Gallery: Shiite Muslims observe Ashura with self-flagellation, processions (Graphic content)

Self Flagellation

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim boy takes part in ritual self-flagellation during a religious procession held ahead of Ashura on the ninth day of Muharram in Islamabad on November 14, 2013.

ALMAS MEHERALLY
VANCOUVER DESI

Shiite Muslims around the world mark the beginning of their Islamic calendar year with Muharram, a month of mourning for the death of Imam Hussain, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

Worshippers participate in a ritual of self-flagellation and cut themselves with swords and knives during Ashura, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain in a battle against Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD.

Ashura is observed on the 10th day of Muharram, and has become a national holiday in countries like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan.


Muslims mark Muharram with self flagellation


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A Pakistani Shiite Muslim boy participates in ritual self-flagellation during a religious procession held ahead of Ashura on the ninth day of Muharram in Peshawar on November 14, 2013. Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEEDA Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

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