In a remarkable display of faith and devotion, over 2.3 million pilgrims have descended upon Iraq to participate in the Arbaeen pilgrimage, as announced by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. This annual pilgrimage is renowned as one of the world’s largest religious gatherings and has drawn participants from various corners of the globe.
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The influx of pilgrims has been facilitated through eight ports and three airports, with visitors converging on Iraq to partake in this profound spiritual journey. Arbaeen holds immense significance in the Islamic faith, marking the end of a 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
To ensure the safety and security of the Arbaeen visit, the Supreme Security Committee, under the leadership of Interior Minister Abdul Amir Al-Shummari, has been diligently coordinating security measures. Security forces have been strategically deployed along the routes leading to Karbala, the focal point of the pilgrimage. Additionally, comprehensive efforts have been undertaken to address intelligence, safety, and service aspects, creating an environment conducive to the pilgrims’ spiritual journey.
Arbaeen is a powerful testament to the unity, faith, and resilience of millions who make the pilgrimage, transcending borders and cultural differences to converge in Iraq, the land of its historical and religious significance. This annual gathering not only reaffirms the deep-rooted connection of Shia Muslims to Imam Hussein’s legacy but also stands as a symbol of hope and solidarity for people of diverse backgrounds worldwide. As the pilgrimage continues, it serves as a profound reminder of the enduring strength of faith in the face of adversity.