A Spiritual Religious Walk

TEHRAN (IQNA) – A Quran expert notes that the march performed to mark the Arbaeen is rooted in the Hajj pilgrimage.

In a series of interviews on “Social Life with Sayyid al-Shuhada (AS)”, Quran scholar Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Javad Beheshti, spoke to IQNA about the practical lessons one can learn from living of Imam Hussein (AS). Here are excerpts from his speech during the second session:

The religious march begins during the Hajj pilgrimage. There is no silence in this pilgrimage as pilgrims are required to move from their lands to Mecca. Arrived at defined points, the pilgrims change their clothes and say: “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik”.

Upon entering the Grand Mosque, pilgrims circle the Kaaba seven times, perform prayers, and walk back and forth seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwah. It is a religious march that God deemed necessary for the pilgrims.

After executing Halq and Taqsir, the Hajis head to Mount Arafat to gain a better understanding of God and truth away from cities and hotels. At the end of that night, they leave Arafat for Muzdalifah. At the following sunrise, they enter Mina to perform acts related to Eid al-Adha rituals. So the pilgrims move to fight satan and various temptations and then make a sacrifice.

The walk done in Arbaeen is rooted in the Hajj pilgrimage. Ahl al-Bayt (as) used to make a pilgrimage to Mecca on foot, although they had the means to do so more conveniently, in order to express their love for Almighty God.

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