Here’s just another reason why no one should convert to the ‘religion of peace’.
Shi’ite Muslims all over the world have been beating themselves with sharp blades, covering their bodies in mud and lighting bonfires in the streets to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson today.
Photographs from Delhi, India, showed shockingly young boys lashing their own backs with small knives and chains.
Thousands of men performed the same brutal practice in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan and Myanmar and even Athens, Greece.
The bloody rituals were part of the holy Day of Ashura, when Shi’ite Muslims remember the death of Imam Hussein at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.
Shi’ite devotees wiped the tears from their eyes as the listened to the accounts of Hussein’s death under the golden dome of Imam Hussein’s mausoleum in Karbala, Iraq.
Thousands of Muslims from neighbouring Iran visit the shrine, which lies around 50 miles from the capital Baghdad, every year.
Millions across the globe, from Lebanon to south-east Asia, hold processions in their home towns and take part in a variety of rituals.
Read more: Daily Mail