Muslims Celebrating Festival Of Blood?
Thousands of Shiite Muslims in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar and other countries are participating in Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar.
An Indian Shiite Muslim cut the forehead of a child with a knife during a Muharram procession in Ahmadabad, which also took place on Sunday
Ashura falls each year on the 10th of Muharram and commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH.
Shiite Muslims around the world attend mourning processions a ahead of the commemoration of Ashura. The practice of devotees whipping and cutting themselves has divided Muslim leaders
Rivers of blood are flowing down the streets of the cities, where men of all ages are injuring themselves as part of a brutal religious ritual.
Afterfards the devotees help each other to wash their wounds clean and amblunace crews provide first aid to participants.
In some areas, communities organize blood donation drives as a replacement for self-flagellation rituals like tatbir (striking the head with a sword or knife until blood gushes out) and qame zani (mourning with blood donation).