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Azadari for the Son of Sayeda Fatima Az Zahra(sa)

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Audhu billahi min ash-shaitanir rajeem.

Bismillah, ar-Rahman, ar-Rahim

AsSalaamu Alaykum,

الحمد لله الذي هدانا صراطاً سوياً، والصلاة والسلام على خير البرية أبي القاسم محمد بن عبد الله وآله الاطهار، سيما ابن عمه علي المرتضى وخليفته على الورى واللعنة على أعدائهم أجمعين إلى يوم الدين

All praise is for He Who guided us to the right path; and His peace and blessings be upon the best of his creation, Abul-Qasim Mohammad ibn Abdillah, and upon his pure progeny, especially his cousin, Ali Al-Murtadha, his immediate successor; and may the curse of Allah be upon all their enemies until the Day of Judgement.

With globalization, we need to start thinking at this level and start changing our mindset to keep up with the changing realities.

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Azadari - Aim/Objective/Strengths/Opportunities/Threats.

1] Why Azadari.

2]What is the Aim/Goal of Aza for the Son of Sayeda Fatima Az Zahra(sa).

3]What are the strengths.

4]What are the opportunities.

5]What are the Real/Perceived Threats.

Let’s have a academic and dispassionate discussion. Let’s only focus on the real issue at hand, and not bring in Marja vs Marja or any thing that has a political/National link to it, to sway the conversation.. Let’s avoid any pictures, posters, and just provide link (s) as a backup to your point and if possible, just quote the relevant part of the member to in order to have a very concise Thread, that is easy to read.

If you have been given the Intellect to identify an issue, use the same gift to offer a solution and be part of the Solution. 

WS

*Layman*

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Not a good example , but the best I can do. From our experiences in the world, we can conclude the following.

Let’s say you run a business.

Employee come to you with issues. I have this problem, I see the problem.

An Intelligent Businessman, may ask the employee to first give him the understanding of the business he/she works in, the overall view. Like a SWOT Analysis/Matrix( Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and  Threats).

Why, because if a person does not understand the business, marketing,sales, operations, audit, compliance , people mamagement issues ,market forces, short term and long term issues of the underlying business. What he/she sees as a problem may or may not be a problem. May be a short term problem/opportunity to do different and in reality a long term Strength.

Real problems are identified within in a proper context.

Next you would see if the employee is willing to offer solution(s) and be part of the solution(s). If not this particular employee is a complainer and has no real interest in the future of the business. If you allow you time to be wasted in catering to this employee and his/he daily or weekly routine of I have got this issue. You business will suffer, you will focus on that you need to do to grow it. Constant negativity, and complaints have negative impact on the moral of other employees so not a good thing to have. Because Their attention is been focused on the Negatives.

Team that understand the Business in a Holistic manner, identifies the problem, offers solutions and implements them- is a positive team and will win.

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Azadari for the Son of Sayeda Fatima as- Zahra(as) will be a prime target. Divide and create doubts, about

Rituals

Activities on the day of Ashura.

Working on day of Ashura

Black Clothes

Matam

Alam

Procession

Shirk is a favorite weapon, Fiqhi angle is always an inn. 

Think out of the box here, you have a responsibility. 

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Purpose of Azadari:

"Peace be upon al-Husain, who sacrificed himself up to the last drops of the blood of his heart."

Part of Ziyarat Nahiya

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Peace be upon him, who obeyed Allah secretly and openly.

assalāmu alā man 'aţāal-lāha fī sirrihi wa alāniyatih,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ أطاعَ اللهَ في سِرِّهِ وَ عَلانِيَتِهِ،

Peace be upon whom Allah placed a cure in the soil of his place (of martyrdom).

assalāmu alā man jaalal-lāhush-shifā'a fī turbatih,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ جَعَلَ اللهُ الشِّفاءَ في تُرْبَتِهِ،

Peace be upon the one under whose dome answer (to supplications) is guaranteed.

assalāmu alā manil 'ijābatu taħta qubbatih,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنِ الإجابَةُ تَحْتَ قُبَّتِهِ،

Peace be upon the one in whose descendants are the Imams (after him).

assalāmu alā manil 'a'immatu min dhurriyyatih,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنِ الأئِمَّةُ مِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِهِ،

Peace be upon the son of the seal of the prophets.

assalāmu alabni khātamil anbiyā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى ابْنِ خاتَمِ الأنْبِياءِ،

Peace be upon the son of the chief of the executors.

assalāmu alabni sayyidil awšiyā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى ابْنِ سَيِّدِ الأوْصِياءِ،

Peace be upon the son of Fatima, the radiant.

assalāmu alabni fāţimaz-zahrā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى ابْنِ فاطِمَةَ الزَّهْراءِ،

Peace be upon the son of Khadija, the great.

assalāmu alabni khadijatal kubrā,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى ابْنِ خَديجَةَ الْكُبْرى،

Peace be upon the son of the lote-tree in the outermost boundary (of Heaven).[1]

assalāmu alabni sidratil muntahā,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى ابْنِ سِدْرَةِ الْمُنْتَهى،

Peace be upon the son of the Garden of refuge.

assalāmu alabni jannatil ma'wā,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى ابْنِ جَنَّةِ الْمَأْوى،

Peace be upon the son of Zamzam and al-Safaa.

assalāmu alabni zamzama waš-šafā

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى ابْنِ زَمْزَمَ وَ الصَّفا،

Peace be upon him, who was saturated in (his) blood.

assalāmu alal murrammali bid-dimā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمُرَمَّلِ بِالدِّماءِ،

Peace be upon him, whose tents were violated.

assalāmu alal mahtūkil khibā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمَهْتُوكِ الْخِباءِ،

Peace be upon the fifth of the People of the Cloak.

assalāmu alā khāmisi 'ašħābil kisā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى خامِسِ أصْحابِ الْكِساءِ،

Peace be upon the loneliest of the lonely.

assalāmu alā gharībil ghurabā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى غَريبِ الْغُرَباءِ،

Peace be upon the (greatest) martyr of all martyrs.

assalāmu alā shahīdish-shuhadā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى شَهيدِ الشُّهَداءِ،

Peace be upon him, who was slain by the individuals of illegitimate birth.

assalāmu alā qatīlil adiyā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى قَتيلِ الأدْعِياءِ،

Peace be upon the one who is at rest in Karbala.

assalāmu alā sākini karbalā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى ساكِنِ كَرْبَلاءَ،

Peace be upon the one for whom the heavenly Angels wept.

assalāmu alā man bakat-hu malā'ikatus-samā'

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ بَكَتْهُ مَلائِكَةُ السَّماءِ،

Peace be upon the one whose descendants are the pure.

assalāmu alā man dhuriyyatuhul azkiyā',

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ ذُرِّيَّتُهُ الأزْكِياءُ،

Peace be upon the chief of the religion.

assalāmu alā yasūbid-dīn

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى يَعْسُوبِ الدّينِ،

Peace be upon the places of the (divine) proofs.

assalāmu alā manāzilil barāhīn,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنازِلِ الْبَراهينِ،

Peace be upon the Imams, the masters (of mankind).

assalāmu alal 'a'immatis-sādāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الأئِمَّةِ السّاداتِ،

[1] C.f. Chapter 14, Verse 5 of the Quran.

