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Muslim Festival Of Ashura – Graphic Photos

Today begins Ashura, which like the festival of Eid al-Adha is another bloodthirsty Muslim holiday:


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From Canada’s CBC:

Shias in Iraq mark Ashura festival amid tight security

Iraqi forces were on alert Sunday in the city of Karbala as hundreds of thousands of Shia worshippers gathered for the annual Ashura religious festival.

It commemorates the killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussein, in the 7th century.

Under Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, the festival was outlawed. Now, it draws huge numbers of Shias from Iraq and other countries, but also requires heightened security.

At least 8,000 police will be on duty in Karbala, where security authorities have warned hotel owners not to accept any non-Iraqi Arabs or Iraqis without identity documents and to inform authorities about suspicious individuals, said police spokesman Abdul Rahman Mishawi.

Ashura has in the past been marred with outbreaks of Shia-Sunni violence across the Muslim world. In 2004 and 2005, suicide bombings by al-Qaeda in Iraq killed at least 230 people during the ceremonies in Karbala…

The 10-day Ashura mourning period culminates on Tuesday with processions and ceremonies at the city’s sacred shrine, the burial ground of Hussein. His death in 680 AD, during a battle in Karbala for leadership of the Islamic faith, was a key historical event in the ongoing sectarian rift between Sunnis and Shias in Iraq.

Shias regard Hussein and his family as direct descendants of the Prophet, a view that has for centuries put them at odds with Sunni Muslims.

Before the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, the minority Sunnis were in control in Iraq, but the majority Shias gained control after the U.S.-led invasion.

So you see, it’s all George Bush’s fault.

Still, it wouldn’t be so bad if they just stuck to mutilating themselves. But they don’t:


And we wonder why these people are so violent.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Muslim Festival Of Ashura – Graphic Photos”

  1. rozza says:

    not alot of people do that guys

    only some exrimists …atleast they do this infront of all media not do something and try to show completly diffrent as many other people do

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I was standing in line here for a bacon,ham and cheese to go when all of a sudden this muslim ran by screaming hateful things about America, bleeding from a tater stick wound. Ya’ll holding a NEO CRUSADE here today?

  3. VMAN says:

    Christianity was bloody and brutal at one time but it went through a reformation. Even after that there were many brutal things done in the name of Christ. I see no such reformation in Islam and there needs to be one it you in the Islamic faith do not wish to be lumped in with the nuts who claim your faith as there own. I see none but an extremely few Muslims standing up and speaking out against these nuts and they fear for their lives from their own Muslim neighbors. What I see is most standing up and cheering for the crazies. When the trade centers fell there was glee in the Muslim world. Until that stops consider the sane world your enemy.

  4. yonason says:

    Where are all those deadly blood born viruses when ya need em?

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