Friday, November 7, 2014
[Watch] Muslims Take Babies To Mosque Roof, Drop Them For Blessings
Muslims have many backwards and disturbing traditions and rites of passage, but one tradition enacted by parents in particular is outraging human rights activists.
The scene is the balcony of a mosque in Karnataka, India, at least 30 ft high. An imam holds an infant by their hands and feet over the ledge. He vigorously shakes the child, then drops him.
No, this isn’t ISIS delighting in their latest slaughter of Christian babies. This is a Muslim leader, and the child is undergoing their first rite of passage.
The imam lets the terrified child plummet to a fellow Muslims holding an extended blanket below. The terrified child sobs as his family celebrates.
The ceremony is believed to bring good luck, health, and prosperity.
A video of one of these ceremonies from 2009 shows imams shaking and dropping frightened babies:
Although the tradition was banned in 2011, Muslims reintroduced the traumatic event into mosques.