Assistant of Sacred Premises and Pilgrims Affairs of Astan Quds Razavi said, “The traditional ritual of Khutba-Khani (Oration) on the Ashura night will be held in Razavi Holy Shrine.”
Sayed Khalil Munabbati said, “This program will be held with participation of servants of the Holy Shrine including doorkeepers, shoe keepers, sweepers, and Huffaz (reciters) in the Inqilab courtyard in case that weather condition is favorable.”
“In this ceremony that is held every year with presence of Ayatollah Waiz Tabasi, the Respected Representative of Wali Faqih in Khorasan and the Grand Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, and state and military officials, the servants of the Holy Shrine perform the candle-walking ritual by reciting the Khutba of Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) martyrdom night and also elegizing”, he stressed.
“As an old traditional ritual performed in Astan Quds Razavi, Khutba-khani (oration) is performed only twice a year, one on the night of martyrdom of Imam Reza (A.S.) and one on the night of martyrdom of Imam Hussein (A.S.); in this ceremony, servants, while holding a burning candle, gather around and the special Khutba of the martyrdom night is recited”, he reiterated.
“Ceremony of Sham-e Ghariban (passing the night in darkness as mourning) also will be held as previous years started by performing the evening and night prayers in the Central Organization of Astan Quds Razavi followed by walking of thousands of servants of the Holy Shrine towards the Razavi Holy Shrine while carrying burning candles and reciting mournful voices”, Assistant of Sacred Premises and Pilgrims Affairs of Astan Quds Razavi said.
“In this ceremony, in the midst of grief and mourning of Husseini mourners, the servants holding the burning candles walk from Shohada Square to the Holy Shrine and finally gather in the Jumhuri Islami courtyard to express their condolences to the presence of Imam Reza (A.S.)”, he added.
“Also in this night, a ceremony will be held for commemorating the martyrs of the Razavi Holy Shrine on Ashura in which managers and authorities of Astan Quds Razavi, respected families of the martyrs, servants of the Holy Shrine, and pilgrims will take part”, he pointed out.