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  1. Muharram 2014 Lectures, Syed Muhammad Baqir Qazwini Night 1: Examining the Fitrah from a Biological Perspective
  2. CLICK BELOW TO VIEW THE ZIYARAT OF ASHURAH WITH ENGLISH AND URDU TRANSLATIONS (SUBTITLES) http://theziyaratofashurah.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/ziyarat-e-ashura-with-english-urdu-translation-subs/ ALSO FIND IN THE SAME LINK MANY MORE RECITATIONS OF ZIYARAT E ASHURAH , ALONG WITH ITS MERITS , AUTHENTICITY AND TRADITIONS ABOUT IT http://theziyaratofashurah.wordpress.com/
  3. Without doubt, weeping over the Imam Husain (a.s.) the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) has exemplary effects and blessings. Let us evaluate the different types of mourning so that we can identify the nature of weeping upon Imam Husain (a.s.). Weeping is the representation and symbol of an extreme emotional human state. It can have various reasons and motives, each with its own particularities. In traditions, some conditions are admired and are praiseworthy characteristics of the pure hearted servants of Allah, while other categories of mourning are condemned. Weeping is a natural expression of grief and discomfort. For example, the enthusiasm at meeting a loved one after a prolonged period at times leads to one or both parties to breakdown. Furthermore, at times crying is indicative of oneâs religious beliefs. By this definition too, weeping is indicative of a natural act and is often spontaneous, so it does not become an act of prohibition nor is it considered good or bad according to religious decrees. What is good or bad are the motives and prerequisites which lead to crying. We will evaluate the nature of mourning over Imam Husain (a.s.) â” The Chief of Martyrs and related effects and blessings. To that end, it is judicious to list the different types of mourning so that we can identify the nature of weeping upon Imam (a.s.). 1. The weeping of an infant â” human life begins with weeping and it is a sign of safety and health. Weeping is indeed the language of the child. 2. The tears of longing â” like the fervent weeping of a mother on meeting her son after a prolonged interval. The tears flow out in an excited and agitated manner. 3. The weeping of affection â” love is among the most basic emotions which convey deep affection. For instance, true love of God is the best virtue a creature can possess and tears are a manifestation of this love. 4. The lament of recognition and awe â” the result of sincere worship and contemplation on the greatness of His creation as well as the importance of duties and responsibilities evoke a special kind of fear within man. This fear is rooted in the fear of God and the need for self-improvement and is also known as awe. VISIT SERATONLINE.COM FOR MORE ARTICLES 5. The tears of repentance â” from the factors of sorrow that lead to weeping is the accounting of oneâs self and this accounting causes man to reflect of his past. It guides him to atone for his short comings and mistakes and tears of regret and remorse flow as a consequence of this remembrance. These tears are the result of repentance and turning towards God. 6. The mourning due to connection with an aim â” sometimes, manâs tears is the bearers of the message of a goal. Crying over the martyr is from this genre of lamentation. The crying over the martyr enlivens the customs of the saga within man. Mourning over the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) enlivens the Husaini tradition within man. The Husaini custom is that neither is injustice perpetuated nor is it tolerated. Whoever hears about the event of Karbala cannot but help shed tears over it. 7. The crying of humiliation and defeat â” the tears of the weak and helpless, devoid of spirit and courage, when they do not see themselves reaching their goal. Our aim in mentioning the above is to investigate the nature of weeping upon Imam Husain (a.s.). Whoever pays a little attention will realize that the lamentation upon Imam Husain (a.s.) is the weeping of love â” the love registered in the hearts of those affectionate towards him. The weeping on him are the tears of longing. The battle of Karbala and even the events preceding and following it excite fervour and intensity in the hearts leading to tears welling up in the eyes. It is due to the courage, sacrifice and fiery speeches, righteous men and women captured by the wicked, the supreme conflict between good and evil that the audience is left inconsolable. Moreover, the crying is a sign of his recognition of truth and those who were on the side of truth and a link between him and the divine covenant. Crying over Husain (a.s.) is not the crying of humiliation and defeat, far from it. It is a link to the source of dignity. It is not the lament of the cowards but the mourning of the courageous, not the cry of helplessness but the tears of hope. Lastly, weeping is recognition â” the tears of recognition in the uprising of Husain (a.s.) prevents him from deviation and distortion. Therefore, the excellence of crying upon