1258 GMT December 09, 2022
Despite the peak in pilgrims’ arrivals, all six land border crossings between Iran and Iraq are operating smoothly and with no problem, said the interior minister.
Making the remark in an address to reporters during a visit to Shalamcheh border crossing, Ahmad Vahidi added all makeshift stations along the route of Arbaeen pilgrimage as well as Iranian organizations are prepared for the return of the country’s pilgrims, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He added that so far three million Iranians have traveled to Iraq to take part in Arbaeen ceremonies, held to mark the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH) – the third Imam of Shia Muslims – in Karbala.
Vahidi said as the date for Arbaeen (this year falling on September 17) ceremonies gets closer, the number of Iranian pilgrims willing to enter Iraq gets higher.
He noted that 1.45 million Iranians have so far returned to the country via the six border crossings.
Every year on Arbaeen, millions of people from around the world flock to Karbala. Large groups of mourners travel on foot toward the holy city to take part in the largest annual Islamic gathering on earth.
Imam Hussein (PBUH) and his 72 companions were martyred in the Battle of Karbala in southern Iraq in 680 A.D. after fighting courageously for justice against the much larger army of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I.