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
40 days after Ashura is called Arbaeen (/ærbæyi:n/).
The Arbaeen ceremony is one of the largest peaceful gatherings in the world that is annually occurs 40 days after the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH), and his companions on the day of Ashura.
Millions of Muslims around the world make their way to the city of Karbala in Iraq to commemorate Arbaeen every year. many of these pilgrims make a journey of 55 miles or so, on their own foot for the love of Imam Hussain (PBUH) despite the terrorist attacks.
Karbala is the city where the holy shrine of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson is held in and it was the destination of an estimated more than 20 million people in Arbaeen 2014.
This year, Arbaeen will fall on Saturday 13th, December 2014.
Stay tuned for more photos from Arbaeen.
Many thanks to arbaeen.me for these photos.