Muslim kids having their heads sliced open as part of the religious day of Ashura – Photos

Shi'ite Muslim mourners flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kolkata


Muslims around the world are taking part in the unusual ceremony to mark the religious day of Ashura which commemorates the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein.

Procession Of Mourners During Anniversary Of Imam Husayn In Dhaka

A young Indian Shia Muslim child is flagellated during the mourning procession on the tenth day of Muharram, which marks the day of Ashura, in Chennai on October 12, 2016. Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKARARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images

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These incredible pictures show small children having their heads sliced open as part of the ritual.

The adorable baby in the first image was taking part at an event in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

While other pictures taken in India, Lebanon and Afghanistan show men using whips, kitchen knives and even chains with blades attached to them to slice open their bodies in the ultimate display of faith.

Hussein was killed during the 7th century Battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq.

The death led to the current division between Shia and Sunni Muslims, who mark the event through fasting.

Shia men have been pictured flagellating themselves with chains and blunt swords.

This highlights “the suffering of Hussein shortly before his beheading.”

Iraqi Shiite Muslim men are seen after flagellating themselves on the tenth day of the mourning period of Muharram, which marks the day of Ashura, in the holy city of Najaf on October 12, 2016. Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. / AFP PHOTO / STR/HAIDAR HAMDANISTR/HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images

A Shi'ite Muslim child reacts as he bleeds after he was cut on the forehead with a razor during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Nabatiyeh

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Shi'ite Muslim mourners flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kolkata

A Lebanese Shiite Muslim child has blood

On Wednesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for a mass shooting that killed at least 18 worshippers at a shrine in the Afghan capital, raising fears of sectarian violence after a string of attacks on the country’s Shi’ite minority.

The claim to Tuesday’s attack, released online, came as the community observed Ashura – although commemorations have been subdued because of security fears.

On Wednesday afternoon, an explosion outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan killed at least 14 people and wounded 24 at a similar gathering. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that assault.

ISIS had earlier targeted members of Kabul’s Shi’ite community in a suicide bombing in July that killed more than 80 people and wounded 130.

The attacker in Kabul, said to be wearing a police uniform, entered the Karte Shakhi mosque on Tuesday night and opened fire on a crowd of Shi’ite Muslims marking Ashura.

A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim mourner flagellates himself during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Srinagar

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Iraq Shi'ite Muslim men bleed as they gash their foreheads with swords and beat themselves while commemorating Ashura in Baghdad
Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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