December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014

Ashura in Bijar

Photograph by امیر بهروزی, National Geographic Your Shot

Shiite Muslims in Bijar, Iran, mourn during the first ten days of the Islamic month of Muharram, the first month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar. On the tenth day, or Ashura, Shiites commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of Muhammad.

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24 comments
Tahir F.
Tahir F.

 First of all all of you who have commented below must know that this is not Islam. Shiite is a sect  who's beliefs are so distant from rest of the Muslims that they can be easily differentiated and classed as another religion.

Some of their believes are so against Islamic teaching that its hard to believe that they call themselves Muslims. For example. if there is no ADAM their is no mankind. Same if Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is not their who would have known Prophet Companions Like Hazrat Ali (RA). But unfortunately they are blinded and amazingly don't even use brain to see simple fact no SUN no light, No prophet no followers. How can you put one of the companion of Prophet above Prophet himself. 

Another great thing they are not even people who were involved in the betrayal to Prophet Muhammad Grandchildren and their Death (Sha Ha Dat). When someone give his life for a greater cause, humanity and GOD we celebrate their Death not mourn (Muslims). May God give us all a chance to give our lives for Humanity, justice and piece.  

But, again they are always used by Anti-Muslims to damage Islam and Muslims from within. We are all slaves to system. It was always and will be always Rich using, abusing religion to gain their personal interests.

Forget about all first of all we are all Humans, we all bleed red. We all will die one day sooner or later. we are Humanity. 

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Reminds me of Hieronymus Bosch, the damned, rather than the blessed, the dark ages, rather than enlightenment.  

Karin Sava
Karin Sava

 Interesting picture but I am fed up with all the religions...and rituals ....and whatever with no use. Unfortunately religions worldwide was mostly a way of controlling people and especially uneducated people (very easy to control). Ofcourse are also very well intentioned people who are representatives of various religious cults ...people who did a lot of great and charitable acts. BUT THE CONCLUSION IS THAT IT IS NOT NORMAL  FOR RELIGION TO HAVE 2 SIDES :ONE BAD AND ONE GOOD. Religion has to be ONLY GOOD. Religion does not motivate KILLING  150 CHILDREN IN one school. that is not religion , that is EVIL.

Amir Mansour F
Amir Mansour F

جریان اون اسکناسها که به پرچم الصاق شده چیه ؟ من تاحالا هرگز ندیده بودم !!

Mauricio Cals
Mauricio Cals

Mourning for someone who died 1.400 years ago, while so many (innocentes) are killed every day in a non sense religious war!!!!

Craig Jukes
Craig Jukes

All this for religion... Humans will never evolve whilst religion is in play.

Mytly M
Mytly M

It's really hard to tell what's going on in this picture. Why are the people covered in what looks like mud? What's with all the notes?

parviz falahatkar
parviz falahatkar

تبریک میگم جناب بهروزی بابت این انتخاب بجا

Ahmed Zeina
Ahmed Zeina

@Karin Sava  what y said is true.... but the picture and killing people does not  represent Islam.....

Islam  is just to worship  the god only and asking him to forgive  our sins... and to deal others in a good  manner.. 

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

@Karin Sava People should do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, not because of a carrot at the end of the stick, a promise of everlasting life eternal in another existence.

And yes all religions at one time or another act quite barbaric, no army has ever marched into battle proclaiming that their god is on the other side.

Aizzat Nordin
Aizzat Nordin

@Karin Sava i agree.. those that involve with the killing ain't muslim. They are extremist, fanatics, which arent any part in any religion


Esther West
Esther West

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but don't Christians mourn the death of Christ every Good Friday? it would be wonderful if all religions revered all life and what is right to protect it.

Ehsan R.
Ehsan R.

@Mytly M  They are  mourning for the third shia's Imam, "Imam Hossein" (a holy person which was killed almost 1400 years ago). Those notes are actually money which is donated by people in order to support the  mourning  rite (this money is usually used for providing food for the mourners or buying flag and etc.). There are various types of mourning for the third shia's Imam all over the shia residental areas in the middle east, however, this one looks like an extreme one.

Denis C.
Denis C.

@Mytly M Indeed, if a photo is said to be worth a thousand words, this one is lacking a few hundreds.


@Lens Universe Yes, but unfortunately, your explanation does not answer the questions Why do they seem covered with mud  and Why the money (notes may also mean money).

Lens Universe
Lens Universe

@Mytly M it is beginning of the islamic "blessing" said at meal time - the complement of "grace" said in the west and those are not notes they are money

Karin Sava
Karin Sava

@Aizzat Nordin @Karin Sava

to be honest we do not need religion ...it is just a way to call it ...you don't have to be muslim, catholic, jew, buddhist, orthodox....whatever....you only have to be Good, Correct, to Help people around you, to Care about each other, to Respect each other, to Not discriminate each other .....just to have a good soul , to be human being ...this if you really want you can call it religion.

P. Cate
P. Cate

@Esther West Yes, because we are sorry that He had to die for OUR sins, but always with the knowledge that He rose again from the dead.  He didn't stay dead.  So we look forward to Easter - when He arose.

Atta Muhammad Nizamani
Atta Muhammad Nizamani

@Lens Universe @Mytly M When you want to know about any religion do not look at followers, but read its holy scriptures. I don't think that you will find any where in holy book which asks the people to do so as shown in this picture. Islam declares cleanness as half of the faith.

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