India: Self-flagellating Shia worshippers take part in Mumbai Arbaeen procession *GRAPHIC*

Thousands of worshippers took part in a procession that marked the Shia Muslim Arbaeen commemoration in Mumbai on Friday. Worshippers — including many children — flagellated and hit themselves with sharp objects. This was done to mourn the killing of Hussain Ibn Ali, third Shia Imam, in 680 (during the 10th day of the month of Muharram). Arbaeen occurs 40 days after the day of Ashura, which... Еще commemorates the martyrdom of Hussain. Mumbai’s Arbaeen procession started at the Moghul Mosque and ended at the Rehmatabad cemetery. The procession has been practiced in Mumbai for the past 100 years, without fatalities or unlawful disturbances. Shia Muslims are a large minority among India's Muslims. Islam is the second largest religion in India, with 14.2 percent of the country's population or roughly 172 million people identifying as adherents of Islam, according to the 2011 census.

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