From the Indian festival of Kumbh Mela to the funerals of prominent political, social, and religious figures, the Guinness Book of World Records has listed many remarkable religious events.
Nonetheless, the Arbaeen Pilgrimage is distinct and unique in terms of the sheer number of participating pilgrims from all over the world.
Arbaeen is a divine journey that attracts millions of people every year, with an unending sea of devout pilgrims flocking to Iraq’s holy city of Karbala.
Arbaeen differs from other religious services throughout the globe in more than merely the number of pilgrims.
Arbaeen is characterized by sociologists as a massive spiritual congregation and a cultural movement due to the diversity of participating socioeconomic strata.
The Arbaeen is a commemoration of Imam Husayn, a holy man who was gloriously and valiantly martyred in the scorching desert of Karbala in 680 CE, and whose voice, despite his adversaries’ best efforts, is still reverberating after 14 centuries.
As a result, the Arbaeen Pilgrimage is the most distinguished and illustrious religious event in this respect.
In addition to having the world’s most pilgrims, the Arbaeen Pilgrimage also offers the world’s, absolute love.
In Arbaeen, no one goes hungry, and no one goes without a dwelling.
Imam Husayn’s devotees have the spiritual privilege of serving other participating pilgrims, an experience difficult to describe and fathom by western citizens.
Their devotion to Imam Husayn reaches its zenith in the form of various contributions and benevolent gestures to other pilgrims.
Hundreds of hours of videos, footage, and interviews with Arbaeen pilgrims have been shown on television in recent years, but the enigma of why millions cherish and admire a person who was callously murdered 1400 years ago remains a mystery.
Throughout history, this love has galvanized people and developed into a serious social movement.
The ardent pilgrims march on foot from major cities like Najaf, Baghdad, Al-Kazimayn, and even DISTANT towns like Kut al-Imara and Basra to pay homage to one of humanity’s greatest characters.
Pilgrims assemble at Karbala to commemorate the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Husayn and his 72 companions, after trekking 1,000 kilometres from different places.
Karbala summons us. Do we give heed to it?