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(Placename) a variant of Karbala
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(ˈkɜr bə lə)

a town in central Iraq: holy city of the Shi‘ite sect. 184,574.
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Noun1.Kerbela - a city of central Iraq to the south of BaghdadKerbela - a city of central Iraq to the south of Baghdad; a holy city for Shiite Muslims because it is the site of the tomb of Mohammed's grandson who was killed there in 680
Battle of Kerbala - a battle in 680 in which the grandson of Mohammed and his followers were killed; "the Battle of Kerbala is the basis for the Ta'ziyehs that are performed annually"
Al-Iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic of Iraq - a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
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One of the most prominent figures in today's diwan poetry is generally believed that he was born around in 1495 or 1498 in Kerbela, Iraq.Fuzuli is believed to belong to Bayat tribe, one of the Turkic Oghuz tribes.
The IME delegation, meantime, evaluated the economic situation in Iraq on the ground while visiting markets in important cities of Baghdad, Kerbela and Najaf.
Instead he uses the reference "Yezid," the Umayyad Caliph, who according to Islamic historical belief allowed his opponent, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, to die of thirst in the battle of Kerbela. Due to his crime against the family of the Prophet, the name Yezid is commonly reviled in all sects of Islam and used to belittle and vilify the opponent.
KERBELA / Aswat al-Iraq: Head of Kerbela Investment Commission called the Iraqi government to hold its next meeting in the province to be acquainted with the hindrances facing the investment here.
Speaking at the Kerbela Commemoration Ceremony, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "This country and territory belong to all of us".
When it comes to planets etc, it seems that some Kurdish Alevi tribes revere the sun and the moon, for which they refer to a saying attributed to Huseyin just before the battle at Kerbela: Ali was the gold, Fatima was the silver, I am the son of the gold and the silver.
Even Husayn's death in the skirmish of Kerbela, which was to become the ultimate model for activists of all times, is presented in the early literature in a different light (p.
In using the designation "Yezid," Hakki invokes the martyrdom of Ali's son, the third Shiite Imam Husein, and his adherents who were cruelly killed by the troops of the Umayyad caliph, Yezid, at Kerbela in 680.
Similarly the Iranian government will be alert to the need to protect the Shia communities in the south and especially the Holy Cities of Kerbela and Najaf which rank with Qum and Meshed.
They also avoid any sort of comfort or enjoyment because the main purpose of the fast is to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the son of Ali, the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, during the battle of Kerbela.
Abbas Hameed al-Mussawi told Aswat al-Iraq that the meeting was held in a meeting with Premier Maliki in Hindiya area, 20 km east of Kerbela, where it was pointed out that the province receives 191 trillion dinars for 2012, which is not enough to the present population in the province.
The hospitals are being constructed in the Iraqi cities of Kerbela, Basra, Babil-Hilla, Missan and Nasiriyah.