Shia Muslim men cut off their heads with SWORDS as they participate in rituals to mark the holy day of Ashura – .

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Shia Muslim men cut off their heads with SWORDS as they participate in rituals to mark the holy day of Ashura – .


Graphic photos captured scenes as Shia Muslims cut each other with swords to commemorate the holy day of Ashura.

Muslims carried out the flogging earlier in the day at Imam Ali’s shrine in Iraq’s central holy city of Najaf, to mark Ashura, the ninth day of Muharram in the first month of the Islamic calendar.

For Shia Muslims, Ashura is also a major religious event where followers of the faith commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn Ibn Ali al-Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who died at the Battle of Kerbala in 680 AD.

The act of self-flagellation and bleeding is considered an act of erasing sins by those who perform the ritual.

The photos, taken in Najaf, Iraq, show a group of Shia Muslims dressed in all-white outfits, cutting off their heads and letting blood flow on themselves.

People dressed in black can also be seen standing next to the large group of Shia Muslims, ready to help those participating in the ritual if they need it.

Some photos even show the helpers walking around with water bottles and rags, helping those who have cut themselves.

While another image captured the moment a man wearing a blue protective suit and face mask attended to a participant, wrapping a bandage around his head and dabbing the blood.

Graphic photos captured scenes in Iraq as Shia Muslims cut themselves with swords

Muslims carried out the flogging earlier today at the shrine of Imam Ali in the central holy city of Najaf, Iraq, to ​​mark Ashura, the ninth day of Muharram in the first month of the Islamic calendar

Pictured: A Shia Muslim lying on his back on a stretcher as he is treated after flogging himself in a ceremony to mark Ashura

Pictured: A Shia Muslim lying on his back on a stretcher as he is treated after flogging himself in a ceremony to mark Ashura

For Shia Muslims, Ashura is also a major religious event where followers of the faith commemorate the martyrdom of H usayn Ibn Ali al-Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who died at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. .

For Shia Muslims, Ashura is also a major religious event where followers of the faith commemorate the martyrdom of H usayn Ibn Ali al-Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who died at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. .

The act of self-flagellation is considered an act of erasing sins by those who perform the ritual

The act of self-flagellation is considered an act of erasing sins by those who perform the ritual

Group of Shia Muslims at Imam Ali Shrine kneel on the ground with their heads bowed as they cut their heads with large knives and swords

Group of Shia Muslims at Imam Ali shrine kneel on the ground with their heads bowed as they cut their heads with large knives and swords

A man could be seen jumping in the air and shouting as he participated in the self-flagellation

A man could be seen jumping in the air and shouting as he participated in the self-flagellation

The photos, taken in Najaf, Iraq, show a group of Shia Muslims dressed in all-white outfits, cutting off their heads and letting blood flow on themselves

The photos, taken in Najaf, Iraq, show a group of Shia Muslims dressed in all-white outfits, cutting off their heads and letting blood flow on themselves

A man can be seen holding a large blade to the top of his head as he participated in the annual mourning ceremony

A man can be seen holding a large blade to the top of his head as he participated in the annual mourning ceremony

With his head bowed, this man can be seen with a blade up to his head and blood streaming down his white outfit

With his head bowed, this man can be seen with a blade up to his head and blood streaming down his white outfit

A man, kneeling on the ground, is assisted by another man standing in front of him who carefully cuts off the head of the kneeling man

A man, kneeling on the ground, is assisted by another man standing in front of him who carefully cuts off the head of the kneeling man

A large number of people participated in the self-flagellation ritual this year.  Pictured: A crowd of Shia monks gathered this morning in the holy city of Kerbala in Iraq

A large number of people participated in the self-flagellation ritual this year. Pictured: A crowd of Shia monks gathered this morning in the holy city of Kerbala in Iraq

A man can be seen at the annual ritual ceremony as blood flows down his head from the cuts on his scalp

A man can be seen at the annual ritual ceremony as blood flows down his head from the cuts on his scalp

People dressed in black can also be seen next to the large group of Shia Muslims, ready to help those participating in the ritual, if they need it.

People dressed in black can also be seen next to the large group of Shia Muslims, ready to help those participating in the ritual if they need it.

One image captured the moment a man wearing a blue protective suit and face mask attended to a participant, wrapping a bandage around his head and dabbing the blood

One image captured the moment a man wearing a blue protective suit and face mask attended to a participant, wrapping a bandage around his head and dabbing the blood

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