19 October, 2019
By SJA Jafri
KARBALA/ BAGHDAD: Over five (5) million pilgrims across the world were gathered in one of the holiest cities of Iraq known as Karbala to commemorate Arbaeen, the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet’s of Islam’s grandson Imam Hussain-AS while, once again, this year too, the mainstream global media remained silence traditionally, suspiciously, surprisingly, shockingly and ultimately like past.
Neither none of one pilgrim reportedly injured nor faced any mere looking difficulty even illness during the whole event which was started two weeks ago from not only in different cities of Iraq but also from where the pilgrims started their journey to participate in Arbaeen Walk from Najaf to Karbala traditionally and annually hence, from across the country as well as all over the world and once again this world largest gathering come to an end peacefully and fruitfully like happening since 13 centuries.
Messenger learnt that despite the main route from Najaf to Karbala (approximately 82 kilometers distance) millions of people walked on foot passed their journey to Karbala from different cities, town, villages and areas including Basra while thousands from all over the world were participated in thousands of kilometers walk consisted on 10 hours to a month long period.
There were also thousands of Hindus, Christians and the followers of dozens of other different religions performed their acts according to their own beliefs and celebrated Arbaeen, a large number of innocent kids, new born babies, old age men and women, bed and wheelchair bound patients, severely ill and disable persons, teenagers were among them.
Foreign pilgrims from other countries also participate in the event, with tens of thousands entering Iraq notably from countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Lebanon.
Many observers have highlighted that despite Arba’een being the world’s largest annual peaceful gathering on earth, there has been substantially little attention from mainstream media to the major ceremony.