the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) has been mentioned in several traditions. Imam Sadiq (a.s.) declared: Crying and anxiety over all tragedies is detestable except the tears upon Husain b. Ali (a.s.) which entails a reward. Mourning and crying for the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) carry multiple effects and blessings. Some of them are as mentioned: 1. Protection of the Symbol of the Husaini Struggle against Injustice and Tyranny The most valuable effect and blessing of the assemblies of mourning and crying on Imam Husain (a.s.) is the safeguarding of the symbol of the Husaini struggles against injustice and tyranny. It is worth debating why the assemblies of mourning on the Ahle Bait (a.s.), especially the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) were prevented during the reigns of the wretched caliphs and kings. This can be answered with other questions â” Doesnât the mourning on Imam Husain (a.s.) and other Imams (a.s.) create awareness among the orators, the conscious-keepers of the nation regarding the oppression of the government of the time? Wasnât Imam Husainâs (a.s.) struggle with the express purpose of enjoining good and prohibiting evil? Indeed, these assemblies are schools and universities where the best morals and the most beautiful ethics are recited. The unaware wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Also, those attending such assemblies are taught various aspects of faith and actions based on Quran and the teachings of the Ahle Bait (a.s.). Mourning over the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) and the forming of such assemblies will not only serve to protect the foundation of the school, rather they will enable Shias to get the best possible training in matters of belief, actions and ethics and thereby develop as a Husaini is every sense. Which community in the world provides opportunity for self-improvement of this nature? Which incident like the heart-wrenching event of Karbala, has affected humanity to such an extent and permeates its influence with growing intensity year after year? It should be said that in reality the traditions of mourning are the protectors and guardians of the pure mission of Imam Husain (a.s.) and by extension the guardians of Islam and the trustees of its survival. Morris Dockbury writes: If our historians knew the reality of this day, and understood the significance of Aashura, they would not consider this lamentation as insane. Through the mourning of Husain (a.s.) , his followers understand they should not accept degradation, oppression and colonialism. As was the motto of their leaders, they do not bow before injustice and oppression. A little reflection and evaluation into the mourning ceremonies of Imam Husain (a.s.) underscores subtle life-giving aspects. In mourning ceremonies the audience is reminded that Imam Husain (a.s.) sacrificed his life, property and children to preserve mankindâs dignity and honour and elevate the position and rank of Islam. He did not bow before the imperialism of Yazid. The audience is urged to emulate his example and rid mankind of tyranny and oppression even at the cost of property and life.[ii] 2. Increase in the love for Imam (a.s.) and hatred for his enemies The fire in the hearts of the lovers of the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) from attending such assemblies of mourning give rise to attachment and closeness to the family of the Messenger (s.a.w.a.). In addition to this, constant reminders of Imam Husainâs (a.s.) sufferings at the hands of unworthy and degraded creatures is a cause of increased resentment towards the enemies of Islam and the Prophetâs (s.a.w.a.) progeny. Not only is the mourning a declaration of immunity from the opponents of the Prophetâs (s.a.w.a.) progeny; rather it is dissociation from every form of oppression, transgression, injustice and persecution against truth and humanity. 3. Recognizing the reality of religion and its propagation Another effect and blessing of the mourning assemblies organized in the name of the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) is that people are made aware of Islam and its tenets. They are introduced to the teachings of the upright religion. They learn about the concepts of the Holy Quran and the teachings of its inseparable counterpart the blessed and immaculate progeny of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.). 4. Forgiveness of Sins Rayyan b. Shabeeb narrates from Imam Reza (a.s.): O son of Shabeeb! Should you weep for Husain to the extent that tears roll down your cheeks, Allah will forgive all your sins, whether they be the great sins or the small sins and whether they be meager or immense.[iii] Imam (a.s.) also informed: Those who weep should weep over the likes of Husain for surely, weeping over him does away with one’s great sins.[iv] 5. Life in Paradise Imam Baqir (a.s.) informed:Â One who sheds tears while mourning over Husain, Allah places him in Paradise.