Arbaeen Walk – 2017

SHAFAQNA – Far from the public eye, carefully blanketed by mainstream media silence, the holy city of Karbala saw this early November its numbers of inhabitants swell by an estimated 17 million and counting. From all four corners of the world, whether by plane, car, on even on foot millions upon millions of men, women, and children have made the journey to Iraq to share in the pilgrimage of Arbaeen, and remember that over 13 centuries ago a man stood alone against an army to defy Tyranny, and with his defiance carved a way forward for humanity.

How many figures in our history can claim to have commandeered to their name such devotion; that not even the fear of Daesh’s terror could weaken the hearts and tire one’s resolve?

How many personalities across the ages have epitomised, symbolised and altogether embodied the essence of Freedom, Dignity, and Compassion towards humanity, but Hussain Ibn Ali – he, who before an army of several thousands strong chose to die where he stood rather than forfeit his dignity, and before a tyrant bow?

How many indeed …

By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

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