Part 3

Peace be upon the bloodstained chests.

assalāmu alal juyūbil muđharrajāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْجُيُوبِ الْمُضَرَّجاتِ،

Peace be upon the parched lips.

assalāmu alash-shifāhidh-dhābilāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الشِّفاهِ الذّابِلاتِ،

Peace be upon the plucked souls.

assalāmu alan-nufūsil mušţalamāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى النُّفُوسِ الْمُصْطَلَماتِ،

Peace be upon the snatched spirits.

assalāmu alal 'arwāħil mukhtalasāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الأرْواحِ الْمُخْتَلَساتِ،

Peace be upon the stripped corpses.

assalāmu alal 'ajsādil ariyāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الأجْسادِ الْعارِياتِ،

Peace be upon the pallid bodies.

assalāmu alal jusūmish-shāħibāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْجُسُومِ الشّاحِباتِ،

Peace be upon the gushing bloods.

asslāmu alad-dimā'is-sā'ilāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الدِّماءِ السّائِلاتِ،

Peace be upon the dismembered limbs.

assalāmu alal ađhā'il muqqaţţaāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الأعْضاءِ الْمُقَطَّعاتِ،

Peace be upon the heads raised upon lances.

assalāmu alar-ru'ūsil mushālāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الرُّؤُوسِ الْمُشالاتِ،

Peace be upon the women (forcibly) exposed.

assalāmu alan-niswatil bārizāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى النِّسْوَةِ الْبارِزاتِ،

Peace be upon the Proof of the Lord of the worlds.

assalāmu alā ħujjati rabbil ālamīn,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى حُجَّةِ رَبِّ الْعالَمينَ،

Peace be upon you and upon your pure ancestors.

assalāmu alayka wa alā ābā'ikaţ-ţāhirīn,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ وَ عَلى آبائِكَ الطّاهِرينَ،

Peace be upon you and upon your martyred sons.

assalāmu alayka wa alā 'abnā'ikal mustash-hadīn,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ وَ عَلى أبْنائِكَ الْمُسْتَشْهَدينَ،

Peace be upon you and upon your children who aided (you).

assalāmu alayka wa alā dhurriyyatikan-nāširīn,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ وَ عَلى ذُرِّيَّتِكَ النّاصِرينَ،

Peace be upon you and upon the accompanying Angels.

assalāmu alayka wa alal malā'ikatil muđhājiīn,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ وَ عَلَى الْمَلائِكَةِ الْمُضاجِعينَ،

Peace be upon the slain and the oppressed one.

assalāmu alal qatīlil mađlūm,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْقَتيلِ الْمَظْلُومِ،

Peace be upon his poisoned brother (Imam al-Hasan).

assalāmu alā 'akhīhil masmūm,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى أخيهِ الْمَسْمُومِ،

Peace be upon Ali, the elder (Ali al-Akbar).

assalāmu alā aliyyinil kabīr,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى عَلِيٍّ الْكَبيرِ،

Peace be upon the suckling infant (Ali al-Asghar).

assalāmu alar-rađhīiš-šaghīr,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الرَّضيعِ الصَّغيرِ،

Peace be upon the plundered bodies.

assalāmu alal abdānis-salība,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الأبْدانِ السَّليبَةِ،

Peace be upon the family and children who were nearby (the place of martyrdom) [who where without support among strangers].

assalāmu alal itratil qarība [gharība],

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْعِتْرَةِ الْقَريبَةِ [الْغََريبَةِ]،

Peace be upon the mangled corpses (left) in the desert.

assalāmu alal mujaddalīna fil falawāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمُجَدَّلينَ فِي الْفَلَواتِ،

Peace be upon those who were left far from their homeland.

assalāmu alan-nāziħīna anil 'awţān,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى النّازِحينَ عَنِ الأوْطانِ،

Peace be upon those who were buried without shrouds.

assalāmu alal madfūnīna bilā 'akfān,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمَدْفُونينَ بِلا أكْفان،

Peace be upon the heads severed from the bodies.

assalāmu alar-ru'ūsil muffarraqati anil 'abdān,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الرُّؤُوسِ الْمُفَرَّقَةِ عَنِ الأبْدانِ،

 

Part 4

Peace be upon the bereaved and the patient one.

assalāmu alal muħtasibiš-šābir,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمُحْتَسِبِ الصّابِرِ،

Peace be upon the oppressed one who was without a helper.

assalāmu alal mađlūmi bilā nāšir,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمَظْلُومِ بِلا ناصِر،

Peace be upon the inhabitant of the purified soil.

assalāmu alā sākinit-turbatiz-zākiya,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى ساكِنِ التُّرْبَةِ الزّاكِيَةِ،

Peace be upon the possessor of the lofty dome.

assalāmu alā šāħibil qubbatis-sāmiya,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى صاحِبِ الْقُبَّةِ السّامِيَةِ،

Peace be upon him, whom the Almighty purified.

assalāmu alā man ţahharahul jalīl,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ طَهَّرَهُ الْجَليلُ،

Peace be upon him, of whom Gabriel (Jabra’il) was proud.

assalāmu alā maniftakhara bihi jabra'īl,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنِ افْتَخَرَ بِهِ جَبْرَئيلُ،

Peace be upon the one to whom Michael (Mika’il) spoke tenderly in the cradle.

assalāmu alā man nāghāhu fil mahdi mīkā'īl,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ ناغاهُ فِي الْمَهْدِ ميكائيلُ،

