Assalamu'alaykum Apparently they take something before they beat themselves, so they can ''mellow out'' and feel less pain. Disturbing, I wouldn't let a kid see something like this ..wouldn't want to see it myself obviously, what happens if you're in the area and just taking a stroll to the shops?! How horrific. Also, Im thinking that the UK Shi'ahs aren't as active as they tend to be in the US? I don't know because I dont live in a heavily muslim/shi'ah populated area to judge it, but I get that impression at least.