(Persia Digest) – Iran and Iraq have agreed to waive visas for pilgrims during Arbaeen days so that the pilgrims can cross borders only by submitting their insurance papers.

Arbaeen is a Shia Muslim religious observance to commemorate the 40th day of the martyrdom of the third Imam of Shiite Muslims, Imam Husayn ibn Ali (A.S.), the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Imam Husayn (A.S.) was killed on the 10th day of the month of Muharram. Muslim pilgrims travel to Iraq to mark the occasion in the shrine of Imam Husayn (A.S.) and mourn the occasion.

Muslims participations in Arbaeen rituals in Iraq has formed the world’s largest peaceful gathering in recent years. In 2015, the number of Arbaeen pilgrims was 27 million.


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Mourning pilgrims, mostly Iranians, travel to Iraq and walk an 80-km distance from Najaf to Karbala in three days to reach the shrine of Imam Husayn (A.S.). To this end, Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs, Hossein Zolfaghari, met with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Badr Nasser, today (July 8). The two agreed to waive visas during Arbaeen days so that the pilgrims can cross the borders only by their insurance papers.

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