Peace be upon the one whose pact was broken.

assalāmu alā man nukithat dhimmatuh,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ نُكِثَتْ ذِمَّتُهُ،

Peace be upon the one whose rights and dignity were violated.

assalāmu alā man hutikat ħurmatuh,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ هُتِكَتْ حُرْمَتُهُ،

Peace be upon the one whose blood was shed unjustly.

assalāmu alā man 'urīqa biđ-đulmi damuh,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ اُريقَ بِالظُّلْمِ دَمُهُ،

Peace be upon the one who was bathed in the blood of his wounds.

assalāmu alal mughassali bidamil jirāħ,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمُغَسَّلِ بِدَمِ الْجِراحِ،

Peace be upon the one who tasted the spears raining down over his body.

assalāmu alal mujarrai bika'sātir-rimāħ,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمُجَرَّعِ بِكَأْساتِ الرِّماحِ،

Peace be upon the one against whom people came together and made lawful the shedding of his blood.

assalāmu alal muđhāmil mustabāħ,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمُضامِ الْمُسْتَباحِ،

Peace be upon the one slaughtered in public.

assalāmu alal manħūri fil warā,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمَنْحُورِ فِي الْوَرى،

Peace be upon the one who was buried by the strangers from (nearby) villages.

assalāmu alā man dafanahu 'ahlul qurā,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلى مَنْ دَفَنَهُ أهْلُ الْقُرى،

Peace be upon the one whose aorta was severed.

assalāmu alal maqţūil watīn,

 اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمَقْطُوعِ الْوَتينِ،

Peace be upon the defender who had no helper.

assalāmu alal muħāmī bilā muīn,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْمُحامي بِلا مُعين،

Peace be upon the gray hair that was dyed (with blood).

assalāmu alash-shaybil khađhīb,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الشَّيْبِ الْخَضيبِ،

Peace be upon the cheek that struck the dust.

assalāmu alal khaddit-tarīb,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْخَدِّ التَّريبِ،

Peace be upon the butchered body.

assalāmu alal badanis-salīb,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الْبَدَنِ السَّليبِ،

Peace be upon the front teeth that were beaten with a rod.

assalāmu alath-thaghril maqrūi bil qađhīb,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الثَّغْرِ الْمَقْرُوعِ بِالْقَضيبِ،

Peace be upon the head raised (upon a lance).

assalāmu alar-ra'sil marfū,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الرَّأْسِ الْمَرْفُوعِ،

Peace be upon the unclothed corpses in the desert, bitten by wild wolves[1] and around whom the beasts of prey prowled.

assalāmu alal 'ajsāmil āriyati fil falawāt, tanhashuhadh-dhi'ābul ādiyāt, wa takhtalifu 'ilayhas-sibāuđh-đhāriyāt,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَى الأجْسامِ الْعارِيَةِ فِي الْفَلَواتِ، تَنْهَشُهَا الذِّئابُ الْعادِياتُ، وَ تَخْتَلِفُ إلَيْهَا السِّباعُ الضّارِياتُ،

[1] Referring to the wolf-like enemies.

Part 5

Peace be upon you, O my master, and the Angels

who flutter around your dome,

assalāmu alayka yā mawlāy wa alal malā'ikatil murafrafīna ħawla qubbatik,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يا مَوْلايَ وَ عَلَى الْمَلائِكَةِ الْمُرَفْرَفينَ حَوْلَ قُبَّتِكَ،

surround your grave, circumambulate your courtyard, and come for your visitation.

al-ħāffīna biturrbatik, aţ-ţā'ifīna biaršatik, al-wāridīna liziyāratik,

الْحافّينَ بِتُرْبَتِكَ، الطّائِفينَ بِعَرْصَتِكَ، الْوارِدينَ لِزِيارَتِكَ،

Peace be upon you! Indeed, I intended your visitation, and I am hopeful of achieving the prosperity that is with you.

assalāmu alayka fa'innī qašadtu 'ilayk, wa rajawtul fawza ladayk,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ فَإنّي قَصَدْتُ إلَيْكَ، وَ رَجَوْتُ الْفَوْزَ لَدَيْكَ،

Salutations to you,

assalāmu alayka,

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ

Salutations from he who recognizes your sanctity, is a sincere (believer) in your guardianship, seeks nearness to Allah through your love, and is aloof from your enemies,

salāmal ārifi biħurmatik, al-mukhliši fī wilāyatik, al-mutaqqarribi 'ilal-lāhi bimaħabbatik, al-barī'i min 'adā'ik,

سَلامَ الْعارِفِ بِحُرْمَتِكَ، الْمُخْلِصِ في وِلايَتِكَ، الْمُتَقَرِّبِ إلَى اللهِ بِمَحَبَّتِكَ، الْبَريءِ مِنْ أعْدائِكَ،

Salutations from the one whose heart is wounded due to the tribulations you have suffered, and whose tears flow in your remembrance,

salāma man qalbuhu bimušābika maqrūħ, wa damuhu inda dhikrika masfūħ,

سَلامَ مَنْ قَلْبُهُ بِمُصابِكَ مَقْرُوحٌ، وَ دَمْعُهُ عِنْدَ ذِكْرِكَ مَسْفُوحٌ،

Salutations from the one who is distressed, grief-stricken, distracted, and yielding,

salāmal mafjūil ħazīn, al-wālihil-mustakīn,

سَلامَ الْمَفْجُوعِ الْحَزينِ، الْوالِهِ الْمُسْتَكينِ،

Salutations from the one, who, had he been present with you in that plain, would have shielded you from the sharpness of the swords with his body and sacrificed his last breath for you,

salāma man law kāna maaka biţ-ţufūf, lawaqāka binafsihi ħaddas-suyūf, wa badhala ħushāshatahu dūnaka lil ħutūf,

سَلامَ مَنْ لَوْ كانَ مَعَكَ بِالطُّفُوفِ، لَوَقاكَ بِنَفْسِهِ حَدَّ السُّيُوفِ، وَ بَذَلَ حُشاشَتَهُ دُونَكَ لِلْحُتُوفِ،

would have struggled beside you, helped you against the aggressors, and redeemed you with his soul, body, wealth, and children,

wa jāhada bayna yadayk, wa našaraka alā man baghā alayk, wa fadāka birūħihi wa jasadihi wa mālihi wa waladih,

