Today is the chehellum of Imam Husain known as #arbaeen.
It is the day when millions walk to Karbala to pay homage.
I was part of it a decade ago.
Over 1400 years ago, After being released from imprisonment by Yezid, the Imam's sister Bibi Zainab, lone surviving son Imam Zainul Abidin & family visited the spot & mourned their beloved Imam & lived ones
Most of the pilgrims walk to the shrine mainly from Najaf/ Kufa to Karbala, and it's called the Arbaeen Walk.
Throughout the locals provide food & drink, services including massaging feet of tired ones
This lady gave us food cooked in her very modest house
She was all heart.
Labbaik Yaa Hussain

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