2.1m pilgrims leave Iraqi soil – police says

IRNA – Police Chief Hossein Ashtari says 2,100,000 pilgrims are leaving Iraqi soil from three border points.

Ashtari told IRNA that the pilgrims leave through Mehran border in Ilam Province and Shalamche and Chazabeh borders in Khouzestan Province after participation in Arbaeen (marking the end of the 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) rituals.

Ashtari said the pilgrims had safely crossed the Iran-Iraq borders in the past three weeks.

Over two million Iranians have traveled to Karbala in Iraq to take part in mourning ceremonies which were held there on Sunday to mark the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Imam of Shiia Muslims.

Arbaeen, falling on November 20 this year, is a Shiia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the third Imam of Shiia Muslims.