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Shia Muslims honor Muhammed’s grandson with Flushing procession

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Participants touch the horse. Photo by Christina Santucci
Mohammed Kazmi carries an alam in honor of Abbas. Photo by Christina Santucci
Men beat their chests in mourning. Photo by Christina Santucci
A man reads from a book as he leads a chant. Photo by Christina Santucci
A horse’s hooves are covered with dye to denote blood. Photo by Christina Santucci
Women march in a separate part of the procession. Photo by Christina Santucci
A man (l.) places his fingers on his lips after touching an equine representing Hussain’s horse, Zuljinah. Photo by Christina Santucci
A man who identified himself as Abbas (third l.) kisses a coffin for Hussain. Photo by Christina Santucci
Alams fill Main Street during the procession.
Zamyr Kahn (front l.) and Syed Ali (front r.) lead a horse named Shan on Main Street in Flushing during a Muslim procession called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala held to commemorate the death of Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbala. The horse represents one named Zuljinah that was shot with arrows but returned to camp to reveal that Hussain had been killed. Photo by Christina Santucci
Sayed Abbas, 11, carries an alam. Photo by Christina Santucci
People in the procession braved bitter temperatures Sunday afternoon. Photo by Christina Santucci
Hassan Jeffery of Rockaway carries an alam. Photo by Christina Santucci
A coffin for Imam Hussain is carried on Main Street. Photo by Christina Santucci

Hundreds of people proceeded through Flushing Sunday during a Shia commemoration called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala, which commemorated the death of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbal, as well as Hussain’s bodyguard and cousin, Ghazi Abbas.

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