Abu'l Fazl Shrine

Turquoise Mountain

An important Shia site at the centre of a bustling bazaar

Located in the traditional Shia Qizilbash base of Murad Khani, Abu’l Fazl Shrine is considered to be the most important Shia site in Kabul.

The Story of Abbas Abu'l Fazl
Abbas Abu’l Fazl was the son of the fourth Muslim caliph Ali and the half-brother of Husayn; both Abbas and Husayn were killed by the army of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid I at Karbala, Iraq in 680 AD.

The massacre at Karbala marks one of the most important events in Shia history and has profoundly influenced Shia tradition and theology.

The Importance of the Shrine
Many pilgrims visit the site each year, especially for the religious festival during the month of Muharram, which commemorates the massacre at Karbala. These pilgrims bring a lot of business to the surrounding area, as evidenced by the sprawling bazaar that occupies the narrow streets surrounding the shrine.

The shrine's spiritual significance is also felt locally. According to oral histories of the area, many elders see their livelihoods in Murad Khani as linked to the continuing health of the shrine.

Coloured glass-work decorating the shrine's exterior walls.

Abu'l Fazl Shrine as seen from the Murad Khani Bazaar.

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