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Maatam


Question: Muhtaram Hazrat Shaikh Mumtaz ul Haq (d.b), please explain to us briefly what a maatam is and what is done there?

Answer: Maatam is the self-beating inflicted upon oneself by Shias with knives, chains and swords in the month of Muharram, supposedly in sorrow of what happened to Hazrat Hussein (R.A) and his family in Karbala. This is practiced by Shias throughout the world and in groups by their men, women and children.