وَ جاهَدَ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ، وَ نَصَرَكَ عَلى مَنْ بَغى عَلَيْكَ، وَ فَداكَ بِرُوحِهِ وَ جَسَدِهِ وَ مالِهِ وَ وَلَدِهِ،

(Salutations from the one) whose soul is a sacrifice for yours,

wa rūħuhu li rūħika fidā',

وَ رُوحُهُ لِرُوحِكَ فِداءٌ،

and whose family is a shield for yours.

wa 'ahluhu li 'ahlika wiqā',

وَ أهْلُهُ لِأهْلِكَ وِقاءٌ،

But as I have been hindered by the course of time and as (Allah’s) decree has prevented me from helping you,

fala'in 'akh-kharatnid-duhūr, wa āqanī an našrikal maqdūr

فَلَئِنْ أخَّرَتْنِي الدُّهُورُ، وَ عاقَني عَنْ نَصْرِكَ الْمَقْدُورُ،

and as I could not fight those who fought you, and was not able to show hostility to those who showed hostility to you,

wa lam 'akun liman ħārabaka muħāribā, wa liman našaba lakal adāwata munāšibā,

وَ لَمْ أكُنْ لِمَنْ حارَبَكَ مُحارِباً، وَ لِمَنْ نَصَبَ لَكَ الْعَداوَةَ مُناصِباً،

I will, therefore, lament you morning and evening, and will weep blood in place of tears, out of my anguish for you and my sorrow for all that befell you,

Fala'andubannaka šabāħan wa masā'ā, wa la'abkiyanna laka badalad-dumūi damā, ħasratan alayka wa ta'assufan alā mā dahāka wa talahhufā,

فَلَأَنْدُبَنَّكَ صَباحاً وَ مَساءً وَ لَأَبْكِيَنَّ لَكَ بَدَلَ الدُّمُوعِ دَماً، حَسْرَةً عَلَيْكَ وَ تَأسُّفاً عَلى ما دَهاكَ وَ تَلَهُّفاً،

until I meet death from the pain of the catastrophe and the choking grief.

ħattā 'amūta bilawatil mušāb wa ghuššatil 'ikti'yāb,

حَتّى أمُوتَ بِلَوْعَةِ الْمُصابِ، وَ غُصَّةِ الإكْتِيابِ،

 

Complete Text  of Ziyarat al-Nahiya here

http://www.duas.org/ziaratnahiya.htm

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Imam Sadiq (A.S.) said:

قال أبو عبد الله (ع):

نفَسُ المهمُوم لِظُلمنا تسبيح وهَمُه لأمرنا عبادة وكِتمانه لِسرِّنا جهادٌ في سبيل الله ثم قال أبو عبد الله (ع) يَجِب أن يُكتب هذا الحديث بالذهَب

The breath of one who is aggrieved upon the injustice and oppression subjected to us, is tasbeeh (glorification of Allah), and his grief for us, is i'baadat (worship of Allah) and his concealing our secrets, is jihad in the path of Allah.

The Imam (A.S.) then added: This tradition ought to be written in gold.

Amaali al‑Shaikh al‑Mufid, pg. 338.

https://www.al-islam.org/forty-hadith-on-azadari/ahadith-traditions#8-people-eulogies-and-elegies

 

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The History and Philosophy of Aza’ of Imam Husayn (a)

AUTHORS(S): 

Mulla Bashir Rahim

A. The Message

Over one thousand three hundred and fifty years ago, on the 10th of Muharram, just before 'asr, a man stood on a sand-dune at Karbala’. He was bleeding from several wounds on his body. He had lost everything. Since early morning he had carried several dead bodies into his camp. He had even buried his infant child.

He looked at the bodies of his loved ones. Tears flowed out of his eyes. He looked at the sky and seemed to draw some strength from an unseen source. Then, like a muezzin from a minaret, he raised a call:

Is there anyone who will come to assist us?

Is there anyone who will respond to our call for aid?

He turned direction and repeated the call. He did this four times.

Whom was he calling out to? Surely he was not expecting anyone to come to his aid. Those who wanted to help him had already crossed the lines and laid down their lives for the cause. He knew there was no one left. He knew that there was no other Hurr. And yet, meticulously and laboriously, he made sure that his call reverberated in all directions.

Of course that call was a call to Muslims of every generation in every land. It was a call to us where ever we may be. It was a call for help. Help against Yezeedism which in every age rears its ugly head to oppress justice, truth and morality. Our Imam was calling out to every Muslim of every age and time to combat Yezeedism, both within himself and as an external force.

This was his battle cry for jihad-ul-akbar. He had already demonstrated that his objective had always been to create a spiritual awakening through amr bil ma'ruf and nahyi anal munkar. Now he was calling out for the continuation of this jihad at the individual, social and political levels.

B. Evolution Of Aza’

Muslims, and more particularly the Shiahs, have answered this call with the unique institution of aza’ al-Husayn. With every tear that we shed for him we pledge to resist the oppression of injustice, immorality, inequity and falsehood. Every time we raise our hand and bring it down on our chest in matam, we are saying: "Labbaik, Labbaik Ya Mawla!" to our Imam, Husayn Ibne ‘Ali, the grandson of the Holy Prophet (S).

https://www.al-islam.org/articles/history-and-philosophy-aza-of-imam-husayn-mulla-bashir-rahim

Most of the issues, are with Aza and what we do. During these days, another angle to look at is our annual continuing Education course at the Imam Hussain(as) open university.  Some do not understand and they question it, some say we need to go or move beyond it. They ether do not understand or want to understand, that during this period we do what we do prepares us for the next level. Its like going through school again, with a little different approach, here we repeat the pre-k to lets just say highschool level in these days till 8th of Rabi al-Awwal. Reason been that the students of all ages are in one class so to some its a refresher and to some ( new) its a new lesson. What we all gain from these days(new insight), now needs to be put to practice. Its like, Actual prayer starts after the actual act of prayer is over. No one will say, why pray, lets move beyond it  to the next level already into practice. its a repetitive  cycle.Like in 24 hours we spend time for the actual physical act of Salat and the rest is implementation of it till the cycle. With every passing days and with these repetitive cycle we grow . The yearly cycle from First Muharram till 8th of Rabi al-Awwal, is the period like daily prayer time in the yearly context. Rest of the year till we start the cycle again is the implementation time. like Ramadan(Fasting) we learn to recognize injustice and oppression. Like  Hajj we gather from all over the world to Karbala. 

For this reason, I do not understand, the mentality of why Aza, what is the benefit of these things. I person not matter who he/she is, or what they have done, when hears the Tragedy of Karbala been recited, and his/her conscious directs him/her to take part in this activity or just stop and listen to the injustice and oppression. His/her conscious is alive and have a chance that he/she will be guided to the right path. Next time he/she see injustice and oppression he/she may become Hurr ar Rayahi. 

For this reason, as a layman, I like to focus on the positives and if the positives are overwhelming. Overall benefits outweigh any perceived or actual little issues. Need to be looked at from a holistic perspective, their importance and impact is minimal. 

 

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19. Husayni Gatherings

Imam Sadiq (A.S.) said to Fudhail:

قال الصادق (ع) للفضيل

تجلِسون وتُحدِّثون قُلت نعم قال تِلك المجالس أحِبُها فأحيُوا أمرنا رحِم الله مَن أحيا أمرنا

Do you sit together, talk and discuss amongst yourselves? Fudhail replied: Yes. The Imam then said: I approve of these sittings. So keep our `issue' (Imamate) alive. May Allah exhibit mercy on those who revive our issue and mission!

Wasail al‑Shiah , vol. 10, pg. 391.

https://www.al-islam.org/forty-hadith-on-azadari/ahadith-traditions#19-husayni-gatherings

 

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1. The Inferno of Husayni Love

قال النبيٌُّ (ص):

إن لقتل الحُسين حرارةٌ في قلوب المؤمنين لا تبرد أبداً

The Holy Prophet (S) said: Surely, there exists in the hearts of the Mu'mineen, with respect to the martyrdom of Husayn (A.S.), a heat that never subsides.

Mustadrak al‑Wasail vol 10 pg. 318

https://www.al-islam.org/forty-hadith-on-azadari/ahadith-traditions#1-inferno-husayni-love

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Post: Flag

 

This post is to give the basic concept of a Flag in Secular terms. Its short Video. 

I Country/State - Man made artificial lines - 

Gun Salute

Hand Salute

Respect

Honor

Disciplined Ritual

Every individual already understand this concept, its just a reminder to refocus on this issue. So, we have clarity of what is been discussed. 

Its a piece of colored cloth with some symbols or writing and a pole.  Most Civilians do Honor/Respect/Salute it and it can't touch the ground, and is carried with Pride and defend with lives.

A Soldier knows the Value of what he is carrying and what it represents more compared to an average Civilian and understand what this piece of cloth represents and it needs to be defend with his life.

Above is a Secular Concept. 

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When displaying the flag, DO the following:

Display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. When a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

When placed on a single staff or lanyard, place the U.S. Flag above all other flags.

When flags are displayed in a row, the U.S. flag goes to the observer’s left. Flags of other nations are flown at same height. State and local flags are traditionally flown lower.

When used during a marching ceremony or parade with other flags, the U.S. Flag will be to the observer’s left.

On special days, the flag may be flown at half-staff. On Memorial Day it is flown at half-staff until noon and then raised.

When flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.

When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union (blue field of stars) to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

When placed on a Podium the flag should be placed on the speaker’s right or the staging area. Other flags should be placed to the left.

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall (or other flat surface), the union (blue field of stars) should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.

When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way -- with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.

When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

When saluting the flag DO the following:

All persons present in uniform (military, police, fire, etc.) should render the military salute. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.

All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

When stowing or disposing of the flag, DO the following:

Fold in the traditional triangle for stowage, never wadded up.

The VFW offers the following instructions for properly disposing of a worn flag:

The flag should be folded in its customary manner.

It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.

Place the flag on the fire.

The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.

After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.

Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.

Quick list of Flag Etiquette Don’ts:

Don’t dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag, or vessel.

Don’t let the flag touch the ground.

Don’t fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.

Don’t carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.

Don’t use the flag as clothing.

Don’t store the flag where it can get dirty.

Don’t use it as a cover.

Don’t fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.

Don’t draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.

Don’t use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red.

https://www.military.com/flag-day/flag-ettiquette-dos-and-donts.html

Which Country is this Flag Etiquette is for, not the point.

There are detailed rule and regulation( Rituals)  for all occasions and Respect and honor associated with a piece of cloth that represents a country /state- a Value System.

 

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Post: National Anthem

If this is not the Actual National Anthem,( correct).

The purpose of a National Anthem

It is composed of Patriotic Poem, Verse and a Literalist with below average or impaired  cognitive abilities due to flawed Nurturing will have a problem with the words, phrase(s), or concepts. 

Jurisprudence( Constitutional) Judge is usually not an ideal candidate to write an National Anthem, its written by Patriotic Poets. Not constitutional lawyers. Nor their judgement has any validity as its is an extreme expression of Faith and Love. 

 

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Post: The Pledge of Allegiance

Point is not which country, in general the Concept.

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"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

The Pledge of Allegiance, a Secular Concept. 

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The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform.

(Added Pub. L. 105–225, § 2(a), Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1494; amended Pub. L. 107–293, § 2(a), Nov. 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 2060; Pub. L. 113–66, div. A, title V, § 586, Dec. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 777.)

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/4

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When saluting the flag DO the following:

All persons present in uniform (military, police, fire, etc.) should render the military salute. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.

All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

https://www.military.com/flag-day/flag-ettiquette-dos-and-donts.html

 

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Narrated Salama bin Al-Akwa:

Ali remained behind the Prophet (ﷺ) during the battle of Khaibar as he way suffering from some eye trouble but then he said, "How should I stay behind Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)?" So, he set out till he joined the Prophet. On the eve of the day of the conquest of Khaibar, Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "(No doubt) I will give the flag or, tomorrow, a man whom Allah and His Apostle love or who loves Allah and His apostle will take the flag. Allah will bestow victory upon him." Suddenly 'Ali joined us though we were not expecting him. The people said, "Here is 'Ali. "So, Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) gave the flag to him and Allah bestowed victory upon him.

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، حَدَّثَنَا حَاتِمُ بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، عَنْ يَزِيدَ بْنِ أَبِي عُبَيْدٍ، عَنْ سَلَمَةَ بْنِ الأَكْوَعِ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ كَانَ عَلِيٌّ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ تَخَلَّفَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي خَيْبَرَ، وَكَانَ بِهِ رَمَدٌ، فَقَالَ أَنَا أَتَخَلَّفُ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَخَرَجَ عَلِيٌّ فَلَحِقَ بِالنَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم، فَلَمَّا كَانَ مَسَاءُ اللَّيْلَةِ الَّتِي فَتَحَهَا فِي صَبَاحِهَا، فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ الرَّايَةَ ـ أَوْ قَالَ لَيَأْخُذَنَّ ـ غَدًا رَجُلٌ يُحِبُّهُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ ـ أَوْ قَالَ يُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ـ يَفْتَحُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَإِذَا نَحْنُ بِعَلِيٍّ، وَمَا نَرْجُوهُ، فَقَالُوا هَذَا عَلِيٌّ، فَأَعْطَاهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم، فَفَتَحَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ‏.‏

Reference

: Sahih al-Bukhari 2975/ Book 56, Hadith 184/ Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 219

https://sunnah.com/bukhari/56/184

Narrated Salama:

`Ali remained behind the Prophet (ﷺ) during the Ghazwa of Khaibar as he was suffering from eye trouble. He then said, "(How can) I remain behind the Prophet (ﷺ) ," and followed him. So when he slept on the night of the conquest of Khaibar, the Prophet (ﷺ) said, "I will give the flag tomorrow, or tomorrow the flag will be taken by a man who is loved by Allah and His Apostle , and (Khaibar) will be conquered through him, (with Allah's help)" While every one of us was hopeful to have the flag, it was said, "Here is `Ali" and the Prophet (ﷺ) gave him the flag and Khaibar was conquered through him (with Allah's Help).

 

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مَسْلَمَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا حَاتِمٌ، عَنْ يَزِيدَ بْنِ أَبِي عُبَيْدٍ، عَنْ سَلَمَةَ، رضى الله عنه قَالَ كَانَ عَلِيٌّ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ تَخَلَّفَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي خَيْبَرَ، وَكَانَ رَمِدًا فَقَالَ أَنَا أَتَخَلَّفُ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَلَحِقَ، فَلَمَّا بِتْنَا اللَّيْلَةَ الَّتِي فُتِحَتْ قَالَ ‏ "‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ الرَّايَةَ غَدًا ـ أَوْ لَيَأْخُذَنَّ الرَّايَةَ غَدًا ـ رَجُلٌ يُحِبُّهُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ، يُفْتَحُ عَلَيْهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَنَحْنُ نَرْجُوهَا فَقِيلَ هَذَا عَلِيٌّ، فَأَعْطَاهُ فَفُتِحَ عَلَيْهِ‏.‏

 

Reference

: Sahih al-Bukhari 4209/Book 64, Hadith 249/Vol. 5, Book 59, Hadith 520

https://sunnah.com/bukhari/64/249

Narrated Salama:

`Ali happened to stay behind the Prophet (ﷺ) and (did not join him) during the battle of Khaibar for he was having eye trouble. Then he said, "How could I remain behind Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)?" So `Ali set out following the Prophet (ﷺ) , When it was the eve of the day in the morning of which Allah helped (the Muslims) to conquer it, Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "I will give the flag (to a man), or tomorrow a man whom Allah and His Apostle love will take the flag," or said, "A man who loves Allah and His Apostle; and Allah will grant victory under his leadership." Suddenly came `Ali whom we did not expect. The people said, "This is `Ali." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) gave him the flag and Allah granted victory under his leadership.

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، حَدَّثَنَا حَاتِمٌ، عَنْ يَزِيدَ بْنِ أَبِي عُبَيْدٍ، عَنْ سَلَمَةَ، قَالَ كَانَ عَلِيٌّ قَدْ تَخَلَّفَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي خَيْبَرَ وَكَانَ بِهِ رَمَدٌ فَقَالَ أَنَا أَتَخَلَّفُ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَخَرَجَ عَلِيٌّ فَلَحِقَ بِالنَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم، فَلَمَّا كَانَ مَسَاءُ اللَّيْلَةِ الَّتِي فَتَحَهَا اللَّهُ فِي صَبَاحِهَا، قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ الرَّايَةَ ـ أَوْ لَيَأْخُذَنَّ الرَّايَةَ ـ غَدًا رَجُلاً يُحِبُّهُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ ـ أَوْ قَالَ يُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ـ يَفْتَحُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَإِذَا نَحْنُ بِعَلِيٍّ وَمَا نَرْجُوهُ، فَقَالُوا هَذَا عَلِيٌّ‏.‏ فَأَعْطَاهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَفَتَحَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ‏.‏

Reference

: Sahih al-Bukhari 3702/Book 62, Hadith 53/Vol. 5, Book 57, Hadith 52

https://sunnah.com/bukhari/62/53

Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d:

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Tomorrow I will give the flag to a man with whose leadership Allah will grant (the Muslim) victory." So the people kept on thinking the whole night as to who would be given the flag. The next morning the people went to Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) and every one of them hoped that he would be given the flag. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Where is `Ali bin Abi Talib?" The people replied, "He is suffering from eye trouble, O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)." He said, "Send for him and bring him to me." So when `Ali came, the Prophet (ﷺ) spat in his eyes and invoked good on him, and be became alright as if he had no ailment. The Prophet (ﷺ) then gave him the flag. `Ali said, "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! Shall I fight them (i.e. enemy) till they become like us?" The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Proceed to them steadily till you approach near to them and then invite them to Islam and inform them of their duties towards Allah which Islam prescribes for them, for by Allah, if one man is guided on the right path (i.e. converted to Islam) through you, it would be better for you than (a great number of) red camels."

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ، عَنْ أَبِي حَازِمٍ، عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏"‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ الرَّايَةَ غَدًا رَجُلاً يَفْتَحُ اللَّهُ عَلَى يَدَيْهِ ‏"‏ قَالَ فَبَاتَ النَّاسُ يَدُوكُونَ لَيْلَتَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ يُعْطَاهَا فَلَمَّا أَصْبَحَ النَّاسُ، غَدَوْا عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم كُلُّهُمْ يَرْجُو أَنْ يُعْطَاهَا فَقَالَ ‏"‏ أَيْنَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ أَبِي طَالِبٍ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَقَالُوا يَشْتَكِي عَيْنَيْهِ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏"‏ فَأَرْسِلُوا إِلَيْهِ فَأْتُونِي بِهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَلَمَّا جَاءَ بَصَقَ فِي عَيْنَيْهِ، وَدَعَا لَهُ، فَبَرَأَ حَتَّى كَأَنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ بِهِ وَجَعٌ، فَأَعْطَاهُ الرَّايَةَ‏.‏ فَقَالَ عَلِيٌّ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أُقَاتِلُهُمْ حَتَّى يَكُونُوا مِثْلَنَا فَقَالَ ‏"‏ انْفُذْ عَلَى رِسْلِكَ حَتَّى تَنْزِلَ بِسَاحَتِهِمْ، ثُمَّ ادْعُهُمْ إِلَى الإِسْلاَمِ، وَأَخْبِرْهُمْ بِمَا يَجِبُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنْ حَقِّ اللَّهِ فِيهِ، فَوَاللَّهِ لأَنْ يَهْدِيَ اللَّهُ بِكَ رَجُلاً وَاحِدًا خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِنْ أَنْ يَكُونَ لَكَ حُمْرُ النَّعَمِ ‏"‏‏.‏

