Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Procession at the Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān during Muharram

Muharram (محرم) is the first month of the Islamic calendar and one of the holy months, second only to Ramadan. It has a specific meaning for the Shiites as at the 10th day of Muharram, called Ashura (عاشورا), Husayn Ibn Ali had been killed in the battle of Karbala. The Shia Muslims honor the martyrs by not feasting and mourning.

I could watch a procession of Muslims, not only Iranians but also Afghanis and Pakistani, who entered the Friday Mosque or better Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān (مسجد جامع اصفهان) and were singing. The men were beating their chests. Flagellation with chains or chains with razors or cutting the forehead with knives isn’t allowed anymore in Iran but is still seen in Karbala and Pakistan.
Anyway it has been a very solemn display of Muslim belief.



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