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India: Shia Muslims mark Ashura by self-flagellating in Hyderabad *GRAPHIC*

India, Hyderabad
September 11, 2019 at 04:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Shia Muslims marked Ashura in the Indian city of Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Worshippers engaged in self-flagellation during a procession, in what is consider a symbolic act of mourning the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in 680AD. The men chanted, beat their chests and whipped themselves with chains bearing blades, often until they bled.

Ashura falls on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is usually marked with mourning rituals and passion plays re-enacting Hussein's martyrdom.

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Thousands of Shia Muslims marked Ashura in the Indian city of Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Worshippers engaged in self-flagellation during a procession, in what is consider a symbolic act of mourning the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in 680AD. The men chanted, beat their chests and whipped themselves with chains bearing blades, often until they bled.

Ashura falls on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is usually marked with mourning rituals and passion plays re-enacting Hussein's martyrdom.

W/S Worshippers marching, Hyderabad

M/S Worshippers riding elephant

M/S Worshippers marching

M/S Worshippers riding camel

W/S Worshippers marching

M/S Mounted police

M/S Worshippers marching

M/S Worshippers raising their hands

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

C/U Worshipper walking with head bleeding

M/S Worshippers with head bleeding

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers raising knives

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshipper raising knife

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

C/U Worshippers with back bleeding

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Police officers

M/S Worshippers marching

M/S Mounted police

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S Worshipper self-flagellating

M/S Worshippers riding camels

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

C/U Back bleeding

M/S Worshippers self-flagellating

M/S People attending procession

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