[v] Imam Sadiq (a.s.) declared: There is none who recites elegies about Husain (a.s.) and weeps and makes others weep, except that Allah destines Paradise for them both. In another tradition Imam (a.s.) informed: One in whose presence Husain is remembered and tears equal to a mosquitoâs wing flow (as a result), his reward is with Allah Who will not be satisfied with anything except heaven for that person.[vi] Imam (a.s.) further stated: Whosoever mourns Husain and makes others cry or brings himself to the state of weeping, Paradise becomes incumbent for him.[vii] 6. Healing Another miraculous effect of the mourning assemblies organized for the Chief of Martyrs (a.s.) is healing and cure for debilitating medical problems. It is narrated on the authority of Ayatullah Burujardi (r.a.), who had healthy eyesight at the grand old age of ninety and could read minute text without glasses. He informed â” I am indebted to Hazrat Abu Abdillah Husain (a.s.) for this blessing. He would then theorize: During the years I was at Burujard, I developed a painful eye ailment. The treatment recommended by doctors was of no help and there was no let up in the pain. Meanwhile it was Muharram. In the first ten days of the month, Ayatullah Faqeed arrived at the mausoleum and participated in various mourning assemblies. One of the groups which had entered the house of Ayatullah Burujardi (r.a.) on the day of Ashoora was the group of maatamis comprising of the Saadaat, scholars and the noblemen. Each had a white cloth tied to his waist, dust on the head and chest, moving in an agitated state, narrating the heart-rending incidents of Karbala. They carried on in this condition till noon that day. Ayatullah (r.a.) related: When they came to my house and assembled here, I was overcome by a strange sensation. I sat in a corner and cried slowly. Then I took some earth from below the feet of one of the group members and rubbed it to my eyes to lessen the discomfort. By the blessings of this action, my eyes healed and till date I have never suffered any eye ailment rather my eyesight is perfect and by the grace of Imam Husain (a.s.) I never required to wear glasses. This was the case till the last moment of life. 7. One who mourns over Imam Husain (a.s.) will not cry on the Day of Judgement The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) informed Hazrat Fatemah (s.a.): All eyes will shed tears on the Day of Judgment except the eyes which cried over the difficulties of Husain, they will be smiling and pleased with the blessings of Paradise.[viii] 8. Safety from the Throes of Death and the Fire of Hell Masma narrates that Imam Sadiq (a.s.) inquired – Do you all remember Husain (a.s.)? I replied – Yes. Imam (a.s.) said – Do you weep (over Husain)? I answered â” Yes, by God, I shed tears and my face reflects the grief. Imam (a.s.) remarked – May Allah have mercy upon your tears! Do know that you are regarded as being among those who are deeply concerned about us and of those who are happy at our happiness and aggrieved at our sorrow. Do you know that you shall witness the presence of my forefathers (a.s.) near you at the time of death? The Angel of Death will be gentler with you than a mother is with her child. Then Imam (a.s.) continued – Whosoever grieves over the difficulties of us Ahle Bait (a.s.) with affection, merits the mercy of Allah even before the tears leave the eyes. If a tear that rolls down the cheeks falls in hell, it would extinguish its heat. Every eye that cries over us will be pleased and quenched by friends when it sees the Pond of Kausar.[ix] It is necessary to point out in light of this tradition – The Fire of Hell cannot be compared to the fire of this world, which with the mourning over Husain (a.s.) becomes extinguished and safe. Then it should come as no surprise if the mourning over Husain (a.s.) is a shield against the weak flames of this world. 9. The Impact of Writing Poetry in the mourning of Husain (a.s.) Imam Sadiq (a.s.) â” There is none who recites elegies about Husain (a.s.) and weeps and makes others weep, except that Allah makes Paradise incumbent upon him and forgives his sins.[x] Wasaail al-Shia vol. 10 pg. 393 by Shaykh Hurr al-Aamili [ii] Behaar al-Anwaar vol. 44 pg.284 by Allamah Muhammad Baaqer al-Majlisi [iii]Muntakhab Kaamil Al-Ziyaaraat pg.165 by Ibne Qulwayh al-Qummi [iv]Jalaa Al-Uyoon pg. 462 by Allamah Muhammad Baaqer al-Majlisi [v] Behaar al-Anwaar vol. 44 pg. 293 by Allamah Muhammad Baaqer al-Majlisi [vi]Wasaail al-Shia vol. 10 pg. 397 by Shaykh Hurr al-Aamili [vii]Daastaanha-e-Shaguft pg. 9 by Ayatullah Dastaghaib [viii]Ikhtiyaar-e-Marefat Al-Rijaal pg. 89 by Shaikh al-Tusi [ix]Khulasa Az Maqaale Ashura by Jawaad Muhaddisi
  4. Bismillah and Salaam, Condolences to my brothers and sisters on the advent of the month of Muharram. A friend of mine sent this video to me, and I wanted to share it with Spanish Speakers. It's very beautiful, and I am delighted to see that there are these types of resources catered to the spanish speaking audience. Alhamdellah! Hermanos y Hermanas, porfavor vean este video sobre la revoluccion de Imam Husseyn (as) y el mensaje que nos a dejado como shi'a.
  5. Alqamah bin Mohammed ibn Hazrami (r.a.) narrates ‘I requested Imam Baqir (a.s.) to teach me a dua that I should recite on the day of Aashoora after the reciting the Ziyaarat of Imam Husain (a.s.) – from near his (a.s.) grave or from a distance.’ Imam (a.s.) replied ‘O Alqamah, whenever you wish to recite the Ziyaarat of Imam Husain (a.s.), you first perform two units of prayers. Then turn towards the grave of Imam Husain (a.s.) and while pointing towards it, you first say ‘Salam’ and then ‘Takbir’. Thereafter, you recite this Ziyaarat (Ziyaarate Aashoora). If you do so, then as if you have recited the supplication read by the angels while visiting the grave of Imam Husain (a.s.). Moreover, when you recite this Ziyaarat, then, Allah will increase your grade ten lakh times You will be included among those people who were martyred along with Imam Husain (a.s.) On the day of Judgment, you will be included among the martyrs You will get the reward of all the Prophets (a.s.) who have visited the grave of Imam Husain (a.s.) from the day that he (a.s.) was martyred till date. And the way of reciting the Ziyaarat is like this…’ (Then Imam (a.s.) recited the entire Ziyaarate Aashoora for Alqamah (r.a.) (Ref: Kaamil al-Ziyaarat, Ibn Qoolwayh, Ch. 71, p.194) At the end of this tradition, Imam Baqir (a.s.) says ‘O Alqamah, if you can, then recite this Ziyaarat every day send salutations to Imam Husain (a.s.). You will get all the rewards (of the one who recites it on the day of Aashoora).’ CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE BLOG "THE ZIYARAT OF ASHURAH " FOR THE IMPORTANCE , MERITS , AUTHENCITY AND VARIOUS AUDIO AND VIDEO RECITATIONS OF ZIYARAT E ASHURA IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
  6. Abu Basir! Don’t you want to be of those who support Lady Fatima (s.a.)?” It is written in the book Kamiluz Ziyarat ( chp 26 tdn no 7) : Abu Basir says: I was speaking with Imam Sadiq (a.s.) when one of his sons entered. Imam (a.s.) said: ‘May Allah bless you’; and then embraced and kissed him. Then he (as) said: ‘May Allah degrade those who dishonored you. May Allah avenge those who oppressed you. May Allah disappoint those who deserted you. May Allah curse those who slain you. May Allah be your guardian, protector and helper. Prophets, truthful ones, martyrs, angels of the heavens and our ladies have been weeping on you’. Then Imam (a.s.) began to weep and said: ‘Abu Basir, when I look at the children of Imam Husain (a.s.), grief overcomes me when I remember what was meted out to them and to their father.’ ‘Abu Basir, Fatima (s.a.) weeps and laments over Husain (a.s.) as a result of which Hell sighs so intensely, that if the keepers of Hell who also hear her voice did not prepare themselves to restrain it, it would burn all the inhabitants of the earth with its blazing fires and sparking fumes. So the keepers restrain it and hold its doors tightly closed as long as Fatima (s.a.) laments. Because they fear for the inhabitants of the earth. But Hell is not pacified until Fatima’s lamentation ends.’ ‘Abu Basir, the seas almost split apart and collide with each other. There is a dedicated angel for every drop of water and they prevent every drop from boiling with their wings; keeping it together because of their fear for this world and everything in it. The angels remain in fear and cry for her crying. And they pray to Allah and beseech Him, after which the inhabitants of the Arsh and those around it beg Allah.’ ‘Then their voices are raised in glorification of Allah, all because of their fear for the people of the earth. Even if one of their voices reached the earth, all the inhabitants would swoon, mountains would crumble and the earth would shake with its inhabitants.’ Abu Basir said, “May I be sacrificed on you! It is really a serious matter.” Imam (a.s.) said, “That which you have not heard is greater. Abu Basir! Don’t you want to be of those who support Lady Fatima (s.a.)?” When I heard this, I cried so much that I could not speak nor could the Imam (a.s.) do, because he was crying so intensely. Then he went to his prayer room and began to recite a supplication. So I left the Imam in that state. I could not eat or sleep that night. The following morning, I was fasting and was in extreme fear when I went to Imam (a.s.). I heaved as sigh of relief when I saw that he had calmed down; and I praised and glorified Allah, because no chastisement or calamity had befallen me. visit the blog http://theziyaratofashurah.wordpress.com/
  7. Karbala Special, Ashura 2010 TV Show, with Hujjatul Islam Ocaq Nejad Agha, as guest. This video explains everything in brief. And I think it will be beneficial to everyone, especially, to the new-to-shia-Muslims and non-Muslims. The topics discussed are: The forms of Quran and the status of Ahlulbayt (Household of the Prophet) in Islam.Why did Imam Hossein rise?Why do we commemorate the tragedy of Ashura after all these years?The Days of God in the Holy Quran.Why do we cry for Imam Hussein?What is the wisdom behind matam (mourning)?The spiritual levels of mourning.Going to the excess and extremism in azadari and the middle path.
