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Reply #16: The Holiday is called Ashura, it's only in Shi'ite Islam. [View All]

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da_chimperor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-05 07:24 PM
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16. The Holiday is called Ashura, it's only in Shi'ite Islam.
Edited on Thu Apr-07-05 07:26 PM by da_chimperor
My understanding is the self-flagellation is a way for some to express their pain over the death of Imam Hussein something like 1000 years ago. I think it's done voluntarily, it's not something mandatory . . . or at least I'm fairly sure it isn't. I credit this particular bit of knowledge to the BBC.
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