He was killed by his political rivals along with 72 companions in the seventh century battle of Kerbala where some of the bodies of the dead were then mutilated.
The bloody floor of a mosque in New Delhi, India, as Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves today during a Muharram procession marking Ashura which mourns the killing of the prophet Mohammad’s grandson
Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad
A Shiite Muslim whose face and torso is covered in blood, beats his chest
Mourning Iraqi Shiites at the Ashura ceremonies at the Kerbala mosque in Tehran, Iran
The Muslims were taking part in processions in Mumbai and Chennai. Ashura is celebrated on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram.
The processions also involve walking on burning coals and carrying a ‘Tazia’ – replica of the coffin of Hussein.
Some participants gather for ceremonial chest beating as a display of their devotion in remembrance of his suffering and to preach that oppression will not last.
In some Shi’a regions of Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Bahrain, the commemoration has become a national holiday.
Most ethnic and religious communities participate even in a predominantly Hindu majority.
A Shiite Muslim at the Mumbai procession mourning the slaying of Imam Hussein
A scarred Shiite Muslim watches another mourner flagellate himself in Mumbai
Bloodied devoted Shiite Muslims are watched by crowds during an Indian ceremony
Paramedics treat a Pakistani Shi’ite Muslim after he flagellated himself during an Ashura ceremony in Rawalpind