Iranian Shia Muslims attend mud-rubbing ritual – in pictures

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Kharrah mali, or ‘mud rubbing’, is a ritual that is held in Iranian city of Khorramabad every year to commemorate the death of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein ibn Ali in AD680 (AH61 in the Islamic calendar). Shia Muslims roll over in mud and dry themselves by gathering around the bonfires before flagellating themselves

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