In pictures: Muslims across the world commemorate Youm-i-Ashur – Pakistan

Many of the faithful beat their chest and tied themselves with chains in a symbolic expression of pain.

Shiite communities across the Muslim world on Tuesday commemorated the death of Imam Husain in Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram.

Imam Husain was martyred along with members of his family during the Battle of Karbala that took place in the year 61 BC. C. in the current south of Iraq.

In Pakistan, the Ashura processions were carried out in the midst of strict security measures in the main cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Quetta.

In Iraq, hundreds of thousands held Ashura processions amid reinforced security in Karbala and the capital, Baghdad, marching through the streets. Many of the faithful beat their chest and tied themselves with chains in a symbolic expression of pain.

In Tehran, participants marched in the streets while they beat their chest or whipped their shoulders with chains while they played the drums. Meanwhile, the actors recreated the events of Ashura with costumes.

Shia Muslims beat themselves with chains and blades to mark Ashura in Hyderabad on Tuesday. – AP
Mourners beat their chest during a procession on the tenth day of Muharram, which marks Ashura's day, in Mumbai. – AFP
A local actor dressed as an ancient warrior recreates a scene from the battle of Karbala in the 7th century during a ceremony marking Ashura in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, on September 10.
Shiite Muslim boys beat their chests with others during a Muharram procession in Islamabad on Monday. – AP
Rangers patrol while Shiite Muslims march during a religious procession on the ninth day of Muharram in Karachi on September 9 – AFP
A young woman dressed in black is pictured while participating with supporters of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement in a mourning procession on the tenth day of Muharram in a suburb of the capital Beirut, on September 10. – AFP
A participant holds his daughter on his shoulder as they march during a religious procession on the ninth day of Muharram in Islamabad on September 9 – AFP
Mourners scourge during a religious procession on the ninth day of Muharram in Lahore on September 9 – AFP
Shia Muslims attend a Muharram procession in Islamabad on Monday. – AP

Header image: Shia Muslims hold banners while participating in a procession on the tenth day of Muharram in Dhaka on September 10 – AFP

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1504569/in-pictures-muslims-across-the-world-commemorate-youm-i-ashur

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