Ashura ceremony in Lebanon in pictures

Hezbollah members beat themselves during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009
Hezbollah members beat themselves during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009

The Lebanese Muslim Shiites celebrated today The Day of Ashura, which is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar which marks the climax of the remembrance of Muharram.

It is commemorated by Shiite Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala ( 80 KM south of Baghdad , Iraq) on 10 Muharram in the Hijra ( Islamic) year 61 (October 10, 680 AD.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told tens of thousands of supporters who gathered in Beirut’s southern suburbs to commemorate Ashura. “We have entered a new phase in Lebanon: Reframing relations with Syria based on solid ground and cooperation.”

Here are some more pictures of the ceremonies in Lebanon( courtesy of Reuters)

Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah chant slogan during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009
Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah chant slogan during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009
Shi'ite Muslim women take photographs of bleeding men after they were cut on their heads with blades during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009.
Shi'ite Muslim women take photographs of bleeding men after they were cut on their heads with blades during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009.
Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah cry during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009.
Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah cry during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009.
A Shi'ite Muslim boy taps his head with a blade to draw blood during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009
A Shi'ite Muslim boy taps his head with a blade to draw blood during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009
  • crepitus

    Right in one Nazih. It is barbaric. It cannot enhance one’s spiritual connection with God/Allah. It also shows up Islam in an inhumane way but then is it really Islam or a practice confected by irreligious men and women. Those sects that self flagellate are just as barbaric. However the used of swords and knives show the celebration of the day of Ashura to be more war-like than penitential and spiritual.

    PS. Nazih I distinguish between Islam and race. Islam draws on many races and is not a race but a religion. Putting it another way, Muslims come from many races just as Anglicans, Catholics and other sects do.

    • 5thDrawer

      In the ‘west’ …people who want anarchy … tattoos, piercings, modifications of various body-parts, smoke pot, dance to primitive rythms while hitting each other … hmmm .. same thing I guess …
      A lot of weird people in this world …

  • crepitus

    Right in one Nazih. It is barbaric. It cannot enhance one’s spiritual connection with God/Allah. It also shows up Islam in an inhumane way but then is it really Islam or a practice confected by irreligious men and women. Those sects that self flagellate are just as barbaric. However the used of swords and knives show the celebration of the day of Ashura to be more war-like than penitential and spiritual.

    PS. Nazih I distinguish between Islam and race. Islam draws on many races and is not a race but a religion. Putting it another way, Muslims come from many races just as Anglicans, Catholics and other sects do.

  • Anonymous

    Right in one Nazih. It is barbaric. It cannot enhance one’s spiritual connection with God/Allah. It also shows up Islam in an inhumane way but then is it really Islam or a practice confected by irreligious men and women. Those sects that self flagellate are just as barbaric. However the used of swords and knives show the celebration of the day of Ashura to be more war-like than penitential and spiritual.

    PS. Nazih I distinguish between Islam and race. Islam draws on many races and is not a race but a religion. Putting it another way, Muslims come from many races just as Anglicans, Catholics and other sects do.

  • Anonymous

    Right in one Nazih. It is barbaric. It cannot enhance one’s spiritual connection with God/Allah. It also shows up Islam in an inhumane way but then is it really Islam or a practice confected by irreligious men and women. Those sects that self flagellate are just as barbaric. However the used of swords and knives show the celebration of the day of Ashura to be more war-like than penitential and spiritual.

    PS. Nazih I distinguish between Islam and race. Islam draws on many races and is not a race but a religion. Putting it another way, Muslims come from many races just as Anglicans, Catholics and other sects do.

    • Anonymous

      In the ‘west’ …people who want anarchy … tattoos, piercings, modifications of various body-parts, smoke pot, dance to primitive rythms while hitting each other … hmmm .. same thing I guess …
      A lot of weird people in this world …

  • Anonymous

    Right in one Nazih. It is barbaric. It cannot enhance one’s spiritual connection with God/Allah. It also shows up Islam in an inhumane way but then is it really Islam or a practice confected by irreligious men and women. Those sects that self flagellate are just as barbaric. However the used of swords and knives show the celebration of the day of Ashura to be more war-like than penitential and spiritual.

    PS. Nazih I distinguish between Islam and race. Islam draws on many races and is not a race but a religion. Putting it another way, Muslims come from many races just as Anglicans, Catholics and other sects do.

  • http://www.cadmeia.com Hannibal

    Circumcision is very barbaric. It is beyond me why God creates animals with a foreskin ONLY to order you to chop it off later on. Pure stupidity!!!

  • http://www.cadmeia.com Hannibal

    Circumcision is very barbaric. It is beyond me why God creates animals with a foreskin ONLY to order you to chop it off later on. Pure stupidity!!!

  • http://www.cadmeia.com Hannibal

    Circumcision is very barbaric. It is beyond me why God creates animals with a foreskin ONLY to order you to chop it off later on. Pure stupidity!!!

  • ramzo

    You spilling your own blood. That’s gonna make Hussein happy?
    If you think it does, I doubt what religion you think you’re following. That will sure give a hint about your IQ.
    Does it destroy Islam? YES. Are you enemies to Islam by doing this? YES.
    I really hope enlightment reaches you one day.

  • ramzo

    You spilling your own blood. That’s gonna make Hussein happy?
    If you think it does, I doubt what religion you think you’re following. That will sure give a hint about your IQ.
    Does it destroy Islam? YES. Are you enemies to Islam by doing this? YES.
    I really hope enlightment reaches you one day.

  • Anonymous

    You spilling your own blood. That’s gonna make Hussein happy?
    If you think it does, I doubt what religion you think you’re following. That will sure give a hint about your IQ.
    Does it destroy Islam? YES. Are you enemies to Islam by doing this? YES.
    I really hope enlightment reaches you one day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Farzan-Mohamed/100002478222064 Farzan Mohamed

    This is shit, shites are horrible, Islam has nothing to do with this kind of practices. I have my doubt whether they are muslims? Allah knows.  Islam is a pure religion which encourages peace.

    • capitalideals

      Yeah, Farzan, there’s peace everywhere Muslims live LMAO!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Farzan-Mohamed/100002478222064 Farzan Mohamed

    This is shit, shites are horrible, Islam has nothing to do with this kind of practices. I have my doubt whether they are muslims? Allah knows.  Islam is a pure religion which encourages peace.

    • capitalideals

      Yeah, Farzan, there’s peace everywhere Muslims live LMAO!!!

  • Hannibal

    Circumcision is very barbaric. It is beyond me why God creates animals with a foreskin ONLY to order you to chop it off later on. Pure stupidity!!!

  • Hannibal

    Circumcision is very barbaric. It is beyond me why God creates animals with a foreskin ONLY to order you to chop it off later on. Pure stupidity!!!