I admire their courage and faith in making this journey.
Many choose to make the journey on foot, despite travelling near Isis-controlled areas in the country and the extremist group having made frequent deadly attacks on the pilgrimage.
The march comes as nearly 80 people, many of them pilgrims returning from commemorating Arbaeen in Karbala, were killed in the latest Isis attack in the area.
Isis has declared Shia Muslims apostates and targeted them in its bloody campaign to establish a hardline caliphate across Iraq and Syria.
We don't seem to take a lot of notice of the one and a half billion Muslims who aren't blowing shit up.
Sheryl Olitzky has noticed.
When Sheryl Olitzky first broached the subject of a Jewish-Muslim women’s group, Atiya Aftab didn’t buy it.
The two women launched the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom – then just a casual gathering of local Muslim and Jewish women talking about faith and family, and sharing their experiences as religious minorities in America. Today, the group has chapters in more than 50 cities.
Pinku Sensei pointed out a link awhile back indicating improved relations between the Semitic faiths because of Donald Trump. Maybe some good will come from his election after all. And may it outweigh the sheer horror.