The Secretary General of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine has issued an official statement explaining the number of visitors coming to Karbala for the commemoration of the ritual of the Ziyarat Arba'een of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), according to the electronic counting system. The statement is as follows:
"Peace be upon al-Hussayn, upon Ali son of al-Hussayn, upon the children of al-Hussayn and upon the companions of al-Hussayn (peace be upon them). We extend our condolences to the Imam al-Hujjah (peace be upon him) and all the believers in the world for the anniversary of Arba'een of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) asking the Almighty to protect the lands of Muslims from all evil and that the visitors of Aba Abdillah al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) return to their cities and homelands safe with accepted deeds of worship, and to include the martyrs in the reward of the Ziyarat, as the visitors did not forget them in their prayers, as thanks to them and to the efforts of the Iraqi fighters answering the call of the Defense Fatwa of the Supreme Religious Authority, our great victory over ISIL was achieved, and then we are enjoying the safety, and our country and the countries of the area were saved from the destruction danger.
As usual since more than 13 centuries, the holy city of Karbala was honored by the guests and visitors of Aba Abdillah al-Hussayn and his brother Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) in the blessed Ziyarat of millions this year. The servants of the holy shrines had the great honor to receive them and provide their various services to the visitors. These services included many activities including the service of documenting the numbers of visitors by the installation of monitoring cameras specialized in the statistics of visitors on the main entrances of the city of Karbala, for the third year in a row by the Communications' Division at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine. And the analytical statistical documentation of the other numbers of visitors and services in the holy city of Karbala by the Al-Kafeel Center for Information and Statistical Studies.
The number of visitors registered according to the electronic counting system in the five main entrances (Baghdad - Karbala, Najaf - Karbala, Babylon - Karbala, Hussaynia - Karbala, and al-Hurr-Karbala.) is 15.322.949 fifteen million three hundred twenty to thousand nine hundred forty nine visitors, for a period from 7th to 20th of Safar 1440 AH. Noting that the number in the year 1439 AH was 13.874.818 thirteen million eight hundred and seventy-four thousand eight hundred and eighteen visitors, and in the year 1438 AH: 11.210.367 eleven million two hundred ten thousand three hundred sixty seven visitors. We ask the Almighty God to accept from everyone and to help us achieve what pleases Him. He is the Hearer of the Supplication."