Millions from around the world in Karbala on Arbaeen where they reached from Najaf.
Millions in Karbala on Arbaeen
Millions of pilgrims, have gathered in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala to commemorate Arba’een.
In Iraq and Iran, Arba’een falls on Saturday, October 19 (today).
Arbaeen or Chehlum is observed to mark the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.
Millions in Karbala on Arbaeen
Among the pilgrims, which usually number 20 million from around the world every year, many arrive in Karbala after trekking about 70 kilometers from the holy city of Najaf. That remains their revering gesture in honour of Imam Hussein.
Notably, pilgrims enter the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala up to two weeks before Arba’een.
Iranian pilgrims outnumber
Speaking on Thursday, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said a total of 3.5 million Iranians had entered Iraq to take part in the ceremon. That marks increase of 1.2 million than the number reported last year.
Fazli praised what he described as “good cooperation” on behalf of Iraqi officials in facilitating the process.
Furthermlore, he said that all branches of the Iranian government had also contributed to managing the huge pilgrimage.
Pakistanis also join Arbaeen pilgrimage
Foreign pilgrims from other countries also participate in the event. Moreover, tens of thousands from countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Lebanon also join Arbaeen walk fro Najaf to Karbala. I
The generous hospitality of the Iraqi people greets them. Most importantly, Iraqi provide pilgrims with food, water, transport and accommodation during this journey.
Mainstream media silence
Many observers have highlighted that despite Arba’een being the world’s largest annual peaceful gathering on earth, mainstream media ignored it.
“The biggest gathering in the world is taking place these days, but it receives the least possible media coverage,” wrote media activist Amir Abbas Sadegi for ISNA news agency on Friday.
Meanhile, Sadegi said pointed that certain groups have sought to undermine Arba’een by propagating false information.
Earlier this month, Arab media outlets reported a US-backed plan seeking to influence recent anti-corruption protests in Iraq in a bid to spark instability in the country.
Plots against Arbaeen pilgrimage
Observers believe the timing of the provocations signals that foreign-backed elements seek to undermine the Arba’een processions, specifically by fueling antagonism towards Iran.
The protests, however, have largely receded since last week.
On Tuesday, Prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on his followers to take part in Arba’een processions chanting slogans denouncing corruption. He also called for raising slogans to condemn United States and Israel.
In this regard, the official Twitter account of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, also carried a post. Last week, it tweeted that an enemy plot seeking to “sow discord” between the two nations of Iraq and Iran will fail.
Given the high number of Iranians participating in the annual event, Arba’een has consequently turned into a symbol of unity between the Iraqi and Iranian people.
However, it also bind Iraqis with Pakistanis and other nations who adore Imam Hussain.