SHAFAQNA – Millions of Muslims from all walks of life are descending on Iraq’s holy city of Karbala in a show of unity ahead of the Day of Arbaeen.
The pilgrims from various countries are walking toward the city to commemorate Arabaeen which marks 40 days after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. Thousands of security forces have been deployed on the routes leading to Karbala. The number of pilgrims participating in this year’s mourning ceremony is expected to exceed 20 million. The ceremonies will climax on Monday.