Photographer's Note

A group of Iraqi pilgrims mourning for the suffering of Hussein, grandchild of the Prophet, who was martyred during the Battle of Karbala. The story was being told by a preaching imam, just in front of the outer walls of important Shi'ite mosque of Umayyad.

In the WS, you can find the scene, taken with a wider view, including the preaching imam.


The Umayyad Mosque also holds a shrine which is said to contain the head of John the Baptist (Yahya), honored as a prophet by Muslims and Christians alike. The head was supposedly found during the excavations for the building of the mosque.

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