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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)

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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...

KARBALA, IRAQ - DECEMBER 13: Aerial view of Imam Hussein's shrine and Abbas ibn Ali's shrine are seen as Shi'ite people gather during the Arba'een ceremony in the holy city of Karbala, southern Iraq on December 13, 2014. Hundreds of Shiite worshippers attend religious festival ceremonies in Karbala on the anniversary of the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in 681AD.

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KARBALA, IRAQ - DECEMBER 13: Aerial view of Imam Hussein's shrine and Abbas ibn Ali's shrine are seen as Shi'ite people gather during the Arba'een ceremony in the holy city of Karbala, southern Iraq on December 13, 2014. Hundreds of Shiite worshippers attend religious festival ceremonies in Karbala on the anniversary of the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in 681AD.

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