  8. Zibh-e-Azeem' the Great Sacrifice http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/806/58#.VDMlmWddW84
  9. As the month of Ashura is closing by, we are getting ready to rejuvenate and recharge our resonance to Imam Hussain A.S, the blessed grandson of Muhammad A.S who achieved the greatest reward man can ever accomplish. His family included, sacrificed and gave their lives for the sake of the Islam of Muhammad A.S. He and his blessed family, and companions stood against tyranny and injustice when others stayed silent and turned their eyes. We as people, should and want to take his stance and serve under him, be like him, and follow him. Follow his way of life, of which included compassion, justice, freedom, piety, intelligence, giving, caring, and all that which defines positivity. He is what morality should be. He is how we should follow Islam. He is one of the greatest leaders of mankind. What does it take? “The greatest stand is to speak the word of truth in the face of a tyrant.” -Imam Hussain A.S http://www.whoishussain.org/who-is-hussain/ Here are some more lectures: (wasalam)
  10. (bismillah) (salam) i hope every body is fine. on the anniversary of iranian presidential riots.i pay my compliments to beloved baseejis and every one who helped the system of wilayat o imamat.Indeed it was one of the hardest fitna inqilab has faced. People outside iran know very little on it.i invite everyone to study on this topic. it was day of ashura when the came on streets and burned the pictures of imam khomeini,imam khamenei and shaheeds of iran-iraq wars. chanting the slogans against inqilab and islam. videos of these people dancing on the day of ashura are on internet.They burnt several cars and buses. People of iran showed their love for their inqilab and system of wilayat on this day. my farsi is not good so if somebody is kind enough to translate this picture i will be very glad. From that day to now,Every year millions of people come to streets to show their love and support for the system of wilayat and to against those fitna mongers. (wasalam)
  11. Salam, Here are a couple of reasons I could think. Please add your comments: Reason 1: (Because its a sign of a momin) According to Imam Hasan bin Ali Al Askari (as) The signs of a true believer are five:- 1) Recite 51 Rak—a’t Salaat during the 24 hours of the day (17 Rak—a’ts obligatory, + 34 Rak—a’ts in Naafilah Salaats).2) Recite or Perform Ziyarat of Imam Husayn on the day of Arbaeen3) To wear a ring in the right hand.4) To put the forehead on the earth (preferably on the earth of Karbala) in prostration.5) To pronounce “Bismillahir-Rah’maanir-Rah’eem” in clear and loud voice while praying the salats. Reason 2: (the importance of 40 days in Islam) According to Hadith, once a momin does something for 40 continuous days, that action becomes his(her) habit. The memory of Imam Hussain (as) for 40 days, and so much importance that Aimah (as) put on the day of Arbaeen, the 40th day of Shahadat is so this memory of Imam Hussain (of being Upright, of Amr bil Maroof, of Nahi anil Munkir) becomes our habit for the rest of 10 months of the year. Reason 3: (Distinction for Shia) Ashura of Imam Hussain is commemorated by many, including many Sunnis, some Christians, some Hindus, and even some Jewish people. Just like the Sifaaat of Allah of Rahman and Raheem, one for being merciful for all, other for being merciful for only momineen; Aimah (as) gave us Shia the gift of this distinction that while the rest of the world also commemorates the Ashura, the real followers of Imam Hussain are distinguished with the commemoration of the day of Arba'een as well.
  12. Imam Hussain(as) short poem "Imam Hussain, ya Imam Hussain. The very name it self brings sadness and sorrow to the informed ones about his life. Even at the time the beloved imam was born, the prophet knew that this child would be slain unjustly. Sadly traits such as Mercy and Kindness were rare at this time but generously shown by this Imam. Shown to the man who unjustly murdered him. For even when a man would curse him and his father, he still offered him a place to stay and clothes to wear. For this is the family of the holy prophet and the way they treat others, people may come and curse them, but they come back with morals, because the prophet came to perfect the morals of mankind. As one of the greatest martyrs in history how can we not love this great man. He maintained and endured pains none of us shall know in this lifetime. The ultimate price was payed and the ultimate reward shall be given god-willingly. His oppressors will beg to kiss his lifeless decapitated body and loathe to regret their actions. The Master of the youth of paradise followed and respected his father and grandfather and they still fought him and bore hardships upon him and his family. And they call themselves slaves of Allah! Ya Hussain, your ways have touched us, words have stayed with us, and actions remain with us. We never forget the day the sky's wept blood. Peace be upon him, Imam Hussain."
  13. Salam everyone, Please watch this report on the Ashura procession which took place in Sydney. Thank you.
  14. 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
  15. “Surely, you have been made to see if (only) you care to see; surely, you have been guided if (only) you care to take guidance; and surely, you have been made to hear if (only) you care to lend your ears.” –Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) I have decided to open this short article with the above quote for one reason. It is my sincere wish that whoever reads it can sincerely and with an open heart embrace these words, and implement them. In this context I hope that these words will guide some of you to be, if anything more understanding of Shia Muslim beliefs. It seems to me that each year around Ashura, attacks on Shia Muslims increase from all sides. From bombings on mosques, to attacks on pilgrims, to YouTube videos mocking Shia expressions of devotion, down to rude comments on social media, it seems that Shias are constantly being vilified by those who have little to no understanding of our beliefs. This is especially exemplified during the time of Ashura. Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram, it is a day of mourning, NOT celebration for Shia Muslims. For Shia Muslims, this day marks a very symbolic event, the battle of Karbala in 61 AH (680 AD). On this day the third Imam, Imam Hussain ibn Ali (as) the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) along with other members of his family and members of the tribe of Banu Hashim (numbering around 100) were slaughtered by the army of Yazid I which numbered several thousand. Hussain (as) only had an army of 32 horsemen and 40 infantrymen. In the days preceding the battle, in a very unislamic and inhumane act, the army of Yazid blocked off access to the river preventing the women and children, including Hussain’s (as) infant son from having drinking water. This move by Yazid, was similar to what his father Muawiyah had done in the battle of Siffeen, where he blocked the Euphrates and prevented Imam Ali’s (as) army from drinking water. When Ali’s (as) army recaptured the river, he allowed Muawiyah’s army free access to the river, stating “they are human beings and though they have acted inhumanely, I cannot follow their example and cannot refuse a man food and drink because he happens to be my worst enemy.” Such was the character of Ali (as) and his son Hussain (as). Despite knowing that they would be slaughtered, Hussain (as), held a night vigil of prayer with his soldiers before the battle. During the vigil, he gave permission to his soldiers to leave if they wished, none of them left his side, despite knowing death was certain. The following day the battle ensued and all of Hussain’s (as) men were killed, when Yazid’s army surrounded the wounded Hussain (as) the commander, Umar ibn Sa’ad ordered a man by the name of Shimir to finish off Hussain (as). Shimir, wearing full armor, went to Hussain (as) and kicked him in the ribs until he fell to the ground, got on top of him, and cut his head off with a blunt knife. Following the massacre, the tents were all looted, the granddaughters of the Prophet (SAW) had were unveiled in mockery, and taken prisoner. Such was the fate of the Ahlul Bayt (as). The reason why Shias hold this event is not because we believe Hussain (as) to be some sort of messianic savior. We remember Karbala because he provided us a real life example of a Muslim exemplifying bravery, justice, compassion, and sacrifice for the truth, in the face of tremendous odds. His example served as a wake-up call to Muslims that their sunnah was being hijacked and mislead by a vile tyrant, Yazid, who was leading them astray. Hussain (as) is often referred to by some as the savior of Islam. This term is NOT applied the same as in Christianity. Its meaning lies in the fact that Islam was being led astray by a tyrant (Yazid) and by offering his life as a sacrifice Hussain (as) provided Muslims with a wake-up call that would put them back on the path the Prophet (SAW), his grandfather, had taught. That form of “saving” is through action, devotion to Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, and most importantly a living, breathing, example of the faith as the Prophet (SAW) had taught. Just as Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì had rescued the Israelites from the tyranny of Egypt, so too did he rescue Muslims from the tyranny of Yazid at Karbala. Some might say that Shia’s overanalyze this event. But to me Islam is more than just rules and regulations, and banging your head on the ground five times a day. It is a religion of depth and spirituality, and with a purpose. For any human who loves truth and justice, the tragedy of Karbala serves as a powerful example of how to stand up for the principles of truth and justice, no matter how stacked the odds are against you. Karbala is a deep wound in the history of mankind, it’s a summary of the best and worst of humanity, it’s the epitome of good vs. evil, and its tune is a prelude to the final battle on Earth. How you feel about Karbala is a reflection of how you will feel at the final battle. Will you be on the side of Yazid, Hussain (as), or will you simply not care?
