Ashura in Dhaka was the most intense event I’ve ever photographed.
For the first half hour I couldn’t even look through the view finder because I was too overwhelmed – and also trying to make sure that I didn’t get flicked by a knife. There were large crowds, which heaved backwards (insofar as it was possible) at the last minute. Being at the front of the crowd was necessary but scary.
Ceremonies are held during the night and day to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was brutally murdered in Karbala, Iraq, 1300 years ago.
Ashura takes place on the day of his murder, which is the tenth day of one of the holiest months of the Islamic calendar.
It wasn’t all about blood-spilling though.
There was a long procession in the morning that started from Hossaini Dalare in Dhaka – there were tens of thousands of people.
Here are some pictures:
If you haven’t seen enough yet, here is my video:
Amazing pictures taken…..Thanks for sharing..December 29, 2009 at 2:07 am •
nice photos… 🙂January 3, 2010 at 6:06 am •
This is what I love about them, they always dress up in bold, vibrant colors and styles 😀May 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm •
ofcoure these photos do not tell us truth about islam
these people are from a small of Foolish grupe that do not know real islam
muslims are not allowed to hurt themselves or anybody because all is Gift of God
ashura is an important day for muslims to think
about Human values and Commemoration imam
hossein who is very very honest,brave and kind
man that gave all things of him life and himself for
Resuscitating right way him enemies killed
even him baby who was only 6 monthDecember 7, 2010 at 8:23 am •
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