consul general in the Iraqi city of Karbala has warned Iranian pilgrims against
illegal entry into Iraq during the Arba’een rituals.
On Sunday, Mirmasoud Hosseinian called on Iranian pilgrims to observe Iraqi rules and regulations while visiting the holy shrine of Imam Hussein during Arba’een ceremonies.
“Given the sensitivities of the Iraqi government for entry of nationals of other countries to this country, entering into Iraq without any registration of passport is considered illegal and in this case, violators of this rule would be subject to at least three-year imprisonment.”
For this purpose, Iranian pilgrims are required to stamp their passport to the entry and exit seal of both countries in order to prevent from further problems, he emphasized.
The Arba’een pilgrimage is a characteristic Shiite spiritual exercise in which hundreds of thousands of Iranians along with other nationals participate. The long journey leads to Karbala, where Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), is laid to rest.
The event marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and his loyal companions at the Battle of Karbala on Muharram 10 in the year 61 AH (680 CE).