Arbaeen, The Largest Annual Gathering Of Shia After Isis’s Defeat

Shia pilgrims’ Arbaeen ritual walk is the largest annual gathering of people anywhere on earth which powerfully displays Shia’s belief and solidarity.

Arbaeen, the biggest religious festival is the annual commemoration marking the end of the mourning period for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and a central figure in Shiite Islam.

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This year, the Arbaeen coincides with the final defeat of Isis since the Syrian army announced that the last Isis-held town in Syria has been captured.

It was estimated that up to 17 million Shia pilgrims have attended for the Arbaeen religious commemoration on Friday, of which about two million were Iranians Shia. Other pilgrims came from Pakistan, India, Azerbaijan, Lebanon and other places of the Shia community.

The Arbaeen comes this year at a moment of victory for Shia Muslims over the extremist Sunnis of Isis. The expulsion of Isis from Iraqi cities has added an extra dimension to this year’s pilgrimage. Last year, a suicide bombing killed at least 70 mainly Iranian worshippers returning from the commemoration and Isis claimed responsibility for this suicide bombing.

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