Bloody Shia ritual on the streets of iran. The controversial acts of self-flagellation are an expression of remorse and guilt for not having saved Hussein.
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Lebanon's largest Shia party, has denounced the ritual of self-harm and urged people to donate their blood instead. The late Ayatollah Fadlallah, a celebrated Shia scholar, also condemned the practice. In 1994, Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, issued a fatwa banning self-harm, deeming it "irreligious".
Nabatiyeh, however, remains one of the few towns in Lebanon that sees Shia Muslims taking part in these bloody rituals.