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  1. After discussing with other members, I have decided to share a chapter I am writing for my enlightenment class. The paper focuses on Karbala, and dissects the events through four main content areas: history, philosophy, art, and science (psychology). Here is the second chapter on philosophy: (I would appreciate advice) Chapter II: The Philosophy of Imam Husayn (as) ————————————————————————————————— Utilizing Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” found within The Republic, as an essential framework for deciphering and illuminating the philosophy of Imam Husayn (as), I will establish the historical and philosophical significance of Socrates’ teachings. Since one’s earliest upbringings, he/she remains stagnant, enraptured and entrapped by the confines of a societally constructed “cave,” compelled to perceive that which surfaces in palpable sight, a “screen” manipulated by “puppeteers,” the domineering figures of a societal submission (Plato 208). Languished in a stupor, entranced by “shadows” of reality, of a fabricated truth, resembling “strange prisoners,” individuals remain incapable of observing existence as it truly abides (Plato 208). Enlightened, the suffering inherent in said goal, “pain” the seeker as he/she perceives “more correctly,” “puzzled” by the obscurity of his/her past conceived truth (Plato 209). The upward ascent, the enlightening experience of Truth, manifests for the seeker in the witnessing of the sun in its entirety, completeness as its “reflection” wanes (Plato 210). Yet, inherent within the seeker’s quest remains the ultimate “suffering” endured by him/her as he/she confronts unyielding, unforgiving “ridicule,” lauded by the unawakened society, tested with physical violence if the distorted cave-dwellers permitted (Plato 210). Therefore, a reality, a counterfeit reality, comprised of and perceived through sight is akin to a “prison dwelling,” where the seeker must witness True reality through an “upward journey of the soul to the intelligible realm”—a pursuit of agonizing enlightenment (Plato 211). Yet, most pertinent to this analysis concerning Imam Husayn (as) remains Socrates’ ultimate philosophical goal, which will be dissected through parallels: in the knowable realm, the last thing to be seen is the form of the good, and it is seen with toil and trouble. Once one has seen it, however, one must infer that it is the cause of that is correct and beautiful in anything, that in the visible realm it produces both light and its source, and in the intelligible realm it controls and provides truth and understanding; and that anyone who is to act sensibly in private or public must see it. (Plato 211) Intrinsic to the liberating of Islam from said insipid desires, remains the concept of martyrdom. The notion of martyrdom, or shahada, is innately connected to the Islamic philosophy of “Holy Struggle,” or jihad (Ezzati 1). In the modern context, erroneously interweaved with militant organizations like ISIS or Boko Haram, jihad has mutated, deteriorated to the barbaric inclination of mass violence, terror, and accumulation of man as mere property—men, women, and children to be manipulated, battered, and disposed for the sake of worldly possessions and power. However, this notion of jihad deviates from its morally disposed doctrine—the notion and strive for “enjoining right and discovering wrong (al-amr bi’l-maruf)” (Ezzati 1). Islam, linguistically, equates to its Arabic derivatives of “surrender” and “peace;” thus, Islam is a manifestation and life of “submi[tting]” to the “will of Allah,” or God (Ezzi 1). Divergent from scholarly, popular, and Islamist conception, jihad does not denote “Holy War,” or arms for the sake of God (Ezzi 1). Martyrdom, therefore, cannot exist without “struggle” in the seeking of God, for the acquisition of Truth amid un-truth (Ezzati 2). From a examination of derivatives, martyrdom (shahada), translates to “see,” to “witness,” to “testify,” to transform into a “model and paradigm” (Ezzati 2). Thus, martyrdom linguistically and precisely denotes the perception of truth for the sake of instilling a paradigm, or exemplar, of absolute, unadulterated Truth. A “shahid,” an individual who perceives and “witnesses,” is compelled to not merely a verbal affirmation, but a physical assertion as well—he must be willing, yearning, to sacrifice his existence wholly for “truth,” transforming into a martyr (Ezzati 2). The emphasis of truth—of haqq—its “recognition” and “declaration,” straining for such, and the “preparedness to die for its sake,” thereby establishes “a model for seekers of truth,” and is the manifestation of martyrdom (Ezzati 2). Muhammad (pbuh), the seal of Islamic prophethood, embodies the “universal Message of Allah,” and the “incarnation,” the “model” (shahid) and “paradigm” (uswa), “attract[ing]” people towards the “truth” (Ezzati 3-4). Inherent within the Shi’ite comprehension of Islam remains the conception of the Immate—the “leading” and “guiding” of the Muslim Ummah (Ezzati 4). Therefore, Imam Husayn (as), reflects the concept of Truth amid un-truth akin to the seekers entrapped within the “cave”—the noble against the ignoble, the just against the tyrant. Rooted heavily in the philosophy of “Every day is Ashura,” and “every place is Karbala,” illustrates the poignant martyrdom of Imam Husayn (as) (Ezzati 5). To more comprehensively understand the intention of Imam Husayn (as), one must construct a parallel among the seeker of Socrates and the seeker Imam Husayn (as). The most eloquent and analogous words of Socrates occurs during his illustration of the ultimate goal of the enlightened to his philosopher companion Glaucon: You have forgotten again, my friend, that the law is not concerned with making any one class in the city do outstandingly well, but it is contriving to produce this condition in the city as a whole, harmonizing the citizens together through