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Over 5 Million to Commemorate Imam Mahdi’s Birthday in Karbala

The Ahlulbayt News Agency website reports that  more than five million visitors will commemorate birthday anniversary of Imam al-Mahdi (AS)
 in holy city of Karbala by the end of the week. 
 "More than five million visitors will come to the city, including more than 500,000 Arab and foreign visitors from different parts of the world," Engineer Amal al-Din al-Hurr told reporters.

"The government has intensified efforts to serve the visitors," he added.

The al-Ziyara al-Shaabaniya, literally the mid-Shaaban visit, is a pilgrimage to revive the memory of the birth of  Imam al-Mahdi (AS), the 12th holiest figure for Shiites Muslims.