Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura

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There was an outbreak of violence in Iraq this week surrounding Ashura, a major Shiite commemoration. For Shiite Muslims, Ashura marks the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Some participants recall his death by ritually whipping and beating themselves. Ashura has historically been an occasion for sectarian tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and there were several targeted attacks against Shiites across the country. One of them killed over 30 people.

  • Alex

    As a Jew who has studied Islam, to better understand it and its followers, I cannot understand the way Ashura is observed. I know many Sunni and few Shias, so the discussion very seldom comes up. Beating one’s self because generations ago did not keep Hussein from being beheaded makes no sense to me at all. Why do these Shias punish themselves for something done so long ago? They are not at fault. I wish someone could make me understand this.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.

  • Hatim

    Because of the sacrifice Imam Husain A.S. made so many generations ago, the Islam Shias believe in has lived on. Matam, or what you consider beating ourselves, helps us mourn Husain and commemorate the sacrifice we have made. We choose to do this out of gratitude for Husain’s sacrifices at the Battle of Karbala. Because his story was passed on, Islam has lived on.