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  1. I recently reverted to Shiasm and I'm aware of the events in the battle of Karbala,however I'm wondering what I should do on Muharram? Attend Masjid? Fast? I'm clueless on this matter.
  2. Salaam to all, Just like the title says, this post is about zanjeer pictures. Post pictures of zanjeers you have used or you will use for next year. By this I mean the actually zanjeers, not you doing zanjeer matam or bloody pictures. Just the actual zanjeers themselves. Thanks and Wasalam :)
  3. (bismillah) (salam) The word Azadari and Majalis-e-Aza has been exclusively used in connection with the remembrance ceremonies for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as). Majalis-e-A Surely, there exists in the hearts of every Mu' mineen, with respect to the martyrdom of Imam Husayn(as), a heat that never subsides. Holy Prophet (saw): "O' Fatimah! Every eye shall be weeping on the Day of Judgment except the eye which has shed tears over the tragedy of Husayn for surely, that eye shall be laughing and shall be given the glad tidings of the bounties and comforts of Paradise." Imam Ali ibn Hussein (as): "Every Mu'min, whose eyes shed tears upon the killing of Husayn ibn' Ali and his companions, such that the tears roll down his cheeks, God shall accommodate him in the elevated rooms of paradise." Imam Ali said to Ibn Abbas: (Once when he happened to pass by Karbala), Prophet Isa Jesus (as) sat down and began to weep. His disciples who were observing him, followed suit and began weeping too, but not comprehending the reason for this behaviour, they asked him: "O' Spirit of God! What is it that makes you weep?" Isa Jesus said: "Do you know what land this is?" The disciples replied: "No." He then said: "This is the land on which the son of the Prophet Ahmad shall be killed.za also known as Aza-e-Husayn includes mourning congregations, lamentations, matam and all such actions which express the emotions of grief and above all, repulsion against what Yazid stood for. The term majalis has both a grammatical meaning and a meaning which relates to Aza-e-Husayn. In its technical sense, a majalis is a meeting, a session or a gathering. In reference to Aza-e-Husayn, it means a gathering to mourn Imam Husayn(p) In this sense it was first used by the sixth Imam, Ja'far Sadiq(PBUH). It is reported that his companion al-Fudhayl Ibne Yasaar came to pay his respects to the Holy Imam. After the exchange of usual courtesies, Imam asked al-Fudhayl: "Do you people ever organise majalis to recall the martyrdom of Imam Hussain?" Al-Fudhayl, with tears pouring down his eyes, replied: "Yabna Rasulillah, indeed we do." The Imam said: "May Allah bless you. I highly approve of such majalis."
  4. (bismillah) All praise is due to Allah (SWT), Lord of the Worlds and master of creation, Thee alone do we worship and thine aid we seek. Allah is the one and only true deity, neither begets (through desire), nor is begotten (through need). Blessings be on his choicest servant Muhammad (pbuh), His prophet, a mercy unto the worlds and his blessed and pure itrat'AhlulBayt (as). Blessings be upon all His prophets (as), servants, believers, muslims, and his angels (as) whom tirelessly serve Him. Amma ba'ad, (salam) Dear Brothers & Sisters, Muharram is here and perhaps we can do something a little different this year, Let us take advantage of the great technology we've been blessed with and use it to a desired end: Let's write / post letters to the Imaam of our time Al-Mahdi (as) to show him that we (his so-called shi'a and even sunnis if they want to participate) are comitted to serving his cause and ask him to return during this Muharram! Show your sincerity SINCERITY ! And write a heart felt letter / post to the Imaam (as) explaining our situation or just your honest best wishes for his coming. Affirm your readiness to serve his cause and pray for Allah (SWT) to keep him safe at all times. Now if you are not comfortable sharing your post here, as can be expected with truly sincere and heartfelt endeavours, feel free to write the letter at home and keep it safe as an oath and a show to your Imaam (as) of your willingness to do all that is in your power to fulfill your duties to God's representatives. Let us try to get ALL of us whom claim to be his shi'a here and at home to write / post / supplicate for his coming. Indeed let us not write with full pens and empty souls like the letters of invitation to Imaam Husayn (as); nay let us prove to Allah alone that we are the true, spoken-about and blessed generation of shi'as of His representatives (as); better may have come before us, but may we by His grace be the ones that have the honour, prestige and privelage to be in the ranks of the foremost of the age Abul-Qasim Muhammad Al-Mahdi (as) May Allah hasten his reappearance. ...Begin when you are ready...
