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SHOW OF FAITH Ashura festival sees children left covered in blood as devout Muslims use knives to slice their heads open

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SHOW OF FAITH
Ashura festival sees children left covered in blood as devout Muslims use knives to slice their heads open
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  • 10 Sep 2019,
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.


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Worshippers in Afghanistan mark the day of Ashura, the tenth day of the first month in the Islamic calendar, by drawing blood with scourgesCredit: AP:Associated Press

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The day commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the prophet MuhammadCredit: AFP or licensors

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The annual event is controversial for involving self harm, forbidden in Islam, and sometimes involving childrenCredit: Reuters

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A Shia Muslim in Lebanon cuts his head with a sword as part of the Ashura commemorationsCredit: AFP or licensors

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A man in Bahrain in the process of bloodlettingCredit: AFP or licensors
The commemorations take place on Ashura, the tenth 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 is a national holiday in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Pakistan, and typically involves public expressions of mourning.

The Ashura festivities were marked by tragedy in Iraq's holy city of Karbala after more than 30 pilgrims died and another 100 were wounded in a stampede when a walkway collapsed.

Some Muslims mark the day with the practice of Tatbir, in which a sword or scourge is used to draw blood in remembrance of the innocent blood of Husayn.


Many who take part in the practice believe it cleanses them of their sins.


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Volunteers in Pakistan take a mourner for treatment after he has self-flagellatedCredit: AFP or licensors

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A man cuts his head in the city of Basra in southern IraqCredit: AFP or licensors

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A man in Lebanon bleeds after cutting his forehead with a razorCredit: Reuters

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A man cuts the head of a woman with a razor in LebanonCredit: AFP or licensors

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A group of man in Lebanon chant during a religious processionCredit: Reuters

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A man in New Delhi begins to beat himselfCredit: AFP or licensors
A popular saying among Shia Muslims has it that "a single tear shed for Husayn washes away a hundred sins".

The ritual, which is sometimes carried out on children, is controversial within the Muslim world, with some research suggesting it can cause lasting psychological damage.

Many clerics also consider it to be self harm, which is "haram" - forbidden - in Islam.

Others worry that the practice creates a negative image of their faith.

Worshippers are instead encouraged to donate blood, with some communities organising donation drives with organisations like the Red Cross.

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.

In some countries, notably Iran and Iraq, plays are also performed reenacting the battle.

In others, it is customary for mosques to provide free meals to all people during the remembrance.
 

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Where is Vibrio vulnificus when you need it?
 

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Fundamental Transformation

Because it IS The Right Thing To Do

wow, the plasma flowing is crazy, that takes hydration, it covers the fresh red blood and keeps it shiny for a great photo op...the child abuse is obvious

stupid islamists, even violating their own sharia law...lol

like a conman: i'll write you a check, you can trust me, i'm a christian
or a queer: i'll blow you when it's done, you can keep the std as a tip

Fundamental Transformation

it can be done

:dog:
 

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Try catching up with the 19th century you disturbed momo's.
 

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Others worry that the practice creates a negative image of their faith.
Not at all.
Christians do crazy stuff too, like at Christmas all that gift giving etc.
It's all just normal people following their faith.
 

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Any time Muslims aren’t blowing themselves up is something positive.

Some Christians do something similar like whipping themselves until they bleed in some places.
 

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Flagelation and getting nailed to a cross in the Philippines comes to mind. I don’t think they physically harm the kids tho.
 

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The world is attempting to 'normalize' child/man love... we used to call it pedophilia, but ever since Comet Ping Pong pizza got shot up the move has been in that direction. It's the 'religion' of Satan.

Which bathroom to use, identifying as a woman when you're a man (funny, it's rarely the other way around), Library book reading by transvestites dressed as who knows what...

It's as if we 'normal' folks are out of touch with the real world all of a sudden like....
 

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A bunch of crazed idiots, what in God's name does doing this kind of thing prove to anyone? It looks like it's more of a performance than anything else, with the crowds egging them on.