This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
02:22

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).

02:22
No Account? Sign up!
Description

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).

W/S Worshippers self-flagellating, Piraeus

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

C/U Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

W/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

C/U Blades used for self-flagellation

W/S Worshippers bleeding after self-flagellation

C/U Worshipper bleeding after self-flagellation

M/S Worshippers bleeding after self-flagellation

C/U Worshippers

C/U Worshipper bleeding after self-flagellation

M/S Worshippers bleeding after self-flagellation

C/U Writing on banner

W/S Worshippers

M/S Worshippers

C/U Worshippers

M/S Procession

W/S Procession

M/S Worshipper

C/U Worshipper at microphone

M/S Worshipper at microphone; worshippers

C/U Worshipper's hand

W/S Worshippers

W/S Worshippers

C/U Worshipper crying

W/S Worshippers

C/U Worshipper crying

W/S Worshippers

Video Feed
Providing you with the best in breaking news, politics, science, sports, tech, viral and entertainment content
All latest videos
Japan: World Rugby boss praises 'spectacular hosts' ahead of RWC 2019 kick off
03:46
Japan: World Rugby boss praises 'spectacular hosts' ahead of RWC 2019 kick off
September 17 at 12:40 GMT +00:00
USA: 'Tent courts' along Texas' Southern border start receiving asylum applications
02:42
USA: 'Tent courts' along Texas' Southern border start receiving asylum applications
September 17 at 12:36 GMT +00:00
Russia: Moscow court upholds arrest for suspected US spy Whelan
01:19
Russia: Moscow court upholds arrest for suspected US spy Whelan
September 17 at 12:17 GMT +00:00
France: Banned Neymar trains with PSG ahead of Real Madrid clash
01:35
France: Banned Neymar trains with PSG ahead of Real Madrid clash
September 17 at 12:13 GMT +00:00
Russia: Large-scale missile drills take place in AstrakhanPool for subscribers only
01:54
Russia: Large-scale missile drills take place in Astrakhan
September 17 at 11:43 GMT +00:00
Hong Kong: Released activist announces legal action against police
02:51
Hong Kong: Released activist announces legal action against police
September 17 at 11:33 GMT +00:00
Iran: Khamenei rules out negotiations with US
01:49
Iran: Khamenei rules out negotiations with US
September 17 at 10:44 GMT +00:00
Israel: Netanyahu's main opponent Gantz casts his vote in general election
02:10
Israel: Netanyahu's main opponent Gantz casts his vote in general election
September 17 at 10:31 GMT +00:00
Israel: Leader of Joint List of Arab parties Odeh casts his ballot in general election
01:42
Israel: Leader of Joint List of Arab parties Odeh casts his ballot in general election
September 17 at 10:06 GMT +00:00
USA: 'We don’t want to panic' after Saudi Arabia oil attacks – Trump
03:32
USA: 'We don’t want to panic' after Saudi Arabia oil attacks – Trump
September 17 at 10:00 GMT +00:00
Israel: PM Netanyahu casts his vote in general electionPool for subscribers only
01:23
Israel: PM Netanyahu casts his vote in general election
September 17 at 09:22 GMT +00:00
Israel: Former Defence Minister Lieberman casts vote in general election
02:23
Israel: Former Defence Minister Lieberman casts vote in general election
September 17 at 08:40 GMT +00:00
All latest videos