  5. (bismillah) (salam) respected brothers and sisters in Islam, Inshallah you are all in the best health, Eman and taqwa. On the occasion of mourning in the household of the Prophet Mohammad(saws), I extend my condolences to Prophet Mohammad(saws), his Ahl-e-Bait (as), Imam-e-Zamana (as) and all the Momineen and Mominaat around the world. And Our very special salaams to our 4th imam, Imam Zainul Abedin (as) on this very sad night and day, as imagination cannot bear to even think or the heart cannot even begin to feel what our mazloom Imam (as) must have gone through at the very sad death and the time of burial of his beloved Sister bibi Sakina (as) Our salaams to Imam Zainul Abedin (as) and bibi Zainab (as) on this day. From Karbala to Sham In the Arab world, the youngest daughter of Imam Hussain(a.s.)(a.s.) is know as Bibi Rukkaya(a.s.) whereas she is know as Bibi Sakina)(a.s.) in rest of the Islamic World. We will refer to her as Bibi Sakina(a.s.). Bibi Sakina (as) was the youngest daughter of Imam Husayn (A.S). Sakina is a derivative of "Sakoon" meaning "Peace". Imam Husayn (A.S) used to pray for a daughter in his night prayers (Salatul Layl), a daughter who would give him peace, and Allah (SWT) granted him his wish and blessed him with Bibi Sakina AS. BIbi Sakina AS was the most Beloved Daughter of Imam Husayn (A.S) and She used to sleep on His chest every night. She was a lively child, full of love and happiness. Being the Daughter of the Holy Imam AS, She was different from other children of Her age in many ways. She was very religious and enjoyed reading the Holy Quran and never missed Her Prayers. From a very early age, She took great care to make sure that her head and face were properly covered when in public. Imam Husayn (A.S) was often heard saying, "A house without Sakina (A.S) would not be worth living in" She always had a sweet and cheerful smile and a very friendly nature. Everyone loved Sakina (A.S). Other children sought her company as much as the grown ups did. She was very generous and always shared whatever She had with others. Like any other four-five year old when Bibi Sakina AS went to bed at night she wanted to spend some time with her father. Imam Husayn (A.S) would tell Her stories of the Prophets (A.S) and of the battles fought by her grandfather Imam Ali (A.S). She would rest her head on Her Father's chest and Imam Husayn (A.S) would not move from Her until She fell asleep. There was a special bond between Bibi Sakina AS and Her paternal uncle, Hazrat Abbas bin Imam Ali (A.S). He loved Her more than he did his own children. If Sakina AS requested for anything, Hazrat Abbas (A.S) would not rest until he fulfilled Her request. There was nothing that Hazrat Abbas (A.S) would not do to make Bibi Sakina (A.S) happy. During the journey from Madina to Mecca and then Mecca to Kerbala, Hazrat Abbas (A.S) was often seen riding up to the mehmil (a special saddle made for women) in which Bibi Sakina (A.S) sat to make sure that She had everything She wanted. Bibi Sakina AS loved Her uncle just as much. While in Madina she would, several times a day, visit the house in which Hazrat Abbas AS lived with His family and His mother, Ummul-Baneen (A.S). When from the 2nd of Muharram the armies of Yazid bin Muaweyah (L.A) began to gather at Kerbala, Imam Husayn (A.S) said to His sister Lady Zaynab (A.S), "The time has come for You to get Sakina used to going to sleep without My being there". Bibi Sakina (A.S) would follow Her father at night and Imam Husayn (A.S) had to gently take Her to Lady Zaynab (A.S) or Lady Rubaab (A.S) (Bibi Sakina's mother). At Kerbala when from the 7th of Muharram water became scarce, Bibi Sakina (A.S) shared whatever little water She had with other children. When soon there was no water at all, the thirsty children would look at Bibi Sakina (A.S) with their eyes full of hope, and because She could not help them She would have tears in Her eyes. Bibi Sakina's (A.S) lips were parched with thirst. Several times Hazrat Abbas AS asked Imam Husayn (A.S) for permission to go and fight the armies of Yazeed (L.A). Each time Imam Husayn (A.S) would reply "Abbas, you are the captain of my army; you are my Alamdaar, (the standard bearer)". Hazrat Abbas (A.S) would never argue with Imam Husayn (A.S). Just then Bibi Sakina AS came out holding a dried up mashk (water-bag). The Little Princess of the generous Imam leading 42 children, each with a dry water-bag. The children were shouting as if in chorus - Thirst, consuming thirst, is killing us. She walked up to Hazrat Abbas (A.S) and told Him that the children had all come to Her asking for water. He could see that thirst, aggravated by the scorching heat of the desert, was squeezing their young lives out of them. Hazrat Abbas (A.S) went to Imam Husayn (A.S) and requested His permission to go and get water for Bibi Sakina (A.S) and the other children. Imam Husayn AS then gave Him permission. Hazrat Abbas AS put Bibi Sakina's (A.S) mashk on the Alam (Flag), mounted His horse and rode up to Imam Husayn (A.S). Hazrat Abbas AS said "I have come to say goodbye". Imam Husayn (A.S) said "My brother, come and embrace me". Hazrat Abbas (A.S) dismounted His horse. There were tears in Imam's (A.S) eyes. As Hazrat Abbas (A.S) prepared to mount His horse, Imam Husayn (A.S) said, "My brother, I want a gift from You. I want Your sword". Hazrat Abbas (A.S), without uttering a word, gave His sword to Imam Husayn (A.S) and rode into the battlefield, armed only with a spear and holding the Alam. Each action of Imam (A.S) varified that He was not out there to fight. When Hazrat Abbas (A.S) went to get the water, the children gathered around Bibi Sakina (A.S) with their little cups, knowing that as soon as Hazrat Abbas (A.S) would bring water, Bibi Sakina (A.S) would first make sure that they had some before taking any herself. Bibi Sakina AS was standing next to Imam Husayn (A.S), also with her eyes fixed on the Alam of Hazrat Abbas (A.S). Hazrat Abbas AS reached the river bank fighting Yazid's (L.A) men trying to block His way, killing many with his spear. Hazrat Abbas' AS bravery was well known among the Arabs and the Yazidi troops started to flee in different directions. As He bent down to fill the mashk, the Alam disappeared from sight. Bibi Sakina (A.S) was frightened and looked at Her father. Imam Husayn AS said, Sakina (A.S), Your uncle Abbas is at the river bank. Bibi Sakina AS smiled and said, Alhamdulillah (all praise is for Allah) and called out all the children to welcome Hazrat Abbas AS. With the water-bag filled, Hazrat Abbas AS wanted to get the water to the anxiously waiting children as quickly as possible. Seeing Him gallop towards the camp of Imam Husayn AS, a Yazidi commander (L.A) shouted from the enemy ranks that if even a single drop of water reaches Husayn's camp, it would be impossible to fight them on the battlefield. When arrows were coming form all sides, Hazrat Abbas AS had only one thought in His mind, how to protect the water-bag than His life. Hazrat Abbas (A.S) lost both His arms during the attack, trying to save the water-bag. The Alam fell onto the ground. Bibi Sakina (A.S) could not see it any longer. She looked at Imam Husayn (A.S), but He turned His face away. Bibi Sakina (A.S) 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 (A.S), I will not ask for water again and ran inside to Her Mother (A.S). When Bibi Sakina (A.S) saw Imam Husayn (A.S) bringing the blood drenched Alam (Flag) she knew that Her Uncle Abbas (A.S) had been martyred. Then came the time when the earth shook and Bibi Sakina (A.S) became an orphan. The tyrannical forces of Yazid (L.A) came to the tents. They looted all the belongings of the Holy Ladies (A.S). They even snatched away the hijab of the Holy ladies (A.S). Bibi Fatimah (A.S) daughters were left bare-headed. Shimr (L.A), the most evil of Yazid's men, came too. Bibi Sakina AS was crying for Her father. Instead of comforting words, Shimr (L.A) slapped Bibi Sakina's AS face and pulled off Her earings Blood poured from little Sakina's ears. Surely they would stop now. But they did not. One-by-one they set fire to the tents. The helpless ladies and children ran from one tent to another. Little Bibi Sakina's dress was on fire, Her ears were bleeding. All Bibi Sakina AS wanted was her dear father. She ran to the battlefield screaming: "Father, where are you? Father, father, speak to me father." As the night descended, since Imam Ali bin Husayn AS also known as Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), was unconscious due to His illness, Bibi Zaynab (A.S), the Daughter of Imam Ali (A.S), took it on Herself to protect the ladies and children. She gathered all the ladies and children, in to one small space in between the gutted tents. Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) lay on the ground surrounded by these widows and orphans. There was no fire, no light. Only the moon cast its dull light. On the night of Ashura (also known as Sham e Ghreeban), when Imam Husayn (A.S) and his companions were lying headless in the battlefield, back in the tents, Bibi Zaynab (A.S) was gathering all the children and the ladies together. She noticed that little Bibi Sakina (A.S) was missing. She asked Bibi Rubab (A.S), but even She did not know where Bibi Sakina (A.S) was. The two Holy ladies panicked and ran out of the tents looking for Her. The two ladies searched everywhere for the young girl but in vain. Finally, in desperation, Bibi Zaynab (A.S) went to the place where the body of Her brother Imam Husayn (A.S) lay and cried, "O My Brother, Sakina, who you left in My care, is nowhere to be found. Where shall I look for Her in this wilderness?" Just then, the moon came out from behind a cloud and Bibi Zaynab (A.S) saw that little Sakina (A.S) lay on her father, sleeping on His chest like She always used to. She shook the child awake and said, Oh, Sakina! How did you recognize your father? A person can be recognized by their face or the clothes they wear. Your father has neither. Bibi Sakina (A.S) replied innocently, I wanted to tell my father about what the people had done to me. I wanted to tell Him how Shimr (L.A) had robbed the earrings that My Father had so lovingly given me. I wanted to tell Him how he had ripped them from my ears leaving my earlobes torn and bleeding. I wanted to tell Him how the beast had mercilessly slapped me when I cried in pain. When I was running aimlessly in the desert I thought I heard My Father's voice telling Me He was here. I followed the voice and I found Him lying here. I told him everything and then I felt like sleeping on His chest the way I always did, for the last time. So I kept My head on His chest and slept till You came. Umar Sa'ad (L.A) asked Hur's widow to take some food and water to the ladies and the children. As she neared to where they were resting, Bibi Zaynab AS recognized her. She stood up, went towards Hur's widow and offered her condolences for the martyrdom of Hur. This gesture on the part of Bibi Zaynab (A.S), who had suffered so much, lost so many, and carrying so much grief in Her heart, is a lesson in real Islamic manners which the world should never be allowed to forget. Hur bin Reyahi AS was a general in Yazid's (L.A) army but left the Satanic camp and joined Imam Husayn AS. Hur AS had realised and accepted the Holy status of the Prophet's (SAWW) grandson. Bibi Zaynab (A.S) took the jug of water. She went to Bibi Sakina AS who had fallen into a fretful sleep. Gently she stroked Bibi Sakina's (A.S) uncombed hair. Bibi Sakina (A.S) opened Her eyes. Bibi Zaynab (A.S) said, "Here is some water Sakina, please drink a little. You have been thirsty for so long. On hearing the word 'water' Sakina cried out hopefully, has my uncle Abbas come back? When she was told that Hur's widow had brought the water, she got up, went to Hur's widow, thanked her and then asked Bibi Zaynab (A.S), Have you all drank water? Bibi Zainab (A.S) shook her head. Bibi Sakina (A.S) asked, why then do you ask Me to drink water? Bibi Zaynab (A.S) said, because, My dear, You are the youngest". Bibi Sakina (A.S) replied, no, Asghar is the youngest. Bibi Sakina (A.S) took the jug of water, ran towards where Asghar (A.S) lay buried, crying O Asghar, O Asghar. Ali Asghar AS was Bibi Sakina's baby brother. The Yazidees (LA) killed the six-month-old child with an arrow when Imam Husayn AS requested them to give him some water as he was dying of thirst. This was how the homeless spent their night at Kerbala. This was Sham-e-Ghareban, the night of the homeless. They had lost everything. Their men had died. Their children had been killed. In this desolate desert the fourth Imam, Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), the women and the remaining children are huddled where only a few hours earlier stood their camps. Hazrat Abbas (A.S), Qasim (A.S) and Ali Akbar (A.S) had taken turns to guard the camps. Now, the daughters of Imam Ali (A.S) and Bibi Fatimah (A.S), Bibi Zaynab (A.S) and Bibi Kulthoom (A.S), lay awake to make sure that Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) and the children were not attacked. The next day, the caravan of the unfortunate was made to start traveling towards Kufa. Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), frail with illness, was bound in heavy chains and forced to walk barefooted as the Ladies, including the grand-daughters of the Prophet (pbuh&hp), were forced to sit on bare backs of the camels and with their necks and hands tied tightly in ropes. The caravan suffered the tortures of the journey and when they reached Kufa they were forced to march through public roads and through the streets of Kufa. Suddenly the camel on which the Holy Daughter of Imam Husayn (A.S), Bibi Sakina (A.S) and the Holy Sister of Imam Husayn (A.S) , Bibi Zaynab (A.S) were seated, stopped near a house. Bibi Zaynab's AS's eyes fell on Bibi Sakina (A.S) and immediately knew that she had something to say. She asked Her and Bibi Sakina (A.S) answered, I am about to say something, I know my Dear Auunt, that at this moment it is impossible for You to fulfill it. When Bibi Zaynab (A.S) insisted, Bibi Sakina AS replied, O my Dear Aunt, My throat is so dry I do not think I can endure My thirst anymore. Bibi Sakina's AS words were heard by the women who were on the top of the houses so that they could see the Holy caravan march clearly. Among these women, a goodhearted lady immediately got up from the crowd and rushed home to bring water for Bibi Sakina (A.S). But when she came near the camel and near Bibi Zaynab (A.S), she asked for a favour in return and said to Bibi Zaynab (A.S) that when this thirsty child has tasted this water I want her to Pray for me. On hearing this Bibi Zaynab (A.S) prevented Bibi Sakina (A.S) from tasting the water and said to Her, Dear Sakina, first fulfill this lady's request. Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked the lady what Bibi Sakina (A.S) should Pray for and she answered that, My first wish is that may my children should never be orphans like YOU. Please pray for me oh my dear child , I see that you are an orphan and I am aware of that God always listens to the Prayer of an orphan. Bibi Sakina (A.S) raised her little hands and prayed for the lady. Then Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked her about her second wish? The lady answered, My second desire is that I wish to visit Madina, please Pray for me that God will give me the opportunity to visit the Holy city. On hearing the name of Madina, Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked the lady why she wanted to go to Madina. She answered, Because it is my wish to visit the Holy Prophet's (P.B.U.H&F) grave and I would also like to meet my Holy lady Bibi Fatimah (A.S). Bibi Zaynab (A.S) replied, But don't you know Bibi Fatimah (A.S) is no longer alive? So what, the lady said, I have also served her Holy Daughters Bibi Zaynab (A.S) and Bibi Umm-e Kulthom (A.S). I will go to Madina to have my last chance to have the honor to meet them. Now Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked her one final question. Dear Momina, if you would see your Lady Zaynab (A.S) would you recognize her? She immediately answered, Of course I would. Bibi Zaynab (A.S) removed her hair from the face and cried, Then your prayer has been answered, behold Umm-e Habiba, it's me Zaynab (A.S), then why don't you recognize me, don't you recognize us all? Umm-e Habiba began to cry and said, Oh God, what crime have they committed so that they are being tortured this brutally? Bibi Zaynab (A.S) continued, We are the children of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H&F), your Master Imam Husayn (A.S) has been martyred along with His devotees and left unburied on the burning sand in Karbala, Their heads have been taken and raised on the lances . Look ahead Umm-e Habiba, your Master's head is in front of you, the head whose lips are reciting the Holy Qur'an. From the time when Imam Husayn (A.S) fell in the battle field, Bibi Sakina AS forgot to smile. Kufa saw Her as a sober little girl lost in thought. Quite often She would sit up at night. When asked if She wanted anything, She would say, "I just heard a baby cry? Is it Asghar? He must be calling out for Me. From Kufa, the next phase of the journey started for the Holy prisoners. This journey was to take them to Damascus, in Syria, which was the capital of Yazid (L.A). Bibi Sakina (A.S) was tied with a rope, on a bare camel. At one point in the journey, Bibi Sakina (A.S) fell from Her camel. The caravan didn't stop. No one, apart from the Holy prisoners (A.S), noticed the fall of this little princess (A.S). After this incidence, the wretched army changed the formation of the Holy prisoners (A.S). Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), was already tied with chains in His (A.S) neck and feet, The wretched army tied His (A.S) son, Imam Mohammed Baqir (A.S)- the fifth Imam, on Imam Zain-ul Abideen's (A.S) back and then the same rope was tied on His Sister, Bibi Sakina's (A.S) neck, so that Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) could not stand straight. If he did stand straight, the rope used to get tight and strangle Bibi Sakina (A.S). Even at these times of hardship and misery, Imam Husayn AS's little princess always thought of the others first. She would console Her mother on the death of Ali Asghar (A.S) and when She saw any other lady or child weeping, Bibi Sakina AS would put Her little arms around Her. In those days, it used to take thirty two days, on a camel, to reach Damascus, but this Holy Family (A.S) was taken in such a way that it only took them sixteen days to reach Damascus. After the tragedy of Kerbala, sixteen days of suffering the miseries, the tortures and calamities for the Ahl-e-Bait - Prophet's Family (A.S), They reached Damascus. When Yazid (L.A) heard the news of the caravan reaching the outskirts of Damascus, he ordered them to stop, while he and the people of Damascus prepared for celebrations and jubilations. This caravan of Holy prisoners was made to wait out side Damascus for four days. Someone asked Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), after the Holy Family (A.S) was released from the Zindan-e-Sham (Dungeons of Syria), as to what was the hardest part in that whole period, and Imam (A.S) had replied that the hardest part was the time when the Holy Family (A.S) was made to stop outside Damascus for four days. They were treated like animals, with Their hands tied; and no food or water was given. Then They are asked to enter the city, the Holy Ladies (A.S) were forced to pass through the bazaar without Their hijab (veils), while the locals were cheering and singing, finally They reached the court of Yazid (L.A). The Holy Family of Imam Husayn (A.S) was now facing Yazid (L.A). They were acting with patience on his actions as it was Imam Husayn's (A.S) will that They should do so. Every lady, every child was standing in front of Yazid (L.A) tied in ropes and with no veils and Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) bound in heavy chains. The shocking scene is that the evil Yazid (L.A) is drinking wine and in front of him in a tray is the severed head of Imam Husayn (A.S) and Yazid (L.A) is hitting the mouth and teeth of the Holy Imam with a stick. Suddenly Yazid's eyes fell on the four year old girl who was standing with Her one hand on her face and the other hand on Her neck. Yazid (L.A) asks his men who this child is and gets the answer that this is the most Beloved Daughter of Imam Husayn (A.S), Bibi Sakina (A.S), and it is known that Bibi Sakina (A.S) never fell to sleep until She laid Her head on Her Father's chest. Is that true? Yazid (L.A) said and ordered to talk to Her and when Bibi Sakina (A.S) approached Yazid (L.A), he wanted to test this love of Her father Imam Husayn (A.S) in front of hundreds of courtiers. Yazid (L.A) said to Bibi Sakina (A.S), if that is true what I have just heard then try to call upon Your Father and we'll see if Your Father's head will come to Your lap. Bibi Sakina (A.S) raised Her little hands and Prayed to God and then turned Herself towards the Head of Her Holy Father (A.S) and said with tears flowing from Her eyes, O My Dear Father, please come to Your Daughter. This evil Yazid (LA) is putting Our love to the test. At once the Severed Head of Imam Husayn (A.S) rose from the tray and came miraculously to Bibi Sakina (A.S) who started to kiss Her Father's Holy Head and rubbed Her Face to Her Father's Face. Yazid's (L.A) servants, by the order of their master, placed the Holy prisoners in a dark and unclean prison room. After being released, when Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) reached Madina, people asked him about this jail room. Imam (A.S) said, It was a very old and unclean house, even the ceiling had fallen down. And since it had no ceiling, the holy Ahl-e-Bait (A.S) were unwrapped to the heat and cold. After so many trials and humiliations with the Ahl-e-Bait (A.S), Yazid continued with his terror and then put the Ahl-e-Bait (A.S) in prison in a dark underground cell and gave them so little food that was barely enough for every one. In this prison the Little Princess Sakina AS had troubles to go to sleep every night as She missed Her Father Imam Husayn (A.S). Bibi Zaynab (A.S) used to try to console Bibi Sakina (A.S) that She would soon meet Her Father and with these words tried to make Her go to sleep. Knowing that Her weeping upsets Her Mother, Bibi Sakina (A.S) would cry silently and quickly wipe away Her tears. In the prison, at Syria, She (A.S) would stare at the flock of birds flying to their nests at sunset and innocently ask Bibi Zaynab (A.S), When will Sakina be going home like those birds flying to their homes? One night Bibi Sakina (A.S) was asleep and She suddenly woke up crying and started to look for Her Father everywhere. All the Holy ladies tried to console Her so She would stop crying but She didn't get any peace and continued crying, O My Dear Aunt , where is My Father? A few minutes ago I was with My Father and He kissed Me and said to Me "O My Dear Sakina, You will soon be with Me. But where is My Father now? When Bibi Sakina told Her dream, all the Holy Ladies (A.S) started to cry. This noise of crying was heard by Yazid (L.A) at his court. Yazid (L.A) sent a servant to ask why the Little P rincess (A.S) was crying. The servant was informed that Bibi Sakina (A.S) missed Her Father and that is why She was crying. They informed Yazid (L.A) of the situation, and Yazid (L.A), for his sadistic pleasure, sent the Severed Head of Imam Husayn (A.S) to the prison. When Bibi Sakina (A.S) received the Head of Her Father, She started to cry even more and held it very tight and asked Her Father, who cut off My Father's Head? Who Martyred My Father? Why are We held as captives? With these words of sorrow suddenly Bibi Sakina (A.S) was quiet and there was a silence in the cell. Everyone thought that Bibi Sakina (A.S) had finally gone to sleep again but this was not a temporary sleep, Bibi Sakina (A.S) had now gone into a permanent sleep to meet Her Holy Father. Bibi Zaynab (A.S) summoned Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) to check the status of Bibi Sakina AS as they thought she had fallen unconscious. When Imam (A.S) went over to check on His Sister (A.S), He noticed She AS had stopped breathing. All the Bibis (A.S) were crying standing around Bibi Sakina (A.S). (Bibi Sakina (A.S) was buried in the same dungeon. Bibi Zaynab (A.S.) held the still child as Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) dug a grave for His Sister in the dungeon. Her (A.S) clothes were burnt in Kerbala, and due to injuries, had intermingled with Her flesh. Therefore, She was buried in the same burnt, ripped clothes right there in he Dungeon of Syria (Zindan-e-Shaam.) As the grave was being filled up after the burial, the mother let out a scream. All the ladies huddled around her, and the prison walls began to shake with the cry, Ya Bibi Sakina (A.S), Ya Mazloomah. (O Sakina! O Oppressed one!) When the time came and they were released from the prison, Bibi Rubaab (A.S) came to the grave of her beloved daughter (A.S), put her cheek on Bibi Sakina (A.S)'s grave and cried out, Speak to me Sakina. Only a word, my child, speak to me. Bibi Sakina (A.S)'s body was removed from its original burial place, Dungeon of Syria, some centuries later, when a pious man of Damascus was informed in his dream that water was pouring into the grave of this Young Hashmite Princess (A.S). Upon confirmation that ground water was actually entering the grave, Bibi Sakina (A.S)'s body was buried in a new Shrine near Yazeed's palace, where She AS rests till today. Her AS body was in the condition that if She had been buried the same day. It was Her Father Imam Husayn (A.S) who was brutally killed in Kerbala. It was Her Baby Brother Ali Asghar (A.S) who had an arrow shot through His neck. It was Her Beloved Uncle Abbas (A.S) that had both His arms cut off. It was She who spent Her last days in a dungeon. The Little Princess of Imam Husayn (A.S). The only person to never make it out of that desolate dungeon. She was Bibi Sakina (A.S), the Young Hashemite Princess. let us remember Bibi Sakina AS and try and recite her ziyarat: http://www.ziaraat.o...ria/ruqayya.php (wasalam)
