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Video: Shi'ites in Atlanta whip themselves bloody for Arbaeen, December 23, 2013 By Robert Spencer
We are forced to believe, on pain of "Islamophobia" charges, that the aspects of Islam that are at variance with Constitutional freedoms, and others like zanjeer zani (self-flagellation) that strike many non-Muslims as ghastly and destructive, will never, ever come to the United States. This video of Shi'ite Muslims at Dar e Abbas, a Shi'ite mosque in Atlanta, Georgia, indicates otherwise. Arbaeen follows forty days after Ashoura; both are outpourings of mourning for Husayn bin Ali, the son of the founding figure of Shi'ite Islam, Imam Ali. Husayn was killed by Sunnis at the Battle of Karbala in the year 680; Shi'ites flagellate themselves as punishment for not having been there to save Husayn.
Video thanks to Mahdi mominati.