by Jonathan Azaziah
This is not only one of the most dazzling sights to behold in 2016 but one of the most dazzling sights one will EVER behold. Pictured here are Shi’a Muslims from Russia traveling to Iraq’s Karbala for Arbaeen, a spiritual event which marks the end of 40 days of mourning after Ashoura, the day in 680 A.D. (61 A.H.) when Imam Hussein (A.S.) was martyred at the hands of the maniacal, drunkard, murderous bandit-tyrant Yazid (L.A.) These inspiring souls travel for 79 days in subzero temperatures, braving snowstorms and icy winds ON FOOT. They march from Moscow and Saint Petersburg into Azerbaijan, where they are routinely harassed by the Azerbaijani authorities which are aligned with the US ZOG and the usurping ‘Israeli’ entity. They defy this Zio-Imperialist abuse and walk onward until they reach the Islamic Republic of Iran, where they are warmly received and given food and drink to replenish them after the arduous journey. And then of course, the next stop is Iraq, where they walk just a couple hundred more kilometers before finally reaching the holy sands of Karbala and completing their epic-beyond-epic pilgrimage.
There are tens of millions of pilgrims that make the trek every year to Iraq’s south to renew their allegiance to Aba Abdallah (A.S.), the Revolutionary of Revolutionaries, the Master of Martyrs and the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W.W.) grandson, and to show their solidarity with the Moustazafeen (oppressed people) of Iraq. But there are none as awe-inspiring and Earth-shaking as these Russian Shi’a, who have given new meaning to resoluteness and faith. Undeterred they were (and are)! Not the risk of hypothermia, not Daesh’s threats of terrorism, not the collaborationist regime in Baku, not the lack of funds, not a thing in this world was going to keep them from staying true to their Muhammadi-Husseini identity and finding a way to reach their Imam (A.S.) Such is the wonder of Hussein (A.S.)! Such is the resilience of the Russian people. And such is the allure of Karbala in its most sanctified time–a distinction held by no other city, holy or non-holy on the planet. Shiaphobes and Russophobes: Eat your hateful, sectarian hearts out.