1. There are about 20 million people gathering to participate in the pilgrimage (ziyara) for #Arbaeen. It is in Commemoration of the death of #ImamHussein (Grandson of Mohammed the Prophet) and rightful Caliph/Imam. He had 72 against thousands, finally, alone on the battlefield..
2. He allegedly called out to God (Allah) 'Is there any soul to help me?' but he had been betrayed.
40 days after He was slain at the battle of #Karbala his sister #Zainab returned from imprisonment at the hands of Yazid, the tyrant in Damascus, (and enemy of the family ...
3. of the Prophet) with #Hussein severed head, to reunite it with his body.

This event is the crux of the rift in #Islam.

Caused by Greed, Hunger for Power and Glory, Self edification, Patriarchy. The legacy of #Yazid ......
4. On the other hand the legacy of Hussein also lives on. People (millions and millions of them) of all religions, or none, from all over the globe join the pilgrimage/ziyara which takes place each year in Autumn. Why is this not given immense coverage by @BBCWorld @SkyNews
5. The experience is phenomenal. "During the pilgrimage "copious supplies of food, small clinics and even dentists are available for pilgrims and they all work for free". The care of pilgrims is regarded as a religious duty." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arba%27ee…
6. Ali Moamen: Whats interesting about this human crowd is all society segments take part in it. Despite its religious character, nonreligious people also participate in it, in addition to illiterates, holders of high academic degrees, ordinary people and leaders of the country.
7. Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi, writing for @HuffPost
#Arbaeen should be listed in @GWR in several categories. The biggest annual gathering, longest continuous dining table, largest number of people fed for free, largest group of volunteers serving a single event, all under threat
8. Threat of suicide bombing, terrorist attack, drone bombing. But yet they continue to go in their droves to join this non-obligatory pilgrimage. Making their way from all corners of the earth to pay homage at his shrine. It is quite a sensational thing.
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