Press Shia – Hujjat al-Islam Estaqamat announced the mobilization of Iran’s promotional ‎capacities during the Arba’in pilgrimage and stated, “The mission of missionaries in this ‎pilgrimage is to create an cultural, spiritual and epistemic evolution among the pilgrims.”‎

Press Shia Agency – Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad-Reza Estaqamat spoke at a gathering of missionaries who ‎will be going on the Arba’in pilgrimage to the Iraqi holy city of Karbala at Qom’s Imam ‎Kadhim Seminary. The gathering was also attended by Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-‎Shiraz, a revered source of emulation. ‎

 

The deputy for propagation and prayer at the Arba’in headquarters announced the ‎mobilization of Iran’s promotional capacities for cultural and promotional services to the ‎pilgrims participating in the Arba’in pilgrimage.‎

 

Stressing that confrontations on the internet and on social media undermine the relationship ‎between the two nations of Iran and Iraq, he said, “What we see on the ground is that the ‎people of both countries are the lovers and devotees of the Ahlul-Bayt and the fabrication of ‎the situation has had no effect on them.”

 

Hujjat al-Islam Estaqamat considered the epic Arba’in pilgrimage as a factor which disrupts ‎the evil plans of the enemies and said, “If we witness that the enemies are using all of their ‎power to attack the Arba’in pilgrimage and the march of the pilgrims of Aba Abdillah [Imam ‎al-Husayn], it is because this religious program puts their plots and calculations into ‎disarray.”

 

His Eminence referred to the astonishment of Western scholars and experts in regard to the ‎large presence of pilgrims participating in the Arba’in march and said, “An American journal ‎considered Arba’in to be a civilization that has reached this level due to a religious event.”‎

 

He stated that the look of the world and the media at this event is “immense” and stated, ‎‎“We must look at Arba’in as a civilizational horizon and realize that all of our actions and our ‎actions are under a microscope.”

 

Hujjat al-Islam Estaqamat assessed the mission of seminarians and missionaries in the ‎intrinsic and spiritual evolution of the Arba’in pilgrims and added, “During this precious ‎opportunity, the seminarians can create discourses by performing their duties properly and ‎through their actions.” ‎

 

He noted the plans of the enemies to create distance and detachment between the people ‎and the clergy and stressed, “The Arba’in pilgrimage is an opportunity to demonstrate the ‎unbreakable bond between the clergy and the people.”‎

 

It must be noted that Arba’in marks forty days after the Day of Ashura, the day Imam al-‎Husayn ibn Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, was martyred in the Battle of Karbala in ‎‎680 CE.

 

On the day of Arba’in, the Shi’ah faithful traditionally walk for several days or longer to reach ‎the Iraqi holy city of Karbala where crowds chant and march around the Holy Shrine of ‎Imam Husayn. ‎

 

This year, Arba’in will be commemorated on October 30th. ‎

 

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