GRAPHIC IMAGES: And then we Muslims complain of ‘Islamophobia’ in the West … Can you blame them?

Every year Muslims around the world mourn the tragic massacre of Prophet Muhammad’s family by the Umayyad Caliph of Damascus in the late 600s. Some take to the streets and bloody themselves with swords, daggers, hammers and chains in a display of frightening self-flagellation.

Does this practice have a place in the 21st century and in Europe and North America? Wherever it occurs, pictures travel as is this montage from the Daily Mail of the UK.

Can we Muslim blame non-Muslims from judging us as primitive and barbaric when we slit the heads of our own sons to make the terrified kid bleed as an act of self-flagellation? Then we complain of Islamophobia?
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12 comments for “GRAPHIC IMAGES: And then we Muslims complain of ‘Islamophobia’ in the West … Can you blame them?

  1. Sunshine
    November 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I look at your smile on the top corner of the page… after looking at these Ashura photos, I can’t help but laugh. I looked for this year’s Ashura ‘bloody’ videos, they’re not online yet. Only the ceremonies and a few marches, but not the ritual itself. There were a few doozies last year that would scare the hell out of anyone.

    What is unacceptable: the kids that witness and take part in this. Too much blood for a child. Bad bad bad.

  2. November 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Why in Islam, so much of bloodshed is there? Why can’t they bring changes in Islam with the time? Almost all religions have gone through changes with time and have learnt to coexist with other religions. Why does Muslims always think their religion is in danger? Isn’t artificial? When I looked at these images, I was thinking what are they teaching their kids? Aren’t they teaching kids to hate others who don’t follow there faith? I have so many question but don’t where to get answers.

  3. Kamal Sapra
    November 9, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    can’t Shia muslims mourn in a civilized way ? Blood less mourning !

  4. Indian
    November 9, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Islam = bloodshed, bombing, firing, massacre, slaughter, suicide bombing.

  5. Hridaya
    November 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Most religions have caused division in all the societies. This is 21st century and religions as devised by MEN are no longer needed and need to be reformed, as many have, to help those in need. Teaching kids to bleed for any reason and to hurt self or others, as most terrorists aim and practice, is not only barbaric but living in the past when humans did not always treated others as humans.
    May the intelligent and wise ones in Islam learn from the reforms in other religions and history and wake up for the good of humanity.
    Violence solves problems only temporarily and creates more enemies than friends. Let us all and Islamists/Muslims in particular learn to live in peace for good of humanity and the planet we live on.

  6. Dilip Kulkarni
    December 18, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    I wish the ritual changes to donation of blood by adults. Set better examples for kids to watch and learn.

    • zaki
      February 23, 2016 at 2:25 PM

      I m sorry to contradict u here …. but it’s completely optional ….. the muharram mourning is neither Arab nor primitive …. and for more than a 1000 years no deaths or amputations or anything …… it’s to commemorate the death of a hero who stood for democracy and died with his family …. that’s all …..

  7. zaki
    February 23, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Mr fateh I m a Shia pakistani muslim …..
    I agree mostly with what u said …. I have only 2 questions ?

    1. Why are u still a muslim , clearly you have objections against islam …. u live in a country with religious freedom but neither u nor your wife have renounced it . Then why ?

    2. Also u said in an interview that your wife is a Shia muslim …. clearly she could have told u that this practice is not obligatory but optional …. not a single amputation or death has ever occurred ever bcuz of these processions… u didn’t know that ???

    • sri1
      August 22, 2016 at 7:39 AM

      @Zaki 1. Why are u still a muslim neither u nor your wife have renounced Islam”
      Read Tarek’s book on the difference between the Islamic state (political) and the state of Islam (spiritual). You may get your answer.

      “2. Your wife is a Shia muslim. Clearly she could have told u that this practice is not obligatory but optional …. not a single amputation or death has ever occurred???”
      Tarek was just highlighting that such practices appear barbaric to non-Muslims and the world community, especially when kids are involved. I am South Indian Hindu and we have similar practices – sharp piercing, self-flagellation ( and I cannot stomach those rituals myself.

    • manus
      March 24, 2017 at 2:07 PM

      Boy, wise people do not reply to kids like you. Try asking questions to the great Taslima Nasreen, Sir Salman Rushdie also.

  8. March 19, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    What is wrong with people?!! Possessed by the devil!

  9. October 6, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Wow. Towelheads, what a bunch of freaks. I would not want to live near any of these fools.
    I prey our next president gets these idiots out of our country.

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