A record high: 20 million mourners mark Arba’een in Iraq’s Karbala

by Altaf Ahmad, Press TV

Millions of black-clad mourners flooding the holy city of Karbala for Arba’een. They have flocked to the holy city of Karbala from all over the world in a deafening roar of determination in the face of ISIL-led terrorism.

This, as the provinces of Karbala, Najaf, Babel and Diwaneya have devised a joint security plan to safeguard the pilgrims from any terror attacks. The directory of the holy shrines in Najaf and Karbala anticipates that the number of pilgrims taking part in Arba’een this year will go over 20 million, a record high.

This, as the total number of foreign pilgrims, who have crossed into Iraq through several border crossings, has surpassed 4 million; a quarter of whom are from Iran. This year’s Arba’een commemoration has also turned into a platform for mourners to express their intolerance for injustice. Of the most gleaming messages were those echoed by mourners from the Persian Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain.

According to Najaf International Airport officials, up till December five, some 50,000 Bahrainis have flown into Iraq to take part in Arba’een processions. Bahraini activists have also kicked off an expo to speak up about their revolution which they say has taken lessons from the uprising of Imam Hussein.

This year’s Arba’een in Karbala has taken an unexpected turn with mourners from all over the world using the occasion to echo political messages and to express their intolerance for modern-day tyranny, oppression and terrorism. Stressing on the slogan, Everyday is Ashura and every land is Karbala, people here assert that their fight against injustice will continue to be inspired from that of Imam Hussein.

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