Ashura starts on Friday and Muslims around the world will be marking the day. For Shia Muslims, this will be a major religious event with processions and events. Due to regional tensions, travel warnings have been issued for Bahrain and Pakistan.

There have been media reports of potential violence elsewhere –


From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Ashura religious festival processions and events are due to take place across Bahrain from 21 to 30 September 2017. While these events are expected to be peaceful, there is a possibility they could be targeted by anti-government protestors, which could lead to clashes with the police.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at:


From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Summary – Ashura processions will be held on the 9th and 10th day of Muharram (30 September and 1 October, 2017) across the country, there’s an increased risk of violence around this time; you should avoid processions and crowded areas.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at:

Distribution of Sunni and Shia branches of Islamic schools of jurisprudence, from January 2015

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