  6. Jabir's powerful words to 'Atiyyah on the Arbaeen of Imam al-Husayn ('a) ‘Atiyyah al-‘Awfi said: I left with Jabir bin ‘Abdillah al-Ansari (ra) to visit the grave of al-Husayn bin ‘Ali (‘a), and when we entered Karbala, Jabir came near the bank of River Euphrates, performed the major ablution (ghusl) and wore his clothes; then he opened his bag which contained su’d [a plant with sweet odor]. He spread the perfume over his body; thereafter, he did not take a step save in the remembrance of Allah, until he neared the grave [of al-Husayn ‘a]. [Then] he said: Make me touch the grave. And I made him do so. Thereupon he fell over the grave unconscious. I sprinkled some water on him, and he gained consciousness. Then he cried three times: Ya Husayn Addressing al-Husayn (‘a) he said: Why is the beloved not responding to the call of the lover? And how can you respond, while your veins have been severed, and your body has been separated from your head? I bear witness that you are the offspring of prophets, and the son of the master of believers, and the offspring of the companion of piety, and the offspring of guidance, and the fifth member of the people of the cloak, and the son of the master of chiefs, and the son of Fatimah, the mistress of women; how can you not be so, while the hand of the Leader of Apostles (s) fed you, and you were breast fed from the breast of belief, and trained in the bosoms of pious people, your weaning accompanied the state of utter submission; hence, you enjoyed a pleasant state both during your life and death; however, the hearts of the believers are sorrowful due to your separation, and do not doubt about your good position. So upon you be Allah’s peace and approval. And I bear witness that you faced what your brother [Prophet] Yahya ('a) had faced. Thereafter Jabir felt the presence around the grave and said: Peace be unto you and the spirits that have descended in the neighborhood of al-Husayn (‘a), I bear witness that you kept prayer steadfast and gave the zakat and you commanded the good and prohibited the forbidden and struggled against the deniers of religion and you worshipped Allah until conviction came to you. Then he said: I swear by the One Who sent Muhammad as a Prophet with truth; surely we participated with you in what you encountered. ‘Atiyyah (not understanding this powerful statement made by Jabir) asks: How can that be possible while we did not descend on any valley, nor did we climb any mountainous area, nor did we fight with the sword, whereas the heads of the group of al-Husayn (‘a) have been separated from their bodies, their children made orphans, and their women made widows? Jabir said: “O ‘Atiyyah, I heard from my beloved, the Apostle of Allah (S), say, ‘Whosoever loves a nation, would be resurrected with them, and whosoever loves the deed of a nation, would be considered one who has participated in the deed.' I swear by the One Who Sent Muhammad as a Prophet in truth, surely my intention and the intention of my companions is according to the intention of al-Husayn and his companions. Then Jabir says to ‘Atiyyah: Take me towards the houses of Kufa. When we reached a certain point on the way, Jabir said to 'Atiyya: ‘O ‘Atiyyah, may I advise you, for I do not think that I shall meet you after this short journey? Love the lover of Aali Muhammad as long as he/shes loves them, and have aversion for one who has aversion for Aali Muhammad as long as he/she has aversion for them, even if he/she were to fast and stand in prayer frequently; and befriend the lover of Aali Muhammad, for surely if one of their feet were to slip due to excess of sin, the other foot would be firm due to love for Aali Muhammad, for verily the lover of Aali Muhammad would return to Paradise and one who have aversion for them would return to Hell Fire. Bihar al-Anwaar, v.65, p.131
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  8. CONSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN GUARANTEES ITS CITIZENS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY AND PROFESSING RELIGION: Those who are demanding Shia Muslims to restrict their public processions in Pakistan are talking against the Fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of Pakistan because right of Assembly and right to profess religion is guaranteed to citizens under the constitution. I am pasting the relevant articles here. 16 Freedom of assembly. Every citizen shall have the right to assemble peacefully and without arms, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of public order. 20 Freedom to profess religion and to manage religious institutions. Subject to law, public order and morality:- (a) every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice and propagate his religion; and ( b ) every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions. If the state wants that Shias should surrender this right and should not assemble in public then its only solution is suspension of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 16 and Article 20 of the Constitution. Constitutional amendment can be brought by two third majority in the parliament. We welcome our parliament if the parliament can bring this amendment. Then these fundamental rights will be suspended. There will be no political activity or processions, religious activity or processions and even no one will have the right to offer prayer in the mosque either of Shia or Sunni because the Article will be suspended. Are you ready to bring this amendment in the Constitution? The sentence "subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of public order" in the said articles proves beyond the shadow of any doubt that these religious gatherings or processions can only be regulated but can never be banned. I hope you will understand the point and i also also ask Shia Muslims to raise this point on each forum. Thank you very much your brother in faith. You can read the articles of the constitution in the following online link. http://www.pakistani.../part2.ch1.html
  9. Salam alaykom I want to get a zanjeel but cant find one anywhere. The one with just the chains. None of the mosques near me have one. Any ideas? I live near London
  10. (bismillah) (salam) First of all my condolences to Imam zaman (as) ,all you momineen o mominaat and Rahbar Syed Ali khamenei on this occasion. In this thread i will post the problems faced by pakistani shias in this holy month of muharram.so we all can be aware of what is going on in pakistan and may be inshallah we get a bigger picture of what the great devil and its allies are trying to achieve. i pray to God that may Allah guard every muslim in every aspect and give us the love of Imam Hussain (as) and give us taufeeq to follow him (as) Iltemas e Dua Pre-Muharram shia killings in Karachi 2 days before the start of muharram,6 shias got killed in the biggest city of pakistan i.e karachi. Federal Government and its policies Almost a week before the start of this holy month,a provincial minister of ruling party(in federation as well as in punjab which is biggest and most resourceful province of pakistan) appeared on tv in a press conference and announced that there will be no majalis and juloos(processions) but those who are registered with government so we can manage their security effectively(you all know about effective security of shias in pakistan-sarcasm) section 144 was applied which prohibit an assembly of more than ten people in an area.
