What is the World’s Largest Annual Peaceful Gathering?
The Arbaeen gathering in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala is known as the largest annual peaceful assembly of people in the world and in human history. The day of Arbaeen marks forty days after the day of Ashura, a day where millions of people pay tribute to the selfless sacrifices of Hussain ibn Ali. Hussain was a 7th-century revolutionary and spiritual leader who preached the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. He stood for love, kindness, piety, and justice for people of all faiths and social classes. This eventually led him and a small group of sincere followers to stand against the corrupt aristocracy of the time. Hussain and his companions all bravely sacrificed their lives. Their courage was never forgotten and continues to inspire millions today.
Today a magnificent shrine stands over Hussain’s grave with tens of millions visiting it on the day of Arbaeen alone. Many make the journey by foot and see each step as a means of closer spiritual proximity to their beloved inspiration: Hussain.
Ahlul Bayt Student Association (ABSA) plans to introduce “Arbaeen” to the universities and colleges over a course of three days in order to promote and improve peace and social justice in practice. In this event, we aim to provide details about the diverse aspects of this epic journey via a Photography Gallery. Fourteen photos have been provided which show different aspects of this journey. Our photographs will feature tens of millions of people partaking in Arbaeen and people walk for days on foot to reach the shrine of Imam Hussain from various cultural backgrounds, religions, and health conditions. They also depict the voluntary services such as free food and medical services to those undertaking the pilgrimage. For more information please contact us.