Rouhani appreciates Iraq for hosting Arbaeen pilgrims
Iranian President sent a message to the Iraqi President and Prime Minister to appreciate efforts of the country in holding this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage.
Iran Press/ Iran news: "This gathering demonstrated, more than ever, that Arbaeen is not just a calendar event; rather it is a lasting historical miracle and the most powerful media to introduce the culture of Imam Hussein and the Ashura uprising," the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani noted in the message to the Iraqi President Barham Salih, and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
He went on to say that this year’s Arbaeen which was held with millions of Muslims in participation, sent a message of 'freedom' to all the world.
Rouhani noted that the event was a demonstration of ‘unity’, especially between people of Iran and Iraq and that it has created a unified front against ‘tyranny, discrimination, and violence’.
The President appreciated all the officials, sources of emulation, and people of Iraq for hosting millions of pilgrims from Iran and other countries during the past two weeks.
Millions of Muslims from across the globe attended mourning rituals of Arbaeen in Karbala on Saturday.
The occasion marks the anniversary of the 40th day after the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hossein, and his 72 companions who were martyred during the battle of Karbala some 14 centuries ago.
Every year during the days before Arbaeen, a total number of 20 million pilgrims from across the world beat long distances on foot to converge on the holy shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala.