Muslim Holiday of Ashura in India

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Thousands of Shi'a Muslims observed the holiday of Ashura in Varanasi, India on Jan. 20, 2008 in a grand display of mourning for Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad. This observance represents a significant division between Shi'a and Sunni muslims. Thousands of Shi'a Muslims observed the holiday of Ashura in Varanasi, India on Jan. 20, 2008 in a grand display of mourning for Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad.