Every year, Shia muslims young and old across the world mark Ashura – a day of mourning to mark the beheading of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad in 680 AD.
Despite fears of bombing, a rally was held in the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs of Beirut. I also wrote about the experience, here.
Thousands march to mark the day of Ashura in Beirut’s Hezbollah stronghold of Dahiyeh
With Ashura festivals often targeted by extremists, security was tight
A young shia boy prepares to march
Troops of scouts participate in the march
Shias mourn the suffering and martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali, who died more than 1,300 years ago – a death that began the schism between Shia and Sunni Muslims
Some members of the Amal movement, a Lebanese political party, participate in blood-letting and self flagellation to mark the day,
During Ashura, funds are collected for local mosques and other locally-focused causes
The event culminated in a televised speech by Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah