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Ashura: Screaming baby cries as a relative slices its head open with a kitchen knife


Screaming baby cries as a relative slices its head open with a kitchen knife as part of Islamic self-flagellation ceremony to mourn the death of the Prophet’s grandson 

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Gruesome photographs show dozens of men using sharp knives attached to chains to whip their own backs
  • The men were marking Ashura which mourns the death of tge Prophet Muhammad’s grandson in 680 AD
  • After performing the gory ritual, pools of blood can be seen on floor of the mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Separate photos show men performing the ritual in India with one cutting the head of a young child

This is the moment a baby screamed out as a relative sliced its head open with a kitchen knife as part of an Islamic self-flagellation ceremony to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson 1,300 years ago.

Gruesome pictures show a man holding a knife to the head of a young child in Ahmadabad, India while others show boys whipping themselves with sharp blades.

In separate images, men can be seen crying out in pain as they use knives attached to chains to cut their own backs at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Pools of blood can be seen on the floor of the building after the men performed the ritual to mark Ashura – one of the major fixtures of the Islamic calendar.

A man holds a knife to a baby's head as he cuts the child during a Muharram procession in Ahmadabad, IndiaA man holds a knife to a baby’s head as he cuts the child during a Muharram procession in Ahmadabad, India

A Kashmiri Shiite Muslim boy flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Srinagar in Indian controlled KashmirA Kashmiri Shiite Muslim boy flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Srinagar in Indian controlled Kashmir

Gory: Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan have gathered to perform self-flagellation rituals as they mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson 1,300 years agoGory: Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan have gathered to perform self-flagellation rituals as they mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson 1,300 years ago

Pain: Gruesome pictures show men crying out in pain as they use knives attached to chains to whip their own backs at a mosque in Kabul, AfghanistanPain: Gruesome pictures show men crying out in pain as they use knives attached to chains to whip their own backs at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan

Tradition: Pools of blood can be seen on the floor of the building after the men performed the ritual to mark Ashura - one of the major fixtures of the Islamic calendarTradition: Pools of blood can be seen on the floor of the building after the men performed the ritual to mark Ashura – one of the major fixtures of the Islamic calendar

Ritual: Photographs of the event show young men, bleeding profusely from their backs, while afterwards they help each other wash away blood coming from their woundsRitual: Photographs of the event show young men, bleeding profusely from their backs, while afterwards they help each other wash away blood coming from their wounds

Sharp: Even very small children swing the sharp blades on the end of chains, slashing their skin in the brutal ritualSharp: Even very small children swing the sharp blades on the end of chains, slashing their skin in the brutal ritual.

Photographs of the event in Afghanistan show young men bleeding profusely from their backs. Afterwards they help each other wash away blood coming from their wounds.

The tradition is seen by some as a way of washing away their sins and is a national holiday in many countries with thousands taking part in the annual rituals.

A national holiday in many countries, thousands take part in the annual rituals which include people whipping and cutting themselves with chains and knives.

Kashmiri Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves as they take part in a religious procession held on the seventh day of Islamic month of Muharram, in Srinagar

Even teenagers and young children take part in the bloody ritual. These photos show boys self-flagellating in IndiaEven teenagers and young children take part in the bloody ritual. These photos show boys self-flagellating in India

Kashmiri Shiite Muslim children flagellate themselves as they mourn the death of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet MuhammadKashmiri Shiite Muslim children flagellate themselves as they mourn the death of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad

Graphic pictures show the men swinging chains with knives attached over their shoulders as part of the bloody ritual

Graphic pictures show the men swinging chains with knives attached over their shoulders as part of the bloody ritual

Crowds of people watch the Kashmiri Shiite Muslims carry out the ritual in the streets of Srinagar, IndiaCrowds of people watch the Kashmiri Shiite Muslims carry out the ritual in the streets of Srinagar, India

After the ritual in Srinagar, men crouched down to display the blood on the knives they had used to cut themselvesAfter the ritual in Srinagar, men crouched down to display the blood on the knives they had used to cut themselves.

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.

That event lies at the heart of Islam’s divide into Shiite and Sunni sects.

In recent years, there have been a spate of attacks on Ashura celebrations around the region by Sunni extremist groups which regard Shiites as heretics.

