The recommendations of the Department of Rituals, Processions and Hussayni bodies to the processions' owners participating in the rituals of Ziyarat Arba'een.

The Department of Rituals, Processions and Hussayni bodies in Iraq and Islamic world of the two holy shrines of Imam Al-Hussayn and of Al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them), has issued a set of recommendation for the condolences and service processions' owners participating in the rituals of Ziyarat Arba'een of Imam Al-Hussayn and his brother of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) in the year 1440 AH, stressing on the respect of these instructions for service in compliance with this ritual and this holy Ziyarat. The instructions are:

1- The members of the processions has to respect the time of prayer. It is prohibited to switch on the loudspeakers during the prayer time, as they have to take into account the sanctity of the time and the place.

2- The Hussayni processions' owners have to respect the sanctity of the province of Karbala.

3- The Hussayni processions have to respect their one-time scheduled timing according to the rite either Zinjeel or lamentation, as the Zinjeel processions will be during the 16th and 17th of Safar, and the lamentation processions will be on the 18th and 19th of Safar.

4- It is not allowed to install processions in the gardens and next to the trees in the middle of the roads and we recommend the respect of the trees that adorn the city of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him).

5- The entrance of the processions will be exclusively from the gate of Qibla of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) to the holy shrine and then go out from the gate of Qadi Al-Hajat leading to the area between the two holy shrines then entering to the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine and then head to their headquarters.

6- All processions have to know that because of the severe congestion no elegies' reading is allowed.

7- The procession's sponsor has to show the written commitment issued by police directorate of the holy city of Karbala, as well as the identification badge issued by the Department of rituals, processions and Hussayni bodies in Iraq and the Islamic world/ the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine.

8- Al-Kafeel procession is the direct responsible for the security of his procession and has to prevent the entry of strangers to his procession, and has to put people who know the members of the procession at the entrance of the two holy shrines to identify them before their entry.

9- Ensure that the audio devices and cameras are secure.

10- It is not allowed to carry firearms, sharp materials and water sprinklers.

11- To not rise picture of any religious symbol as the occasion is purely for Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him).

12- Tashabeeh [parade copying acts or scenes in a theatrical way] that are not suitable for the Arba'een are not allowed, and those that are refused will have to go back to their headquarters from the main barrier, as the convoy of the return of captives and Imam As-Sajjad (peace be upon him) was without chains and was not accompanied by Omayyad soldiers, and they were not beaten with whips.

13- Sticks, flags and banners that do not fit with the ritual of Ziyarat Arba'een is not allowed.

14- Official letters will be given to the processions to show at the outer and internal inspection entrances to enable them to bring their procession's materials by the officer authorized by the Karbala police department.

15- The installation of the processions inside and outside the city is the responsibility of processions' division officer.

16- Please comply with the instructions and respect the schedule of the processions issued only by the department of rituals, processions and Hussayni bodies/ the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, to cooperate with the employees of the two holy shrines and the servants of the Hussayni processions and the competent employees of the security services.

17- It is not allowed to carry heads and corpses in the condolences of Tashabeeh and in the processions' headquarters because of the attenuation of the sacred characters.

18- The processions reminding the return convoy on camels are allowed only on the 15th and 16th of Safar.

19- Large sized radial "Dammamat" are not allowed and it is not allowed to beat drums inside the shrines because it affects the new construction.

20- Each procession has to bring a fire extinguisher and put it in a clear place to be accessible under the hand of those cooking to deal with any fire or emergency -God forbid-

21- Respecting streets and public properties, including the heavy water streams, not setting up tents above the sewer openings, not throwing food waste in them and not tamper with their lids to ensure the smooth flow of water drainage.

22- Firewood is not allowed in the city, and the cooking is allowed only on gas.

23- Women are not allowed in the Zinjeel and Latm processions.

24- Identification plate should be placed on the procession's door, in which is written the responsible person's name and his phone number.

25- Zinjeel and Latm processions are allowed of entry twice, and a seal is put on their document noting the entry numbers.

26- If any adverse case is noticed close to the procession, please visit the nearest security detachment to report it.

27- The owners of processions are requested to remove all steel structures and debris straight away after the end of the Ziyarat rituals.
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