Iraq

14 million pilgrims will commemorate Arbaeen in Karbala

jos_karbala1 About 12 million pilgrims have been reached in Karbala, Iraq to mark Arbaeen (Chehlum) Imam Hussain (AS), one of the most important events in the Muslim religious calendar. Arbaeen marks 40th day of mourning for Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) , which follows Ashura the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain(AS). Iraqi government has formed a new cooperation room with the presence of Iraqi police, Iraqi national police, army and intelligence to provide the security for the program since ten days before Arbaeen, Shiite News Correspondent in Karbala said. The Correspondent informed that the 12 million pilgrims have already arrived in the city for the event, the number of the pilgrims is expected to rise to 14 millions during the day of Arbaeen. Tens of thousands of Iraqi policemen and soldiers have been deployed in and around Karbala to thwart any possible insurgent attacks during the ceremony, after two bloody attacks against pilgrims were witnessed in Iraq. Imam Hussain(AS), the son of the first Imam Ali(AS), and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), is the third Imam of Islam. He fought against cruelty, corruption and injustice and was martyred in the course of his heroic struggle some 14 centuries ago.

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