Iran: One dead after storm strikes pilgrims trapped near Iraqi border (video)
At least one person died and 15 were injured by strong winds and torrential rain in the western border city of Mehran, where pilgrim caravans were headed to Karbala in Iraq, footage released by Iranian state TV showed on Monday.
Winds of up to 75 kilometres per hour (46mph) grounded the pilgrims, whose emergency residence were also destroyed, while flooding made further travel impossible.
Pilgrims were making their way to Karbala to observe Arba’een, a religious ceremony held at the end of a 40-day mourning period commemorating Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
"O you who believe! Whoever turns back among you from his religion, then soon Allah (will) bring a people whom He loves and they love Him
, humble towards the believers (and) stern towards the disbelievers; striving in (the) way (of) Allah and not fearing the blame (of) a critic. That (is the) Grace (of) Allah, He grants whom He wills. And Allah (is) All-Encompassing, All-Knowing." 5:54
"Here you are - those invited to spend in the cause of Allah - but among you are those who withhold [out of greed]. And whoever withholds only withholds [benefit] from himself; and Allah is the Free of need, while you are the needy. And if you turn away, He will replace you with another people; then they will not be the likes of you.
“The people of Noah rejected the Truth before them; they rejected Our servant and said: A madman spurned by our gods. He called on his Lord: I am overcome; do Thou avenge me. Thereupon, We opened the gates of heaven (the skies) with water pouring down; and We caused the earth to burst forth with springs, so the two waters met for a purpose, which had been pre-determined”. [54:10-13]