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Plan a trip to Najaf & Karbala together under the banner of Shiachat?

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48 minutes ago, abdulhamid said:

Wa aleykom assalam. I'd bank on holes in the ground mostly. There were occasional "western toilets". Showers might be hard to come by too. Yes, you will get sweaty. I didn't read the thread, so I am not sure what the detailed plans are, but there are many hotels in Karbala (with toilets, showers, internet, etc) within 5 minutes of the holy shrines - that's the way to do it if you care about these things (which I also do). Najaf is a bit less developed, but you will easily find a good hotel close to the shrine.

I'm talking about the walk between Najaf and Karbala. People don't check in to hotels between Najaf and Karbala just to take a shower right? 

I am Iraqi so I have relatives in many cities there but here I'm focusing on the walk between Najaf and Karbala. 

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8 hours ago, AbdusSibtayn said:

My mom will probably cage me if I tell her I want to go to Iraq for ziyarat!! She thinks that it is probably the unsafest spot on earth at present. Blame the media.

Accepting my conversion itself has been too much for her. She hasn't yet come to terms with that. Same for my father.

Inshallah one day...there are people there from every where and of each color, race, ethnicity.

3 hours ago, Carlzone said:

Salam aleykom, 

Does anyone know about the condition of toilets during the walk? Are there western toilets or only holes in the ground? :cry:

Also, don't people get sweaty when walking so much? Are there showers? 

They have holey toilets mostly...literally with a few western style along the way. There is a list available containing all the muakkabs and their facilities.

2 hours ago, abdulhamid said:

p.s. I forgot the reason I came to the thread, to give this advice:

DON'T PLAN TRIPS WITH RANDOM PEOPLE FROM THE INTERNET

Who are you calling random...i am Shia man

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My relatives say that you get blisters on your feet from the walking. Is that true? What can one do to prevent that from happening? There are certain products one can buy but my friend who's in the military (and soon to be nurse) where they do long walks says those products are worthless and that the best thing to do is wash your feet regularly coz it's the saltcrystals from the sweat that cause the blisters. 

Is that true and do you guys have other or better advice? 

Edited by Carlzone

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On 10/18/2018 at 4:15 PM, Ashvazdanghe said:

I recommend to you that go this year ,InshaAllah  you will go by your family  next year ,I was ready to go this year but my parents don't  allow me to register for travel & now I regret  for not going:byecry:

There is no time for the preparations now.. plus i don't want to go before them!! They never went because of their children i'll be selfish if i go before them..

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On 10/19/2018 at 7:44 PM, Carlzone said:

My relatives say that you get blisters on your feet from the walking. Is that true? What can one do to prevent that from happening? There are certain products one can buy but my friend who's in the military (and soon to be nurse) where they do long walks says those products are worthless and that the best thing to do is wash your feet regularly coz it's the saltcrystals from the sweat that cause the blisters. 

Is that true and do you guys have other or better advice? 

Tight socks (compression  socks) and tight shoes - it's the sweat + friction that causes blisters so if your feet don't move in the shoes, it helps.

Also I have seen people rub Vaseline on their feet to prevent blisters as well.

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By Astan Quds Razavi;

Distribution of 85,000 light food packs among foreign pilgrims

http://en.abna24.com/news/iran/distribution-of-85000-light-food-packs-among-foreign-pilgrims_913718.html

October 21, 2018 - 6:27 PM News Code : 913718 Source : AQRLink: 
Distribution of 85,000 light food packs among foreign pilgrims
 

Coordinator Assistant of Arbaein Staff of Razavi Karamat Foundation announced the distribution of 85,000 light food packages among foreign pilgrims of Husseini Arbaein. 

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52 minutes ago, abdulhamid said:

Is there any benefit to walking rather than, say, taking a bus?

Salam with walking we remember their suffering also we meet people from other cultures & ethnicities & share our experiences with each other & makes our solidarity stronger with other Muslims specially Shias  but taking bus can be done in rest of year & doesn't have anything special in it.

Moroccan Shia convert visits Imam Ali shrine; confirms Arbaeen pilgrimage brings Muslims' hearts together

http://en.abna24.com/service/middle-east-west-asia/archive/2016/11/27/794552/story.html

November 27, 2016 - 9:15 AM News Code : 794552 Source : Astan Alavi
Moroccan Shia convert visits Imam Ali shrine; confirms Arbaeen pilgrimage brings Muslims' hearts together
 

Moroccan Convert Fatima Mubarak Visits the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) and Confirms that Al-Arbaeen Pilgrimage Brings Muslims Hearts’ Together and Unites Them

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Moroccan convert Fatima Mubarak visits the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) for the first time. Her visit corresponded to Al-Arbaeen pilgrimage.

In a statement to the Media Center of the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) she said, “Al-Arbaeen Pilgrimage brings the hearts’ of Muslims together and unites the multitude of millions of visitors from different countries.”

“I came to Najaf for the first time in my life and to attend Al-Arbaeen pilgrimage. I am astonished by the warm hospitality of the Holy Shrine and the Husseini Mawkebs,” she added.

And lastly she expressed her deep appreciation and thanks.  

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On 10/19/2018 at 3:33 PM, Carlzone said:

Salam aleykom, 

Does anyone know about the condition of toilets during the walk? Are there western toilets or only holes in the ground? :cry:

Also, don't people get sweaty when walking so much? Are there showers? 

Yes there are western toilets but few so do a good home work before landing.

