every single muslim MUST commerorate......

saima Nov 22, 2016 09:23am

Mashallah beautiful pictures LABAIK YA HUSSAIN (AS)

shah Nov 22, 2016 09:32am

@GEM Khan : its not Shia Chehlum, It is imama Hussain (AS)'s Chehlum. Imam Hussain is respected by Sunni, Shia, Muslim and by whole Humanity.

sm roofi Nov 22, 2016 11:09am

WE should make our minds to obey the lives and deeds of these Holy Beings...

JZ Nov 22, 2016 11:15am

Ya Hussain (AS)

Ali Nov 22, 2016 11:28am

YA HUSSAIN (AS).THANK YOU DAWN

Dr.Cajetan Coelho Nov 22, 2016 12:37pm

Prayer makes us human and merciful towards one another. Nice pictures.

shan Nov 22, 2016 01:22pm

i being a Shia strongly disagree that only Shias commemorate Chehlum, Hussain a.s. belongs to everybody and everyone commemorates his martyrdom.

Saifuddin Takhtawala Nov 22, 2016 05:53pm

Asslamunalaik Ya Aba Abuldillah al Husain.

Abbas Naqvi Nov 23, 2016 12:01am

The congregation of millions of Moslims in Karbala to observe the Chelum of Imam Husain is a unique event. Both Shia and Sunni Moslims gather there to pay respect to the grandchild of the holy prophet(pbuh) and get inspiration from his great sacrifice for Islam.The basic lesson of Karbala is to support the oppressed and fight the oppressor. It is the spirit of Karbala that has led to the variou freedom movements and revolutions across the world to liberate the oppressed people from oppression and injustice of tyrants. Karbala will continue to guide and inspire those struggling for their rights and a dignified and respectable life. Imam Husain will remain a role model for humanity for all ages.

Y. Dassu Nov 23, 2016 05:52am

@Gem Khan That is what any State had to do, protect all it's Citizens. What religious belief one has is besides the point. Dawn News has covered the occasion with good coverage, the nation needs media that sees all citizens equally.

hasart Nov 23, 2016 08:57am

The Largest as well as most peacefull evetn across the globe. People of the world should follow this and be human and follow the teaching of Imam Hussain a.s.

Labaik Ya Imam Hussain a.s

Robin Akbar Nov 24, 2016 02:21pm

Why we don't see such things is Europe or USA. Someone explain.