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The Day Of Ashura. Anyone Care To Shed Light On It?

Sometimes it's much easier to steer clear of topics I have no grasp on. But sometimes in order to gain grasp one must ask questions to get enlightenment, yes? So I'm asking my Muslim brothers and sisters in the house and anyone else with an opinion, what's this day about, what purpose does this practice serve in this modern age, and if it was observeded in Nigeria would you (willingly) partake in the ritual? Please share. 
Warning: graphic content!
The Shi'ite Muslim festival commemorates the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein in Mumbai

The Shi’ite Muslim festival commemorates the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein in Mumbai
The Day of Ashura is a national holiday in some Muslim countries, such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, Turkey and Pakistan. Thousands of Muslims  take part in annual rituals which include people whipping and cutting themselves with chains and knives.
Young children were seen covered in their own blood as they wielded large blades in a ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq
Young children were seen covered in their own blood as they wielded large blades in a ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq
Imam Hussein who died in battle 1,300 years ago is remembered across India, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan
Imam Hussein who died in battle 1,300 years ago is remembered across India, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan
Some Shi’a believe that taking part in Ashura washes away their sins. People of all ages were seen drenched in blood during the processions, children with blood pouring from their head wounds carried knives  while men with open wounds and scars lashed each other.
A Shi'ite boy is held still as a gash is cut into his head as part of an Ashura ceremony in Mumbai, India
A Shi’ite boy is held still as a gash is cut into his head as part of an Ashura ceremony in Mumbai, India
These religious customs show solidarity with Husayn and his family. Through them, people mourn Husayn’s death and regret the fact that they were not present at the battle to fight and save Husayn and his family.
This man flagellates himself during the festival in Kabul, Afghanistan to commemorate Imam Hussein's death
This man flagellates himself during the festival in Kabul, Afghanistan to commemorate Imam Hussein’s death
In some areas, Shi’a communities organize blood donation drives with organizations like the Red Cross or the Red Crescent on Ashura as a replacement for self-flagellation rituals like tatbir (striking the head with a sword or knife until blood gushes out) and qame zani (mourning with blood donation).
Muslims whip and cut themselves with chains and knives during the ceremonies, one of which took place on Srinagar, India



  1. I don't understand why anyone needs to inflict serious injuries upon themselves to celebrate anything. I don't know about the Qur'an but GOD forbids self immolation in the Bible(and I have a deep feeling it's also stated in the Qur'an). The crazy part is seeing those kids whip their heads with swords. Chai...SMH

    1. Isn't this synonymous to what some catholics do when they self-flagellate?
      just saying.

    2. Used to do.
      Besides they would never do this to children or force them to do it.

      Some Catholics used to do this many centuries ago before they knew any better.

    3. some Jesuits still do

  2. Islam is indeed a violent religion!

    1. Nope, isam is not a violent religion but a miute percentage of them (shi'ites and d likes) are.

  3. That poor child...

  4. @Thelms Islam of the 2day is divided into a couple of sects and those that are considered as d real muslims are the SUNNI muslims. 80% of Muslims are Sunnis and d remaining percentage is divided into shi'ite and Suffi's. The Shi'te muslims are d ones celebrating in d above pics and they are d muslims known for extrimism coz that's their way..All the terrorist groups in d world (Al-qaeda, Boko Haram, Isis et al) are birthed 4rm them. The religious significance of Ashura in SUNNI ISLAM is to memorialize the role of Allah in saving Moses and the Israelites from Pharaoh as Islam includes many aspects of Jewish tradition, including the example of Allah bestowing his benevolence on Moses by splitting the Red Sea.
    So in conclusion, sane muslims (SUNNI's) don't celebrate Ashura this way but only fast on d day, but the SHI'TES are d ones doing all d above nonsense coz that's their way (terrorism and extremism).

    *lips sealed and watching*

    1. First of all, This statement is laced with large amount of untruths.

      Shia Muslims are not less than 20 percent as portrayed. Though violent at times, They are more tolerating that Sunnis and Salafist SUnni in particular.

      80 Percent of all Violent muslim activities are surrounded on the SUnni Principle.

      Get your facts right

  5. And I also forgot to add that the SHI'ITE Muslims don't commemorate this day as a festival as memtioned above, but to mourn the death of d grandson of the Prophet (Hussain).


    *hisses and walks away*

    1. Hian Easah, you know a lot about christianity and now islam. You might even know a lot about traditional religion. What kind of guy are you? You don dey fear me o

  6. This indeed can not be religion.. SMH

  7. when Prophet Mohammed (SAW) gave his last sermon, he said no apostle will come after him. Shia Moslems believe his grandson succeeded him. This is where and when the breakaway occurred. This is the difference between Sunni and Shia Islam. He was ambushed and killed along with every member of his family. For this, Shia still grieve. They also build tombs and rever their saints. Sunnis do not do these for reverence may lead to worship of another human. Death is inevitable. For this reason we do not wail or thrash to show our grief. Flagellation is haram (forbidden). For one should not perform acts which will cause harm or death to oneself. One cannot be Moslem if one does not believe in all apostles of Allah. Yes, we believe in Jesus Christ.

    1. Another lie, The shia believe that Hassan was part of the true leaders of the Caliphate because of bloodline, and that the lot of Abu Bakr usurped the throne. That's where the break started.

  8. Kai Godforbid, that poor innocent baby.
    Everybody wiv their own religion. Na wa!


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