By: Brian Evans
Each year, thousands of Shia Muslim worshippers partake in ceremonies that they are told, mourns the death of Husayn ibn Ali, who is the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
Their festivities take place on the tenth day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, called Ashura! Shia Muslims memorialize Husayn’s death, which occurred at the Battle of Karbala, which was fought between Husayn and Yazid I o in 680AD. It was used to determine who should succeed the prophet as the leader of Islam.
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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.
The Sun reported pictures of the ceremony, where Shia Muslims cut themselves, and their children, in a ritual to memorialize the death of their Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Husayn ibn Ali!
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Many who take part in the practice believe it cleanses them of their sins.
Muslims in the United States are encouraged to donate blood through the use of the American Red Cross, and other organizations, and then use that blood in their blood rituals! The reason being, Muslim leaders believe that the ritual will give a bad image against their faith!
In all, experts warn that these rituals can have significant psychological damages to the victims, especially the children!