Prophet Muhamad teaches that fasting on Ashura will kill away all of the sins from the previous year. The ninth and tenth days of this month are therefore considered fasting days by many Muslim followers. There are many Shia Muslim sects that practice chest-beating called Latyma, as well as self-flagellation and forehead shaving. Sunni Muslims observe Ashura as a day of respect for Muhammad but don't participate in its rituals. Islam forbids Muslims from participating in joyous events during this solemn period of Muharram. A reading of Ziarat Ashura is customary on Ashura Day, the book that salutes the martyrs of Karbala. In addition to praying to Allah for good health and spending time with their families and near and dear ones, Muslims celebrate this by visiting the mosque. When breaking their fast, people also enjoy cooking sweet dishes like sweet rice for their families and circle of friends to enjoy.