Hussein Reza Mahdi, head of the Office for Construction Projects of the Astan (custodianship) of Imam Hussein (AS) holy shrine announced that all of those involved in the project are trying to serve the pilgrims during this year’s Arbaeen programs.
They are trying their best to complete the construction of the courtyard which is near the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS).
About 70 percent of the courtyard, covering 70,000 square meter, will be opened to pilgrims on the occasion to avoid overcrowding and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The Sahn (courtyard) of Hazrat Zeynab (SA) Courtyard construction project is underway on a 150,000 square meter area in the southwest side of Imam Hussein (AS) holy shrine in the holy city of Karbala.
Arbaeen, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (AS).
Each year, a huge crowd of Shias flock to the Iraqi city of Karbala to perform mourning rites.
However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Baghdad has decided to bar all foreign pilgrims from visiting Iraq for this year’s Arbaeen.