In Photos: Test of faith as devotees mark Ashoura in Pakistan
Published : Sep 25, 2018, 8:47 am IST
Updated : Jul 6, 2019, 3:32 pm IST
Ashoura is marked on the tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. (Photos: AP)
A Shiite Muslim boy flagellates himself with knives on chains during a Muharram procession, in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a month of mourning in remembrance of the death of Hussein.
Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, died at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the 7th century.
In Sunni Islam, Ashura also marks the day that Moses and the Israelites were saved from Pharaoh by God creating a path in the Sea, and is the Islamic equivalent to Yom Kippur.
Shiite Muslims beat their chests during a procession to mark Ashoura in Quetta, Pakistan.
Pakistani soldiers march ahead of a procession to mark Ashoura as security is beefed up in Karachi.
The death of Imam al-Hussein is considered by the Shia community as a symbol of humanity's struggle against injustice, tyranny and oppression.
The primary rituals and observances on Ashoura consist of public expressions of mourning.