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Re-enactments as Shia Muslims mark holy day of Ashura

Shia Muslims have been marking Ashura - a major religious commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Imam Hussein died in the Battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq in 680AD.

This video show how Shias in Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran have marked the day by re-enacting the battle and with mourning rituals.

Some Shia men seek to emulate the suffering of Hussein by flagellating themselves with chains or cutting their foreheads.

  • 04 Nov 2014
  • From the section World
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