Pilgrims flood Iraq's Karbala for Arbaeen despite virus fears
Pilgrims flood Iraq's Karbala for Arbaeen despite virus fears

Tens of thousands of worshippers have been flooding into Iraq’s holy city of Karbala despite theCovid-19 pandemicforthe Shia Muslimpilgrimage ofArbaeen, one of the world’s biggest religious gatherings.Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the seventh century killing of Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, by followers of Caliph Yazid, and falls on Thursday.His killing, a seminal moment in Islam’s Sunni-Shia schism, was mourned this year at the end of August during Ashura ceremonies in Shia-majority Iraq and other countries with Shia communities.But unlike previous years…

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