  16. Ashura: In the Dungeon of Cancer, al-Hussein Was My LightPosted: 11/11/2013 8:01 pmAmin G. Aaser I recall the moment when my world crashed. "Small cell carcinoma of the bile duct," Doctor Kubiak stated. "It has spread to the liver," she finished. I fell into the darkest part of my heart. It was cloaked in black, tasted of blood, and smelled of arsenic. Like one drowning in rogue water, I felt a sort of suffocation. I screamed for help. But, I was alone. I put my hands against the cold walls of this pit and tried to climb. With each online publication I read, I elevated. But, it was temporary. I soon discovered: this cancer had never been defeated with treatment. The rock of medicine that I had grasped so tightly crumbled. My strength crumbled with it. I was broken. I raised my hands in surrender. My heart began to beat loudly. I listened closely. In each beat, I heard a whimper. I called on my heart, "Oh heart! Is my situation so tragic that even you are crying for me?" My heart rebuked, "Oh Amin, do not be foolish! If we are feeling such anguish, imagine the grief of Aba Abdullah al-Hussein in Karbala." My hands covered my face as my eyes erupted. I replaced my selfish grief with the commemoration of the Holy Prophet's grandson. Through recalling the sacrifice of al-Hussein, I gained the tools necessary to fight this cancer. Holy War I felt surrounded. With each passing day, the darkness of small cell carcinoma would aggressively multiply in my mother's body. Sitting in our battle camp, alongside my mother and her white blood cells, I noticed a change on their faces. At the sight of this improbable enemy, a weakness became visible in their eyes. "There is no hope in victory if we are already defeated," I thought to myself. I needed an elixir for strength. Conjuring the story of al-Hussein and his 72 companions on the lands of Karbala, we found that strength. While it would have been easy to buckle under the pressure of the enemy, who outnumbered his group by over 1,000 to 1, al-Hussain remained strong. When faced with a decision: to give allegiance to an ill-fit tyrant or to fight for his life, al-Hussein elected the latter, irrespective of the odds. Through al-Hussein we gained strength. When battling a demon, whether a tyrant like Yazid or a disease like cancer, strength does not come from numbers; rather, it comes from the All Mighty. Perspective I remember unfolding old newspapers on my mother's bathroom floor, preparing to shave what remained of her chemo-damaged hair. As her hair fell onto the floor, I channeled every iota of confidence in my body to keep from crying. "In what world must a 24 year old prepare his mother for battle?" I asked myself. My thoughts went to Karbala. Among the 72 companions of al-Hussein who fought for the sake of righteousness, there were a handful of children under the age of 15. I can only imagine the toil of Zainab bint Ali, the granddaughter of the Holy Prophet, when she prepared her two sons, Aun (13) and Mohammed (11), for battle by fastening their armor and unsheathing their swords. "In what world does a mother prepare her children for battle," I thought instead. Through al-Hussein, I gained perspective. No matter how challenging my situation, I must remember that others have experienced far worse. Gratitude Mom is a 51 year old non-smoker who has never drank alcohol in her life. She was not supposed to get small cell carcinoma. I felt disdain for every doctor, nurse, and administrative assistant that I encountered, as if they were accomplices to this disease. "How am I supposed to act," I remember asking myself. I again sought counsel from al-Hussein on the battlefield of Karbala. After al-Hussein and his 72 companions were killed, their heads placed on spears, their bodies trampled by horses, and their women taken as captives, the family of al-Hussein issued a prayer while in prostration to God. They said, "Oh Allah, all praise be to You; the praise of those who thank You for their misfortune." They continued, "All praise be to Allah for my great misfortune." Even after such tragedy, the family of al-Hussain gave thanks. Maybe the family of al-Hussein understood that his sacrifice would cause an uprising which would overthrow the corrupt tyranny that existed at that time. Or perhaps the family understood that even 1400 years after this sacrifice, this story would illuminate the lives of many during the darkest of times. Through al-Hussein, I realized that I too should have gratitude for my situation. Through the reflection on death, I began to live. This caused a revolution in my life, overthrowing a tyranny of worldliness and replacing it with a passion for god consciousness. Trapped in the dungeon of despair, I finally opened my eyes to an incredible surprise. The Qu'ran opened itself and began to speak. "Be at ease," he said. "Allah is the firmest handle, which will never break off. He is the guardian of those who believe. He will take you from darkness into light," he reassured (2:256-257). Through the remembrance of Aba Abdullah al-Hussein, I gained the certainty to put my trust in God. Together, we scaled this pit. In July, my mother beat the odds. Her cancer entered into remission. Ten days ago, God blessed us with an opportunity to engage in battle again. Through the commemoration of al-Hussein, and your prayers, we hope to be victorious. Please, keep my mom - Shaheen Pyarali - in your prayers. --- To learn more about al-Hussein and his sacrifice in Karbala, please visit http://www.whoishussein.org Follow Amin G. Aaser on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AminAaser --- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amin-g-aaser/ashura-in-the-dungeon-of-_b_4252754.html May God bless the author of this article.
