The primary focus of pilgrimages to Karbala, this large shrine contains the tomb of Imam Husayn (d. 680), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and a much-revered Shi'a martyr.
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- October 8, 2013
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- April 11, 2015
Battle of Karbala
The Battle of Karbala, a conflict centering on the question of succession to the Prophet Muhammad. Imam Husayn, grandson of the Prophet, is killed in the battle.
First Construction over Imam Husayn's Tomb
Construction of the first mosque over Imam Husayn's tomb.
Shrine of Imam Husayn Enlarged
The Shrine of Imam Husayn is enlarged.
Sepulchre for Imam Husayn's Tomb Constructed
A sepulchre for Imam Husayn's tomb is constructed of teak wood.
Shrine of Imam Husayn
Construction of the present Shrine of Imam Husayn.
Reconstruction of walls and dome at Shrine of Imam Husayn
Extensive reconstruction of the walls and dome.
Bomb Attacks at Karbala
A Shi'a pilgrimage to Karbala, the second since Hussein was removed from power in Iraq, is marred by bomb attacks that kill and wound hundreds.
Shrines of Karbala Plundered
The richly endowed shrines of Karbala are plundered and damaged by the Iraqi army.