Iraqi Shia scholar invites Kurdish people to attend Arbaeen pilgrimage

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Ayatollah Modarresi asked Iraq’s central government and the Kurdish officials to engage in serious negotiations in order to bridge the gap that has been created as a result of recent Iraqi Kurdistan referendum for independence.

In his weekly statement, senior Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Taqi Modarresi invited Iraqi Kurdish citizens to vigorously attend this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage as a manifestation of national unity within Iraq.

Ayatollah Modarresi asked Iraq’s central government and the Kurdish officials to engage in serious negotiations in order to bridge the gap that has been created as a result of recent Iraqi Kurdistan referendum for independence.

The Shia cleric further remarked, “We’re approaching the days of annual Arbaeen pilgrimage, 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Shia Imam Hussain (as), during which Iraqi nation commemorate the epic battle of Karbala and the sacrifices made by Imam Hussain (as) and his companions. Millions of people attend this event, something that has never been seen throughout history worldwide, this gathering proves the Great Spirit and integrity of Iraqi nation.

“We must seize this great gathering as an opportunity to improve the unity and integrity within Iraq and among different ethnic groups.”

The Shia scholar concluded by saying, “this year, I invite all of our Kurdish brethren to attend Arbaeen pilgrimage either by participating in great Arbaeen Walk or by holding ceremonies in their own hometowns. Such actions will definitely boost solidarity and integrity within Iraq.”



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