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    Default Shia Muslims perform Ashoura ritual



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    Karbala (Iraq) (AFP) - Huge crowds of black-clad Shiite faithful massed in the Iraqi city of Karbala Saturday, crying and beating their chests to commemorate the 7th century killing of the prophet's grandson.
    The holy day of Ashura was marred by attacks in Pakistan and Bangladesh but unfolded peacefully in southern Iraq, where last year's security fears have given way to political grievances.
    Gathered under the golden dome of Imam Hussein's mausoleum in Karbala, devotees clutching paper tissues wailed and wiped their tears as they listened to accounts of Hussein's death.
    The dirge cantor himself repeatedly choked back tears as he sang the praise of Hussein, whose 680 AD killing by the armies of Caliph Yazid lies at the heart of the Sunni-Shiite schism.
    Many Shiite worshippers travel from neighbouring Iran and other countries each year to visit the shrine, which lies about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad.
    Millions of others across the Shiite world, from Lebanon to south Asia, hold processions in their home towns, performing a variety of rituals, many involving flagellation.
    Some beat their backs to a drumbeat using chains or blades. Others beat their heads with a sword until their faces and their white mourning robes are covered in blood.
    Karbala and other cities hosted traditional reenactments of Hussein's martyrdom, complete with horseback warriors and the torching of the camp where the third Shiite imam and his vastly outnumbered followers made their last stand.
    The 10th day of the mourning month of Muharram has been marred by attacks in the past and Iraq deployed tens of thousands of security forces across the country.
    "Our forces have set up a security plan that includes more than 20,000 members of the security forces," Qais Khalaf Rahima, a senior army commander, told a news conference in Karbala on Friday.
    They formed three concentric security rings around Karbala, banned traffic in the city centre three days ago and used special explosives detection equipment, he and the Karbala police chief explained.
    - Political grievances -
    The measures are aimed at reducing the risk of suicide bomb attacks by the Islamic State, an extremist Sunni group which controls parts of Iraq and considers Shiites heretics.
    Karbala province borders the vast Anbar region, which is an IS stronghold.
    Baghdad's early efforts in the counter-offensive that followed the devastating jihadist assault launched across Iraq in June 2014 focused on securing Karbala and the other holy Shiite city of Najaf, further south.
    Military operations against IS south of Baghdad were successful and the commemorations in Karbala, as well as the various processions in Baghdad and southern Iraq, felt less exposed than last year's.
    In Pakistan, Ashura was marred by a suspected suicide blast which targeted Shiites in the southern city of Jacobabad and killed at least 24, according to a provincial minister.
    At least one person was also killed and nearly 80 wounded in a bomb attack on the main Shiite shrine in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka Saturday, police said.
    The commemoration, the saddest day in the Shiite calendar, had political undertones in Iraq, where many of the faithful vented their resentment towards the country's leadership.
    "Remembering Imam Hussein gives us the strength to fight corruption and those who are responsible for it in government," said Kadhem Hussein.
    The 52-year-old, who comes from his southern hometown of Basra every year for Ashura, wore a black shirt and stood in the middle of a huge crowd following the dirge on screens outside the shrine.
    The past few months have been marked by mounting popular discontent over the lack of services and corruption.
    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced a reform package but the measures are slow to take effect and weekly protests in Baghdad and elsewhere have continued.
    "Our politicians try to cast themselves as close to Imam Hussein but who stole the state's money?", said Jassem Mohammed, a 40-year-old man from Najaf.

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    loooooooooooooooooooooooooool


    I cannot believe people believe in what they are doing to themselves......

    How the Hell you explain all this blood to kids who are 3, 4, 5 and 6 years old......they will grow to become mentally sick to the head.....








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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasarjian View Post
    loooooooooooooooooooooooooool


    I cannot believe people believe in what they are doing to themselves......

    How the Hell you explain all this blood to kids who are 3, 4, 5 and 6 years old......they will grow to become mentally sick to the head.....
    Don't know, they are mostly Amal supporters, you know your allies in the latest Casino elections!!!
    LF & AMAL allies! Weird ma heik, I've heard that even during the civil war you used to benefit each others from time to time...
    ? ? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_81 View Post
    Don't know, they are mostly Amal supporters, you know your allies in the latest Casino elections!!!
    LF & AMAL allies! Weird ma heik, I've heard that even during the civil war you used to benefit each others from time to time...

    Wake up enough hallucination......No one has taken you seriously for at least the last 3500 posts...lol








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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasarjian View Post
    Wake up enough hallucination......No one has taken you seriously for at least the last 3500 posts...lol
    It seems that we have an ignorant that does not follow news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_81 View Post
    It seems that we have an ignorant that does not follow news!
    You are right I do not follow the news, Hizballah do not cut themselves and bleed during Ashoura, only Amal supporter do....lol.....

    you forgot that Hassan khayo la Houssein ...lol
    Last edited by sasuke; 01-11-2015 at 02:51 AM. Reason: Cursing religious figures








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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasarjian View Post
    You are right I do not follow the news, Hizballah do not cut themselves and bleed during Ashoura, only Amal supporter do....lol.....

    you forgot that Hassan khayo la Houssein w ayri bel tnein....lol
    So you went to the level of cursing religious figures? and you do that during a holy day regarding this figure!

    No surprises for me as I already know your level, wa7ad kharij militia shou bado ykoun! I hope that the others who are fooled by you can know you for what you really are!
    ? ? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_81 View Post
    So you went to the level of cursing religious figures? and you do that during a holy day regarding this figure!

    No surprises for me as I already know your level, wa7ad kharij militia shou bado ykoun! I hope that the others who are fooled by you can know you for what you really are!
    I did not curse any figure and I did not even mention any religious figure, go play in Dahieh or somewhere weasel ....
    The whole Arab world know your kind, and the whole Arab world found out the hard way what kind of untrustworthy khoumeini people you are....

    You people did it to yourself, the Arabs had no problems with you before, until you khoumeini people started to try to dominate the Arab world using fundamentalist terror organization from yemen to Lebanon, causing turmoil and sectarianism and hatred among people of the same countries.....
    So u got no one to blame but yourself and the racist Nasrrallah that you people support...








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