Bakery in Kabul

This is a local bakery in Kabul suburb. In Farsi, the bakery is called “Nanwayee,” which means a place where bread is available.

Ashura, the tenth and the last day of Shia religious carnival

Ashura, the 10th of Muharram is a holy day for Muslims and especial day for Shi’a. This day is a remarkable day of Muharram in Islamic calendar, the day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussian the son Ali and the grandson of Muhammad in the battle of Karbala in the year 61 (AD 680). (more…)

Moharram, a Shia bloody ritual

Self-flagellation and cutting heads with swords are a truly barbaric practice that once used to be famous in Iran under the Qajar Dynasty but later banned by the Shah in the 20th century.

Blades that bleed in the dawn of Ashura

These knife-covered chains are produced in Kabul and widely distributed among young Shiite Hazaras in major cities, especially the capital, Kabul. (more…)

Bathed in their blood for cleansing

Ashura, the 10th of Muharram is a holy day for Muslims and especial day for Shi’a. This day is a remarkable day of Muharram in Islamic calendar, the day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussian the son Ali and the grandson of Muhammad in the battle of Karbala in the year 61 (AD 680). (more…)

Self-flagellation ritual

Ashura, the 10th of Muharram is a holy day for Muslims and especial day for Shi’a. This day is a remarkable day of Muharram in Islamic calendar, the day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussian the son Ali and the grandson of Muhammad in the battle of Karbala in the year 61 (AD 680). (more…)