A Refutation of the Supposed Evidence
Promoters of blood flagellation bring forward certain narrations from Islamic sources to prove that their practices do indeed have an Islamic basis. Three narratives are usually used by them:
1, The story of Uwais al-Qarni (r) breaking all his teeth.
2, The claim that Lady Zainab (a) made her head bleed.
3, The words of Imam Mahdi (a) in Ziarat Nahiyah: “I will weep blood in place of tears”.
In the next three sections, each of these three narratives will be analyzed and it will be shown that they are either not authentic or that they cannot be used as proofs to justify blood shedding rituals.