‘Muharram’ observed on the first month of Islamic calendar, great religious significance to Islamic people. It is seen as the day of mourning with various processions on streets. Muharram has been derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden. According to Islamic belief, the grand son of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Husayn Ibn Ali aka Imam Hussain Ali was killed on this day. He was the third Imam of the Shia community. Many Shia Muslims whip themselves with sharp objects on their back, head and chest. Sunni Muslims observe it differently. They fast on the 9th, 10th and 11th day of Muharram. Fasting during these days is considered to atone sins of the coming year. Have a look at the pictures from around the world on Muharram:
During a procession in Lahore, Pakistan a young boy flagellates himself.
In Karbala around 80 km from Baghdad, Iraq shitte worshippers beat themselves with chains as a sign of grief for Imam Hussein. This procession took place in front of the holy shrine of Imam Abbas, seen in the background.
In Srinagar, Kashmir a Shiite Muslim can be seen raising his blood-stained hand. Shouting religious slogans is a common sight in Muharram processions.
Shiite worshippers pray inside the shrine of Imam Hussein during the Muslim month of Muharram, in Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq.
In Tehran, Iran this procession shows Shitte Muslims taking part in mourning.
As a sign of grief, Shiite worshippers beat themselves with chains for Imam Hussein during Muharram, in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, Iraq.
Kashmiri Shiite Muslims shouts pro-freedom slogan after they were detained for participating in a religious procession during curfew in Srinagar.
Indian Muslims beat their chests during a Muharram procession in Ahmadabad, India.