  11. Hope you all had a spiritually connected Ashura this year. For the 40 most significant days and nights coming upon us, from the Day of Ashura till the Day of Arbaeen of Sayed us Shohada (as), please make a vow to do something repeatedly for next 40 days.. Here's a list. Pick one. Add more if you want. 1. Dua Ahad for 40 days after Fajr 2. Ziarat Ashura for 40 days after Asr or Isha 3. Remaining in Wudhu at all time 4. Salat ul Layl every pre-morning 5. Lowering your Gaze
  12. First off I would like to say im starting this thread to show others who dont do it why the people who do matam choose to do it, and what they gain from it. I will post my feelings: When I do matam or even say Ya Ali (or any prophets/imams) for that matter, or the month of muharram especially, all the prophets and imams come to mind, my soul vibrates with the essence of their names, Imam Ali's (all imams) sacrifice for Allah, his power and will because of his love and obedience to Allah, his strength in the wars he fought with the prophet for the same of Allah and spreading his religion, his sacrifices he did and saw for the same of Allah, He knew his two sons will become martyred to keep this religion alive, he saw his wife and newborn get killed, his house arrest because of his views for Allah, his rights that got taken, he giving charity while in prayer and verse revealed, Hadith Ghadir, Hadith Kisa, Quran 33:33...all these lighten my soul and body with energy and will power and love for this deen, for striving at all times any time, this feeling cannot be measured! Its like my soul flares towards this sacred path that can never be reached but only sought to. My heart palpitates with sadness and strength, it makes me feel sorry for those who are sick, are being oppressed, those that are hungry, the orphans, if it wasnt for matam for my, and as some people who are against it call it, a "ritual", I honestly would have not been like this to an extent even more. Some might say they are already feel sorry for those types of people, but let me tell you its at another level, I feel happy whether something good or bad happens because I understand it. I sort of feel at a micro level from the true level of what the 14 infallibles felt everyday: Truly living for Allah....It makes me want to do what Hussain A.S did, or all the prophets and imams. I will leave it at this, Wa Salaam
  13. The 2nd of Muharram - Arrival of Imam Hussain(a.s.) and his family and friends in Karbala. It was the 8th of ZilHijjah when Imam Hussain (a.s.) converted his Hajj plan into Umra and left Makkah [Mecca] just two days before the Hajj. He is the first haji to do so in the history of Islam. He took along most members of his immediate family and some steadfast friends and set off for Iraq in order to avoid bloodshed in the Holy city of Makkah. On his way, he was confronted by one of the Lieutenants of Yazeed named Hur along with his army. Hur asked Imam(a.s.) to abandon his plan to go to Kufa and that he should accept the Caliphate of Yazeed or could opt to go to some other place which is outside the Caliphate of Yazeed. Imam(a.s.) told him not to demand the acceptance of Caliphate of Yazeed since it was not possible and because Yazeed was a usurper and wanted to destroy the face of Islam. Imam Hussain(a.s.) started traveling again along with his family members and companions. Hur and his soldiers accompanied them in order to make sure that they do not head towards and arrive in Kufa. On the 2nd of Muharram, this group arrived at a place where Imam(a.s.) picked up some sand and smelled it and after smelling inquired from the local inhabitants as to what was the name of this place. Some people said it was called NAINAWA, some said it was called GHAZARIYA and then a group of old men mentioned that it was also called KARBALA. On hearing this, Imam(a.s.) ordered his men to stop and camp there and then said “This is the place about which was mentioned to me by my grandfather and my father. We will stay here and our blood will be spilled here and our women and children will be made captive here.” He then pointed out to various places and indicated that “My son Ali Akbar will be killed here, my nephew Qasim will be killed over there and my brother Abbas will be killed here close by the river and at the end, I will be slaughtered here”. The womenfolk and children of Imam(a.s.) were also listening to this sermon and finally when Imam(a.s.) said “... and my son Ali Asghar will be killed by a spear over here....” his daughter Sakina(a.s.) said “O my father, will the tyrants enter our camps” Imam(a.s.) replied “not until I am alive, I will carry Ali Asghar myself into the battle field”. Ala Lanatullahe ala Qaum-az-Zalimeen - May Allah curse the cruel tribe which committed atrocities on the Ahl-e-bait(a.s.) of Prophet Mohammad(sawaw)
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__TGEd7xQFE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKHdH7ExuBB5aX2Bxu3CcyA Great Prophet Mohammed Association @GPMCAssociation The Event of Gadheer 2013 lecture featuring: Sayed Mahdi qazwini
  15. Just a few videos to boost our minds and spirits and ready us for this sacred rememberance. http://youtu.be/wMGM53pcSoE Wa Salaam
  16. (bismillah) (salam) On the sad occasion of the Martyrdom of Imam al-Hussain (as), Alsalam Foundation would like to pass on its condolences to the Muslim community on this tragic loss. Majalis will be held at Imam al-Jawad Centre every evening from Monday 4th November commencing at 20:00 with the following programme: - Recitation of the Holy Qur'an by Sayyid Amjad Aleshaiker - Poetry by the Poet Nouri Sardar - Ziyarat Warith - Fiqh Masael and open Q&A session with Hujjat al-Islam wal Muslimeen Sayyid Fadhil Bahrululoom - Lecture on the commemoration of Imam al-Hussain (as) by the honourable Sheikh Usama al-Attar - Recitations and eulogies by Sayyid Haidar Nasralla, Sayyid Haidar Jaizany and Sayyid Ali Radhawi - Refreshments The Maqtal (story of the tragedy of Karbala) will be recited on the morning of the 10th of Muharram (15th November). Brothers and Sisters are welcome. Address: Imam al-Jawad Centre 247 High Road, Willesden London NW10 2RY Transport details: By car – Parking is free from 6.30pm on all the surrounding streets By bus – 52, 98, 302, 226, 260, 460 By tube – Jubilee line, Willesden Green or Dollis Hill station Join our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/244191255734324/244191389067644/?notif_t=like (wasalam)
  17. Is anyone aware of the lecture schedules for Karachi? It would be really helpful if somebody posts the schedule here, preferably of Aqeel Ul Gharavi and Talib Johri.
