One of the largest marches took place in the history of the world, including tens of millions of Shia Muslims, and they participated in this movement to openly go up against ISIS. By participating in this march they risked their lives by traveling through war-torn areas of combat.
The march included people ages and facets of life. Those who participated made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday, and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen, which is the ending day of a 40-day period of mourning following Ashura. Ashura is the religious event which memorializes the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein.
According to the Independent, there were gigantic crowds which showed their presence to pay homage to the shrines of Imam Hussein and his half-brother Abbas in Karbala. The shrines are located in the area in which the brothers were killed in 7th century AD.
The most amazing part of this particular march was how it was conducted in spite of terrorist group ISIS.
In the UK paper, it was reported that the march came after nearly 80 people who were returning from Karbala were killed in the most recent Isis attack in the area.
Isis has now declared the Shia Muslims as apostates and has targeted them in their bloody campaign to establish a caliphate across Iraq and Syria, according to the Independent.
Despite their knowledge of such a campaign the women, men and children marched on with courage.
The march, which was once the march for Arbaeen has now become a protest against ISIS.
Sadly, despite the fact that the march was one that made history, the western world completely ignored it.
The Independent reported that organizers of the annual Arbaeen procession in the U.K have previously stated their frustrations regarding the lack of mainstream media attention the event has received.
“Unfortunately [some] media outlets have gone for stories that to some extent can be divisive. If a group of Muslims does something good, it’s not mentioned or the religion is not mentioned. But if someone does something [negative], it is on the front page and their religion is mentioned,” Mohammed Al-Sharifi, a volunteer at last year’s event told the Independent.
What is worse, is that when the media does give attention to Muslims, it is typical to depict and event that will stoke a devide. If a Muslim man saves lives by jumping on a bomb, something that actually occurred in July, the mainstream media remains silent. When millions upon millions of people march against terrorism, they remain once again silent.
Since the beginning of time, fundamentalist religious zealots have rained down a series of horrific, and violent events, yet one group, in particular, has now become the focal point of the entire western world, while the rest have been forgotten.
If we truly want to defeat terrorist groups, like ISIS, we must put an end to the fear tactics and divides that they have created in our society. We must show them that they aren’t going to create a situation in which we allow gated and bigotry and hate to permeate throughout our own culture. It is this hatred and bigotry that has prevented our society from recognizing a most important march where millions of Muslims went up against the ISIS terrorist organization.