See, they are just like us. All we need is tolerance and more understanding. We should let Muslims educate our kidz about this Â multicultural diversity Â and cultural enrichment!
As always: nothing to do with Islam!
Ashura, an optional fast day for Muslims that commemorates different things for Sunnis and Shiites, falls on Dec. 4-5, 2011. The word itself,Â ashura, means 10, and the holiday is the 10th day of the Islamic month ofÂ Muharram. The Islamic calendar is lunar, so the date of Ashura can vary depending on sighting of the moon.
AshuraÂ marks many things: the creation of the world, Noah’s departure from the ark, Moses’ flight from Egypt and the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein ibn Ali, in 680 A.D.
Sunni Muslims consider Ashura a fast day for two reasons: Muhammad fasted then and Moses fasted in appreciation of the successful Exodus for Egypt. Shiite Muslims mark Ashura as a day of mourning for the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. In fact, Hussein’s martyrdom is one of two major events that led toÂ the Sunni-Shiite splitÂ in Islam. Shiites, who constitute Islam’s second-largest denomination (about 10-15 percent of the world Muslim population), consider Hussein to be the one true heir of Muhammad’s legacy.
Shiite Muslims observe Ashura through mourning rituals such asÂ self-flagellationÂ and reenactments of the martyrdom. Many travel toÂ KarbalaÂ in Iraq, where Hussein was killed, as a pilgrimage on Ashura. Most observers wear black and march through the streets chanting and hitting themselves in the chest. Some use whips and chains — or cut themselves on the forehead — to ritually punish their bodies. This practice has been condemned by some Shiite leaders, soÂ Ashura blood drivesÂ are often organized as a substitute.
Shiite Rafidite Dogs Punished; Righteous Sunni Believers Export 32 to Allah:
(Reuters) – A series of bombs tore through crowds of Shi’ite pilgrims celebrating a major ritual across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 32 people, mostly women and children, and wounding scores more, local police and witnesses said.