September 21, 2018 15:58 IST

Muharram 2018: Millions of Muslims take part in Ashura procession

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Shiite Muslim mourners beat their chest during a flagellation ritual Shiite Muslim mourners beat their chest during a flagellation ritual held to mark Ashura, the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram in the early hours of September 21, 2018, near Masjid-e-Askari in Bangalore. - Ashura is a period of mourning in remembrance of the seventh-century martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein, who was killed in the battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq, in 680 AD. Credit: (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Shiite Muslims take part in a religious procession during the Ashura mourning Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims take part in a religious procession during the Ashura mourning period in Dhaka on September 21, 2018. - The religious festival of Ashura, which includes a ten-day mourning period starting on the first day of Muharram on the Islamic calendar, commemorates the seventh-century slaying of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein in Karbala. Credit: (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a religious procession Pakistani Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a religious procession on the ninth day of holy Islamic month of Muharram in Peshawar on September 20, 2018. Credit: (Photo by ABDUL MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
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Iranian Shiite Muslims burn a tent during the reenactment of the Battle of Karbala Iranian Shiite Muslims burn a tent during the reenactment of the Battle of Karbala, in Tehran on September 20, 2018, during the annual Ashura commemorations marking the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Credit: (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims perform a ritual as they take part in a religious procession Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims perform a ritual as they take part in a religious procession during the Ashura mourning period in Dhaka on September 21, 2018. Credit: (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)