Yesterday was Ashura. It marks the death of Hussain in Karbala.
I still have nightmares of this yearly event, where people take to the street and self-flagellate. It’s a blood fest and children are often involved.
Obviously whilst people have a right to religion and to observe religious ceremonies, however stupid, the violent and inhuman aspects of Ashura should be prohibited.
And before you start shouting ‘totalitarianism’, think again. Have you ever seen it, particularly when children and even babies are involved? A lot of children are injured and some die as a result. It’s downright disgusting and abhorrent.
Some say all this self-flagellation creates a ‘backward and negative image’ of Shi’ism. Well, if the shoe fits…
Here’s some more photos if you are still not convinced.