As soon as the weather cleared we made a run to Kerbela—a lovely town, with miles of gardens surrounding it and two great mosques.
On the accession of Yazid, Ḥosain refused homage and raised an army, but was slain at 267 Kerbela .
To make a pilgrimage to Kerbela, or to rest finally in its holy dust, or both, 36 constitutes the ambition of every Shiah.
Here the roads branch and we part company with the rest of the party, who are going to Kerbela.
Suddenly from out the city of Ur (Kerbela), near the ancient mouth of the Euphrates, appears a traveller.
In his sixth and seventh chapters Loftus gives a very interesting account of his visits to the sanctuaries of Nedjef and Kerbela.
The caravan we met with had come from the neighbourhood of Bender Bushir, and was going to Kerbela.
Before the Kerbela gates is to be seen the little mosque Esshems, which contains the remains of the prophet Joshua.
He had apparently discovered this from someone at Kerbela, who had handed him over to the Shammar.
The dead are often conveyed hundreds of miles to be interred in Nejef and Kerbela.