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Ziyarat to Karbala and Najaf

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I want to know of others who’ve been to ziyarat (Karbala) Iraq before and your experience. How safe is it? Etc. Is the trip easy to organize and so on. Are you planning on going this year? 

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14 hours ago, Walidgaleb said:

I want to know of others who’ve been to ziyarat (Karbala) Iraq before and your experience. How safe is it? Etc. Is the trip easy to organize and so on. Are you planning on going this year? 

Thx

Why would you fear death when your niyyaa is pure! Man up! If you die to the path to heaven, then you are the lucky one! May Allah bless you! 

I will go there in the summer myself! Hope things goes well, I really want to walk! I want to touch his grave! 

Al-hamdiruillah shukr that we have Ahlulbayt!

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On 2/5/2018 at 1:17 AM, Walidgaleb said:

What about terrorist bombings?

Iraq has been completely cleared of ISIS Alhumdollilah. I went in December, it was very peaceful, had a wonderful stay. Iraqi people are very hospitable towards Ziayreen.

As for the terrorist bombings there aren't any happening, but personally, I wouldn't have cared about it. What better way to die than on a visit to Aba Abdillah(as). The hour of death is fixed, there is no escaping that.

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3 hours ago, Hamodiii said:

Why would you fear death when your niyyaa is pure! Man up! If you die to the path to heaven, then you are the lucky one! May Allah bless you! 

I will go there in the summer myself! Hope things goes well, I really want to walk! I want to touch his grave! 

Al-hamdiruillah shukr that we have Ahlulbayt!

Brother I’ve sinned and my imaan has not been strong lately that’s why I fear death. I want to die pure, a hajjaj inshallah not the way I am now. 

Are you from Sweden? Do you go there with your family or with an organization/group/friends? 

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17 minutes ago, starlight said:

Iraq has been completely cleared of ISIS Alhumdollilah. I went in December, it was very peaceful, had a wonderful stay. Iraqi people are very hospitable towards Ziayreen.

As for the terrorist bombings there aren't any happening, but personally, I wouldn't have cared about it. What better way to die than on a visit to Aba Abdillah(as). The hour of death is fixed, there is no escaping that.

I know that Daesh aren’t active anymore but what about zealous Sunni/wahabi individuals? 

I know what you mean I would feel that way after I’ve gone to hajj and so on, then I would not care about dying there. 

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1 minute ago, Walidgaleb said:

I know that Daesh aren’t active anymore but what about zealous Sunni/wahabi individuals?

The places around Harrams are completely safe. The wahabbis daren't do anything with thousands of shias at the shrines 24x7. the security is tight and like I said earlier there is no escaping death.

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14 minutes ago, Walidgaleb said:

Brother I’ve sinned and my imaan has not been strong lately that’s why I fear death. I want to die pure, a hajjaj inshallah not the way I am now. 

Are you from Sweden? Do you go there with your family or with an organization/group/friends? 

Yeah, we all have sinned, so have I? But INSHALLAH OUR LOVE FOR AHLULBAYT IS STRONG! Allah LOVES THE HUMAN WHO LOVES AHLULBAYT!

AL-HAMDIRUIALLAH SHUKR!

I will pray for you, brother!

Inshallah things goes well!

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23 hours ago, Walidgaleb said:

I want to know of others who’ve been to ziyarat (Karbala) Iraq before and your experience. How safe is it? Etc. Is the trip easy to organize and so on. Are you planning on going this year? 

Thx

awesome experience. Highly recommend you to go.

Pretty safe.

I would advise you to go in a group if at all possible, they will take care of everything for you.

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I went to Ziyara in November and Inshallahbwill be going again next month. I am Iraqi and I have relatives living in Iraq. I can tell you that most news you hear in the media is exaggeration. Iraq is safe especially karbala and Najaf alhamdulilah. I was able to go kadhmeya too. It was a beautiful experience as going to ziyara is like being in heaven but on earth. When you go you forget all troubles and it is so relaxing and calming sitting doing ziyara and reading duaas. I love it 

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On 2/4/2018 at 11:43 PM, Walidgaleb said:

I want to know of others who’ve been to ziyarat (Karbala) Iraq before and your experience. How safe is it? Etc. Is the trip easy to organize and so on. Are you planning on going this year? 

Thx

It is safe. It helps if you have people you know there and/or know arabic

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Salam!

I went for ziyara in Karbala in 2015 and didn't come up until a few months ago.. I went for a long ziyara.

It was a lifetime experience and I had the opportunity to stay there for every occasion, Moharam, Arbaeen, Ramadan, I even got a job in Karbala during my stay. I taught English in University.

Karbala is truly heaven on earth, I really dont know where to start. So many people from all over the world come to visit, I met with sisters from this forum when I was in Baynul Haramain (ps, I'm an old member here ,forgot my password so I can't log in :P )

The area between the shrines is the ''Religious'' area, but once you go beyond this, you will find delicious restaurants, modern shops , universities ,cafés  , literally everything. It is also very clean and people live a normal life, go to work, etc.  During my stay, I didn't hear of any bombs. The police do their jobs in assuring the security of citizens, so you dont have to worry about it.

If you're staying in ''Weelaya'', you must take precaution because it can be very crowded during Arbaen season and you can be sick from the change of temperature. I got sick but I was rushed in the hospital and I had quality service. Healthcare is available if you're an Iraqi citizen like I am.. Otherwise, you will have to pay, but its very cheap and Iraqis are very hospitable, they won't let you die.

Food is fresh, there is a bazar outside the shrine , in the 'Shuhada' street, I can guarantee you freshness of products, just make sure you buy from ONE vendor only and build a connection with him so he can give you the best fruits that he sells .

Taxis are available everywhere you go and they are professional and respectful, i was never harassed by taxi drivers (note: I am a young female that travelled alone!) If you go outside karbala, i would take extra precaution, but inside karbala , you will always be safe.

Knowing arabic is of course a plus.. even the bengali workers learn arabics over there. If you only know English, its still good. Karbala is developed and you'll be surprised that a lot of people actually understand English.

That being said, if you have any other questions, dont hesitate, I stayed for a long time, I cooked myself and everything was available .. Life was simple and beautiful, nothing complicated like paying bills in the west and living a routine . The only reason I am back is because I got married to a man from USA .. otherwise ,I'd stay forever in Karbala.

This is a picture of the shrine that I took… They say there is a tree near the gates of heaven called Al Sidra ..but I think i found it in Karbala .

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Alright I just returned from Karbala less than two weeks ago. I very heavily encourage you to go visit Karbala, to me it is the best experience I have had and I miss it daily. I might be biased because it is my hometown and a significant holy site in our religion though. Regardless I feel like it literally amplifies your Imaan and it is definitely beautiful and safe. My relatives informed me that the only dangerous Ziyarah is Samurra, and even then currently it isn't that bad. If you truly fear for your safety then Karbala and Najaf are quite safe so I do recommend those two at the very least. If you have any questions please ask me.

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Once you get close to any of holy shrines it feels like the safest place on earth honestly but besides that me and my family had no problems we were there for a month in March this year there are pat downs every half a mile or so even while in a taxi there are stops where everyone has to get out of the car and taxi drivers must open the trunk so police officers can check the cars. As for your personal belongings there are lockers you can get by giving them anything equivalent to a license. 

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