Friday, 19 January, 2018

Over 1.5 mln Iranian pilgrims shows depth of Karbala tragedy

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lauded the presence of high number pilgrims to attend the mourning ceremony of Arbaeen.

‘The presence of millions of pilgrims in Arbaeen rally is one of the enduring and everlasting scenes in the history,’ President Rouhani said on Tuesday, addressing a ceremony in Tehran.

According to Irna, Iranian president said that Imam Hossein (PBUH) and the Tragedy of Karbala taught great lessons to all Shiites.

The Arbaeen mourning ceremony is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.

It marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Imam Hossein (AS), the third Imam of Shiite Muslims.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also on Monday termed Arbaeen rallies as an extraordinary phenomenon and an enormous and meaningful movement.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks while he was addressing a meeting in Tehran.

Appreciating the Iraqi people for their benevolence in serving the pilgrims of the mourning ceremony of Arbaeen rituals, Ayatollah Khamenei advised the pilgrims to seize the momentous opportunity.

‘The huge participation of people from Iran and other countries in Arbaeen rituals, portraits the unique characteristics of Ahlul-Bayt thought,’ he added.

Over one and a half million of Iranian pilgrims have entered Iraq through three border points in Iran.

The Iranian pilgrims travelled to Iraq for Arbaeen Day through three border points including Mehran, Shalamcheh and Chazzabeh in southwestern Iran.

The Iranian officials have estimated that 2.5 million Iranian pilgrims would travel to Iraq for Arbaeen Day that is on December 2 this year.

Each year, pilgrims, mainly from Iraq and Iran, travel long routes on foot to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hossein (PBUH) is located.

Image credit: Mehr News

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