persuasion or compulsion, and making them share with each other the benefit they can confer on the community. It produces such men in the city, not in order to allow them to turn in whatever direction each one wants, but to make use of them to bind the city together. (Plato 213) This concept of “harmonizing” the community through “persuasion or compulsion,” to essentially “bind” the collective populace in tandem mirrors the distraught, yet steadfast supplication of Imam Husayn (as). Witnessing the bloodshed, mass calamity of the Battle of Karbala, near the closing of the tenth of Muharram, Imam Husayn (as) invoked the Muslim Ummah of “every generation,” of all victims oppressed by “Yazeedism”—the ideological representative of tyranny, repression of “justice, truth, morality” (Rashid 1): Is there anyone who will come to assist us? Is there anyone who will respond to our call for aid? (Rahim 1). Imploring for the perpetuation of “this jihad at the individual, social, and political levels,” Imam Husayn (as) sacrificed his physical existence for the amelioration of a regime devised on “nepotism and blood relationships” (Rahim 9). Prior to leaving Medinah, Imam Husayn (as) crafted a will delivering such to his brother Muhammad Hanifiya: “My mission is to reform the muslim community which I propose to do by amral bill ma’ruf and nahya anil munkar, inviting them to the good and advising them against evil. It is not my intention to set myself as an insolent or arrogant tyrant or mischief maker” (Rahim 9). Akin to the philosophy of Socrates, the Islamic ideology of shielding “truth,” blossoms from those “bred” to be “leaders and kings of
  2. AOA, I'll be going on ziyaraat soon, to Iraq. I'll be visiting Karbala and Najaf. However I may also visit Samaraa, so I wanted to ask, especially from anyone whos been there recently, is it safe? I mean with ISIS and all, and since Samaraa is north of Baghdad and quite close to ISIS controlled areas. Also, is a road trip from Karbalaa to Samaraa safe? Thanks.
  3. When we examine the political thought of Islam, we see two words; legitimacy and acceptance. It means an Imam and leader for a society has to have two things for establishing his government. the legitimacy from Allah and acceptance from people. At first he should be appointed by Allah and then people request him to establish the government. For example the Imam ali(as) was appointed by Allah, but he hadn't accepted by the people. So he hadn't any duty to establish Islamic government and when people approached him to accept it, it became obligatory upon him. So in the movement of Imam Husain(as), we believe that he appointed by Allah as the Imam for the society, but why did he stand for government while people didn't accept him as the leader of society? thank you for your scholarly answers.
  4. Zibh-e-Azeem' the Great Sacrifice and predictions of Prophet Mohammad (pbuhahf) regarding it. http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/Zibh-e-Azeem'-the-Great-Sacrifice-and-pr/806/58
  5. Salaam Alaikum dear brothers and sister: I am currently enrolled in a course in my university called: Pathways to Enlightenment. This is a required senior seminar course, but the specific topic/course focus was allowed to be selected by us. For this class I am to write a 20 page research paper on a topic of my choice. ​Here is a description of the topic: Research Paper: Students choose their own area of interest that emerges from (or merges with) the course theme of Enlightenment, and then write a series of four 5 page essays that will eventually form into a whole. Think of this as a book with a title that includes the word Enlightenment, and then chapters that indicate an engagement with the different disciplinary lenses we’ve been using. These papers require a use of common course readings AND original research materials. The “chapters” will need to be revised in order to create a fully coherent whole turned in during the final exam period colloquium. Conferences with me throughout the writing process are required. For my topic, I decided I will be focusing on the topic of Karbala and Muharram, and how this is a sort of "enlightenment" particularly for Shiite Muslims. Since I will need to look at the topic through a historical lens, I was wondering if anyone could provide me to some academic, well-researched articles pertaining to the topic of Karbala, and perhaps the history of Islam following the death of Muhammad pbuh. I know there are many, many resources out there; therefore, I was wondering if any brothers or sisters knew some great works on the topics of the history of Karbala, or a general history following Muhammad's death, a general timeline, etc. etc. All resources would be greatly appreciated. Salaam.
  6. Salaam! On Youtube, Allama Sayyid Mukhtar Shah Qadri Rizvi has a series of lectures on the lives of famous awliya Allah. Amongst this lecture series he also has started a series of lectures on the lives of the Imams. He has done from Imam Zayn al Abidin (as) to Imam Ali Reza so far ... Here is the link on Youtube for Imam Zayn al Abidin: It is in Urdu/Hindi. I found it very informative, intellectual, and (in this one) emotional. I hope all fair minded people will enjoy listening to it to increase their love of Ahlul Bayt and Aal Muhammad (sal allahu alayhi wa sallam).
  7. Selamun Aleykum to all Ahl-e Bayt lovers... i'm looking for Ahangaran's war songs between iran - iraq war there is couple of videos in youtube but mostly too short and poor quality between 0:00 and 0:53 there is a song of ahangaran i searched all over the internet but i couldn't find, i don't know iranian language only i found this video starts at 0:45 and finishes so fast at 1:16 it's too short :( i hardly found this lyric in this website "Bahre azadi ye ghods az Karbala bayad gozasht" but can't find any source :/ if you know good source please share with me i need the other songs also except the first one thanks a lot...
  8. Brahmans in Karbala COLUMN: By Intizar Husain LITERARY NOTES An interesting aricle was publishe in the famous daily DAWN. Here I am posting it just for information The history of Husaini Brahmans, as told by Nonica Dutt, begins with ten Brahmans going to Karbala with the determination to die fighting for Imam Husain. Among them were Rahib Dutt and his seven sons who fought bravely and resolutely. With the blessings of Imam Husain they met their death in a heroic way. Rahib Dutt was the lone survivor of the battle. WITH the arrival of Muharram this year, I was reminded of an encounter I had with an unusual, intelligent girl in Delhi who asserted that she was a Husaini Brahman. I recall referring to Prem Chand's play 'Karbala' in one of my addresses, which was based on a legend. The legend was about a group of eight Hindu brothers who had somehow reached Karbala determined to die fighting for the cause that Imam Husain stood for. They fought bravely and sacrificed their lives in devotion to Imam Husain. It was in this context that I was talking about Husaini Brahmans, who seemed to have vanished from the social scene in India. All of a sudden, a girl from among the audience stood up and challenged my statement. She said, 'Here I am before you. My name is Nonica Dutt. I belong to a Husaini Brahman family.' It was clearly a pleasant surprise for me, something like discovering a rare bird while walking through a jungle. The girl promised me an exclusive meeting to enlighten me with interesting information about the Husaini Brahmanian background of her family. But the proposed meeting kept on being postponed for one reason or the other. Finally, on the last day of my stay in Delhi, I received a call from her. 'Let us meet now,' she said 'But I have no evening to spare for you. Today is the last day of my stay in your city,' I said. 'But I am already in the lounge and I must meet you,' she said. So we finally had a meeting. She entered my room with two large volumes under her arm. I proposed a detailed sitting on my next visit, which was due after a month or so. 'But in the coming months, I will not be in Delhi. I am moving to Germany and will spend four months at the Humboldt University.' Nonica Dutt taught history at Jawahar Lal University and had been honoured with a fellowship from the Humboldt University. Hence she was on her way to Germany. 'I,' she said, 'told my mother about your comments regarding Husaini Brahamans and how I introduced myself as one. To that she said, did you tell him that we don't perform the rituals the Brahmans are obliged to perform. That we don't go to the temples?' 'Should I presume from this,' I asked, 'that you have turned Muslim.' 'No, we are not Muslims,' she exclaimed. 'Then what are you?' I inquired. 'We are Husaini Brahmans,' she said with a certain sense of pride and added, 'Now, I will tell you about a sign each and every Husaini Brahman carries with him/her. On his/her throat s/he bears a line of cutting, which is indicative of the fact that s/he is the descendant of those Brahmans whose throats were cut in the battle of Karbala.' Then she told me about the ritual carried out on the birth of every child in her family. She said, 'Among Brahmans, after child birth, the ritual of Moondan is performed. In our family this ritual is performed in the name of Imam Husain.' She then went on to tell me the historical facts. 'I will now tell you about the history of our martyred forefathers.' Pointing to the two books placed on the table she said, 'our entire history is conserved within these two books. When needed, I will quote from them.' Considering their worn out and pale pages, the books, which were written in English, seemed to be centuries old. The history of Husaini Brahmans, as told by Nonica Dutt, begins with ten Brahmans going to Karbala with the determination to die fighting for Imam Husain. Among them were Rahib Dutt and his seven sons who fought bravely and resolutely. With the blessings of Imam Husain they met their death in a heroic way. Rahib Dutt was the lone survivor of the battle. From Karbala he escaped to Kufa, where he stayed for some time. It is said that Rahib had the privilege of meeting the members of the Imam's family after the massacre. He introduced himself by saying, 'I am a Brahman from Hindustan.' The reply came, 'Now you are Husaini Brahman. We will always remember you.' Rahib went from Kufa to Afghanistan, and from there came back to India where he stayed for a few days in Nankana. Nonica paused for a while and then spoke, 'In the Sialkot district there is a town known as Viran Vatan. That place is our ancestral home. We are the descendants of Rahib Dutt. He had brought with him a hair of Imam Husain, which is ensconced in the Hazratbal shrine in Kashmir. She then recited a few couplets from the book she had brought along with her, in which these incidents have been recorded. 'These couplets,' she said, 'are very popular among the Husaini Brahmans.' Nonica shut the book and said 'Let me inform you that Sunil Dutt was also a Husaini Brahman. And the father of Nargis too was a Husaini Brahman.' She got up saying 'Now I must go.' 'I think,' I said, 'after you return from Germany, I should make a point to come to Delhi so that you can introduce me to your father. I will perhaps be able to know much more about your ancestors from him.' She said goodbye and left hurriedly. I had been under the impression that the story of the eight Brahmins was just a legend. But Nonica firmly believed that it is a historical fact. And it is the belief of Nonica and her community that really counts. For them the event is a reality. __._,_.___ http://dawn. com/weekly/ books/books12. htm January 20, 2008
  9. (salam) Full video and transcript of The Biography of Rahmatul lil Alameen, a Mercy to the Worlds, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) by Syed Ammar Nakshwani http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/803/79 Full video and English Transcript of Syed Ammar on how history has been unfair to Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/795/79#.VBtaP5RdW84 A short clip and its transcript on Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as) on cleanilness by Sayyed Ammar Nakshawani from the lecture of the Biography of Imam Ridha (as). http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/796/79#.VBtdU5RdW84 Biography of Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as) by Syed Ammar Nakshwani full video and part of its transcript. http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/802/79#.VBtdhZRdW84
  10. A blog about Azadari, Muharram Rituals in Indian Sub-Continent, Muharram Heritage, Taziadari, Forgotten Azadars, Shair-E-Ahlebait, Imambaras, Shrines dedicated to Maula Ali, Bibi Fatima, Imam Hasan and Hussain, Hazrat Abbas, Hazrat Zainab, Karbala, Martyrs of Karbala, Marsiyakhwans, Imam- e- Zamana, Dargahs, Nauhakhwans, Soz, Salam Marsiya, Sufism and history of Sufi Shrines with special focus on Madari Sufi Order, Its founder Zinda Shah Madar, Ascetic warriors and Wandering mystics and Malangs. http://muharramheritage.blogspot.in
  11. http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/Worshiping-and-Praising-Allah-by-all-of-/719/58#.VSzQzdzF9Vg
  12. اِس سوال پر اسلامی تاریخ کے ہردور میں اظہارِ خیال کیاگیا ہے اور اِس تحریک اور قیام کے مختلف مقاصد ومحرکات بیان کئے گئے ہیں۔اظہارِ خیال کرنے والے بعض حضرات نے انتہائی جزئی مطالعے، کوتاہ فکری، کسی خاص فکری رجحان سے وابستگی یا بدنیتی کی بنا پرامام حسین ؑ کے قیام کا مقصد ایسی چیزوں کو قرار دیا ہے جو اسلام کی روح، تاریخی حقائق، امام حسین ؑ کی شخصیت اور آپ ؑ کے مقامِ عصمت وامامت کے یکسرمنافی ہیں۔ مثلاً یہ کہنا کہ نواسہ رسول کا اقدام نسلی یا قبائلی چپقلش کا نتیجہ تھا، یا امام ؑ نے امت کے گناہوں کی بخشش کے لیے اپنے خون کا نذرانہ پیش کیاوغیرہ وغیرہ اِسی قسم کے مقاصد میں سے ہیں۔ آپ کی اس حوالے سے کیا رائے ہے؟ اور آج کے دور میں ہم سے امام کا کیا تقاضہ ہے؟
  13. Bahadur Shah Zafar and Hazrat Mahal- Devotees of Imam Husain in Exile?By Dr.Mazhar Naqvi Bahadur Shah Zafar and Begum Hazrat Mahal, two great devotees of Imam Husain and frontline leaders of India’s First war of Independence remain buried in foreign lands. It is indeed unfortunate and tragic. Both of them had tremendous affection for their homeland and they had challenged the British supremacy to liberate India from their clutches. Bahadur Shah had got a grave dug out for his burial at Mehrauli in New Delhi but he was laid to rest in Burmese capital Yangon (Earlier known as Rangoon) where he was asked to spend his last days in exile by the British. read more about article http://muharramheritage.blogspot.in/2015/04/devotees-of-karbala-maertyrs-in-exile.html
  14. Salam all, I am looking for information regarding going to ziyarat to Iraq and Iran this summer. Unfortunately, it does not seem that much information is online regarding how to plan for such a trip - what to bring, how to get there, where to live, etc. Do people only go through travel agencies these days? If so, what's a good travel agency in NY? I've only found one online which looks somewhat reliable. Jazak'Allah!
  15. http://imhussain.com/e_index.php?ac=news&id=32 Harvard School of Public Health states that consuming fast food increases your risk of obesity-related conditions. Giving up fast food seems intimidating, as you can sacrifice both convenience and indulgence; however, eating healthful alternatives will improve your health, and eventually, your cravings for fast food will diminish. Breakfast fast-food breakfasts such as breakfast burritos, sausage and cheese sandwiches, syrup-soaked pancakes and oily waffles aren-t the way to start your day. Alternatives such as lettuce wraps, tofu scrambles, egg and toast and oatmeal pancakes are healthier choices to give your body energy and nutrition. Compare the 450 calories and 31 grams of fat in a fast-food biscuit with egg and bacon to the 130 calories and 5 grams of fat in a scramble with four egg whites and 1 ounce of cooked turkey bacon. Time’s often an issue for breakfast, but you can prepare many alternative breakfasts in advance and heat them during a busy morning. For example, make a batch of breakfast burritos from black beans, egg whites, chopped bell peppers and corn tortillas and freeze them individually wrapped. Alternately, have a smoothie made from fresh fruit, a sliced apple with peanut butter or strawberries with almond butter for an energy boost. Lunch fast-food lunches like cheeseburgers, french fries or fish and chips can cause fatigue rather than giving you energy. Alternatives such as baked sweet potato fries, tuna salad or a stuffed pita are much healthier. A fast-food double burger has more than 942 calories and 58 grams of fat; to compare, a 3-ounce turkey burger on a whole-wheat pita has 169 calories and 2 grams of fat. While it’s undeniably less indulgent, it’s far better for your health. Other lunch options include a butterhead lettuce and tomato salad with balsamic vinegar, tomato soup, steamed fish with spinach or a chicken breast lettuce wrap with avocado. If you need lunch to-go, bring it in an insulated lunch box with ice packs to keep your food cold or a thermos to keep soup warm. Dinner Fast-food dinners are not an ideal way to end your day. Instead of greasy pizza, create a homemade Margherita pizza, swap fried chicken for oven-baked chicken and have a salad with whole-grain bread instead of a deli sandwich. Other choices for dinner include homemade soup, vegetable stir-fry, steamed lean meat or whole-wheat pasta. Replacing two pieces of fast-food fried chicken, which has more than 431 calories and 26 grams of fat, with 3 ounces of chicken breast for less than 100 calories and around 2 grams of fat instantly makes dinner healthier. If you need dinner quickly, prepare a large batch of soup, salad or sandwich filling at the beginning of the week or use a slow cooker to prepare lean meats and stews while you’re away for the day. Snacks and Desserts Chips, french fries, popcorn chicken, pie, ice cream shakes and other unhealthy snacks and desserts do not nourish your body. Fresh fruit is an ideal replacement; it doubles as both a delicious snack and healthful dessert, and there’s multiple types from which to choose. Smoothies are excellent replacements for fast-food shakes. To compare, a large strawberry shake has more than 550 calories and 13 grams of fat; replace it with a smoothie made from 1 cup of plain, fat-free yogurt and 1 cup of fresh strawberries for 186 calories and 1 gram of fat. Fruit salads, fruit pudding made with silken tofu and fruit dipped in chocolate are other tasty dessert choices. For savory snacks, vegetables sticks, whole-grain crackers or roasted chickpeas are tasty choices. Source: healthyeating.sfgate.com Note: We are the International Media Unit in the holy shrine of Imam Hussain. Our main aim is to spread the message of Ahlul-Bayt worldwide. Please join our Facebook group at (Hussein Revivalism) and follow our Twitter account @ImamHusainMedia and Instagram @imamhussainmedia Thank you, may Allah and the Ahlul-Bayt bless you.
  16. وَفَدَيْنَاهُ بِذِبْحٍ عَظِيمٍ {107}[shakir 37:107] And We ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice. [Pickthal 37:107] Then We ransomed him with a tremendous victim. [Yusufali 37:107] And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice How do Sunni scholars interpret this verse ?
  17. [Hazrat Abu-ul-Fazal Abbas (a.s) Asalamoalaka ya Gahzi Abbas a.s Name - Ali , Abbas Title - Abbas Kunyat - Abu-ul-Fazal Born - 4th of Shabaan 26th A.H. , at Medina Father's Name - Imam Ali Murtaza (a.s) Mother's Name - Ummul Baneen Died - At the age of 35 years, at Karbala , on Friday 10th Muharrum 61 A.H. Shaheed at the war of Karbala. Buried - at Karbala, Iraq. HAZRAT ABBAS (a.s) Hazrat Ali married Fatimah Binti Huzaam Ibne Khalid in 24 Hijrah. Fatimah gave birth to Hazrat Abbas on the 4th Shabaan, 26th Hijrah. In 27th Hijrah Ja'far was born and in 29th Hijrah Uthmaan was born. Abdullah was born in 32nd Hijrah. Because she had four sons Fatima Binti Huzaam was known as Ummul Baneen. Ummul Baneen, from the very first day she entered Hazrat Ali's house, treated the children of Bibi Fatimah with utmost respect. She brought up her own sons to look upon Imaam Hassan, Imaam Hussain, Bibi Zainab and Bibi Kulthoom, not as brothers and sisters but as masters and mistresses. Imaam Hussain was very attached to Hazrat Abbas. When Hazrat Abbas was born, Hazrat Ali asked Imaam Hussain to recite the adhaan and the iqamah in the ears of the child. When he was on the arms of Imaam Hussain, the infant smiled and raised his arms. There were tears in Imaam Hussain's eyes. Was it because he knew that the child was trying to say: "O Mawla I have come and will happily give these my arms and my life for you and Islam" ? In early childhood Hazrat Abbas would follow Imaam Hussain like a shadow. If Imaam Hussain looked thirsty, Abbas would rush to bring him water. If Imaam Hussain seemed hot, Abbas would fan him with the hem of his cloak. At the battle of Siffeen in the 34th Hijrah, Abbas was only eight years old. Imaam Hussain was fighting in the battle field. When Hazrat Abbas saw an enemy soldier approaching Imaam Hussain from behind, he took a sword and rushed into the battle field and killed the enemy, at the same time crying out in a loud voice, "How can any one dare attack my Mawla while I am alive." He continued to fight maintaining his position behind Imaam Hussain. Muawiya saw this and asked, "Who is that boy?" When he was told he was Abbas ibne Ali, he said, "By God! No one can fight like that at that age except a son of Ali!" Hazrat Abbas grew up to be a tall and handsome man. He was so tall, that when he sat on a horse his feet touched the ground. He was so handsome that he was known as Qamar-e-Bani Hashim, the Moon of the family of Hashim. Hazrat Abbas was also a valiant warrior. It was said that Muawiya did not dare invade Madina because of five men who were with Imaam Hussain and could, together with their Imaam, conquer a whole army. These were Muhammad Hanafia, a brother of Imaam Hussain, Hazrat Muslim ibne Aqeel, Abdullah Ibne Jaffer, Hazrat Abbas and Hazrat Ali ibnal Hussain, our fourth Imaam, Zainul 'Abideen. When Imaam Hussain decided to leave Madina in the month of Rajab 60 Hijrah, he did not encourage Muhammad Hanafia and Abdullah Ibne Jaffer to accompany him. He wanted to make sure that no one at the time or in the future would suggest that Hussain wanted to fight for the khilafah. Just before Imaam Hussain left Madina, Ummul Baneen summoned all her four sons and said to them, My sons you must remember that while I love you, Imaam Hussain is your Master. If Imaam or his sisters or his children get injured or hurt while you are still alive, I will never forgive you. There were tears in Hazrat Abbas's eyes as he promised his mother that he and his brothers would lay down their lives for Imaam Hussain and his children. The caravan reached Kerbala on 2nd Muharram. From the day the sad news of Hazrat Muslim's murder had reached the caravan of Imaam Hussain, Hazrat Abbas and his brothers increased their vigilance to protect Imaam and the others. Hazrat Abbas was very popular with the children of Imaam Hussain especially Sakina who was only four years old. Whenever the children wanted anything they would cry out "Ya Abbas!" or "Ya Ammahu!", and Abbas would go running. But from the seventh of Muharram Abbas was unable to respond to their cries for water. Then came the day of Ashura, after Zuhr prayers one by one the brave companions of Imaam Hussain fell in the battle field. At last only Imaam Hussain, Ali Akber and Hazrat Abbas were left. Imaam Zainul 'Abideen lay sick in his tent. Several times Hazrat Abbas asked Imaam Hussain for permission to go and fight. Each time Imaam Hussain would reply "Abbas, you are the captain of my army, you are my 'alamdaar - the standard bearer". Hazrat Abbas would never argue with Imaam Hussain. His three brothers were killed in the battle fought after Zuhr. Imaam Hussain could see the anger in Hazrat Abbas's eyes, especially when Hazrat Qasim's body was trampled upon by the enemy. Imaam Hussain knew that if he let Abbas go and fight, there would be a massacre in the enemy rank. Imaam Hussain's object was to re-awaken Islam and not to score a victory on the battle field. Just then Bibi Sakina came out holding a dried up mask. She walked up to Hazrat Abbas and said "AL ATASH, YA AMMAHU! I am thirsty O my uncle Abbas !" Abbas went to Imaam Hussain and requested for permission to go and get water for Sakina. Imaam Hussain gave his permission. Abbas put Sakina's mashk on the 'alam, mounted his horse and rode up to Imaam Hussain. He said "I have come to say goodbye". Imaam Hussain said "My brother, come and embrace me". Hazrat Abbas dismounted his horse. There were tears in Imaam's eyes. As Hazrat Abbas prepared to mount his horse, Imaam Hussain said, "My brother, I want a gift from you. I want your sword". Hazrat Abbas, without uttering a word, gave Imaam Hussain his sword and rode into the battlefield, armed only with a spear and holding the 'alam. There were 30,000 enemy soldiers in the battlefield. They had all heard of the valour of Hazrat Abbas. A cry arose, "Abbas is coming!" Yazeed's soldiers started hiding behind one another. A few brave ones dared go near Hazrat Abbas but were soon put to death by the spear or by a kick. Hazrat Abbas reached the river Furaat. He filled the mashk with water. He himself was very thirsty. He took the water in his palms, looked at it and threw it away saying, "O water of Furaat, my lips can welcome you only after Sakina has quenched her thirst !?" He placed the mashk on his 'alam and started to ride back. Umar Sa'ad cried out, "Do not let that water reach Hussain's camp, otherwise we shall all be doomed!" A soldier climbed a tree and as Abbas was riding past the tree he struck his sword on the right shoulder The spear and the arm fell on to the ground. Just then someone crept behind Hazrat Abbas and struck him on the left shoulder. The 'alam fell. Hazrat Abbas gripped the mashk with his teeth. His one object was to get the water to Sakina. Fighting with his feet he urged the horse to get him to Imaam's camp as quickly as possible. Alas ! an arrow was shot. It went flying across the desert and hit the mashk. The water began to pour out and with the water all the hopes of Hazrat Abbas poured on to the sands of Kerbala to be buried forever in the thirsty desert. Abbas now did not want to go back and face Sakina. With his feet, he signalled the horse to turn back. The enemy surrounded him from all sides. Abbas fell from the horse!! As he fell, he cried out "My salaams to you Ya Mawla!" Imaam Hussain seemed to lose all his strength when he heard the voice of his dear brother Abbas. When Hazrat Abbas left to go to fetch water, Imaam stood at the gate of the camp watching the 'alam. Sakina was standing next to Imaam Hussain, also with her eyes fixed on the 'alam. When Abbas reached the river bank and bent down to fill the mashk, the 'alam disappeared from sight. Sakina was frightened and looked at her father. Imaam said, 'Sakina, your uncle Abbas is at the river bank'. Sakina smiled and said, 'Alhamdulillah !' and called out all the children to welcome Abbas. When Hazrat Abbas lost both arms, the 'alam fell onto the ground. Sakina could see it no longer! She looked at Imaam Hussain, but he turned his face away. Sakina began to tremble with fear and her eyes filled with tears. She raised her hands and prayed, 'Ya Allah! Do not let them kill my uncle Abbas! I will never ask for water again!' and ran inside to her mother. Imaam Hussain reached where Hazrat Abbas was lying. It was a tragic sight. Hazrat Abbas was lying on the ground. Both arms had been severed! There was an arrow in the right eye and blood blocked the left eye. As soon as Hazrat Abbas sensed the presence of Imaam Hussain he said "Mawla, why did you take the trouble to come over? Please go back and look after Sakina." Imaam Hussain said, "My dear brother, all your life you have served me and my children. Is there anything I can do for you at this last moment of you life ?" Hazrat Abbas replied, "Aqaa, please, clean the blood from my eye so that I can see your beloved face before I die!" Imaam cleaned the blood. Abbas fixed his gaze on Imaam. Then he said, "Mawla please do not carry my body to the camp. I do not wish Sakina to see me in this state!" Imaam Hussain took Hazrat Abbas in his arms, and kissed his forehead. Just then our Mawla, our Mushkil Kushaa, Abbas ibne Ali breathed his last. Imaam Hussain placed Sakina's mashk on the 'alam and carried the 'alam to the camp. He went to Bibi Zainab's tent. Imaam Hussain could not say a word. He gave the 'alam to Bibi Zainab and sat down on the floor! The brother sister performed aza-e-Abbas. Abbas b. Ali (A.S.) Abbas -- the Flag Bearer of Hussain (A.S.)AbbasAbbas Hazarat Abbas (as), The Standard Bearer of Imam Hussain
  18. In the name of Allah the Most Beneficient the Most Merciful Salam Alykum Brothers and Sisters, I have created a presentation on Imam Hussein (a.s.) and Tragedy of Karbala that I would like to share with you. You can view it at, http://karbala-tragedy.blogspot.com Note: It is created using Adobe Flash, so unfortunately its not currently viewable on IPhone, IPad or other tablets/smart-phones that do not support Adobe Flash. I am planning to convert it to a Mobile App so it can be downloaded via App Store in the future. The concept behind the presentation is to serve as an educational tool to highlight important events from Birth of Imam Hussein (a.s.) leading upto his Journey and Martyrdom in Karbala, and why Sacrifice of Imam Hussein (a.s.) at Karbala became necessary for revival of Islam. The Presentation is divided into following sections. Background and Pretext Part 1 (626 CE - 632 CE) Birth of Imam Hussein - Last Sermon of Holy Prophet Part 2 (632 CE - 656 CE) Death of Holy Prophet - Murder of Caliph Uthman Part 3 (656 CE - 669 CE) Imam Ali as 4th Caliph - Martyrdom of Imam Hasan Imam Hussein's historic journey from Medina to Karbala Part 1 (680 CE) Medina - Makkah 27 Shaban, 60 AH - 8 Dhul-Hijjah, 60 AH Part 2 (680 CE) Makkah - Zuhasm 8 Dhul-Hijjah, 60 AH - 29 Dhul-Hijjah, 60 AH Part 3 (680 CE) Zuhasm - Karbala 29 Dhul-Hijjah, 60 AH - 10 Muharram, 61 AH Please feel free to leave comments and share the link with others. Thanks, Hussain Zaidi
  19. In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful This topic, the 'Burning Galaxy' was sparked mainly to post and reply poems and make necessary corrections before performed in public. The theme is mainly of the Islamic Events coming from time to time, but I am expecting more on Muharram on Saffar. Insha Allah, the following would be the first poem to begin this journey! Ashurah It’s the 10th day of Muharram We have struggled to come so far It’s the day of Ahl-ul-Bait’s Exam We have come to mourn the star The moon of Hashim was beaten The land of Karbala was ashamed The son of Hussain was eaten The day of Ashura was inflamed Hussain was leaving his tent Farewelling his family the last time After Abbas, his back is bent He pleads to the enemies to come and repent Hussain left to the battle field Providing Islam the perfect yield Fulfilling the promise of the beloved appealed So that Islam can remain in the shield He swung his sword known as Zulfikar Leaving enemies with a permanent scar He does not care of dirham nor dinar He cares only of Islam since he has come so far He got beaten, butchered and wounded The enemies have now surrounded Now he is completely shredded He knows he is going to be beheaded As the anger of the enemies rose They anguished the Prophet’s soul The tents of Imam Hussain did they disclose The blood of the neck of Imam Hussain did they expose The Prophet made 72 glories in his prostration Imam Hussain gave 72 martyrs in his reaction The Prophet raise his head when he finish the declaration Imam Hussain laid his head until the enemy’s celebration They ambushed the family of the Prophet Thinking that that’s the final and worldly asset They forgot of the repayment of this great debt But they continue to threat and threat The enemies of Islam have not been punished yet There will be a time when there eyes will be wet Their faces will bow down and cry in regret For the dreadful act that anyone can never forget Yet we wait for the Imam of our time with Anxiety We continue to mourn for the successor of our deity He will bring peace to the society And eradicate the falsehood and reveal the truthful piety -- Syed Ameed
  20. Why had Imam Husayn (a.s) presented this sacrifice? Is it for gaining power or is it a kind of mischief? Why he didn’t act like his brother?Let us see what Husayn (a.s) himself says about his movement. At the time when he was departing from Medina, he wrote a bequest to his brother, Muhammad Hanafiyyah. Some of the sentences of this testament were as follows: “…I am not taking up arms in order to make merry, or be ecstatic over what I possess. I am not making mischief, nor exercising oppression. But I am ready to fight for the sole goal of seeking reform of the Ummah of my grandfather, the Apostle of Allah (s.a.w). I want to enjoin good and forbid evil and guide the affairs of the people as my grandfather and father were doing.”
  21. What is the role of people in the Imam Husain's uprising? While Imam Husain (s.a) understood that people of Kufa changed their Allegiance, he didn’t change his objection and continued his uprising?
  22. Salam Alaikum Condolences to you on the heartbreaking tragedy and Shahadah of Imam Husain (AS). As we reflect on the many lessons and morals of Karbala, we can't help but ponder on the importance of SALAH highlighted and emphasized in the Karbala tragedy. http://standwithdignity.org/karbala-struggle-to-establish-salah/ Please read and share with all your contacts. Eltimas Dua!
  23. Night 1; Br. Khalil Jaffer, Islamic Sermon Series; The Origin and the Return: GOD
  24. Fazilat or Rank Ziyarat Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s Visiting Karbala , Iraq Read Must Huge ranks ,which you never read before , visit this link to get benfits http://14sayings.blogspot.com/2014/10/fazilat-or-rank-ziyarat-hazrat-imam.html Hazrat Imam e Hussain a.s Says, Read Ziyarat Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s or Ziyarat Ashura or Asalamoalaka ya Abaabdella -hel -Imam e Hussain a.s Wa Ashab ul Hussain a.s Wa Ansar ul Hussian a.s Aslamoalkium Waramat ullaha Wabarkato (must be recite daily 3 times towards the Karbala on your Roof or Lawn at night, safety in grave is Guarantee! from Azab e Qabr (Punishment of Grave) 40,000 Guzz (Meters) from Left, 40,000 Guzz from Right, 40,000 Guzz from Legs & 40,000 Guzz from Head (in all directions). The Person who read this daily, I Hazrat Imam e Hussian a.s came to his grave for his Ziyarat. (Rewards is Hajj's & Umrah's) and 14 Ayma Masomeen a.s also came for His Ziyarat in Grave and help him in Grave in the time of tension, sorrow, difficulties & Day of Judgement. Attn!(12th Imam) Hazrat Imam Zamana a.s Says (Order), Why you do not Read Ziyarat e Ashura Daily Ashura ! Ashura ! Ashura ! and Pray for My Reappearance daily. Hazrat Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s) narrates that �one who recites at Fajar Dua e Ahad (Promise with Last Imam) for 40 mornings;(read daily till end of death) he will be accounted amongst the helpers of Hazrat Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s). And if he happens to die before the reappearance of Hazrat Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s), Allah will raise him up from his rave so that he may assist the holy Imam (a.t.f.s). For every word that he recites in this supplication, Allah will grant him 1000 good deeds and will erase from his scroll of deeds 1000 sins�. Ziarat-e-Ashura Dua'a after Ziarat (Dua e Alqamah) Dua e Ahad (Promise with Harzat Imam Zamana a.s) Read daily at Fajr Say ! (Tasbeeh Tanslation in English) "O Allah ! condemn and lay a curse upon the killers of Hussain a.s, his family and friends" (Tasbeeh in Arabic) "ALLAAHUMAL-A�N QATALATAL H�USAYN WA AWLAADIHEE WA AS�HAABIHEE " (Tasbeeh in Easy Urdu Translation) "Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s Aur Un-kaa Ashaab kaa Qatloo pur Lant ba Shammar!" Read must This Tasbeeh 100 times or more (un-limited) daily after every Namaz, you can read in any Language which you feel easy. It is my (Abbas Shahid) Will and Advise to all of them, please must Read daily Ziyarat e Waris Hazrat Imam e Hussain a.s with Ziyarat Hazrat Abbas a.s , Hazrat Ali Akbar a.s & Shuda e Karbala a.s or Ziyarat Ashura daily (read 2 rakat namaz hadia Ziyarat Qurbat illah like fajr namaz) (Huge Rewards, Ranks & Benefits in World, Grave & Day of Judgement) for any Wishes, Tension, Increase in Wealth, Any Hard Difficulties, For Marriage purpose, Interuption in Marriages & Engagement or Safety in Grave from Azab e Qabr (Punishment of Grave) Attn! You can read must for Dead Peoples like (Mother/Father/Sister/Brother/Grand Father/Mother or Any) to increase there ranks in Paradise (Jannat). This is best Deed's (Work) which you perform after there Death. (Please make your Will to your Family members & Next Generation's after your death read Ziyart Ashura or Ziyarat Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s and gave Sad-ka (Chairity) daily in name of yours) Advise them also they should read must when you are burried in Grave (Qabr), when Angels Munkar/Nakir starts Ques from you & (1st Night in Grave).Make you Will to Family members to perform Hajj, Umrah, Ziyarats & gave Sad-ka (Chairity) in name of your till they alive. Guarantee! Dua's for Safety from Bomb Blast , Un-Expected Death or Traveling outside Attn! Some Peoples Came at the time of Hazrat Imam Jaffar Sadiq a.s ask question from him , When we go outside from our houses , we did not know , we return back securely & safely , Mola! Our families are much worried about us , please guide us ? "Hazrat Imam Jaffar Sadiq a.s says, When you leaves your houses, before leaving, read Our Grand Father Ziyarat Hazrat Imam-e-Hussain a.s (Ziyarat Waris / Ashura)", after than you go outside from yours houses and then you return back home safely & securely. "I Hazrat Imam Jaffar Sadiq a.s gave Guarantee or Zamain , you returns safely home" Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s Says, "O People! I gave you Swear (Qasum) of Allah , When ever My Grand Father (Prophet Hazrat Muhammad s.a.w) was in difficulty , He Call My Father Hazrat Imam Ali Ibn e Abi Talib a.s for His help and difficulty"
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