More than 13 centuries ago, Imam Husayn and seventy-two thirsty men along with their families stood in front of a tyrannical empire and sacrificed their lives to show us that standing up against injustice is the ultimate sacrifice.

The Walk


Karbala Walk is a mourning procession commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (p), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (p) in the year 680 in present day Karbala, Iraq. The day of this tragedy is called Ashura.

Imam Husayn (p) lived at a time when a tyrant named Yazid was the ruler of the Middle East. Like many of today's rulers, Yazid enslaved his people, violated their basic human rights and led a life devoid of morality. Along with a small group of companions and family members, Imam Husayn (p) took a stand against the tyranny and oppression of Yazid. After being deprived of food and water for several days by the army of Yazid, Imam Husayn (p) along with his family and friends were mercilessly killed and the women and children in his camp were captured and abused by Yazid's savage army.

The captive women and children were forced to walk a distance well over 500 miles while bound and shackled to each other. They walked from Karbala to Kufa and then Kufa to Damascus. However, instead of being disgraced, the women and children proudly relayed the story of Husayn (p) and preached the values he sacrificed for every where they went. In order to honor the brave captives, millions around the globe march through the streets spreading the message of Imam Husayn (p).

We are determined to uphold the message of Imam Husayn (p); a message that tells us never to bow down to oppressors, to stand up for the rights of the weak, to seek true freedom in our lives and to live in peace. This is true Islam, the Islam of Prophet Muhammad (p) and his noble family.

We march on the streets in solidarity with Imam Husayn (p), condemning Yazid and the oppressive rulers following in his footsteps today. The famous saying "Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala" resonates deeply with us and the abuse of power around the world today testifies to the truth of this statement. Through the teachings of Imam Husayn (p) we are morally obligated to raise a voice for ALL the oppressed people anywhere in the world. Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala, and where there is an Ashura, there will always be a Husayn (p)

(p) denotes peace be upon him.

Be Inspired


The Revolutionary

"I never revolted in vain, as a rebel or as a tyrant but I rose seeking revolution and reformation."

The Just

"Those who are silent when others are oppressed are guilty of oppression themselves."

The Dignified

"Death with dignity is better than a life of humiliation."

The Compassionate

"The most generous of people, is the one who gives to those whom he has no hope of return."



New York

August 7, 2022 12pm
Starts on 50th and Park Ave and ends on 65th and Madison Ave.


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Richard C Daley Center. Day of Ashura


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Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX, 77002


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Fordson High School, 13800 Ford Rd, Dearborn, United States


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South side of Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario Canada


Sunday, September 25, 2022
Dupont Circle to Lafayette Park (in front of White House ~4:30PM) - Main route for Juloos is Connecticut Ave


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Copley Square


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Los Angeles

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San Jose

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Symbols from Walk


  • Alam, the Tall FlagsThe Alam represents the flag raised by Hazrat Abbas (p) against the army of the tyrant Yazid. This flag is the flag of justice, humanity and stand against oppression. We raise this flag to express our solidarity with Imam Husayn (p), Hazrat Abbas (p) and the oppressed of the world, regardless of their race, color, religion and ethnicity.
  • Matam, Beating of the ChestMatam (Beating of the chest): The Matam has historically been used to express grief in many cultures around the world. This practice has been ritualized to encompass our grief for Imam Husayn (p) and has been done for generations. We will continue to beat our chest to commemorate the tragedy of Imam Husayn (p) and to ensure his values are remembered until the end of times.
  • DhuljenahThe Dhuljenah was the loyal stallion ridden by Imam Husayn (p). We respect the Dhuljenah because of his loyalty in the battle of Karbala. Images of the arrow piercings on the stallion symbolizes the suffering endured by the Dhuljeneh while supporting Imam Husayn (p) during the battle of Karbala.
  • bootstrap carouselThis structure made from brass is a symbolic replica of the mausoleum of Imam Husayn (p) in Karbala, Iraq. Each year, over 30 million pilgrams congregate from all over the world to commemorate the sacrifices that were made by Imam Husayn (p) on the day of Ashura in Karbala and pay their tributes. It is the largest annual gathering in the world.
  • bootstrap carouselImam Husayn (p) was not given a proper funeral after being martyred, something that is afforded to even the worst of people. Therefore, this symbolizes a proper funeral that should have been provided for Imam Husayn (p)
Alam, the Tall Flags1 Matam, Beating of the Chest2 Dhuljenah3 The Mausoleum4 Taboot, the Coffin5

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