A group of Iraqi Moukeb organizers who host and serve the pilgrims of Imam Hussein’s holy shrine during Arbaeen pilgrimage met with Ayatollah Khamenei at the Imam Khomeini (RA) Husseiniyeh (religious center) here in Tehran on Wednesday.
In this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei thanked the sincere Iraqi people and officials who dedicate themselves to serving the pilgrims during Arbaeen and said, “I express my and the Iranian nation’s heartfelt gratitude to you the Moukeb keepers and organizers, who manifest utmost benevolence and compassion during Arbaeen; to the great Iraqi nation; to the Iraqi officials who prepare the grounds and security; and especially to the honorable religious scholars and Marja's (sources of emulation) in Iraq who have prepared the ambiance of pilgrimage and brotherhood among different groups of people and the two nations.”
The Leader praised his Iraqi guests for their compassion and love of Imam Hussein (AS) in welcoming and hosting the pilgrims and said, “What we hear about your tender attitude, dear brothers, in the Moukebs located on the path (of Arbaeen march), toward the pilgrims of Imam Hussein’s shrine is unique in the world; just as the walk of Arbaeen is unique throughout history.”
Ayatollah Khamenei described the Iraqi hospitality inspired by the love for Imam Hussein (AS) as matchless in the world and said, “You manifested the Islamic and Arabic benevolence in your attitude, by love of Imam Hussein (AS), you wash the feet of the pilgrims, and give them massages when they are extremely tired, and you provide them with beds. This love for Imam Hussain (AS) is an extraordinary phenomenon, with no similar example,” according to the website of the Leader’s office.
Considering the Arbaeen walk as an extraordinary phenomenon, Imam Khamenei applauded the annual million march commemorating the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his 72 companions and maintained, “Arbaeen march is an extraordinary phenomenon not only in our era but also throughout history; we cannot find such a gathering and movement that takes place every year more enthusiastic than the previous years.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the Arbaeen walk as a means of increasingly introducing Imam Hussein’s (AS) message and rationale to the world, saying this movement plays a role in expanding the awareness on Imam Hussein (AS).
“The eyes of the people around the world are fixed on this movement. Today we need to tell the world about Imam Hussein (AS). The rationale of Imam Hussein (AS) is the rationale of Truth, resistance against oppression, and uprising against ignorance and arrogance.