17.5 Million Shia Muslims – Defeat Terrorism

Arbaeen-1436 (December2014):

Kerbala - Known to be heaven on earth

Arbaeen is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura. It commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, which falls on the 20th day of the month of Safar.

Despite the terror threats in Iraq and in the region, which alarms a human mind the call of Hussein (AS) is still vibrant . Its a clear message and defeat trumpet for those who think oppressors will ruin forever and Shias’ could be kept from remembering Al hossein (AS) .

Here’s a small glimpse of details i acquired .

» Like previous years Arbaeen holds the record of ‘largest peaceful annual gathering’ on earth. 17.5 million people made the Arbaeen pilgrimage to Karbala this year, according to the defense minister. Among them 4.5 million foreigners, including at least 1.5 million Iranians.

» 40,000: Security forces deployed across the city for the occasion, according to Karbala operations command.

» 700: The total number of hotels in Karbala — all fully booked, according to the governor.

» On Average 12 number of days it takes pilgrims to walk from the southern city of Basra to Karbala.

» 7,000: “Mawakeb” — (Spots/Stalls) were set up in Karbala where volunteers have set up tents serving food and beverages to the pilgrims.

» 10,000: Number of volunteer cleaners sent by the Tehran municipality to handle the waste generated by the pilgrims. It also sent 60 rubbish trucks to Karbala.

» 32,000: Number of meals served in a day about 50 meters (yards) from the shrine at one Iranian “mawkab” (singular form of mawakeb).

» 90,000: Number of pieces of flat bread produced in eight hours at this mawkab by a special machine, whose owner — Ali Sabri from the Iranian city of Tabriz — has vowed to donate to Karbala.

» 30km : Millions offered prayer in congregation – Record breaking longest congregational prayer ever upto 30km.

» Infinite number of Volunteers for a single event serving the pilgrims which includes little kids.

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