Bahraini Shia Muslims take part in a ceremony commemorating Ashura, which marks the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and one of Shia Islam’s most revered figures, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on Thursday
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Afghan Shia Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday
Iraqi Shia Muslims self-flagellate in Basra during a ceremony to mark Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
Afghan Shiites devotees beat themselves with chains and blades during commemorations ahead of the Day of Ashura in Kabul on October 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.
An Iraqi youth in a Baghdad workshop makes a belt for the annual Shia Muslim commemoration of Ashura. The Arabic embossment reads ‘In your service, Hussein’, referring to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.