My questions is based on the most common criticism of shias which is how we get super active and over emotional in muharram. The concept of matam i understand its a human experession but taking it to the extent that it has become a ritual and actually encouraged in forms of using swords or little "knives " to cut oneself...how does this image or action fit in with the entire picture of islam?
The current shia imams, none of them ever criticize it , nor tell the people to think twice about it. I understand the events that happened, are very serious and can entice serious emotiones and anger and sadness. But ritualizing this event in form of matam demonstration in the street is that the legacy of the prophethood!
Is that something muslims should be representated as on the world scale? would Imam ali or any of the imams, ever support such actions, in the light of their noble characters, knowledge and how they behaved.
Like dont get me wrong, i think the majalis are an integral part of reviving the spirit of muslims, and is needed but why dont shia scholars or imam ever raise an objection or talk about matam and stating that may be shia need to think twice about this practice.
I am not hear to offend anyone views , i belong to both shia and sunni parents, just trying to get perspectives..and to be very blunt i honestly do not beleive in this sectarian concepts. My thinking is you take the good from where ever you find it and drop the bad. Whatever happened in history is history...learn from it and dont do repeat..
Edited by muhammadaliabid, 24 July 2010 - 09:34 PM.