Mesmerizing images show devout Muslims using knives to cut open their heads during a traditional show of faith in the festival of Ashura.
In the Bible, the prophet Elijah, who unlike Muhammed was an actual prophet of God, did battle with the 450 prophets of Baal, which is to say Satan, and defeated them in a resounding and overwhelming victory. And while Elijah was taunting them before defeating them, the satanic prophets of Baal began cutting themselves, 1 Kings says, “after their manner“, which means this is something that they were known for doing. On that note, Happy Ashura!
“And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.” 1 Kings 18:25 (KJV)
Islam, like Catholicism, is fractured and has many factions. The Sunnis hate the Shiites and the Shiites hate the Sunnis, which is why Iran and Iraq are always at war with each other. Ashura, as you will read about below, is celebrated on the tenth day of September, the first month on the Islamic calendar. Just like homosexual sodomy, which is technically forbidden in Islam , Ashura is also against Islamic teaching, but like homosexual sodomy, is done anyway and by millions of Muslims. But the worst part is when the cut the children, can you just imagine what type of psychological effect that must have on their minds? Little wonder so many of them grow up angry and lusting for blood as martyrs.
Ashura festival sees children left covered in blood as devout Muslims use knives to slice their heads open
FROM THE SUN UK: Every year, thousands of Shia worshippers take part in the ceremonies, performed to mourn the death of Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The commemorations take place on Ashura, the tenth day of the first month of the Islamic calendar. They mark Husayn’s death at the Battle of Karbala, fought between Husayn and Yazid I on October 10 680 AD to determine who should succeed the prophet as the leader of Islam.
The Ashura festivities were marked by tragedy in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala after more than 30 pilgrims died and another 100 were wounded in a stampede when a walkway collapsed.
Some Muslims mark the day with the practice of Tatbir, in which a sword or scourge is used to draw blood in remembrance of the innocent blood of Husayn. Many who take part in the practice believe it cleanses them of their sins.
A popular saying among Shia Muslims has it that “a single tear shed for Husayn washes away a hundred sins”.
The ritual, which is sometimes carried out on children, is controversial within the Muslim world, with some research suggesting it can cause lasting psychological damage. Many clerics also consider it to be self harm, which is “haram” – forbidden – in Islam. Others worry that the practice creates a negative image of their faith.
Worshippers are instead encouraged to donate blood, with some communities organising donation drives with organisations like the Red Cross. Other rituals carried on Ashura include mourning processions, recitations of mournful poetry, and services in which the history of the Battle of Karbala is retold. READ MORE
Shi’ite Muslims observe Ashura holy day, Iraq in 2014
Ashura marks one of the holiest days in the Shi’ite calendar. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims gather each year in the Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammed in the 7th century. GRAPHIC WARNING: I think you get the idea, proceed at your own risk.
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