On Saturday afternoon 15th Sha'ban 1435 AH corresponding to 14th June 2014, the rituals of the Zyarat of mid Sha'ban have finished, with a successful plan of security and service that were prepared by the holy shrines of Imam Al-Hussayn and Al-Abbas (peace be upon them) for receiving visitors. This success came as a result of the concerted efforts and the regulator coordination between both holy shrines and the local government in the holy city of Karbala.
The departments of the Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine has developed a special plan for this (zyarat) visit during several meetings that were held by heads of its departments. The services of its employees were above the required level, due to their interest to provide the best services for visitors, with the help of more than 1000 volunteers who supported their brothers, the servants of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him).
It is worth mentioning that the zyarat of mid Sha'ban is considered the second largest zyarat of the holy shrines in Karbala, where millions of visitors come from different cities of Iraq and beyond to commemorate the birth of Imam Al-Mahdi (May Allah hasten holy his reappearance).
It is noted in History books that Al-Mahdi (peace be upon him) was born on the night of the 15th of the month of Sha'ban in the year 255 A.H. At the time of the death of his father, Imam Hassan al-Askari (peace be upon him), he was five years old. Thus, Imam Muhammad bin Hassan al-Askari was born at the time of the Abbasid caliph, Muhtadi; an era full of discords and distortions.
Imam Al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance) was brought up under the care of his father, Imam Al-Askari (peace be upon him), who kept his birth secret, as he feared for him, and to carry out Allah's covenant and promise which they inherited from their grandfather, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy household). Indeed, the unjust rulers, of his time, were seeking him with the aim of murdering. Shi'a and non-Shi'a reported many traditions ensured by many lines of transmission. The traditions bring good news about Al-Mahdi. They state that he is in occultation. Among the non-Shi'a who reported this were Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidi, and the author of "Jaami' Usool". The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy household) said: "Certainly, Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) is the Imam of my nation and my vicegerent upon them after me. And of his sons is Al-Qa'em, the awaited. One, through whom Allah will fill the earth with justice and equity like it would have been filled with injustice and tyranny."
The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy household) has also said: "Even if one day remains for this world (to come to an end) Allah will prolong that day until he sends a man from my progeny (sons). His name shall be (like) my name."