Muslim Shiites mark their most important religious ceremony

October 12, 2016 12:01 PM

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Muslim Shiites mark their most important religious ceremony

NABATIYEH, Lebanon – Hundreds of men, boys, and several women, are commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of Prophet's Muhammad's grandson Hussein, in a Shiite tradition in Lebanon's south by lashing their foreheads and backs in a blood-soaked, open air parade.

Wednesday's ceremony was an ode to devotion to Hussein, killed on Ashoura, or the 10th day of battle in Karbala, in modern day Iraq, in 680 AD. The battle and his death marked the first major schism in Islam.

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