Karbala is considered as the cradle of the revolutionaries and a center for the revival of the Hussayni rites, and because of the increase of its processions year after year and the importance of organizing them, the General Secretaries of the two holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) have adopted the establishment of the Department of rites, processions and Hussayni bodies in Iraq and the Islamic world. This department consists of a group of the best processions' representatives that have long experience in the Hussayni service in the holy city of Karbala, and they are responsible of the organization of all matters related to the processions and the mechanism of their conduct in the Ziyarat of millions.
The head of the mentioned department Haj Riyadh Ni'mah al-Salman has explained to al-Kafeel Network: "As you know, after 2003, the Hussayni procession returned to practicing their rituals to commemorate the occasions of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them). Therefore, in order to organize the work of these processions, especially during the Ziyarat of millions, we have established a gathering of the Karbala processions' officials called "Committee of Organizing Processions" and this committee continued its work for about five years, then the two General Secretaries of the holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and of al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) decided to create a headquarters for this committee inside the holy sanctuary of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) to turn in 2008 to the Department of rites, processions and Hussayni bodies with 12 representations in most of the Iraqi provinces, including units in the areas of each province to organize its work, with a total of 150 units."
He added: "Within the Department works every year, that at the arrival of the season in which millions come to perform the Ziyarat rituals, to issue guidance and recommendation to the processions' owners and the visitors going to the holy city of Karbala through holding a conference with the presence of all the parties from the security authorities and the processions' owners. Thus, the Department of rituals and processions is one of the most important departments and it is considered as the security valve of the holy city of Karbala as its work include the service and the security side, since the Department has full information about all the upcoming processions in the Ziyarat of millions. As the number of the registered condolence and service processions has reached about 26 thousand, after that their number was only 700 in 2003 ".
Indicating: "The department has several divisions that are:
- Administration Division: It provides the guarantees to ensure the processions' process in accordance with the general controls, it also issues identification cards to the processions' officials in order to prevent any security breach. It provides the processions with their needs such as oil derivatives... All information of the processions in all over Iraq and the Islamic world are registered and verified. It includes the following units: Accounts, Media, Archives, Representations and volunteers Unit that organizes the work of all the representations in the provinces.
- Division of Iraq's provinces: It includes the unit of Karbala and the Unit of the provinces and it works to organize all matters related to the processions.
- Division of the Islamic world: This division is entrusted to register the Arab and Islamic processions either condolence or service processions in the religious occasions in Karbala by taking a copy of the passport and the pictures of the procession's official and his assistants."
Haj al-Salman has added: "There are 25 employees at the department, in addition to up to hundreds volunteers who come to us during the Ziyarat of millions to participate in the organization of the processions, as well as the volunteers working in the provincial representations. As for the mechanism of the employees' work, we follow a two shift system, a morning and evening shifts."