Oct 30, 2018 15:47 UTC
  • Leader hosts mourning ceremony to mark Arba'een

A mourning ceremony marking Arba'een, the 40th day after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Muslims' third Imam, Imam Hossein (PBUH) was held in the Iranian capital Tehran on Tuesday with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in attendance.

The ceremony held in Imam Khomeini Hossainiyyeh in Tehran on Tuesday was attended by a large number of students from across the country, Tasnim News reported.

Concurrently, a huge crowd of people in the Iranian capital took part in a procession on Tuesday morning in commemoration of Arba'een.

Since a couple of years ago, Tehran residents, calling themselves those “left behind” (for not having had the opportunity to take part in the annual Arba'een march in Iraq), walk long distances from different parts of Tehran to the town of Rey in southern Tehran on the day of Arba'een.

Arba'een is a national holiday in Iran. It marks the 40th day after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny), in 680 AD.

The Iraqi city of Karbala, which hosts the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH), has attracted millions of pilgrims, even non-Muslims, who create the world’s hugest human gathering in modern history.

Photo credit: Mehr News Agency