It’s Ashura: Shia Muslims Beating Themselves Bloodied

Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

Muslim festivals always involve someone or something with either death or killing, or war or preparation of war. Every single memory of their prophet involves scenes of violence, murder, jihad. But hey, that should not hinder you to understand it’s a religion of peace.

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

An Afghan Shi’ite Muslim flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi'ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi’ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad’s Sadr City, Nov. 14, 2013.

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi'ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi’ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad’s Sadr City, Nov. 14, 2013.

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi'ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.
Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi’ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad’s Sadr City, Nov. 14, 2013.Indian Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during the Moharram procession in the Delhi, India on Nov. 15, 2013. Muharram the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for 10 days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Husain the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
Indian Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during the Moharram procession in the Delhi, India on Nov. 15, 2013. Muharram the first month of the Islamic calendar is observed around the world for 10 days of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Husain the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.Blood runs down the face of a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim, caused by self-flagellation, as he participates in a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. 

Blood runs down the face of a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim, caused by self-flagellation, as he participates in a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

An Afghan Shi’ite Muslim flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013.

Afghan Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

Afghan Shi’ite Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013.

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself with a knife during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.
Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul Nov. 14, 2013. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.
Kashmiri Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
Kashmiri Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
Blood runs down the face of a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim, caused by self-flagellation, as he participates in a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
Blood runs down the face of a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim, caused by self-flagellation, as he participates in a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

A young Shiite Muslim boy with a head-band reading 'Hussein' takes part in a mourning march where mourners flagellate themselves to mark Ashura day, in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 14, 2013. Shiite Muslims across the world are observing Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar of which the Ashura festival is the climax. Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, in the Iraqi city of Karbala in the seventh century. 
A young Shiite Muslim boy with a head-band reading ‘Hussein’ takes part in a mourning march where mourners flagellate themselves to mark Ashura day, in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 14, 2013. Shiite Muslims across the world are observing Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar of which the Ashura festival is the climax.

Shiite Muslims bleed as they gash their foreheads with swords and beat themselves during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon on Nov.14, 2013 in Nabatieh, Lebanon. Shiite Muslims observe Ashura, day of mourning which means 'tenth' in Arabic, through mourning rituals such as reenactments of the martyrdom and self-flagellation. Most observers wear black and march through the streets chanting and hitting themselves in the chest and some still make small gashes to their heads to ritually punish their bodies. As the war in neighboring Syria drags on for a third year, Lebanon, a country of only 4 million people, is now home to the largest number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. The situation is beginning to put huge social and political strains on Lebanon as there is currently no end in sight to the war in Syria.

Shiite Muslims bleed as they gash their foreheads with swords and beat themselves during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon on Nov.14, 2013 in Nabatieh, Lebanon. Shiite Muslims observe Ashura, day of mourning which means ‘tenth’ in Arabic, through mourning rituals such as reenactments of the martyrdom and self-flagellation. Most observers wear black and march through the streets chanting and hitting themselves in the chest and some still make small gashes to their heads to ritually punish their bodies. As the war in neighboring Syria drags on for a third year, Lebanon, a country of only 4 million people, is now home to the largest number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. The situation is beginning to put huge social and political strains on Lebanon as there is currently no end in sight to the war in Syria.

A Kashmiri Shiite Muslim, covered in blood after self-flagellation, rests during a Muharram procession in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
Shi'ite pilgrims run between the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines as part of a ritual of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, Nov. 14, 2013. During Ashura, Shi'ite Muslims commemorate the slaying of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein in Kerbala in 680 AD. The most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, Ashura has become a show of strength in Iraq for a majority whose public worship was repressed by former dictator Saddam Hussein. 
Shi’ite pilgrims run between the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines as part of a ritual of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, Nov. 14, 2013.

Bangladeshi Shia Muslims beat themselves with blades during the celebration of the day Ashura on 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 15, 2013. Ashura is a solemn day of mourning for Shia Muslims commemorating the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad in 680 AD at Karbala in modern-day Iraq.
Bangladeshi Shia Muslims beat themselves with blades during the celebration of the day Ashura on 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 15, 2013.

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5 thoughts on “It’s Ashura: Shia Muslims Beating Themselves Bloodied”

  1. They beat and kill themselves and every other life form on the planet whether faithful and or infidel in the most grotesque & torturous way as is humanly possible. “We love death more than you love life” was the mantra shouted from every blood lusting mosque from Mecca to New York immediately following September 11, 2001. As long as it is their blood, may Allah insure their perfect victory.

  2. You Need A Heart As Soft as A Petal And A Mind As Hard As Steel To Do What They Are Doing In Love Of The Martyrs Of Karbala 1400 Years Ago. They Have Kept The Fire Burning, Try To Shed A Drop Of Tear, Forget Blood In Memory Of Your Recently Lost Loved One Just A Decade Ago Im Sure You cannot. So,Kindly Stop Barking Because This Fire Will Never Diminish, It is The Fight Of Good Against Evil. 🙂 And People Who Harm Themselves For Others Love Cannot Harm Others.
    Peace

  3. No wonder the Fuhrer had such admiration for Islam and its prophet. It’s a mutual admiration society …. a blood thirsty, blood lusting, self loathing killing machine led by a maniac, carried out by morons seeking world domination. Self mutilation has nothing to do with 12 Islamics dying 1400 years ago. The Islamic killing machine thrives on the violence perpetuated by enslaved and incredibly stupid mothers incapable of protecting their sons from violent men who convince the little boys that violence and blood lust are blessed events. May the holy streets of Islam continue to be flooded with the blood of self loathing Islamic morons multilating themselves because their mommies were brain dead.

  4. Arlinda, Shias or Shite Islam is a sect that was never there in the time of Prophet Muhammad. Islam does not permit causing harm to anyone else or self. As far as Sunni Muslims are concerned, these are just misguided folk who has altered and twisted religion to their own ends. Has nothing to do with Islam as far as the rest of us are concerned.

    P.S. Reshma, you have be utterly stupid to do what the Shias think keeps the memory alive, and I assume from your defence of their actions, you are a Shia 🙂

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