Reference

: Sahih al-Bukhari 3701/Book 62, Hadith 52/Vol. 5, Book 57, Hadith 51

https://sunnah.com/bukhari/62/52

Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d:

That he heard the Prophet (ﷺ) on the day (of the battle) of Khaibar saying, "I will give the flag to a person at whose hands Allah will grant victory." So, the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) got up, wishing eagerly to see to whom the flag will be given, and everyone of them wished to be given the flag. But the Prophet asked for `Ali. Someone informed him that he was suffering from eye-trouble. So, he ordered them to bring `Ali in front of him. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) spat in his eyes and his eyes were cured immediately as if he had never any eye-trouble. `Ali said, "We will fight with them (i.e. infidels) till they become like us (i.e. Muslims)." The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Be patient, till you face them and invite them to Islam and inform them of what Allah has enjoined upon them. By Allah! If a single person embraces Islam at your hands (i.e. through you), that will be better for you than the red camels."

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مَسْلَمَةَ الْقَعْنَبِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ أَبِي حَازِمٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ سَعْد ٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ سَمِعَ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ يَوْمَ خَيْبَرَ ‏"‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ الرَّايَةَ رَجُلاً يَفْتَحُ اللَّهُ عَلَى يَدَيْهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَقَامُوا يَرْجُونَ لِذَلِكَ أَيُّهُمْ يُعْطَى، فَغَدَوْا وَكُلُّهُمْ يَرْجُو أَنْ يُعْطَى فَقَالَ ‏"‏ أَيْنَ عَلِيٌّ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَقِيلَ يَشْتَكِي عَيْنَيْهِ، فَأَمَرَ فَدُعِيَ لَهُ، فَبَصَقَ فِي عَيْنَيْهِ، فَبَرَأَ مَكَانَهُ حَتَّى كَأَنَّهُ لَمْ يَكُنْ بِهِ شَىْءٌ فَقَالَ نُقَاتِلُهُمْ حَتَّى يَكُونُوا مِثْلَنَا‏.‏ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ عَلَى رِسْلِكَ حَتَّى تَنْزِلَ بِسَاحَتِهِمْ، ثُمَّ ادْعُهُمْ إِلَى الإِسْلاَمِ، وَأَخْبِرْهُمْ بِمَا يَجِبُ عَلَيْهِمْ، فَوَاللَّهِ لأَنْ يُهْدَى بِكَ رَجُلٌ وَاحِدٌ خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِنْ حُمْرِ النَّعَمِ ‏"‏‏.‏

Reference

: Sahih al-Bukhari 2942/Book 56, Hadith 154/Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 192

https://sunnah.com/bukhari/56/154

Narrated Sahl:

On the day (of the battle) of Khaibar the Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Tomorrow I will give the flag to somebody who will be given victory (by Allah) and who loves Allah and His Apostle and is loved by Allah and His Apostle." So, the people wondered all that night as to who would receive the flag and in the morning everyone hoped that he would be that person. Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) asked, "Where is `Ali?" He was told that `Ali was suffering from eye-trouble, so he applied saliva to his eyes and invoked Allah to cure him. He at once got cured as if he had no ailment. The Prophet (ﷺ) gave him the flag. `Ali said, "Should I fight them till they become like us (i.e. Muslim)?" The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Go to them patiently and calmly till you enter the land. Then, invite them to Islam, and inform them what is enjoined upon them, for, by Allah, if Allah gives guidance to somebody through you, it is better for you than possessing red camels."

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا يَعْقُوبُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبْدٍ الْقَارِيُّ، عَنْ أَبِي حَازِمٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي سَهْلٌ ـ رضى الله عنه يَعْنِي ابْنَ سَعْدٍ ـ قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَوْمَ خَيْبَرَ ‏"‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ الرَّايَةَ غَدًا رَجُلاً يُفْتَحُ عَلَى يَدَيْهِ، يُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ، وَيُحِبُّهُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَبَاتَ النَّاسُ لَيْلَتَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ يُعْطَى فَغَدَوْا كُلُّهُمْ يَرْجُوهُ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ أَيْنَ عَلِيٌّ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَقِيلَ يَشْتَكِي عَيْنَيْهِ، فَبَصَقَ فِي عَيْنَيْهِ وَدَعَا لَهُ، فَبَرَأَ كَأَنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ بِهِ وَجَعٌ، فَأَعْطَاهُ فَقَالَ أُقَاتِلُهُمْ حَتَّى يَكُونُوا مِثْلَنَا‏.‏ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ انْفُذْ عَلَى رِسْلِكَ حَتَّى تَنْزِلَ بِسَاحَتِهِمْ، ثُمَّ ادْعُهُمْ إِلَى الإِسْلاَمِ، وَأَخْبِرْهُمْ بِمَا يَجِبُ عَلَيْهِمْ، فَوَاللَّهِ لأَنْ يَهْدِيَ اللَّهُ بِكَ رَجُلاً خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِنْ أَنْ يَكُونَ لَكَ حُمْرُ النَّعَمِ ‏"‏‏.‏

Reference

: Sahih al-Bukhari 3009/Book 56, Hadith 218/Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 253

https://sunnah.com/bukhari/56/218

Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d:

On the day of Khaibar, Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Tomorrow I will give this flag to a man through whose hands Allah will give us victory. He loves Allah and His Apostle, and he is loved by Allah and His Apostle." The people remained that night, wondering as to who would be given it. In the morning the people went to Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) and everyone of them was hopeful to receive it (i.e. the flag). The Prophet said, "Where is `Ali bin Abi Talib?" It was said, "He is suffering from eye trouble O Allah's Apostle." He said, "Send for him." `Ali was brought and Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) spat in his eye and invoked good upon him. So `Ali was cured as if he never had any trouble. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) gave him the flag. `Ali said "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! I will fight with them till they become like us." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Proceed and do not hurry. When you enter their territory, call them to embrace Islam and inform them of Allah's Rights which they should observe, for by Allah, even if a single man is led on the right path (of Islam) by Allah through you, then that will be better for you than the nice red camels.

