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AlSalam Alaykum:

When you see the people doing Matam and crying for Ahlulbayt AS, what comes up in your mind? In my mind, it's that this could be crazy and a diversion of Islam, as we look like fools in front of the Muslims and the whole world when almost every day of the year is a sadness and a mourning.

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AlSalam Alaykum:

When you see the people doing Matam and crying for Ahlulbayt AS, what comes up in your mind? In my mind, it's that this could be crazy and a diversion of Islam, as we look like fools in front of the Muslims and the whole world when almost every day of the year is a sadness and a mourning.

With do respect, then you are a fool because every humane person would cry for their loved ones. Never ever forget what makes us sincere human beings, and that is by their rememberance. It was their cause that made Islam survive. Crying for them and matam isn't even a pinch of salt to what they deserve. My brother you have to redefine your principles. Please don't take my words as offensive. I would write more but im on my phone. Wa Salaam

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Wa'Alaykum Asalam Warah Matallah Wabarakatu

we do it because of the pain they suffered to save Islam. Owais Qarni (a.s) knocked all his teeth out when hearing that the Prophet (saww) lost one tooth, and the Prophet (saww) praised Ovais Qarni very highly. The Prophet (saww) loved Imam Hussain (a.s), and Allah (swt) loved Imam Hussain (a.s). The narration of the Prophet (saww) is that Hussain (a.s) is a part of me, this means that this wasn’t just the murder of Hussain (a.s) but in fact, the murder of the Prophet (saww). Imagine the pain the lovers of Imam Hussain (a.s) have when hearing that he was slaughtered, his companions were slaughtered, his 6 month old baby was beheaded alongside the rest of the companions, imagine when you hear that the 4 year old daughter of Imam Hussain (a.s) had her earrings torn off her ears and was slapped by Shimr (la), imagine hearing the story of the women of the house of the Prophet (saww) having their Hijabs taken off and their tents burnt and then taken to Damascus barefoot with chains around their necks and feet. These things bring tears to the eyes, and just like you perhaps have seen footage on the TV where the Palestinian or Iraqi, or as I have seen before, even Pakistani individuals are beating their chests or heads over the death of their loved ones, regardless of being a Shia or Sunni, we also do matam over the martydrom of Imam Hussain (a.s) and his companions. You can even find traditions showing the Prophet (saww) beating his chest over a matter, or Imam Ali (a.s) hitting his thighs (when he saw the dead bodies after the battle of Jamal).

When the news of the blindness of Yaqoob (a.s) was told to Yusuf (a.s) by Jibraeel, Hazrat Yusuf (a,s) started to hit his head, and he wished that his mother didn’t give birth to him so he would not have been the cause of such sadness to his father. All the above points are in Ahlul Sunnah sources, but last but not least, it is recorded that Ayesha mourned and cried for the Prophet (saww) by beating her chest and head as well. Matam is just a manifestation of the utter grief that we feel. When one person dies in any household, isn't the environment sorrowful? If this is the feeling we have for humans, Imam Hussain (a.s.) was the holy Prophet's grandson and the leader of the youth of heaven. And each time we remember this event we mourn over it, and the Prophet (saww) had already said that a group of people will mourn for Hussain (as) and commemorate his martyrdom each year in every century. That is the phenomena of the tragedy, for after so many centuries have past from the incident it still moves the hearts of men, women, children and even non-Muslims alike.

Every single time one hears the incident that took place in Karbala it brings tears to the eyes. We even forget the grieve of losing even the most dear ones in our lives, memories may bring sadness but not tears after many years, but our tears never end for Imam Hussain (as) and the family of the Prophet (saww) – who are not just limited to the events of Karbala. On the day of Ashura Imam Hussain (as) was left all alone at the end and he cried out ‘Hal min nasir yansurna?” which means “Is there someone who will come for my help?” Scholars and philosophers have pondered over this sentence, and one of the explanations is that our Imam (as) was calling upon all Muslims till the Day of Judgement and urging them to rise against evil and stand up for the oppressed people whenever they can. Today, by this concept of Azadari we are replying back, InshAllah. There is an annual event called the Muslim Congress, and there a convert was present and he gave his conversion story based on the fact that he saw the Shias do matam and that was the sight that gave him that final push to convert, because he felt that these people must believe in something really strongly to be doing such a thing. That’s just one person’s experience, not everyone shares the same view. Some may say it gives Islam a bad name, but then again, so do a lot of other matters of Aqaaid give Islam a bad name to the non-Muslims, like Hijab, which is seen as oppression, and the list goes on....

now i hope you understand and have become enlightened insha'Allah.

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AlSalam Alaykum:

When you see the people doing Matam and crying for Ahlulbayt AS, what comes up in your mind? In my mind, it's that this could be crazy and a diversion of Islam, as we look like fools in front of the Muslims and the whole world when almost every day of the year is a sadness and a mourning.

Ali-F, is that you?

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Wa'Alaykum Asalam Warah Matallah Wabarakatu

we do it because of the pain they suffered to save Islam. Owais Qarni (a.s) knocked all his teeth out when hearing that the Prophet (saww) lost one tooth, and the Prophet (saww) praised Ovais Qarni very highly. The Prophet (saww) loved Imam Hussain (a.s), and Allah (swt) loved Imam Hussain (a.s). The narration of the Prophet (saww) is that Hussain (a.s) is a part of me, this means that this wasn’t just the murder of Hussain (a.s) but in fact, the murder of the Prophet (saww). Imagine the pain the lovers of Imam Hussain (a.s) have when hearing that he was slaughtered, his companions were slaughtered, his 6 month old baby was beheaded alongside the rest of the companions, imagine when you hear that the 4 year old daughter of Imam Hussain (a.s) had her earrings torn off her ears and was slapped by Shimr (la), imagine hearing the story of the women of the house of the Prophet (saww) having their Hijabs taken off and their tents burnt and then taken to Damascus barefoot with chains around their necks and feet. These things bring tears to the eyes, and just like you perhaps have seen footage on the TV where the Palestinian or Iraqi, or as I have seen before, even Pakistani individuals are beating their chests or heads over the death of their loved ones, regardless of being a Shia or Sunni, we also do matam over the martydrom of Imam Hussain (a.s) and his companions. You can even find traditions showing the Prophet (saww) beating his chest over a matter, or Imam Ali (a.s) hitting his thighs (when he saw the dead bodies after the battle of Jamal).

When the news of the blindness of Yaqoob (a.s) was told to Yusuf (a.s) by Jibraeel, Hazrat Yusuf (a,s) started to hit his head, and he wished that his mother didn’t give birth to him so he would not have been the cause of such sadness to his father. All the above points are in Ahlul Sunnah sources, but last but not least, it is recorded that Ayesha mourned and cried for the Prophet (saww) by beating her chest and head as well. Matam is just a manifestation of the utter grief that we feel. When one person dies in any household, isn't the environment sorrowful? If this is the feeling we have for humans, Imam Hussain (a.s.) was the holy Prophet's grandson and the leader of the youth of heaven. And each time we remember this event we mourn over it, and the Prophet (saww) had already said that a group of people will mourn for Hussain (as) and commemorate his martyrdom each year in every century. That is the phenomena of the tragedy, for after so many centuries have past from the incident it still moves the hearts of men, women, children and even non-Muslims alike.

Every single time one hears the incident that took place in Karbala it brings tears to the eyes. We even forget the grieve of losing even the most dear ones in our lives, memories may bring sadness but not tears after many years, but our tears never end for Imam Hussain (as) and the family of the Prophet (saww) – who are not just limited to the events of Karbala. On the day of Ashura Imam Hussain (as) was left all alone at the end and he cried out ‘Hal min nasir yansurna?” which means “Is there someone who will come for my help?” Scholars and philosophers have pondered over this sentence, and one of the explanations is that our Imam (as) was calling upon all Muslims till the Day of Judgement and urging them to rise against evil and stand up for the oppressed people whenever they can. Today, by this concept of Azadari we are replying back, InshAllah. There is an annual event called the Muslim Congress, and there a convert was present and he gave his conversion story based on the fact that he saw the Shias do matam and that was the sight that gave him that final push to convert, because he felt that these people must believe in something really strongly to be doing such a thing. That’s just one person’s experience, not everyone shares the same view. Some may say it gives Islam a bad name, but then again, so do a lot of other matters of Aqaaid give Islam a bad name to the non-Muslims, like Hijab, which is seen as oppression, and the list goes on....

now i hope you understand and have become enlightened insha'Allah.

One of the famous incidents that people justify doing tatbir (hitting swords on heads) and zanjeer (hitting chains on backs) when commemorating the tragedy of Imaam al-Hussayn (عليه السلام) is about Uways al-Qarni (companion of Imaam `Alee (عليه السلام)). After hearing that the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) teeth were broken in the Battle of Uhud, he was so sad that he, himself, knocked out his teeth.

Of course, the sources people use to prove this are either from Sunni books and this incident is NOT found in the Shee`ah books. After looking through our books trying to find the Uways al-Qarni incident, it got me to ask this question, “Did the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) even have his teeth broken during the Battle of Uhud?”

Here is a Muwaththaq (Reliable) hadeeth from the Ahl al-Bayt (عليهم السلام) categorically denying that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) broke his teeth. The hadeeth is fairly lengthy; I will only quote the relevant part.

Chain of Narrators (sanad):

أبي رحمه الله قال حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله عن أحمد بن محمد عن ابن فضال عن ابن بكير عن زرارة قال

Content of the Hadeeth (matn):

فقلنا له و روي لنا أنه كسرت رباعيته فقال لا قبضه الله سليما و لكنه شج في وجهه فبعث عليا فأتاه بماء في حجفة فعافه رسول الله ص أن يشرب منه و غسل وجهه

“So we said to him (al-Baaqir (عليه السلام)), it has been narrated to us that he (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) broke his upper interior teeth? So he (عليه السلام) said: “No, by Allaah, Allaah protected him, rather it was a wound on his face. He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) sent `Alee (عليه السلام) to bring water in a container, the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) denied drinking from it, and washed his face with it”

Source:

1. Al-Sadooq, Ma`aani al-Akhbaar, Baab Nawaadir al-Ma`aani, pg. 406, hadeeth # 80

http://www.revivingalislam.com/2011/07/did-prophet-break-his-teeth.html

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Baba abu did you even bother reading.

As for your question Ali.20, theirs nothing crazy about it and any human with ahasa (feelings) would cry. I have seen sunni shyaks speak about ashia and they want to cry because of the fact some of us insult her. I dont see many people saying much about this, not that they should but the prophts (pbuh) family got effect here, al hassan wa al hussian (as) got killed and you want us to sit and not cry. They didnt give them water,killed a child, surrounded them, drigged the woman around. Sunnis (most) cant even fight like men they jump in 100s because they know they cant fight one on one. If that shimir (la) was a man he would of fighted like a man but no he was a dog, he even looked like one.

What does it do to the ummah if you cry,well it harm you, well it weaken you?

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there is a hadeeth about one of the Imams, i cant remember which exactly, but his son(the next imam) was in tears during the dying period i.e he mourned for his suffering, but the moment he died, he would stop crying, and they asked him why is this and he replied that he cried during the difficulty of pain of his father, but once he died he was in peace and there was no reason to cry because he entered Heaven and the domain of God and bliss

however with Imam Hussein it is a different story, Imam Zaynul Abideen cried whenever he saw somebody drinking water, and it is recommended to cry for Imam Hussein, but it is not crying because of the fact that he left this life, all the Imams wish for death because they wish to return to God and leave this low world, any seeker of God hates this life and wants to leave this life, he/she doesn not want to be away from God and connected to this low place, he/she wishes for death always

Imam Ali always wished to be killed for the sake of God and Islam, for the seekers of God it is joy to return back to God

for example for Ibn Arabi on his death anniversary the sufi's celebrate and call this day the marriage and return of the bride(the return back to God) , so in some ways it is something to be celebrated that they finally returned back to God and had their wish fulfilled , because if you ask them do they prefer to stay here and not die or return back to God, i am certain they would always answer to return back to God, unless they had some mission to fulfill here which was not fulfilled

the Imams and the true seekers of God, wish only to be reunited with god, what is there here for them in this low world? Pleasure? Children? what do they have to seek here in this life? happiness here? this ground is the sowing ground, but the plants grow in the heavens, and the true seekers of God cry to be here and are joyous and happy to leave here and go to truth and bliss, return back to truth away from this miserable place where evil rules and the seekers of dunya seek it out for their pathetic and low pleasures of greed and carnal desires and property , the Imams dont want to be here amongst them

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What actually happened to imam hussain (as) at karbala?

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Muharram, Kerbala & Imam Hussain (as) Inform others-use this Article esp for non muslims

Think not of those who are slain in God's way as dead. Nay, they are living, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord (Qur'an 3:169)

EVENT & PERSONALITIES

Imam Hussain was the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, through his daughter, Lady Fatima and son-in-law, Imam Ali, peace be upon them all.

In less than half a day on the 10th of Muharram ( Ashura) in the year 680 A.D. (61 A.H.), on the hot desert sands of Karbala in Iraq, Imam Hussain(as), and 72 of his family members, friends and followers, including his 6 month old infant son, were martyred under most gruesome circumstances. These included His brother Hazrat Abbas (as) the standard bearer, His young 18 yr old son Ali Akber & his 4 year old daughter Sakina who died while in prison in Damascus. The Oppressive ruler; Yazid son of Mu'awiya son of Abu Sufiyan & his very large army of over 30,000 men, committed these heinous crimes against the small group which included the household of the Prophet. Lady Zainub (sister of Imam Hussain) also played a key role especially subsequent to the battle to inform people of the truth.

The group, including the six-month infant Ali Asgar, was without food and water for 3 days before their martyrdom. Ali Asgar was martyred thirsty in his father's arms when his tender throat was pierced by a three-pointed poisoned arrow, while his father implored the tyrants to allow water to the infant, after all his other companions were martyred at their hands.

Imam Hussain resolved to defend his thirsty entourage from the killer army’s onslaught, rather than submit to their forcible extraction of allegiance to a criminal despotic regime which used the name of Islam. He was going to stand to his principle to defend True Islam, even though he might be the last man standing with no support, no help.

The martyrs were beheaded & their heads were put on spears, while their corpses were trampled upon and left unburied. The ordeal did not stop at this as the women and children in the Imam's entourage were held captives and tortured while being led on an arduous journey to Damascus to be paraded and later imprisoned . The only male survivor was Imam Zainul Abideen (as) son of Imam Hussain (as) who was ill at that time, yet chained & repeatedly beaten. He subsequently wrote a 'Treatise on Rights' & a monumental prayer book called Sahifa Kamila ( see www.Duas.org)

In the history of Islam, al‑Husayn ibn 'Ali, the martyr of Karbala, wrote one of the most brilliant chapters; a chapter which still and after more than fourteen centuries, echoes in the minds and hearts of Muslims everywhere. It is remarked by a modern Muslim writer that 'With every Karbala Islam is renewed'.

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) considered the greatest British historian of his time. Wrote “In a distant age and climate the tragic scene of the death of Hussein will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader." [The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, London, 1911, volume 5, pp. 391-2]

Each year during the first Islamic month of Moharram and upto 40 days (Arbaeen) thereafter, mourning sessions are held all over the world, wherein the trials and tribulations of these martyrs are recounted, mourned and lamented, while expounding the values and teachings upheld by them. These practices are an institution in themselves and are being continuously held for the past 14 centuries.

The Martyrdom is unique and unparalleled in a number of ways, the most obvious of all being its sacrifices from - men, women and children of all age groups, every conceivable human relationship, rich and poor, noblemen and slaves, military commanders and commoners, and individuals coming from different specters of human society.

REASONS

Imam Hussain(as), his family and friends sacrificed everything ( life ,wealth, family honor) that they had ,in their struggle against tyranny and despotism and for upholding the human values of truth, justice and liberty of thought, word and deed. Their struggle was aimed at the ultimate goal of awakening human beings of all times to uplift the human spirit beyond short-sighted materialistic pursuits, and establish a just and equitable order in society.

Imam Hussain wrote a will and handed it over to his brother Muhammad Hanafiyyah. The will read, ‘’I have not risen against Yazid in order to create corruption or discord, nor to elevate myself in the eyes of the people, nor to oppress.’’ Innama kharajtu litalabil islahi fi ummati jaddi wa abi’’ I have only risen to rectify, to reform the affairs of the Ummah of my grandfather and of my father. ‘’Uridu ‘an aamura bil ma’ruf wa anha ‘anil munkar.’’ I want to invite people towards good and forbid them from evil.’’

Yazid the oppressive ruler openly indulged in sinful activities like drinking, womanizing, terrorizing /killing innocent people, making fun of scholars etc & yet claimed to be rightful successor /leader of Islam & the Muslim ummah. The silent majority scared and terrified by the overflowing military might and power, did nothing about this.

Yazid demanded that Imam Hussain (as) pay allegiance (bay'aa) to him. When asked to give bay’aa to Yazid, Imam Hussain said, ‘’ We are the household of the prophet hood, the source of messengership, the descending place of the angels, through us Allah had begun showering His favours, whereas Yazid is a sinful person, a drunkard, the killer of innocent people and one who openly indulges in sinful acts. ‘Mithli la yubayi’u mithlah’. A person like me can never do bay’aa(pay allegiance) to a person like him (Yazid). I look upon death as but the felicity of martyrdom and I regard life among oppressors and transgressors as nothing but agony and torture. By God I will never give you my hand like a man who has been defeated; nor will I flee like a slave.’’

He rejected the rule of a man who was generally agreed not to have been fit to rule. In this sense he was a revolutionary, as indeed he is now regarded by contemporary writers.

EFFECTS

The event is of great significance because of what this martyrdom meant for the religion of Islam in exposing the wrong and upholding the right through the sharp contrast between him and his followers on the one hand and his antagonists on the other.

Mahatma Gandhi in 1924 writing in ‘Young India’’ about the battle of Karbala said among other things ‘’ I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind….the utter self-effacement of Hussain, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission to save Islam.’’

The Martyrdom has also prompted a vast body of literature in a multitude of languages all over the world, a phenomenon that continues to this day. Outstanding examples of this are the elegies written by Mir Anis, one of which holds the world record for the longest verse for the past two centuries.

The largest gathering on the face of the earth since time began now occurs in Karbala in Iraq on Arbaeen ( 20 safar) where over 10 million pilgrims visit the shrine.

Imam Hussain embodied in himself magnificent qualities - wisdom, knowledge, leadership, patience, humility, forbearance and total submission to the Almighty, to name a few - and his life is a source of inspiration and a role model for all generations to condemn all forms of oppression & Injustice.

http://www.duas.org/Moharram/moharram_article.htm

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