JNN 20 Dec 2013 Baghdad : The number of pilgrims gathering in the holy city of Karbala on the day of Arbaeen is rising every year , since the down fall of the Saddam Hussain’s Government , and this year it is predicted to reach 20 million.
Nasim Al-Khatabi, head of the provincial council of Karbala province predicted the figure, saying that due preparations have been made to host this number of pilgrims, Sawt Al-Iraq website reported.
Arbaeen marks the anniversary of the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions in the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 after Hijra (680 A.D.).
On this day, Shia Muslims all over the world mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions.
Al-Khatabi said more than 3000 vehicles are used for carrying pilgrims who come from inside Iraq as well as other countries.
The official predicted that half of the Arbaeen pilgrims , that is about a Million will be coming to Karbala will be non-Iraqis.
The official also said some of the pilgrims began travelling to the holy city since three weeks ago, as they reach Karbala by traveling on foot , By Cars and all the available travel arrangements .
But their Passion to reach and Pay their respect and Mourn the Martyrdom of their Great Leader Imam Hussain and their Companions , who gave his Life and Laid down his Companions Life Just to save Islam , as the threat to Islam , was from Inside , as Yazeed was trying to Molest Islam , and that was simply unacceptable to the Great Imam , and for that he was ready to pay any price , and he Proved it in the event of Karbala. And it was his deeds and teaching that till today , Islam is still in its Purest form followed & Gaurded by his true followers .
He added that as well as the city’s hotels, a number of schools have been prepared to accommodate the pilgrims.
In other news, the office of the commander of Iraq’s Armed Forces has started implementing a special security plan to ensure the safety of the mourners during Arbaeen ceremonies.
But still there have been a about a Number of Suicide attacks on the Pilgrims coming to Karbala on Foot and in shape of Caravans By Cars and Buses , and in which Dozens of Mourning Pilgrims have already lost their Lives , but the Passion of the Pilgrims whether Local Iraqis or the Foreign Pilgrims is in High Esteem , and they feel that Walking on the Path of Truth and Justice , One has to give sacrifices and some time even One’s Life has to be sacrificed to Uphold the sanctity of the Justice .
And it is the reason , that year by year the No. of the Pilgrims on the Day of Arabaeen is ever rising , and Now it is on record that Arbaeen Congregession at Karbala at Present is the World Largest Assembly of the People at One Place at any given time , among all the assemblies of the People at any Place in the World at any given time .