ASHURA! That joyous time of year again when Shia Muslims beat themselves bloody

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Few of them ever die, however, I’m sure some must get blood poisoning. Slashing themselves with chained blades, bloodied Shi’ite Muslims including young boys flagellate themselves to mark the death of the Prophet’s grandson. Even babies are bloodied.

UK Daily Mail  Blood-covered young men swarm into the streets as part of a religious procession in Muslim countries all over the world, and lately in some non-Muslim countries like the UK and US.

Children also take part in the gory ritual self-flagellation which is held ahead of Ashura on the ninth day of Muharram in Peshawar.  Shi’a Muslims pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn the slaying and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.

Imam Hussein who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. He was killed by his political rivals along with 72 companions in the seventh century battle of Kerbala where some of the bodies of the dead were then mutilated. People taking part in the procession hit themselves with blades on long chains and draw blood on their backs and heads.

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Ashura Festival 27th December 2009 in islamabad, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Ashura Festival 27th December 2009 in islamabad, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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