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Greece: Muslims self-flagellate to commemorate Ashura in Piraeus

Greece, Piraeus
September 10, 2019 at 20:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of Muslims marked Ashura with self-flagellation in the Greek port city of Piraeus on Tuesday, joining events held around the world to observe the date.

Worshippers took part in a self-flagellation ritual in a symbolic act of mourning the killing of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The men chanted, beat their chests and whipped themselves with chains bearing blades, often until they bled.

Ashura, which takes place on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is a day of mourning which commemorates the killing of Husayn ibn Ali as well as his family and companions at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 AH (10 October 680 AD).

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Hundreds of Muslims marked Ashura with self-flagellation in the Greek port city of Piraeus on Tuesday, joining events held around the world to observe the date.

Worshippers took part in a self-flagellation ritual in a symbolic act of mourning the killing of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The men chanted, beat their chests and whipped themselves with chains bearing blades, often until they bled.

Ashura, which takes place on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is a day of mourning which commemorates the killing of Husayn ibn Ali as well as his family and companions at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 AH (10 October 680 AD).

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