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An old photo of Qatligah.

Qatligāh (Sacrifice place) or Sacrifice Pit (Arabic:المِنحَر , Persian:قتلگاه) is the name of a place in Karbala where, according to sources, Imam al-Husayn (a) was beheaded by Shimr or Sinan. This place is today in the Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a) near his darih, visited by Shi'a and lovers of the Ahl al-Bayt (a).

Location and Description

Today, there is a basement in the Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a) which is considered the place where Imam (a) was martyred. In that basement, there is a marble stone, 50 cm above the ground like a grave. Usually, the basement is closed and sometimes it is opened for VIPs to visit.

On the third floor from the ground at the same level with darih, toward the end of the South-west Rawaq, on the left, there is a door opening to a narrow corridor, where there is a nine round meter room. Its ground is a bit lower and its walls are painted with some mirror works. They say that Imam al-Husayn (a) was martyred there. Another door connects this room to a lower place, where it is said that Imam al-Husayn (a) fell from the horse. Now, the Sacrifice Pit is surrounded with steel windows and visitors stay behind these windows and mourn there.

Qatligah in its current status.

The Rawda (mourning lament) of the Sacrifice Pit is one of the Rawdas of the Event of Karbala which is made on the Day of 'Ashura by elegists and Maddahs.

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