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More than 4.5 million travelers gather in Mashhad to attend Arbaen, ending 40-day mourning


TEHRAN—More than 4.5 million travelers have visited Mashhad during the last ten days of Safar, a remarkable lunar month for Shia Muslims.

The number of travelers visiting Mashhad from September 6 to 15. It marks special religious rituals and pilgrimage.

Traditionally, in the lunar month of Safar, thousands of people gather in Mashhad to commemorate Arbaen, which marks an end to the 40-day mourning period following the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his loyal companions at the Battle of Karbala on Muharram 10 in the year 61 AH (680 CE).

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The Arbaeen pilgrimage is destined for Karbala. It is the last resting place of Imam Hussein (AS), a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Mashhad, nonetheless, has been a destination for thousands of Shia pilgrims to mark the occasion. This year, Arbaen Day was commemorated on September 6.

In Iran, Mashhad is its holiest city. Its raison d’être is the striking shrine complex of the eighth Shia Imam. It is encircled by dozens of five-star hotels and many other accommodation centers.

In August 2020, the spiritual tradition of pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) was registered on the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts.

57000 cases are lying pend with the Supreme Court

Meanwhile, about 57000 cases are lying pending with the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Newly-appointed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa disclosed this on Monday. He stated this during the live coverage of the Full Court hearing the petitions challenging the clipping of the CJP’s powers.

Justice Isa said that the nation expects from us to settle pending 57000 cases.

Earlier, the Supreme Court initiated the live broadcast of the Full Hearing of the case. The apex court decided to broadcast live the full court hearing in a meeting of the full court held on Monday morning. The Pakistan Television started live coverage of the full court hearing of the case.

Javed Mahmood
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