Millions of Shiites Gather for Historic Celebration in Karbala

Estimates of the number of pilgrims ranged wildly, from three million to seven million, but Iraqi officials said one thing was clear: This was the largest celebration in decades of Arbaeen, the Shiite ritual commemorating the killing of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, in A.D. 680. – International Herald

Don’t expect this to make the headlines…

Shiite pilgrims pray in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala at the start of the two-day festival of Arbaeen. (AFP)


Shiite pilgrims pour into the Iraqi holy city of Karbala at the start of the two-day festival of Arbaeen, which marks the 40th day after the anniversary of the killing of Imam Hussein in the year 680. (AFP)


Pilgrims gather near the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Thousands of Shiite pilgrims are converging on Karbala for the weekend marking of Arbaeen, the end of the forty-day mourning period after the date of the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, killed in Karbala in 680 A.D. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)


Women and men pray in separate areas near the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, March 10, 2007. Millions of Shiite Muslims were performing rites in Karbala this weekend for Arbaeen, a holiday that marks the end of a 40-day mourning period after the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

Although there were random attacks elsewhere, the celebration in Karbala was peaceful.
Hat Tip Haider Ajina

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