Sunday, October 1, 2017

Muslims in Greece self-flagellate to mark day of Ashura




Shi'ite Muslim community in Piraeus (port of Athens, Greece) marks the day of Ashura with tears, prayer, and self-flagellation. The religious festival of Ashura commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohamed, by armies of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD. Tradition holds that the revered imam was decapitated and his body mutilated in the Battle of Karbala.
Piraeus, Greece 1 October 2017.

Video: Muslims in Greece self-flagellate to mark day of Ashura





Hundreds of Muslims march in central Athens, Greece to mark the Shiite religious holiday of Ashura, on September 30, 2017. Ashura commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, by armies of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD. Tradition holds that the revered imam was decapitated and his body mutilated in the Battle of Karbala.

Video: Hundreds of Shia Muslims march in Athens to mark Ashura