UK: BIZARRE SCENES IN BLACKBURN AS HALF NAKED MUSLIMS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE TOWN YESTERDAY.
BIZARRE SCENES IN BLACKBURN AS HALF NAKED MUSLIMS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE TOWN YESTERDAY.
HUNDREDS of Muslims in Blackburn turned out for an annual
procession marking the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson
Shia Muslims in Blackburn took part in the procession from Addison
Street to Montague Steet and Preston New Road which was organised by the
Shia Islamic Centre.
The ritual is known as Ashura, and is celebrated on the 10th day of the
Islamic month of Muharram, the first month of the lunar calendar.
It marks the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Holy Prophet in
680 AD in Karbala, near Baghdad in Iraq.
He was killed by political rivals alongside an army of 72 men.
Hussein's body was mutilated, leading to his maryrdom.
The death of Hussein is the event which led to the split in Islam
between the two sects of the Shias and the Sunnis.
Imtiaz Naziar, a member of the orgaising committee, said: “This is a
very important annual event for the community and it has great
significance for us.”
Andleeb Raze, 30, who lives in Addison Street, said: “This is marked
across the world.”
Lyndsey Livesey, 31, who also lives on the street, said: “It’s a
brilliant event and it's very interesting to learn different cultures.”