Greetings on Tenth of Muharram

Created on 2013-11-16 02:53 AM




An Afghan Shi'ite beats himself with chains and blades in a ritual ahead of the Ashura holiday outside the Abul Fazel Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 10, 2013.

Shi'ites are driven by a collective pain and a desire to memorialize a great loss. 

Shi’ites believe that Hussein was the rightful successor as the leader of Islam, and his death is a tragedy that is fixed in their collective memory. According to Vali Nasr, a scholar of the Middle East, Shi’ites remember Hussein as “an innocent spiritual figure…in many ways martyred by a far more powerful, unjust force. He becomes the crystallizing force around which a faith takes form and takes inspiration.”      Nate Rawlings

Read more: Shi'ite Muslims Celebrate Ashura |



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