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Ashura


By  Faisal Magray

The day of Ashura is marked by Muslims as a whole, but for Shia Muslims it is a major religious commemoration of the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein (A.S.), a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). For Shia Muslims, Ashura is a solemn day of mourning the martyrdom of Hussein (A.S.) in 680 AD at Karbala in modern-day Iraq. It is marked with mourning rituals and passion plays re-enacting the martyrdom.

Shia men and women dressed in black also parade through the streets slapping their chests and chanting.  Some Shia men seek to emulate the suffering of Hussein (A.S.) by flagellating themselves with chains or cutting their foreheads until blood streams from their bodies.
Some Shia leaders and groups discourage the bloodletting, saying it creates a backward and negative image of Shia Muslims. Such leaders encourage people to donate blood.

Devout  Shiite men  beat their chests as they mark Ashura in Down town srinagar. Ashura falls on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the anniversary of the death of Imam Hussein (A.S.), who was killed in 680 A.D. during the battle of Karbala.

Shiite boy seek to emulate the suffering of Hussein by flagellating themselves with chains or cutting their foreheads until blood streams from their bodies.

Shia Muslims in Kashmir  taking part in self-flagellation during the Day of Ashura. Kashmiri Shiites beat themselves with metal chains. Ashura, the 10th day of the Islamic month Muharram marks the death of Prophet Muhammad's (S.A.W) grandson Imam Hussein (A.S.). Sheep are seen before sacrifice in ceremony. 

Kashmiri Shiites beat themselves with metal chains, during a  Ashura in srinagar. Ashura, the 10th day of the Islamic month Muharram marks the death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein (A.S.). Sheeps are also sacrificed in ceremony. 

Blood being cleared off the face of a shiite Muslim during a  Ashura in srinagar. Ashura, the 10th day of the Islamic month Muharram marks the death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein (A.S.)

A Shiite Muslim child bleeds after he was cut on the head with a razor during a ceremony marking Ashura in srinagar. Ashura, the most important day in the Shiite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussien (A.S.), grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W), in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.



A boy with a profusely bleeding face during the Ashura procession held in Srinagar kashmir. Ashura, the most important day in the Shiite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussien (A.S.), grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Karbala.

Thousands of Shiites took part in number of processions all round the state to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (A.S.) on this holy day of Ashura, which is the climax of a ten-day of period of mourning during the Islamic holy month of Moharram.

Mud-spattered local in  Srinagar in grief at the passing of Hussein (RA), grandson of the Prophet (SAW). Shiite muslims do some traditional rituals rolling in mud troughs, drying next to blazing bonfires and self-flagellating in large crowds.
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