The Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine has announced that it has completed all preparations to receive the visitors of Imam Al-Hussayn and his brother Aba Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) in the mid Sha'baan, the birth anniversary of Imam Al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance); coinciding with the Thursday night. The holy shrine has prepared a join security and service plan as to contribute to mitigate the burden of the visitors while performing their religious rituals and other worship acts during this blessed night with ease, by harnessing all its servants, means and vehicles for this purpose, in line with the numbers of visitors heading to the Ziyarat in these holy sites on this blessed and great night.
The preparations for the blessed Ziyarat have included:
1- The visitors' service complexes of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine located on the roads leading to holy city of Karbala.
2- The sanitary complexes inside and outside the city and providing them with the sterilization means and the needed water.
3- Preparation of a large fleet of vehicles belonging to the vehicles' department and investment department and the vehicles of the rest of the departments.
4- Opening additional places for the deposit of mobiles, bags and shoes.
5- Preparation of mobile Minbar within the holy sanctuary to give advice and guidance and answer the questions of the visitors.
6- Identifying the entry and exit gates for the visitors in several languages, and the deployment of teams from the employees for the purpose of organizing the visitors’ movement to avoid all cases of congestion and suffocation.
7- Dissemination of centers to guide the lost and others to give identification badges to the children and the elders.
8- Opening centers to educate and guide religiously the visitors, teaching them the correct reading of some chapters of the Holy Quran.
9- Printing several Ziyarat booklets to distribute them to the visitors.
10- Preparation of an integrated media plan to cover the Ziyarat by the media staff of the holy shrine and facilitating the work of other media and satellite channels.
11- Preparing trolleys for children and disabled.
12- Supplying the host restaurant of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine by large quantities of food in order to provide the visitors with meals, either inside the host restaurant or in the outer outlets.
13- Supplying the holy sanctuary with cold water around the clock, in addition to the Hussayni processions scattered within the administrative borders of the city.
14- Deployment of mobile teams inside and outside the sanctuary in order to monitor any suspicious situation and work to solve them.
15- Providing the medical unit with quantities of medicines and treatments for the treatment of sick conditions in addition to ambulances that are ready.
16- Preparing tens of thousands of containers of water from the al-Kafeel water plant of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine for its distribution to visitors.
17 - Bringing large amounts of ice from the ice plant of the Holy Shrine for its distribution to visitors and the Husseini processions.
18 - Preparation of an integrated security and service plan for Maqam Imam al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance)), which witnesses the influx of large numbers of visitors.
19 - Preparing the basements of the horizontal expansions and equipping them with carpets to accommodate visitors.
20 - Preparing the basements inside the sanctuary - for women - to ensure that there is no congestion.
21 - Spreading the decorations inside the sanctuary and in the outer surroundings.
22 - Calling additional numbers of volunteers to help the departments that need them in the performance of their work.
And all the departments of the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, have shown their full readiness to work for the success of this Ziyarat and in order to make every effort for the smooth visitors’ movement.
And the eve of mid Sha'ban is a night of great honor, it is narrated from Imam As-Sadeq (peace be upon him) that he said: "Imam Al-Baqer (peace be upon him) was asked about the merit of the eve of the mid Sha'ban, and he (peace be upon him) said: "The most virtuous night after Laylat-ul Qadr is that of the 15th of Sha’ban, and Allah grants His blessings, during this night, to His servants and forgives them by means of His grace and greatness; hence, endeavour during this night with the intention to gain proximity to Almighty Allah. (Note that) Allah has sworn that He does not deprive any ‘beggar’ (one who earnestly requests/begs from Him) – unless the latter requests and searches for something sinful or unpleasant. This night is one which Almighty Allah has bestowed upon us, the Ahl Al-Bayt, as Laylat-ul Qadr was granted to the Holy Prophet."
One of the recommended and desirable acts during this night is the Ziyarat of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), as it was narrated that Imam As-Sadeq (peace be upon him) said: "The sins of the visitor of Al-Hussayn Ibn Ali on the fifteenth of Sha'ban are forgiven, and no sin is written in his book for a year, and if he visits the next year, God will forgive his sins." And Imam As-Sadeq (peace be upon him) also said: "He who visits Aba Abdillah Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) three years in row without intersection on the fifteenth of Sha'ban, his sins will be forgiven," He (peace be upon him) also said: "When it is the fifteenth of Sha'ban, a caller from beyond the horizon says to the visitors of Al-Hussayn: Return, forgiven and your reward is on Allah your Lord and Mohammad."
This night takes its honour, holiness and sanctity from the birth of the great saviour, the promised hope, the aspired good, the interpreter of the Quran, the Imam of humans and Jinns, the Master of the Advent, the Imam of the Order, our Master the awaited Al-Mahdi Son of Al-Hassan (may our souls and the souls of both worlds be a redemption for the soil of his arrival).