Iranians Observe Arbaeen

Iranians Observe Arbaeen  Iranians Observe Arbaeen

Iranians of all ages and social strata on Sunday took to the streets and religious centers across the country, unified by one cause, to commemorate the end of the 40th day after Ashura that marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.

Ashura is the 10th day of the lunar calendar month of Muharram when the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was martyred by the army of the tyrant king of the time, Yazid I, back in the seventh century, Press TV reported.

The first 10 days of Muharram feature religious ceremonies and mourning processions to pay tribute to the martyrs of Karbala in Iraq. The rituals culminate with the world’s largest annual religious gathering in Karbala  to mark Arbaeen.

Large numbers of Iranians travel to Iraq each year, walking the distance between the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, which houses Imam Hussein’s (PBUH) holy shrine, alongside Shias from across the world.

Millions of devotees undertake the journey that is marked with prayers, mourning ceremonies and acts of charity.

Imam Hussein (PBUH) is a highly-venerated figure not only among Shias but also Sunni Muslims. Even groups of Iraqi Christians join the march to Karbala.

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