Australia: Sydney's Shia Muslims join worldwide Ashura celebrations

More than 5,000 people marched through the centre of Sydney to mark Ashura, Saturday, to celebrate the Shia Muslim festival of Ashura. Slapping their chests in a performance of self-flagellation, participants joined other devotees across the world in beating themselves, in some cases even drawing blood. Ashura, which takes place on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is a... Еще day of mourning which commemorates the killing of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as his family and companions at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 AH (10 October, 680 AD).

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