What is wrong with these people???? God doesnt think youre more acceptable if you do such ridiculous things….unbelievable.
by the way, all terrorists (suicide bombers, etc..) are SUNNIS (bin laden, etc..) does that mean all sunnis are bad and terrorist??? at least them they are not killing others, they are hurting themselves (not that I agree with what they are doing! totally wrong!) but dont start saying that sunnis are good and shia are bad, there are good and bad people in every culture and religion!
First of all, this is not shia islam, these are some kind of shia that are inspired by hindu and sufi stuff… second most of the shia countries and shia scolars banned these things, so DONT BLAME SHIA FOR WHAT SOME UNEDUCATED PEOPLE DO! Lets not forget that in all religions there are people that use these methods to have more “spirituality” even sunnis have these kind of people!
well, I am a Shia and although I myself don’t follow these things and don’t agree with them but people are not forced to do this. It’s their choice. Moreover, Muharram is a period of mourning and flagellation is just a method (although it has not been prescribed anywhere) to understand the pain the family of the Prophet went through when they were brutally murdered.
These are probably their way of expressing their devotion and we should respect it even if we don’t agree.