  17. São Paulo, November 4th, 2013. Starting on Monday, November 4th, 2013, Muslim communities around the world begin the ceremonies of Ashura, which shows their love and fidelity to Islam recalling the tragedy of Karbala, the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), his family and companions in the struggle for justice. The Brazilian Islamic community also follows this tradition in major cities with Islamic presence in the country. Muslims from São Paulo, Curitiba, Foz do Iguaçu and Ponta Porã will gather in their mosques to show their appreciation for the Islamic cause and a great sorrow for the suffering of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammed (SAW), and his followers. Ashura ceremonies take place for ten consecutive nights, until the day of Ashura (14th November, Thursday), where the ceremonies will be in the morning. All supporters of faith, justice and love for Islam are invited to attend the celebrations. São Paulo Location: Centro Islâmico no Brasil (Islamic Center in Brazil) Religious Leader : His Eminence Sheikh Taleb Hussein al-Khazraji Address: Rua Vigário João Álvares, 211 - Vila Monumento Time: 20:30 Language: Arabic Location: Mesquita Mohammed Mensageiro de Deus (Mosque of Brás) Religious Leader : His Eminence Seyyed Bilal Wahbi Address: R. Elisa Whitaker, 17 - Brás Time: 19:30 Language: Arabic Location : Centro Cultural Imam Ali Religious Leader: His Eminence Sheikh Hossein Khalillo Address: R. São Lázaro, 293 - Luz Time: 20:00 Language: Portuguese Curitiba Location : Mesquita Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS) (Mosque of Curitiba) Religious Leader: His Eminence Sheikh M. Sadeq Ibrahim / Majles Aza Fadi Haidar Address : Rua Dr. Kellers, 383 - Bairro São Francisco Time: 20:30 Language : Arabic Foz do Iguaçu Location : Hosseinya Imam Khomeini (K.S.) Religious Leader : His Eminence Seyyed Hussein Hijazi Address : Av José Maria de Brito , 929 – Jardim Central Time: 20:30 Location: Hosseinya Imam Khomeini (K.S.) Religious Leader : His Eminence Sheikh Mohammad Khalil Address : Av. José Maria de Brito, 929 – Jardim Central Time: 10:00 Language: Portuguese Ponta Pora Location: Mosque of Ponta Porã Religious Leader : His Eminence Sheikh Hassan Borji / Majles Aza Hussein Farhat Rua João da Silva Brandão, 383 - Bairro Vila Isabel Time : 20:00 Language: Arabic
  18. A classic Persian one: Meaning: I lost a Flower and I am searching for it. Every Flower I see I smell it(to find my flower).
  19. Salaam, i came across this video and i want to know your thoughts on it .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PogOOpI1j-c
  20. (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)
  21. Hello and As-Salamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Everyone. My name is Rick and I am a Convert to Islam (about 4 years now), living in Miami, Florida, and will plan on attending the local Shia Islamic Center for my first Ashura this year. I have converted to Islam along with my wife, father, and friends and under the Kalimah/Shahada of "ā ʾilāha ʾillā l-Lāh, Muḥammadur rasūlu l-Lāh" the entire Quran, and influence of some of the hadiths that are reported to be said by Muhammad (SAW) and his Family/Companions (PBUT). The closest masjid to our home are all Sunni Masjids and the majority of friends I have are Sunnis or a small group of "Quran Aloners/Reformists"... but you can say I have grown up in a sunni majority enviornment, though I do not consider myself Sunni, Salafi, Wahabi, Quranist, etc. Right now my limited knowledge has only allowed me to be simply "Muslim", however I hope to inshallah increase my knowldge to become a true Mu'min one day. This last Ramadan I really wanted to expand my very limited knowledge of Islam and wanted to develope more friendships with Muslims. I was reading about Iman Khomeini (ra) "We muslims are busy bickering over whether to fold or unfold our arms during prayer, while the enemy is devising ways of cutting them off" and thought this was a very interesting quote. So, Durring Ramandan I attended a couple Jumma's and Lectures at the local Shia mosque for the first time. WOW!! All of the brothers there that I met were very very friendly and helpful. They had all introduced themesleves to me and had told me that I could always ask them anything. As I was doing Wudu (the best I could) one of the brothers had seen it was challeneging for me and had taught me the proper way to do Wudu. This was something I had never encountered and was very apperciative. I prayed on the Turba, shook hands and ate curry soup with everyone, and made Dua for some of the ill brothers/sisters. Now, I plan on comming back to the mosque to attend the Shab-e-Ashur, and also Ashua day. This is something I have never experienced before because in the sunni Masjids I have attened so far, Ashura is something that is not given much attention to. At the Shia Mosque I hear there will be a lecture, a speech, a prayer, and also a Blood Donation Bus for those who wish to dontate blood to for a good cause. I dont know much of what to expect but I have heard that it is best to wear black so my wife and I will do so. If there are any brothers/sisters out there (Converts/Born Muslims) Do you remember your first Ashura Day and what was your expereince like. Describe how you felt and why it is important to you. Inshallah when I return I hope to describe my first. Thank you, As-Salamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.
  22. 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
  23. so many times i read on articles by suni muslims that we "celebrate" the killing of Imam Hussain (as). like, in this article here http://english.ahram...-Salafist-.aspx where in the end it is written: is this a celebration??? is morning and commemorating the killing of Imam Hussain (as) and his family (as) a cause of celebration for shia of ahl bayt??? i commented on this article telling them that only the enemies of Imam Hussain celebrate this event, but not sure if they will publish what a wrote ( so far they have never published anything i post ) (wasalam)
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