Muslims pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn Imam Hussein

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Nov 26th, 2012
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Blood is seen on the floor of a mosque as Indian Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a holy procession.

Muslims all over the world pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn the slaying and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.

He was killed by his political rivals along with 72 companions in the seventh century battle of Kerbala where some of the bodies of the dead were then mutilated.

The bloody floor of a mosque in New Delhi, India, as Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves today during a Muharram procession marking AshuraThe bloody floor of a mosque in New Delhi, India, as Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves today during a Muharram procession marking Ashura which mourns the killing of the prophet Mohammad’s grandson

 

Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram processionShiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad

 

A Shiite Muslim whose face and torso is covered in blood, beats his chest A Shiite Muslim whose face and torso is covered in blood, beats his chest

 

 Mourning Iraqi Shiites at the Ashura ceremonies at the Kerbala mosque in Tehran, IranMourning Iraqi Shiites at the Ashura ceremonies at the Kerbala mosque in Tehran, Iran

The Muslims were taking part in processions in Mumbai and Chennai. Ashura is celebrated on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram.

The processions also involve walking on burning coals and carrying a ‘Tazia’ – replica of the coffin of Hussein.

Some participants gather for ceremonial chest beating as a display of their devotion in remembrance of his suffering and to preach that oppression will not last.

In some Shi’a regions of Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Bahrain, the commemoration has become a national holiday.

Most ethnic and religious communities participate even in a predominantly Hindu majority.

A Shiite at the Mumbai procession mourning the slaying of Imam HusseinA Shiite Muslim at the Mumbai procession mourning the slaying of Imam Hussein

 A scarred Shiite Muslim watches another mourner flagellate himself in Mumbai A scarred Shiite Muslim watches another mourner flagellate himself in Mumbai

 

 Bloodied devoted Shiite Muslims are watched by crowds during the ceremony in MumbaiBloodied devoted Shiite Muslims are watched by crowds during an Indian ceremony

Paramedics treat a Pakistani Shi'ite Muslim after he flagellated himself during an Ashura ceremony in RawalpindParamedics treat a Pakistani Shi’ite Muslim after he flagellated himself during an Ashura ceremony in Rawalpind

 

Tribute: Shiite Muslims carry a replica of the coffin of Imam Hussein during a Muharram procession in the northern Indian city of Allahabad Tribute: Shiite Muslims carry a replica of the coffin of Imam Hussein during a Muharram procession in the northern Indian city of Allahabad

Source: Daily Mail

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