Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has appreciated the measures of Tehran Municipality to help serve millions of pilgrims flocking to Karbala for Arba’een.
In a meeting with Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the senior cleric said that he keeps in his prayers all Iranians assisting in the organization of Arba’een rituals in Iraq.
Ayatollah Sistani and Ghalibaf also discussed the Muslim world’s latest developments during the meeting.
The meeting comes as millions of devoted Shiite Muslims from over 60 countries have converged on the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to hold mourning rituals marking Arba’een, the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shiite Imam, Imam Hussein (AS).
Some 2 million Iranians are among the foreign pilgrims who have traveled to Iraq to attend the ceremony.