Greece: Self-flagellating Shias commemorate Ashura in Piraeus *GRAPHIC*

Thousands of Shia Muslims gathered to mark Ashura in Piraeus, near Athens, on Thursday. During the procession through the streets, Shia Muslims observed the day with self-flagellation and by singing songs. Ashura, which takes place on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is a day of mourning which commemorates the killing of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet... Еще 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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