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On 10/20/2018 at 1:44 AM, Carlzone said:

My relatives say that you get blisters on your feet from the walking. Is that true? What can one do to prevent that from happening? There are certain products one can buy but my friend who's in the military (and soon to be nurse) where they do long walks says those products are worthless and that the best thing to do is wash your feet regularly coz it's the saltcrystals from the sweat that cause the blisters. 

Is that true and do you guys have other or better advice? 

Make sure the footwear and the socks are worn in and not brand new. Worn in does not mean over worn too. 

And this year there is a whole list of western toilet facilities. The list is floating around. 

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4 hours ago, abdulhamid said:

Is there any benefit to walking rather than, say, taking a bus?

Health benefits of walking:

You carry your own body weight when you walk. This is known as weight-bearing exercise. Some of the benefits include:

increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness

reduced risk of heart disease and stroke

improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes

stronger bones and improved balance

increased muscle strength and endurance

reduced body fat.

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Guess who's in Karbala right now? :woot: :hahaha:

Thank you all for your helpful advice! :)

I'm attending my first ever Arbaeen (but InshaAllah not last)!!! :clap: A dream come true!!! Can't believe it's happening. Pretty cool to see the pilgrims. 

I can't join any shiachatters though coz me and my cousins from England planned our trip and bought our tickets a couple of months ago. 

We will InshaAllah be walking from Najaf. Our main concern is the toilets. May Allah SWT have mercy on our souls and let us find those western toilets! Otherwise trauma is to be expected. :hahaha: 

 

I am a bit angry though. The driver, a family friend, who picked me up together with my aunt from the airport told me that I should not participate in the mashaya because nonmahrams can see me and that women should be staying in their homes. :angry: What exactly will they be seeing when you're wearing double abayas? 

When I bought the tickets and travelled all the way from Europe to attend Arbaeen I didn't sign up for imprisonment. "Welcome to Karbala - the city where nonmahrams will be trying to control and restrict your freedom." :angry: 

Imagine being married to a man like that - basically a life sentence of imprisonment. Anyway we will have a blast InshaAllah. Meanwhile he can go and lock up his own wife. 

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@Miss Wonderful

Salam aleikom sis! I hope you are in good health. I asked my aunt to take me to that river where people through in letters with their wishes in Karbala (where Imam Mehdi  a.A.f. appeared or disappeared). I have brought a bunch of letters from family and friends that I will throw there on their behalf. I know that you were very interested in this, so if you want I can throw a letter in on your behalf. It could say something like "May Allah swt not let you, Miss wonderful, leave this world unless he's happy with you and grant you all the other wishes you have in your heart or mind". Would you be interested in that? My aunt and I got incredible things after doing this, so it might be worth a try? :)

Of course I'll throw one in for all momineen and muslimeen as well. :)

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2 hours ago, Carlzone said:

@Miss Wonderful

Salam aleikom sis! I hope you are in good health. I asked my aunt to take me to that river where people through in letters with their wishes in Karbala (where Imam Mehdi  a.A.f. appeared or disappeared). I have brought a bunch of letters from family and friends that I will throw there on their behalf. I know that you were very interested in this, so if you want I can throw a letter in on your behalf. It could say something like "May Allah swt not let you, Miss wonderful, leave this world unless he's happy with you and grant you all the other wishes you have in your heart or mind". Would you be interested in that? My aunt and I got incredible things after doing this, so it might be worth a try? :)

Of course I'll throw one in for all momineen and muslimeen as well. :)

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww wallah you are such a sweet person. Plz Plz include in it  that Allah restores my mother's health, giver her long life and that she be happy and do fun activities and vacations  with her kids (me and my brother)  <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  Mwah Mwah Mwah.  JAzkAllah Khair sweet angel <3 

Edited by Miss Wonderful

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1 hour ago, Miss Wonderful said:

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww wallah you are such a sweet person. Plz Plz include in it  that he restores my mother's health, giver her long life and that she be happy and do fun activities and vacations  with her kids (me and my brother)  <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  Mwah Mwah Mwah.  JAzkAllah Khair sweet angel <3 

Absolutely, sis! I'll add that InshaAllah and may you and your loved ones get innumerable blessings InshaAllah! :)    And thank you for praying for me in your thread!  ❤❤❤

I'll write a general letter for all momineen and muslimeen as well, but if anyone wants something in particular write it here and I'll InshaAllah write that for you too. 

 

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On 10/22/2018 at 6:21 AM, Carlzone said:

Guess who's in Karbala right now? :woot: :hahaha:

Thank you all for your helpful advice! :)

I'm attending my first ever Arbaeen (but InshaAllah not last)!!! :clap: A dream come true!!! Can't believe it's happening. Pretty cool to see the pilgrims. 

I can't join any shiachatters though coz me and my cousins from England planned our trip and bought our tickets a couple of months ago. 

We will InshaAllah be walking from Najaf. Our main concern is the toilets. May Allah SWT have mercy on our souls and let us find those western toilets! Otherwise trauma is to be expected. :hahaha: 

 

I am a bit angry though. The driver, a family friend, who picked me up together with my aunt from the airport told me that I should not participate in the mashaya because nonmahrams can see me and that women should be staying in their homes. :angry: What exactly will they be seeing when you're wearing double abayas? 

When I bought the tickets and travelled all the way from Europe to attend Arbaeen I didn't sign up for imprisonment. "Welcome to Karbala - the city where nonmahrams will be trying to control and restrict your freedom." :angry: 

Imagine being married to a man like that - basically a life sentence of imprisonment. Anyway we will have a blast InshaAllah. Meanwhile he can go and lock up his own wife. 

Well done to take a good plundge but donot worry about specific comments.

And all Moakubs have women ams men seperate rest areas.

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