0634 GMT September 26, 2022
This year’s Arbaeen ceremonies once again proved that the link between the Iranian and Iraqi nations is unbreakable, said Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
He made the remark in a post on his Twitter page on Sunday, praising the Iraqi people, government and armed forces for the gracious hospitality they showed pilgrims from Iran and other countries during the Arbaeen ceremonies.
Twenty million pilgrims converged in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Saturday to attend the Arbaeen ceremonies, an annual event marking the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Imam of Shia Muslims.
It is the world’s biggest religious gathering, keenly observed in Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Lebanon and many other countries.
The black-clad pilgrims gathered at Imam Hussein’s (PBUH) holy shrine in Karbala on Saturday to culminate a week-long procession in commemoration of the martyrdom anniversary of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, who was killed along with his companions during the battle of Karbala in 680 A.D.
On Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei praised ceremonies held as part of the annual Arbaeen commemoration, including the millions-strong annual march toward Karbala, Press TV reported.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks while addressing a commemoration service attended by students on the occasion of Arbaeen.
The Leader said the Arbaeen march is a “miraculous event” that signifies God Almighty’s will to keep the flag of Islam flying, adding this move is not driven by any manmade policy or strategy.
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that it is divine power that, through this large-scale manifestation, opens a bright road ahead for all Muslims across the world.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi also said the annual Arbaeen rituals are among divine miracles, a manifestation of Islamic resistance and coherence among Muslims.
He added that Arbaeen is also a manifestation of the fact that Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), is “still alive and will always be alive.”