An Overview of Arbaeen

The Arbaeen Pilgrimage marks the end of a 40-day mourning period following the day of Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussain. Imam Hussain became a martyr during the Battle of Karbala [680 CE] where he fought against the Yazid armies.

Arbaeen is the most significant number of people fed for free and the largest group of volunteers serving a single event in the world. Up to 25 million pilgrims take the 75km journey from Najaf to Imam Hussain’s shrine in Karbala, Iraq while some walk 700km from Basra in Southern Iraq. The pilgrimage, also known as Ziara is optional and usually commemorated by Shia Muslims.

Arbaeen offers a positive narrative of resilience, solidarity, and faith for pilgrims.