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…)

Mortification of the flesh for sanctifying the body

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…)

Muharram, the month of mourning for Shia Hazaras

Traditionally, it is Mullah’s job to recite the elegy of Imam Hussein who was killed 1300 years ago in battle of Karbala, but in this local mosque in Shiite community in west Kabul, a literate person took the job by delivering an elegy to the mourners.

The depiction of Imam Hussein in pictorial form

The depiction of Hussein in pictorial form has widely circulated in areas inhabited by Shiite Hazaras. In recent years this form of elegy has become a lucrative business for publishing company based in Iran. (more…)

Muharram arrives in Kabul

Afghanistan’s Shiite Hazaras are preparing for Muharram by erecting giant gates ornamented with black cloth and banners that are donated by Iran. (more…)