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This vivid representation of the 10th day of Muharram is achieved by the well-known Italian painter Fausto Zonaro when he witnessed the ceremony during his stay in Istanbul. He drew most of his picture reflecting the culture in various views and scenes. The current painting is a patent display of that important day for Muslims (Shia) community. The 10th day of Muharram or the Ashura Day is remembered as the day on which Hussein Ibn Ali was martyred in the battle of Karbala. Hussein was an Imam and due to his death Shia Muslims mourns on the day. But, this mourning doesn’t stop at despair but as a demonstration of their sheer dejection Shia Muslims often do flagellation by hurting themselves with lashes or swords […]

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