When is Arbaeen 2017?

Arbaeen is the 40th day following the day of Ashura and in the year of 2017, Arbaeen will fall on Friday in 10th November in Iraq (Updated according to the office of Ayatullah Sistani) 

Arbaeen

Arbaeen

Shia Muslim people pray in congregation in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen night in Karbala, Iraq

Arbaeen is the day in which the world’s biggest peaceful gathering is held annually around the holy shrine of Imam Hussain, the heart of the city of Karbala and millions of  Imam Hussain lovers across the world flock into Karbala for the pilgrimage of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen.

Arbaeen

Arbaeen

A huge numbers of pilgrims arrive in Karbala on foot. They walk for at least 80 kilometers from Najaf to the holy shrine of Imam Hussain in Karbala. Walking on Arbaeen is the best way to introduce Imam Hussain to the world and to help the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, the 12th Imam.  Arbaeen is also a way to memorize how much difficulties lady Zeainab and Hussain’s children tolerate as they were captive toward Karbala although there is no concern at all about food, drink and accommodation on the way to Karbala as some Imam Hussain’s lovers especially the Iraqian Shia Muslim people kindly provide what pilgrims might need on this way. They prepare everything for the pilgrims for free, for the love of Imam Hussain.

Arbaeen

Arbaeen

A pilgrim from Canada

It’s really hard to me to explain what I have seen on this way. Giving up the usual life exactly at the time being very busy is not very simple but when you gave it all up,  you can experience a completely different life style on the way toward Karbala. You can feel a fresh love inside your heart toward Imam Hussain despite the difficulties of walking you might have in this way. You can see millions of people with different nationalities and languages surrendering you in this way with the same love toward Hussain inside their hearts as the holy prophet Muhammad stated that “Surely , there exists in the hearts of the believers, with respect to the martyrdom of Hussain, a heat that never subsides.”

The pilgrimage of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen was said to be one of the signs of a believers according to the quote received from Imam Hassan al-Asgari.

 Walking on the way toward Karbala for Arbaeen in the words of Imam Khamenei, the supreme leader of Islamic Ummah.  A video clip made by Khamenei.ir

 

See more photos of Arbaeen and walking on the way toward Karbala at here

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