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KARBALA. One of the holiest places of Shin pilgrimage in Iraq, some 6o miles (95 km) southwest of Baghdad, Karbala (Karbala') derives its fame from the fact that Husayn ibn 'Ali, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad and the third ShN imam, was killed there, along with his supporters, in the district of Ninawah on `Ashfira', the tenth day of Muharram AH 61/680 CE. The name Karbala' probably comes from the Aramaic name Karbala. However, Shi`i pious literature suggests that the word is made up of t ...more

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