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Procession of Muharram stops traffic in Fishwick

Posted on - 3rd September, 2017 - 5:10pm | Author - | Posted in - Events, Fishwick, News, St Matthews
The procession included colourful effigies Pic: Sonia Bashir
The procession included colourful effigies Pic: Sonia Bashir

A Muslim procession through the streets of Fishwick stopped traffic during Sunday (3 September) afternoon.

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Marking the first month of the Islamic calendar the parade saw Shia Muslims strip topless and make their way down Fishwick Parade, Samuel Street and Fishwick Road.

The annual event is called the Muharram and saw dozens of men take part.

It marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, was killed.

Chanting and prayers during the procession in Fishwick Parade Pic: Sonia Bashir
Chanting and prayers during the procession in Fishwick Parade Pic: Sonia Bashir

The Muharram is a key event in the Shia Muslim calendar.

Processions include flagellation of backs and chests – so some of the pictures below some readers may find disturbing.

Muharram includes reenacting blood shedding of Husayn ibn Ali
Muharram includes reenacting blood shedding of Hussein ibn Ali Pic: Sonia Bashir
Young male Muslims also took part in the procession Pic: Sonia Bashir
Young male Muslims also took part in the procession Pic: Sonia Bashir

The road closures were in place from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Read more: Former pub could be converted into Muslim education centre

In previous years the procession has gone along New Hall Lane, but this year it was kept to a number of side streets.

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