AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): An Iranian deputy interior minister underlined efforts to make sure that Iranian pilgrims taking part in the annual Arbaeen march in Iraq will have an inexpensive and easy trip to the Arab country.
Seyed Majid Mirahmadi was peaking at a ceremony held in the northern city of Karaj on Sunday to honor expatriates setting up Moukebs (resting places) for Arbaeen pilgrims in previous years.
He said Arbaeen pilgrimage is among the rituals that Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lays great emphasis on.
Mirahmadi added that the enemies have been making attempts to disrupt the great religious event but their attempts have been foiled and obstacles have been removed so that enthusiastic participation of Muslims at the annual march will be possible.
He also stressed the need for proper planning in areas such as transportation, accommodation and providing meal so that Iranian pilgrims will travel to Iraq and take part in the Arbaeen procession without any problems.
The Arbaeen mourning ceremony is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.
It marks the 40th day after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Imam Hussein (AS). This year’s Arbaeen falls on September 17.
Each year, a huge crowd of Shias flock to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located, to perform mourning rites.
The pilgrims, mainly from Iraq and Iran, travel long routes on foot to the holy city.