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Arbaeen walk guide

A Comprehensive Guide to The Arbaeen Walk 2023

The Arbaeen walk is more than a pilgrimage; it’s a profound spiritual odyssey that unites millions of souls in a shared journey of faith, love, and longing. 

The Arbaeen walk calls the lovers of Imam Hussain (as) annually. 

Here is a comprehensive guide to the Arbaeen walk in 2023, designed to help you prepare, embark, and cherish every step of this remarkable path to Karbala.

Embracing the Journey: Understanding the Walk

The Arbaeen walk, covering approximately 80 kilometers, is an homage to the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as). It’s a walk that transcends geography, connecting the hearts of millions who undertake this journey from Najaf to Karbala.

  • Total Number of Poles: Najaf Poles – 182 | Karbala Poles – 1452
  • Distance Between Poles: 50m (20 poles = 1km)
  • Estimated Time: 2-3 days

Planning Your Walk: Key Dates

Timing is crucial, and understanding the preferred dates to start and finish can help you plan better:

  • Start: 16th-17th Safar
  • Finish: 18th – 19th Safar

Directions & Practical Advice For The Arbaeen Walk

Embarking on this walk is a blessing, and practical advice can make your journey smoother:

  • Weather Wisdom: With highs reaching 46 degrees, walking during the evening and resting during the hot day is wise. Cover your head, and stay hydrated by sipping water throughout.
  • Packing Light: Pack only essentials. A pre-packed Arba’een bag will save you time and hassle.
  • Meeting Points: Choose odd numbers like pole 1003 for meeting family or friends. They tend to be less crowded.
  • Daily Goals: Aim for 400-500 poles per day. Special landmarks like The Zahra Trust mowkeb at Pole 470 can be your resting point.
  • Useful Apps: Shia Toolkit, Shia Companion and Duas by can guide you spiritually. 

Footwear, Food, and Self-Care

Your physical well-being is paramount:

  • Shoes: Choose worn-in walking shoes and regularly change your socks to avoid blisters.
  • Food: Mowkibs provide food and drinks, but carrying a cereal bar might help if you feel weak.
  • Transportation: Cars are available if needed, especially if traveling with the elderly or children.

Special Advice for Ladies

Women on the walk may find these tips helpful:

  • Opt for lighter shawls and hijabs.
  • Carry extra pins, hijabs, and undergarments.
  • Ensure a change of comfortable shoes and essential toiletries.

A Checklist for the Walk

From mobile chargers to blister plasters, a well-prepared rucksack can make your journey more comfortable. Here are some essentials:

  • Comfortable shoes, headphones, Iraqi dinars, essential medication, lightweight clothing, power bank, sunscreen, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, travel blanket, and more.

Some Points on Reflections and Introspection

The Arbaeen Walk is not merely a physical journey; it’s a spiritual quest. Use this time to talk to Allah (SWT), reflect on your life, and ponder how you will serve the Ahlulbayt in the year ahead. Surround yourself with the energy of millions, united by love, faith, and a shared goal.

Walking with the Heart

The Arbaeen Walk of 2023 is calling you on a journey like no other. Pack wisely, plan your steps, but most importantly, open your heart to the profound spiritual experience that awaits. 

Remember, this is not a race but a dance of souls, moving in unison toward a love that has reverberated through centuries.

Let the steps you take echo in eternity, resonating with the call of Imam Hussain (as). May your journey be blessed, fulfilling, and a testament to the enduring spirit of faith.

Do you want to offer a helping hand to those in need across the world and serve the Zuwaar of Imam Hussain (as)?


Since 2012 The Zahra Trust has been proud to host zuwwar during the Arba’een walk at our mowkeb at Pole 470 on the highway between Najaf to Karbala. But this site is more than just a mowkeb. It’s a site we use all year round for aid distribution, training for adults and classes for children. It’s also home to our orphans and widows village (directly behind the mowkeb). Currently there are 15 female-led households and another 5 houses are under construction. We also have a water treatment facility on-site that provides clean drinking water to the houses in the immediate area around the mowkeb. 

The Zahra Trust is ready to serve you and would like to welcome all zuwwar to our mowkeb during the Arbaeen walk. We have a team of volunteers from all backgrounds, who can speak: Arabic, Farsi, English, Urdu, Gujarati, Swahili and more languages.  

Located at Pole 470, you will see the large ‘Al-Zahra’ sign proudly atop the building. We have western toilets, warm shower facilities, ample sleeping space, food, water & chai, doctors on site and medical supplies.  

To help us with the year-round projects we carry out at Pole 470, Please consider making a donation at this link