TEHRAN (Basirat) : The pilgrimage of Arba’een, a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs 40 days after the day of Ashura, is a gathering for even followers of other religions regardless of their social class, gender and nationality.
Some Iranians make Nazr - an act of charity - for Arba’een. Besides food
offering and fundraising events some people try other kinds of offering
during this time. Here are some of these different oblations:
The Iranian war veteran Valiollah Zarjam offered apples he picked from
his garden in Zanguii region in Kohgiluyeh-Boyerahmad Province to
"My friends during Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) gave me aid in apple
picking,” he explained to the Persian media.
Located in southwestern Iran Kohgiluyeh-Boyerahmad is one of the places
on the road to Karbala for Iranian pilgrims.
Kermanshah Mayor Mehdi Abdolmaleki asked citizens who are active in
different fields of medicine, nursing, car services as well as drivers
and technicians to provide services to pilgrims who head to Karbala
during Arba’een falling on November 9.
The western Kermanshah Province, which is near Iran-Iraq border, hosts
Arba’een pilgrims from Iran days before and after Arba’een.
People in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province, and Khorramabad, Lorestan
province, provided blankets for pilgrims heading to Karbala under title
of a project named ‘One Pilgrim, One Blanket’.
The blankets are used in Mawkibs, camps provide free services for
pilgrims, set up on the road to Karbala.
Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization encourages Muslims to give blood
during the 40-day period after the day of Ashura.
It has been three years that Iranians commemorate Imam Hussein (AS)
martyrdom by donating blood during this time.
An Iranian startup ‘2nate.com’ initiated a fundraising campaign to buy
books for students in deprived regions during the 40-day period.
The campaign aims to collect 60 million rials (about $1,500) to provide
400 title books for high schoolers in deprived areas.
The books are on methods of business launch and startup management.
A number of Mawkibs, camps provide free services for pilgrims, are set
up for children who attend Arba’een Trekking with their parents.
The children draw paintings, play mind games and make crafts at the