ECU Joondalup students join peace walk

ECU Guild and the ECU Ahlulbayte Humanity Club held a peace march through the Joondalup campus to bring together all students from different backgrounds in the effort for peace. Pictures: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d495915
ECU Guild and the ECU Ahlulbayte Humanity Club held a peace march through the Joondalup campus to bring together all students from different backgrounds in the effort for peace. Pictures: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d495915

STUDENTS marched for peace through ECU Joondalup today in solidarity with people taking part in the world’s biggest annual peace walk in Iraq.

An estimated 10 to 20 million people join the annual Arbaeen Walk each year on an 80km journey from Najaf to Karbala in honour of Husayn ibn Ali, who was a martyr of the Islamic faith and grandson of the prophet Muhammad.

The ECU Guild and the ECU Ahlulbayte Humanity Club are holding a peace march today through the ECU Joondalup campus to bring together all students from different backgrounds in the effort for peace. This is in honor of the biggest peace walk you may never have heard of that is traditionally held annually in Iraq. Video by Community News photographer David Baylis

Posted by Joondalup-Wanneroo Times/Weekender on Sunday, 22 September 2019

The pilgrimage was banned under the rule of Saddam Hussein but reintroduced after his death and despite the threat of terrorism it has grown year on year to include people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

The ECU Ahlulbayte Club hosted a walk through the Joondalup campus on September 23, with more than 50 students from different countries, faiths and backgrounds walking in solidarity with people who walk in Iraq followed by a celebration with free food and drink.

Organisers aimed to promote a message of peace, love and compassion as well as break down cultural barriers.

“The ECU Guild is proud to celebrate the cultural diversity of our campus community and promote events that can bring our students together,” president Abhishek Mehta said.

“The peace walk obviously resonates with students of the Muslim faith but also has key universal themes that mean everyone can participate and stand together united.”