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Devout Shiite Muslims are left covered in blood as they flagellate themselves with swords and chains during mourning procession to mark day of Ashura in Iraqi holy city of Najaf
Devout Shiite Muslims are left covered in blood as they flagellate themselves with swords and chains during mourning procession to mark day of Ashura in Iraqi holy city of Najaf. Picture: AFP / Getty

Devout Shiite pilgrims were left covered in blood as they struck themselves with swords and chains during the mourning procession to mark the day of Ashura in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. 

Devout Shiite Muslims are left covered in blood as they flagellate themselves with swords and chains during mourning procession to mark day of Ashura in Iraqi holy city of Najaf
Shiite Muslim worshippers gather to commemorate the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein, during the Islamic month of Muharram in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf yesterday. Picture: Reuters

Ashura, on the 10th day of the mourning month of Muharram, commemorates the killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD – the defining moment of Islam’s confessional schism.

Devout Shiite Muslims are left covered in blood as they flagellate themselves with swords and chains during mourning procession to mark day of Ashura in Iraqi holy city of Najaf
Iraqi Shi’ite Muslims bleed after hitting their foreheads with swords and beating themselves during a ceremony marking Ashura, the holiest day on the Shi’ite Muslim calendar. Picture: Reuters

Typically, millions of Shiites from around the world flock to the golden-domed shrine where Hussein’s remains are buried, to pray and cry, shoulder-to-shoulder.

Devout Shiite Muslims are left covered in blood as they flagellate themselves with swords and chains during mourning procession to mark day of Ashura in Iraqi holy city of Najaf
Shiite Muslim worshippers gather to commemorate the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein, during the Islamic month of Muharram in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf on August 29, 2020. Picture: AFP / Getty

Small clusters of pilgrims gathered in the vast courtyards outside the main mosque in Karbala, wearing the customary mourning colour of black and the new addition of medical masks and gloves.

Devout Shiite Muslims are left covered in blood as they flagellate themselves with swords and chains during mourning procession to mark day of Ashura in Iraqi holy city of Najaf
A Shi’ite Muslim man bleed after hitting his forehead with sword and beating themselves during a ceremony marking Ashura. Picture: Reuters

Huge rolls of nylon sheets prevent people from kissing the walls, a habitual sign of reverence. But in the enclave where Imam Hussein is buried, pilgrims press their unmasked faces up against the ornate grille separating them from the mausoleum.

There were notably fewer pilgrims this year as authorities in Iraq, other Shiite-majority countries and the United Nations urged people to mark the holiday at home.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. It is cult of Islam. Tasua and Ashura for a month they read prayers in streets 24 hours aday and people can not sleep. Also they dress black and bit themselves with chain and cut their head so blood comes out. This is terrorist Islam cultist that occupy peoples democratic of IRAN for 42 Years and shame to Queen of London for replacing Shah OF IRAN with these stupid dumb ? Also our intel report says i said it before terrorist regime of Iran CARE and ISIS and others zealot have hands for creating dis order in USA. We must nuke Terrorist regime of Iran
    or we will be invaded by China and Russia and peace keeping forces?

  2. Islam what they know how to re shape the front of boy when is born. After that everything are just show off. Islamic republic of Iran is exporting their revolution to all parts of world including USA. We will not let USA burns by Islamic Care and their agents.
    Europe is already take over now is USA. Hell with evil regime in Iran. Mariana i understand you well.

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