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?