Mir Firasath Ali Baqri, Editor THE YAM TIMES
Arba’een, which marks the end of the 40-day period of mourning after the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain’s [SA], is considered one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. “The number of Arab and foreign pilgrims as reached 6 million, of 60 different nationalities, the biggest contingent being 12 Millions Iranians,” “And until today, we had 22 million Iraqis,” In this year from India about 6000 pilgrims for ziyarat, gather to pay their most auspicious and humble homage to the greatest Martyr on Earth (Hazrat Imam Hussain A.S. – The Grandson of the Holy Prophet Mohammad S.A.W.S. who sacrificed his life in the reins of Karbala with 72 of his companions_including a six month old baby boy Ali- Al-Asghar (A.S.) who was killed by Hurmala by Piercion of an arrow which was three headed with sharp edges which pierced the neck of the baby Martyr, as he was also thirsty along with others for the last 3 days uptill the day of Ashoora ( the 10th day of Muharram).
This comes as millions of visitors have been walking to Karbala from all over Iraq, and large numbers from across the Iranian border, for days. The Iraqi authorities had reported already last week that at least 12 million Iranians, the largest number on record, had come to Iraq for Arbaeen this year.The crowds are so huge, but the governor of Karbala said it was the largest attendance ever. “This is the biggest. It’s exceptional because the pilgrims consider this as an act of defiance in the face of the terrorist gangs of Daesh,” Aqil al-Turaihi.
the number of visitors was so high the country’s top brass had to revise its security plan and open new access routes to the Holy city of Karbala, a medium-sized city about 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of the capital Baghdad. The flood comes only weeks after a major victory against the jihadists in the Jurf al-Sakhr area between Karbala and Baghdad.
Rashed is also a commander in the Badr organization, which also holds the interior ministry in Iraq’s new government and whose military wing is one of the largest Shiite militias in the country. “Today all the areas surrounding Karbala are safe, thanks to the efforts they (Badr fighters) made, the blood they spilled and the sacrifices they made, in coordination with the security forces,” he said.