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Muslims mark Muharram with Fishwick procession

Posted on - 19th August, 2018 - 8:09pm | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Preston News
The procession makes its way through Fishwick Pic: Sonia Bashir
The procession makes its way through Fishwick Pic: Sonia Bashir

Roads around Fishwick were closed off during Sunday afternoon as Muslims marked the start of a new year in the Islamic calendar.

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More than a hundred men took part in the Muharram parade.

The procession, which lasted around an hour, is a month of remembrance and modern Shia meditation.

Muharram parades mark the Battle of Karbala where Imam Hussain and his followers by killed by the army of Yazid I.

Shia men went topless during the procession and these pictures do contain wounds as a result of flagellation.

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They are flanked by community elders and women followed the procession as it made its way to the mosque in Fishwick.

A horse is led at the head of the procession as well as a large pole with colourful cloths hanging from it.

Fishwick Parade, Fishwick Road and Samuel Street were all closed off at various points.

Sonia Bashir captured these pictures of the procession.

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