Beliefs: The tradition is seen by some as a way of washing away their sins and is a national holiday in many countries with thousands taking part in the annual ritualsBeliefs: The tradition is seen by some as a way of washing away their sins and is a national holiday in many countries with thousands taking part in the annual rituals

Agony: A national holiday in many countries, thousands take part in the annual rituals which include people whipping and cutting themselves with chains and knivesAgony: A national holiday in many countries, thousands take part in the annual rituals which include people whipping and cutting themselves with chains and knives

Brutal: 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 ADBrutal: 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

In recent years, there have been a spate of attacks on Ashura celebrations around the region by Sunni extremist groups which regard Shiites as hereticsIn recent years, there have been a spate of attacks on Ashura celebrations around the region by Sunni extremist groups which regard Shiites as heretics

Some Shi'ite leaders discourage self-mutilation and bloodletting, claiming it has no basis in early religious history and creates a negative image, and encourage people to donate blood insteadSome Shi’ite leaders discourage self-mutilation and bloodletting, claiming it has no basis in early religious history and creates a negative image, and encourage people to donate blood instead.

Some Shi’ite leaders discourage self-mutilation and bloodletting, claiming it has no basis in early religious history.

Others say it creates a negative image, and encourage people to donate blood instead.

Thousands of men perform the same brutal practice in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan and Myanmar and even Athens, Greece.

Photos show the men standing in a mosque and repeatedly whipping themselves with knives attached to the ends of chainsPhotos show the men standing in a mosque and repeatedly whipping themselves with knives attached to the ends of chains

Crowds of men watch on in the mosque and some of them film the gruesome scenes using their mobile phonesCrowds of men watch on in the mosque and some of them film the gruesome scenes using their mobile phones

A young man kneels down and dabs at his wounds with a damp cloth after whipping himself with sharp bladesA young man kneels down and dabs at his wounds with a damp cloth after whipping himself with sharp blades

Some of the spectators could be seen breaking down in tears as the brutal ritual unfolded in front of them in AfghanistanSome of the spectators could be seen breaking down in tears as the brutal ritual unfolded in front of them in Afghanistan

10 thoughts on “Ashura: Screaming baby cries as a relative slices its head open with a kitchen knife

  1. This has nothing to do with Islam. Muslim performs obligatory prayer 5 times a day and prayer can not be perform if there is blood on shirt or flowing from body.

    But There is more to it than meets the eye. It’s their personal choice showing love, mourn, grief and sorrow for Imam Hussain. If your loved one gets killed, some celebrate death, some cries out loud, some leash their anger on someone else, some start pointing figures, some seek revenge, some buries it, some doesn’t show. everyone is different.

    And This is one is to do 1300 years ago “Event of karbala” If you really wants to know, why these people are doing it and what is the reason behind it. There are many blog, Wikipedia about “Event of karbala” and article out there. Here’s the one i found http://www.huffingtonpost.com/walaa-chahine/who-was-hussein-and-why-d_b_12429072.html

    Small example: I am sure most of you heard about ISIS, Well, put it this way 1300 year ago “Yazid” and his army was ISIS. And person name “Imam Hussain” fought against ISIS (evil). You don’t know evil until you read story of karbala in human history.

    Everyone has right to express their opinion & comments but same time at least you should look into reasons and purpose behind it. After all Knowledge is the power.

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    • Well, we all know where sympathy falls in the dictionary.

      While the Shia are the enemy of ISIS, they are also calling for the death and suffering of their “legitimate targets”, which consist of every other person living upon this planet.

      The reigning Iranian leadership are not merely lying, supremacist hypocrites, but the butchers of thousands and international criminals of the first magnitude, on the loose in a continuing obscene crime wave. As homicidal fiends running amok, drunk with power, they are moral garbage and a perfect argument for the abolition of religious practice, religious identity and religious subscribers.

      Western Civilization has past you barbaric religionists by, and it is time you faded away.

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  2. It has no basis in early Islamic religious history talkless of this modern days. It could be a local customs attached to religion as in the case of Easter Celebration in Rome now among the Christendom.

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  3. How horrible!! Muslim religion is false religion!! That’s demonic!there religion is false and there god “Muhammad” is false!! How horrible

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