"God Loves One Who Loves Imam Hussein (AS)”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 13:20

The motto selected for this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage is "God loves one who loves Imam Hussein (AS)”which is based on a Hadith by the holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).

The pilgrimage of Arba’een, the end of the 40-day mourning period for the brutal death of Imam Hosein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and third Shia Imam over 1300 years ago.

Hundreds of thousands of people, mainly Shia Muslims, from across Iran and other countries attend the Arba’een Trekking pilgrimage. Some Iranians make Nazr - an act of charity - for Arba’een. Besides food offering and fundraising events some people try other kinds of offering during this time.

This year, according to official statistics, about two millions Iranians crossed the borders to attend Arba’een Trekking. Along the road to Karbala, there are places called Mawkib in which, all services that pilgrims need are offered for free. They provide accommodation, food and beverage and medical services for those who are on the way to holy shrine of Imam Hussain (AS). This year, Iranians set up over 1,300 Mawkibs in Iraq, which provide six million meals of warm food during 20 days to pilgrims.

During recent years, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Turkey and other countries trekked a main road between Najaf - another holy city in Iraq - and Karbala on foot to show their devotion to Imam Hussein (AS).

According to Iraqi state-run media, over 19 million people from 40 countries of the world participated in this occasion by 2014, making it one of the largest gathering in the world. The figure reached 22 million pilgrims by 2015 as about 22 million pilgrims gathered in Iraq. The number rose to 26 million pilgrims in 2016. Followers of other religions including Christians join the journey every year to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.

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