Arbeen 2016: Photos of My journey to Karbala, A walk to the holy shrine of Imam Husayn
Arbaeen is a day on which the largest gathering in the world is held by Shia Muslim people in peace. Each year, the holy shrine of Imam Husayn in the city of Karbala receives an increasing number of pilgrims across all over the world. It was reported officially that on Arbaeen 2016, more than 20 millions pilgrims have gathered at Karbala. Despite the all modern technologies, millions of pilgrims prefer to walk 80 Km from Najaf to Karbala to show their love toward Imam Husayn and to his living son, the 12th Shia Imam (Imam Mahdi). In addition, It is quoted that the pilgrimage of Imam Husayn on Arbaeen is a sign of a believer and every single step toward the holy shrine of Imam Husayn, can wipe out one sin and have one reward.
Thanks God, this year I was among the millions of pilgrims who walk to Karbala. To be honest, the journey was not such easy but undauntedly, it was an excellent journey that one should experienced it by him/herself. A different life style in which only one backpack is enough to start the journey as everything is prepared for free by Shia muslim people on the way to Karbala.
Many thanks to Iraqi people who compete each others to be at our service for God’s sake and for the love of Imam Husayn. They offer everything they have to pilgrims as they wish to be like Imam Husayn who gave everything he had to revive Islam.
I do apologize at first that my photos can not show the all aspects of Arbaeen as I am not a photographer and I took photos with my mobile phone.
Offering free water to the pilgrims on the way to Karbala
No matter where you come
from, They offer free food and drink to all pilgrims walking toward Karbala.
Some of Shia Iraqi Muslims carry a large dish on their head in the middle of the road to offer free food to the pilgrims who walk toward Karbala. They even beg you to eat and drink for free.
A huge number of fish which I think they wanted to prepare them for the lunch.
Girls with Hijab and veil on the way to Karbala on Arbaeen.
I like that veil covering the face and not allowing everyone to see you easily. Actually I think a girl covered her face with a veil can select whoever is worth enough to see her beauty.
Offering nice smell to the pilgrims
Flag of Bahrain on Arbaeen walk toward Karbala
Flag of Iran on Arbaeen walk toward Karbala. In this year as we walked to Karbala more sooner than the usual time of the Arbaeen journey, there was not such a huge crowd we saw in the last year.
Free WiFi offered to the pilgrims on the way to Karbala for Arbaeen 2016
Preparing free food for pilgrims for Arbaeen 2016 at Karbala, Iraq
Husayn united us
You can see more photos of Arbaeen 2016 at shia-muslem.blogspot.com