Speaking at a cabinet meeting here in Tehran on Wednesday, which was chaired by Mokhber as President Ebrahim Raeisi is in New York for attending the UN General Assembly, the first vice-president said the Iraqi people offered all they had with pure intention and provided very good services to the Arbaeen pilgrims.
He added that organizing the pilgrimage with the participation of such a huge number of people was a major international maneuver for Muslims, especially Shias, noting that the Islamic Republic of Iran also greatly contributed to it.
Millions of black-clad pilgrims gathered at Imam Hussein’s (AS) holy shrine in Karbala on Saturday to culminate a week-long procession in commemoration of the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) grandson, who was killed along with his companions during the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.
Men, women, teens and elders came together in the Iraqi city to pay tribute and renew their allegiance to Imam Hussein (AS), who is the all-time icon of fighting injustice, oppression and despotism.
The Arbaeen annual event, which is one of the largest religious congregations in the world, brings together a deluge of Imam Hussein’s (AS) lovers and devotees from various nationalities who undertake an 80-km walk between the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.
The tradition, which attracts millions of people from across the world every year, is meant to sympathize with Imam Hussein (AS) on the pains he endured in the event of Karbala, where he and 72 of his companions were brutally slaughtered by Yazid's army.