Arbaeen Quranic booths wrap up activities

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Quranic booths set up on the path of Arbaeen pilgrims in Iraq concluded their activities after 20 days.

The booths had been established by the Supreme Quran Council of Iraq in 13 provinces of the country.

Muhammad Khalil, an official in charge of running the Quranic booths, said 450 of them were active in 13 provinces of Iraq this year.

He said over 4,000 Quran teachers, male and female, and some 250 media activists contributed to the activities carried out in the booths.

They hosted activities like teaching small Surahs of the Quran to the pilgrims and correcting their Quran reading.

Arbaeen, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (AS).

Each year, a huge crowd of Shias flock to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located, to perform mourning rites.

In the past few years, around 20 million pilgrims from all over the world, including Iran, took part in the mourning ceremonies in the Iraqi holy cities marking Arbaeen.

This year, Arbaeen fell on Thursday, November 9.

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