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Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura

The religious festival of Ashura commemorates and mourns the seventh-century martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein

Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura
Saudi Shiite Muslim men mourn during the commemoration of Ashura, which marks the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on November 25, 2012 in the eastern province of Qatif. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura
Saudi Shiite Muslim men take part in the commemoration of Ashura, which marks the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on November 25, 2012 in the eastern province of Qatif. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura
Saudi Shiite Muslim men mourn during the commemoration of Ashura, which marks the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on November 25, 2012 in the eastern province of Qatif. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura
Saudi Shiite Muslims take part in the commemoration of Ashura, which marks the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on November 25, 2012 in the eastern province of Qatif. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura
Saudi Shiite Muslims take part in a reenactment of Ashura, to mark the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on November 25, 2012 in the eastern province of Qatif. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura
Saudi Shiite Muslims perform during the reenactment of Ashura, which marks the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on November 25, 2012 in the eastern province of Qatif. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi Shi’ite Muslims mark Ashura
A Saudi Shiite Muslim woman performs during the reenactment of Ashura, which marks the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on November 25, 2012 in the eastern province of Qatif. (AFP/Getty Images)