The sufi ritual of sticking knives in eyes
The annual Urs Festival sees thousands of followers of the branch of mystic Islam take to the streets to commemorate the founder of Sufi, Moinuddin Chishti.
To show devotion to their faith, the holy men put swords in their eyeballs, pierce their cheeks and drive skewers into their backs.
Sufism is a branch of Islam that traces its principles from the prophet Muhammad through his cousin and son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib. Sufis believe that they are practising ihsan (perfection of worship) as revealed by the Archangel Gabriel to Muhammad: ‘Worship and serve Allah as you are seeing Him and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you’. Sufis consider themselves as the original true proponents of this pure original form of Islam.