GRAPHIC: Muslims Slit Their Heads in Bloody Religious Ritual

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Images show devout Muslims using knives to cut open their heads during a traditional show of faith. Every year, thousands of Shia worshippers take part in the ceremonies, performed to mourn the death of Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The anniversary is a national holiday in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Pakistan. They mark Husayn’s death at the Battle of Karbala, fought between Husayn and Yazid I on October 10 680AD to determine who should succeed the prophet as the leader of Islam.
The annual event is controversial for involving self harm, forbidden in Islam, and sometimes involving children. Many who take part in the practice believe it cleanses them of their sins. Others worry that the practice creates a negative image of their faith. Worshippers are instead encouraged to donate blood, with some communities organising donation drives with organisations like the Red Cross.

(The Sun / Reel News Now)


  1. Nothing new…
    וַיִּתְגֹּֽדְדוּ֙ כְּמִשְׁפָּטָ֔ם בַּחֲרָב֖וֹת וּבָֽרְמָחִ֑ים עַד־שְׁפָךְ־דָּ֖ם עֲלֵיהֶֽם

  2. This is a very old ritual. They not only cut themselves they also beat themselves with chains. When I was a child I read about this ritual in a book. The story concerned the Ottoman occupation of Hungary back in the 1500s. The hero goes to Istanbul and witnesses this ritual. It is not just Husseyin but also his brother Hassan who was poisoned who is mourned.

    I have never forgotten this barbaric scene. It just goes to show you the mental attitude of the Shia Muslims and their propensity to violence and martyrdom. They are our formidable enemy (think Iran) because they do not value life.

  3. I truly believe in that ceremony I think they should continue to do it not only once a year but maybe once a week. they should also cut just a little bit deeper

  4. I am told they cut superficial blood capillaries near the skin. Anyway I fully support the freedom of Shiite Muslims to do their religious rites and spill their own blood. Problem is when they desire to spill ours.

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