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Iraqi Shias beat themselves with chains during a parade in preparation for the peak of the mourning period of Ashura, in Baghdad’s northern district of Kadhimiya, October 7, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Iraqi Shias beat themselves with chains during a parade in preparation for the peak of the mourning period of Ashura, in Baghdad’s northern district of Kadhimiya, October 7, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
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Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a sacred month for all Muslims. Its reverence is heightened by the Day of Ashura, the 10th day of the month, when Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH), was mercilessly martyred along with his family and friends for standing up against oppression by the then-tyrant leader, Yazid.