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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