To commemorate the death of Imam Hussein – grandson of Prophet Muhammad who died in the 7th century, Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan gathered in the nation’s capital city of Kabul and celebrated the holy day of Ashoura by whipping their backs bloody. Shiite Muslims believe that Imam Hussein sacrificed his life for all Muslims and honor his sacrifices on the holy day of Ashoura by applying whips to their backs.
The same celebration last year turned into a tragedy after a Sunni suicide bomber detonated his explosives laced vest and killed at least 80 people, so this year the area around the Abul Fazl shrine where the Ashoura is celebrated was tightly secured. You can see several Afghan soldiers armed with elbow and knee pads in the video.
I’ve attended similar religious ceremony held by the followers of Hinduism in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That one is called Thaipusam and even though it doesn’t involve this type of whipping, it involves piercings through mouth and other body parts and similar forms of “personal sacrifice through self inflicted pain” which onlookers may find whacky. I believe that if I merely saw photos or videos of Thaipusam, my opinion of it would be skewed but by attending it in person and feeling the energy while seeing how serious those people were about their fate and how close this type of celebration brings them to their divinities, I accepted it as something monumental which I as a non believer couldn’t possibly comprehend. Christians have celebrations which involved drawing of one’s blood too.
The point I’m getting to is – I won’t be going judgmental on the Muslims in this video. They celebrate their fate in a way which does not harm others. I see nothing wrong with that. I think nuts who pay money to harm their bodies in tanning salons are the real whacked losers but somehow we grew to accept them and nobody, except from yours truly mocks their stupid asses for it.
Props to Best Gore member Hawk for the video: