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(BISMILLAH) (Salam) I hope you are all in the best of health, both physically and spiritually. I created this topic so that we may share, and examine, each other's cultures and how Muharram is commemorated by people of different origins. For example, in my culture, it is seen as impolite for one to watch T.V. - as in, operas and serials, not 'serious' stuff like News - in the first 10 days of Muharram, though this often extends till Arbaeen and, for some people, till Eid az-Zahra (9 Rabi al-Awal). Does your culture have a similar custom? What other customs do you have?
Some argument that Tatbir frightens people in the West from Islam. But that is not the case. In contrary, people in the West themselves argument that Christians have similar rituals in some places around the globe, for example in the Philippines. Of course, the Shia don't mourn or believe in the "son of God". But those Shia who do Tatbir, and they are a small number in comparison to chest-beaters, they mourn their Imam how they believe is best to mourn. I recently read a propaganda article in a Western newspaper showing pictures of Tatbir to tell people (again!) that "look, this is violent Islam!" And guess what the peoples' comments replied to that article: "Don't try to fool us. The fact is that you want to show us violent Islam. But we have similar rituals. And why is that brutal, if they mourn." No these rituals are not what frightens people from Islam. It is some so-called Muslim politicians and scholars and agendas and suicide attacks which frighten people. Not Tatbir rituals.
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