  18. Salamun Alaykum, Alhamdulillah we had the opportunity to upload a beautiful recitation of Ziyarat-e-Tazia. Here is the direct link to our channel if the above link does not work. On the channel you will find many other Duas, Surahs, Seminars, Majalis and Khutbas recited by various alims. http://www.youtube.c...r/KautharWaNahr Thank you and as always, please remember to rate the videos and subscribe to our channel. Wasalam, KautharWaNahr
  19. Salamun Alaikum Brothers and Sisters. I had to close my previous youtube channel MAFHHZB for some reasons, but looking at the ongoing onslaught of the Ansars of the Fake Mahdi/Yamani/Imam/Qaim/AllegedSonofHujjatibnHassan(a.s.) on the internet confusing and deviating furthermore people, I regretted having the only stand in video format against their deceits and lies also removed. Hence I have made a new channel and re-uploaded the Series. My research materials or my arguments are not scholars level, I am a laymen, but since no one decided to make anything in media format against their brainwashing, I carried forward my personal research and figured out their aqeedah can be toppled with simple logic based on their contradictory proofs and arguments. Allah guides whom He wills. This is a good case study for upcoming false mahdis, and people not interested in Mahdi claimant Ahmad Hassan in particular(whose actual name is Ahmad Ismail) but requiring a comprehensive general guideline for all mahdi claimants in the future, should begin watching from Ep 10 onwards instead. Scroll down to post #6 to begin watching. 4 Articles have been added after the 13 episodes, beginning from post #42, answering any important topics not touched upon in the series and reinforcing that which had been already conveyed to every heeding ear. May Allah protect us from deviation, and may He hasten the reappearance of our Imam[a], during this difficult period of trial and tribulation.
  20. How long do people mourn after Ashura in different cultures? As I know, the Pakistani community generally commemorates this mourning period until Eid-e-Shuja/Eid-e-Zahra (9th of Rabi' al-Awwal). But mourning is a very personal thing. Interestingly, I found this on wikipedia: I wonder if other cultures (arab, african, south-east asian, etc) generally mourn for the same amount of time. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these communities mourned for more or less time. On a personal note, I mourn until chelum. From Moharaam 1st to Chelum (40th day after Ashura), I do not listen to music, watch tv/movies, wear bright clothes and attend any celebrations.
  21. Poem for Arbaeen (please feel free to read this in your Islamic centers to commemorate Arbaeen and mourning for Imam Hussain (as) and his companions) The evil doers plotted with a treacherous strategy People say time heals all wounds... they've never heard of your tragedy We gather after 40 days and remember you lying on that desert plain We remember how you called for help... but lay deserted, slain Dead heads on spears, Zainab's eyes filled with tears, Zainab’s heart filled with tears, women and children veilless and chained Hussain and the companions are dead now, the children have been orphaned Dogs and pigs drank water from the Euphrates, but the family of Rasoolillah didn’t receive any portion Instead the enemies whipped them, and threw them on bare camels When people stop forbidding evil, the honorable are treated worse than animals From Karbala to the streets of Kufa, to the dungeons in Shaam Yazid’s army tortured the caravan, trying to extinguish the light of Islam Sakina slept on the cold floor, screaming as men beat and whipped her Imam Death from intense grief overtook some of the women, the others marched on My condolences on what took place in those dungeons after you, Oh Hussain! Time separated us and distance distanced us, but we are with you Oh Hussain! But are we really with you, or is this another promise unfulfilled? Plenty of empty slogans were expressed in thousands of letters, leading for you to be killed If the morning prayer passes while I sleep through this responsibility, how am I with you, Oh Hussain? Legends of the heavens took arrows to the chest - well beyond their death - to protect the prayer, Oh Hussain If I curse, backbite, and slander the believers, how am I with you, Oh Hussain? You refrained from such behavior but your killers indulged in it, Oh Hussain If I don't observe patience and swallow my anger, how am I with you, Oh Hussain? Lessons unapplied will surely lead to my demise, if I am not careful, Oh Hussain Your head on a spear recited verses of the Quran My head intact, do I often neglect the Holy Quran? Is our purpose to strive for material gain or to strive for Islam? We see people acquiring their worldly desires, but we don’t see our Imam. I ask Allah to hasten his reappearance, so that we may avenge Ashura But maybe Allah is waiting for someone genuine, instead of this letter from Kufa If I come to these majalis but still curse and backbite, I have made a mockery of this remembrance and of Imam Hussain’s sacrifice We must learn from these lessons and purify our hearts to meet Aba Abdillah in paradise [Please recite Surah Fatiha for all of the believers]
  22. ‎"On that day when stood you there alone, Could none but all just fall in love. Love for Hussain." Full Poem: Hussain: Fall In Love *Please Comment and Share to as many people as possible, I would really appreciate it* - This is the first poem I've ever written so I hope it affects someone. Ahsant.
  23. Salam, Below is a link to a blog where there's 3 posts on Karbala and the feelings of being there. Also describes feelings of one who has never been. Please visit, share, and give feedback if possible. Poetry is coming soon Inshallah! Feel free to enter email address to be notified of future updates! http://www.princezj.wordpress.com - Home page Karbala: The Beginning Before A Beginning Karbala: Words, an Injustice Arbaeen in Karbala: Passionate Heart, Painful Love Jazakallah
  24. Salam, Below is a link to a blog where there's 3 posts on Karbala and the feelings of being there. Also describes feelings of one who has never been. Please visit, share, and give feedback if possible. Poetry is coming soon Inshallah! Feel free to enter email address to be notified of future updates! http://www.princezj.wordpress.com - Home page Karbala: The Beginning Before A Beginning Karbala: Words, an Injustice Arbaeen in Karbala: Passionate Heart, Painful Love Jazakallah
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