Friday, September 13, 2019
Shi’ite Muslims worldwide mark Ashura by slicing their heads open and those of their children
FASCINATING images show devout Muslims using knives to cut open their heads during a traditional show of faith. Every year, thousands of Shia worshippers take part in the ceremonies, performed to mourn the death of Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The commemorations take place on Ashura, the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic calendar.
They mark Husayn’s death at the Battle of Karbala, fought between Husayn and Yazid I on October 10 680AD to determine who should succeed the prophet as the leader of Islam.
Yazid is considered a tyrant by some Muslims, and Husayn’s death is considered by the Shia community to be a symbol of humanity’s struggle against injustice, tyranny and oppression.
The anniversary's a national holiday in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Pakistan and typically involves public expressions of mourning. Other rituals carried on Ashura include mourning processions, recitations of mournful poetry and services in which the history of the Battle of Karbala is retold.
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