Atop many traditional Shia displays, you’ll find a decorative ornament shaped like a hand, known as an alam. Each finger represents one of the five figures Shias revere most: Prophet Mohammad; his daughter Fatima; his cousin Ali (also Fatima’s husband); and their two sons, Hasan and Hussein. Shias believe Ali was the rightful successor to the prophet and that only his descendants could assume the caliphate, a belief that would culminate in the Battle of Karbala. (Photo: Mohamed Sabur)

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Atop many traditional Shia displays, you’ll find a decorative ornament shaped like a hand, known as an alam. Each finger represents one of the five figures Shias revere most: Prophet Mohammad; his daughter Fatima; his cousin Ali (also Fatima’s husband); and their two sons, Hasan and Hussein. Shias believe Ali was the rightful successor to the prophet and that only his descendants could assume the caliphate, a belief that would culminate in the Battle of Karbala. (Photo: Mohamed Sabur)

Ya Haidar — noooregrets:   Karbala, Iraq    A photo showing...

Ya Haidar — noooregrets: Karbala, Iraq A photo showing...

Santuario del Imam Hussain(P) en Karbala / Tumba - Lugar de peregrinación para millones de musulmanes

Santuario del Imam Hussain(P) en Karbala / Tumba - Lugar de peregrinación para millones de musulmanes

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Muslims gather in Karbala, Iraq, at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas during the month of Muharram on Tuesday, October 11. Muharram is an important period of mourning and marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/06/world/gallery/week-in-photos-1007/index.html" target="_blank">See last week in 29 photos</a>

Muslims gather in Karbala, Iraq, at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas during the month of Muharram on Tuesday, October 11. Muharram is an important period of mourning and marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/06/world/gallery/week-in-photos-1007/index.html" target="_blank">See last week in 29 photos</a>

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8 Vivid Photos That Show What Iraq Looked Like Before It Was Destroyed by War | Mic

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