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Observing Muharram: Pictures of the procession from around the world

12 Oct 2016, 13:35:45
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‘Muharram’ observed on the first month of Islamic calendar, great religious significance to Islamic people. It is seen as the day of mourning with various processions on streets. Muharram has been derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden. According to Islamic belief, the grand son of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Husayn Ibn Ali aka Imam Hussain Ali was killed on this day. He was the third Imam of the Shia community. Many Shia Muslims whip themselves with sharp objects on their back, head and chest. Sunni Muslims observe it differently. They fast on the 9th, 10th and 11th day of Muharram. Fasting during these days is considered to atone sins of the coming year. Have a look at the pictures from around the world on Muharram: