The big picture

THE BIG PICTURE: Walking to Karbala to find eternal light and the origin of all love

Saarah Bokharl and Ayaz Ali share their experiences and photographs of the Shi’ah Muslim Arbaeen pilgrimage to the city of Karbala, which since 680 CE has drawn huge numbers of pilgrims to remember the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the third Shi’ah imam. As many as 20 million attend this pilgrimage in modern-day Iraq. This article brings spiritual texture and stunning visuals to a topic often taught in RE examinations.

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