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Arbaeen ceremony high secure due to efforts of Martyr General Qassem Soleimani: Ivory Coast pilgrim

Arbaeen ceremony high secure due to efforts of Martyr General Qassem Soleimani: Ivory Coast pilgrim

On the "Message of the Arbaeen", an Ivory Coast pilgrim said, "The Arbaeen message is to see the truth. The enemies martyred Imam Hussain (a.s.) and the AhlulBayt (a.s.). But today, this great shrine and the millions of pilgrims who come here on pilgrimage must be seen. Because, this is the truth."

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Interview by: Muhammad Nikan Qomi

On the "Message of the Arbaeen", an Ivory Coast pilgrim said, "The Arbaeen message is to see the truth. The enemies martyred Imam Hussain (a.s.) and the AhlulBayt (a.s.). But today, this great shrine and the millions of pilgrims who come here on pilgrimage must be seen. Because, this is the truth."

The pilgrim from Ivory Coast, who participated in the Arbaeen Walk Ceremony, stated, "We have participated on the Arbaeen pilgrimage to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and the Ashura event."

"We have come to the Arbaeen Walk so that Imam Hussain (a.s.) guides us to the straight path and paradise; we have come so that when our death time arrives, the Imam will be with us and lead us to heaven; we have come so that Imam lead us to the path of the AhlulBayt (a.s.)," Tajuddin Mohammad, 31, of Lebanese descent, told ABNA correspondent in Iraq.

"I cannot express my feelings. Because what I feel is really unbelievable and unusual. A person who has not come to Karbala and the Arbaeen pilgrimage cannot feel such a thing; this is magical," he said on his feeling about participating in the walk.

"What we can learn from the AhlulBayt (a.s.) are the way of life, good behavior, how to attend in society, and good behavior with people, kindness and generosity, and everything that is categorize under good treatment of others in this world. This behavior leads to paradise and companionship with the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h)," the Abidjan resident added.

"The Arbaeen message is to see the truth. The enemies martyred Imam Hussain (a.s.) and the AhlulBayt (a.s.). But today, this great shrine and the millions of pilgrims who come here on pilgrimage must be seen. Because, this is the truth. This is the path that the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) wanted us to follow," he said on the "Message of the Arbaeen".

"All Muslims who gather in Karbala and Najaf, and in Iraq in general, have a common goal, which is to pay tribute to the AhlulBayt (a.s.). On the Arbaeen Walk to Karbala Iraqi people generously offer us everything, such as food and cool drinks. Therefore, all these people have joint efforts and unity, and although the pilgrims are of different nationalities, they all speak of Karbala," said Tajuddin Mohammad about the purpose of the pilgrims from the Arbaeen Walk.

"Today, the duty of Muslims is to show the world that the self-sacrifice of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) was to teach us to follow their path, manners and traditions, so that we can reach felicity and paradise. Today, more than 20 million Shiites are gathered here, the common goal of all of which is worship and closeness to God, so that God willing, on the Day of Judgment, Imam Hussain (a.s.) and AhlulBayt (a.s.) will intercede for us," he said about the Muslims' duty in the present age.

"Citizens of Côte d'Ivoire, along with citizens of France, Algeria, Mauritius, India, as well as Iran and Lebanon, have taken part in the Arbaeen Walk. The name of our Mawkeb is the French Islamic Mawkeb of Abidjan," he said, regarding the number of pilgrims to Ivory Coast during the Arbaeen procession.

"When we came to Iraq, we noticed that the issue of security here is very serious, and it's really safe and secure here. Everything is under control and the cities are safe. This is the result of the actions of Martyr Qassem Soleimani that we have a very high level of security. Because millions of pilgrims are here," he added, regarding the role of al-Hashd al-Shabi and the martyrs of the Resistance, such as General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, in ensuring the security of Iraq.

"All Shiites on the Ivory Coast go to the Hussainiahs to commemorate the Arbaeen anniversary, participate in chest-beating, and shed tears for Imam Hussain (a.s.), to be guided by the example of the Ashura uprising and to pay tribute to Imam Hussain (a.s.), and his family. There are many Shiites living on the Ivory Coast, numbering at least 100,000," Tajuddin Mohammad said in the end.

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/129    Interview by: Muhammad Nikan Qomi


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