HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Commemoration of Arbaeen Al-Husseini in the holy
city of Karbala which houses the holy shrine of Chief of Martyrs Al-Imam
Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (AS) and his brother and his armyís commander
Abiíl Fadhl Al-Abbas (AS) reached on height on froday March 9, Safar 19.
Vast crowds of black-clad mourning devotees thronged shrines.
According to authentic sources more than 5 million Husseini mourners had
arrived in the holy city to mark the occasion.
Karbala's Governor Aqil Al-Khazali predicted that mournersí number could
hit six million.
"You can barely see the paving of the streets, which are filled with
pilgrims," he declared.
"No security violation has taken place so far inside the holy city," he
added, noting that security services were on alert but warning that his
office was short of buses to get the pilgrims out of the city
On Thursday, US commander General David Petraeus had confirmed that
millions were on the move.
Arriving on foot bearing banners and Qurans, many barefoot or carrying
out azao latam, the mourners had faced great danger. On Tuesday, 325 of
them were martyred by suicide bombers in the town on Hilla.
"Let the world know that we redeem this country and the family of the
Prophet. We would not hesitate to walk to the shrine even if blood was
shed like rivers. We defy terrorists and their crimes on pilgrims," said
Hussein Khadim, who led a procession of mourners from the town of