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"Arbaeen Peace March"

Up to 25 million people gather for the 40th day, also called Arbaeen after the Ashura tragedy, to mark the mourning ceremony. The visitors from all corners of the world show their compassion and support for the Prophet's family by walking long distances of up to 90 kilometers spread over a few days with Karbala in sight.

Every year Imam Hussain's mauseloum is visited by more than 124 nationalities, where their common denominator is their love for the Prophet's grandson and his holy family. The rallying point is Iraq's various cities; primarily Najaf or Baghdad and the destination is the city of Karbala where the Ashura incident took place. The grave site of Imam Hussain and Abbas can be found in the center of Karbala.

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  • DAM association
    DAM association
    Sat, 09 Sept
    Old Lindholm School
    09 Sept 2023, 17:00 – 19:30
    Old Lindholm School, Lindholmsvej 65, 9400 Nørresundby, Denmark
    09 Sept 2023, 17:00 – 19:30
    Old Lindholm School, Lindholmsvej 65, 9400 Nørresundby, Denmark
    Foreningen for De Aktive Mennesker (DAM) is a voluntary public information association that offers activities for children and young people.
  • Arbaeen Peace March
    Arbaeen Peace March
    Wed, 06 Sept
    Hundige Station
    06 Sept 2023, 06:30 – 14:00
    Hundige Station, Hundige Stationsvej 2, 2670 Greve
    06 Sept 2023, 06:30 – 14:00
    Hundige Station, Hundige Stationsvej 2, 2670 Greve
    "Arbaeen fredsmarch" is the name of the annual march which started here in Denmark in 2005 by individual mourners. The wish was to walk a symbolic distance, like the million march that takes place annually in Iraq, in memory of Imam Hussein's family, who were taken hostage after the Karbala tragedy in 680.
  • Arbaeen event and art exhibition
    Arbaeen event and art exhibition
    Sat, 02 Sept
    02 Sept 2023, 16:00 – 03 Sept 2023, 18:00
    Count, Vangeleddet 73, 2670 Greve, Denmark
    02 Sept 2023, 16:00 – 03 Sept 2023, 18:00
    Count, Vangeleddet 73, 2670 Greve, Denmark
    The art exhibition continues for the 2nd year in a row and offers numerous and different works of art in relation to The Ashura tragedy. The purpose is, in addition to being a gathering for lovers of Imam Hussein and the mourners, that Ashura is visualized and passed on artistically and visually.




​Shia Muslims often wear black clothing as part of their mourning for the tragedies, especially those associated with the martyrdom of Imam Hussain at the Battle of Karbala. This practice symbolizes mourning, respect and reminders of the sufferings that Hussain and his followers went through. Black clothing is also a way to express solidarity with the victims who have suffered injustice and oppression.

Flags in different colors:​

Mourning and Respect: Black is a common heartfelt color worn during religious mourning periods such as Ashura and Muharram. It symbolizes mourning and respect for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his family in the battle of Karbala.

Sacred Colors: Green is a color often associated with the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad and is said to be a color often used to symbolize peace.

Meaning and Identification: Some Shia groups or organizations may have certain colors that symbolize their identity or affiliation with a particular direction or leadership.

Hosting Arbaeen:

"Hosting the Arbaeen" refers to the practice of providing free food, shelter and facilities to pilgrims and visitors participating in the Arbaeen pilgrimage to the city of Karbala in Iraq. This is an important part of the Arbaeen observance, where millions of pilgrims, including Shia Muslims and others, travel to Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. People from communities along the pilgrimage route open their homes and facilities to support the pilgrims and demonstrate solidarity and generosity. This hosting symbolizes important values such as community, humanity and caring for others.



On par with the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Arbaeen peace march has become one of the biggest Muslim holidays ever.

A crowd of growing 20 million visitors at this international event cannot be overlooked or underestimated, especially in times when the SoMe movement and the media in general make it easier for followers to explore all the world's geographies, cultures and nations.

In spite of the several governments and various obstacles, including the COVID19 virus as the latest, there has been no less support for this movement of freedom and renewal of love.

The visitors gather in these huge numbers to empathize with and recall the horrors and horrors the captives among the Prophet's family and children have been through. This memory of humiliation and inhumane treatment reminds all societies of theirrole in enjoining the good and forbidding the evil which can also be manifested in a symbolic movement.

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The Arbaeen pilgrimage is the largest annual pilgrimage and is discussed with reference to the foot pilgrimage concepts.

Along the major routes from Iraq's various cities to Karbala, the visitors and mourners of Imam Hussain meet a long line of tents and service points that are also called "mawkib" / موكب.

A mawkib can consist of a group of volunteers or of local residents who simply wish to offer the wandering visitors a form of support and servicing to be able to complete and complete the walk to Karbala, with Imam Hussain's burial ground as the end station.

Some of the locals may have waited a whole year to sacrifice the individual or the few sheep or cows they have as a means of livelihood, just to serve them to the Imam's guests during the Arbaeen. Meanwhile, other groups cross national borders and hundreds and thousands of kilometers in order to contribute with their participation, which may vary. Below, some of these "mawakib"/service points may contain:

  • Food and drinks.

  • Massage and foot care.

  • Over the counter medicine and my health check.

  • Rest and overnight locations (the host's own house or pitched tents) .



The Battle of Karbala had many aspects to it.

Should one choose to emphasize one of the aspects and points of view, in addition to the tragedy, the bloodshed and the grief, then the sacrifice will be one of the major topics that will be at the center.

Lovers of Imam Hussain have learned to build on Mrs. Zaynab and Imam Al-Sajjad's promotion of the concept of sacrifice and on the prophets before them. One of the methods of marketing the Prophet's grandson was and is to attract and share the message by sacrificing the dearest thing a supporter of Hussain has to give for the message and for this special love affair.

In a world that is coming closer than ever through technology and logistics, the detachment from material goods means a form of liberation from the ownership of the property by the owner. Ashura sacrifice and Arbaeen's culture of generosity and giving creates a human attachment that crosses all boundaries and surpasses all ego in the teachings of the father of freedom Hussain, grandson of the Prophet, and his family and companions.

These growing rituals and their expansion to countries around the world, as well as their impact, are a large area of research that creates curiosity among researchers and awaits further exploration, not least by academics and sociologists.


The atmosphere in every Arbaeen rendition is the joy of sacrificing the most dear that one cares about in the footsteps of the prophets and not least in the example of Imam Hussain. Grief and retribution are not least linked to prophets such as the prophet Jacob/Yakuub, who wept over his son Yusuf's absence and became blind as a result. Likewise, examples and lessons are taken from the sails of the prophets; the prophet Muhammad pbuh and his grief and weeping over his beloved wife Khadijha and uncle Abu Talib who both lost their lives in the desert in sacrifice for Islam and its transmission.

When the 40th day of the Imam is mentioned, a mourner for the Prophet's family cannot long for anything other than to wish to be present together with other believers in the weeping for Hussain and the condolence for Lady Fatima and the Prophet Muhammad pbuh.

The yin and yang relationship between hospitality and sacrifice is no doubt eye-catching even to non-Muslims these days and nights, showing nothing but the desire for co-ownership, distribution and initiative in hospitality and hosting.

"When God wishes something good for a person, Imam Hussain's love will be added in that person's heart as well as the performance of his visit"

- Imam Ja'afar Al-Sadiq pvmh.
Wasaail Alshia, chapter 14 report 1967 8

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"Perform good deeds even if you are surrounded by evil."
Imam Hussain (pbuh)

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