JNN 07 Dec 2015 Baghdad : An Iraqi Cabinet Minister on Wednesday estimated the number of Arbaeen pilgrims in the Arab country to be more than 26 million.
Baqir Jabr al-Zubeidi, Iraq’s transport minister, said the number is likely to exceed 27 million on the Day of Arbaeen, al-Sumaria news reported.
The pilgrims who are from over 60 countries have converged on the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to commemorate the Mourning Ceremony of Arbaeen.
Arbaeen, on which one of the largest Religious Gatherings in the world is held, is the 40th day after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam, Imam Hussein (AS).
Last year, the number of pilgrims going to Karbala for Arbaeen reached 20 million.
Millions of People , which also includes Non Muslims , like Christians , Hindus and followers of several other Religions and Sects Participate , while the Majority of whom Belong to Shia Sect of Muslims from more than 60 countries, including Iraq, Iran, India Pakistan , US and European Countries arrive in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala, Iraq, to Commemorate Arbaeen.
A Huge Number of pilgrims also take Part in the Ritual of Marching Barefoot toward Karbala from Najaf and other Places , covering atleast 80 – 100 Km By foot , with out any transportation , as this Ritual in being carried out since the first Martyrdom Anniversary of Imam Hussain a.s , to Pay Homage and Tribute to the Martyrs of Battle of Karbala and Especially Imam Hussain’s family and friends Ladies and Children , who were taken as Prisoners , after the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain and His Companions , By Yazid’s Army .
The Faith and the Love for the Third Shia Imam is upon its limits , as not only the Pilgrims show their devotion towards Imam , but the residents and even some foreigners , spend Millions of Dollars in Providing every type of facility to the Pilgrims , who come to pay their Tribute and Homage to the Imam on Ashura and Arbaeen , as Not only free food is available , for each and every Pilgrim , but even Boarding and Lodging , with all the Medical facilities , and even spa services are also provided by the residents of Iraq , not only in the City of Karbala , but also all along the way from where the Pilgrims , start travelling By foot reach the Mousoleum of Imam Hussain a.s , and Hazrat Abbas a.s .
Security has been stepped up in Iraq, especially in Karbala and nearby areas to protect pilgrims against possible terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, an Iraqi security source said the five terrorists who sought to carry out suicide attacks against Arbaeen pilgrims were identified and killed.
The source said that the terrorists were killed after an hour-long clash with security forces.
Arbaeen marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (AS) and his faithful companions in the 680AD battle of Karbala.
At Present Millions of Iranians Pilgirms also Cross the Border to attend mourning rituals Of Arbaeen and Ashura .