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا يَعْقُوبُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ أَبِي حَازِمٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي سَهْلُ بْنُ سَعْدٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ يَوْمَ خَيْبَرَ ‏"‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ هَذِهِ الرَّايَةَ غَدًا رَجُلاً، يَفْتَحُ اللَّهُ عَلَى يَدَيْهِ، يُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ، وَيُحِبُّهُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ ‏"‏‏.‏ قَالَ فَبَاتَ النَّاسُ يَدُوكُونَ لَيْلَتَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ يُعْطَاهَا فَلَمَّا أَصْبَحَ النَّاسُ غَدَوْا عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم، كُلُّهُمْ يَرْجُو أَنْ يُعْطَاهَا فَقَالَ ‏"‏ أَيْنَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ أَبِي طَالِبٍ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَقِيلَ هُوَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ يَشْتَكِي عَيْنَيْهِ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏"‏ فَأَرْسِلُوا إِلَيْهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَأُتِيَ بِهِ فَبَصَقَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي عَيْنَيْهِ، وَدَعَا لَهُ، فَبَرَأَ حَتَّى كَأَنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ بِهِ وَجَعٌ، فَأَعْطَاهُ الرَّايَةَ، فَقَالَ عَلِيٌّ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أُقَاتِلُهُمْ حَتَّى يَكُونُوا مِثْلَنَا، فَقَالَ ‏"‏ انْفُذْ عَلَى رِسْلِكَ حَتَّى تَنْزِلَ بِسَاحَتِهِمْ، ثُمَّ ادْعُهُمْ إِلَى الإِسْلاَمِ، وَأَخْبِرْهُمْ بِمَا يَجِبُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنْ حَقِّ اللَّهِ فِيهِ، فَوَاللَّهِ لأَنْ يَهْدِيَ اللَّهُ بِكَ رَجُلاً وَاحِدًا خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِنْ أَنْ يَكُونَ لَكَ حُمْرُ النَّعَمِ ‏"‏‏.‏

Reference

: Sahih al-Bukhari 4210/ Book 64, Hadith 250/Vol. 5, Book 59, Hadith 521

https://sunnah.com/bukhari/64/250

Amir b. Sa'd b. Abi Waqqas reported on the authority of his father that Muawiya b. Abi Sufyan appointed Sa'd as the Governor and said:

What prevents you from abusing Abu Turab (Hadrat 'Ali), whereupon be said: It is because of three things which I remember Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) having said about him that I would not abuse him and even if I find one of those three things for me, it would be more dear to me than the red camels. I heard Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) say about 'Ali as he left him behind in one of his campaigns (that was Tabuk). 'Ali said to him: Allah's Messenger, you leave me behind along with women and children. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said to him: Aren't you satisfied with being unto me what Aaron was unto Moses but with this exception that there is no prophethood after me. And I (also) heard him say on the Day of Khaibar: I would certainly give this standard to a person who loves Allah and his Messenger, and Allah and his Messenger love him too. He (the narrator) said: We had been anxiously waiting for it, when he (the Holy Prophet) said: Call 'Ali. He was called and his eyes were inflamed. He applied saliva to his eyes and handed over the standard to him, and Allah gave him victory. (The third occasion is this) when the (following) verse was revealed: "Let us summon our children and your children." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) called 'Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husain and said: O Allah, they are my family.

حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبَّادٍ، - وَتَقَارَبَا فِي اللَّفْظِ - قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا حَاتِمٌ، - وَهُوَ ابْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ - عَنْ بُكَيْرِ بْنِ مِسْمَارٍ، عَنْ عَامِرِ بْنِ سَعْدِ بْنِ أَبِي وَقَّاصٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ أَمَرَ مُعَاوِيَةُ بْنُ أَبِي سُفْيَانَ سَعْدًا فَقَالَ مَا مَنَعَكَ أَنْ تَسُبَّ أَبَا التُّرَابِ فَقَالَ أَمَّا مَا ذَكَرْتُ ثَلاَثًا قَالَهُنَّ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَلَنْ أَسُبَّهُ لأَنْ تَكُونَ لِي وَاحِدَةٌ مِنْهُنَّ أَحَبُّ إِلَىَّ مِنْ حُمْرِ النَّعَمِ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ لَهُ خَلَّفَهُ فِي بَعْضِ مَغَازِيهِ فَقَالَ لَهُ عَلِيٌّ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ خَلَّفْتَنِي مَعَ النِّسَاءِ وَالصِّبْيَانِ فَقَالَ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ أَمَا تَرْضَى أَنْ تَكُونَ مِنِّي بِمَنْزِلَةِ هَارُونَ مِنْ مُوسَى إِلاَّ أَنَّهُ لاَ نُبُوَّةَ بَعْدِي ‏"‏ ‏.‏ وَسَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ يَوْمَ خَيْبَرَ ‏"‏ لأُعْطِيَنَّ الرَّايَةَ رَجُلاً يُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيُحِبُّهُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ فَتَطَاوَلْنَا لَهَا فَقَالَ ‏"‏ ادْعُوا لِي عَلِيًّا ‏"‏ ‏.‏ فَأُتِيَ بِهِ أَرْمَدَ فَبَصَقَ فِي عَيْنِهِ وَدَفَعَ الرَّايَةَ إِلَيْهِ فَفَتَحَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَمَّا نَزَلَتْ هَذِهِ الآيَةُ ‏{‏ فَقُلْ تَعَالَوْا نَدْعُ أَبْنَاءَنَا وَأَبْنَاءَكُمْ‏}‏ دَعَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَلِيًّا وَفَاطِمَةَ وَحَسَنًا وَحُسَيْنًا فَقَالَ ‏"‏ اللَّهُمَّ هَؤُلاَءِ أَهْلِي ‏"‏ ‏.‏

Reference : Sahih Muslim 2404 d/ Book 44, Hadith 50/ Book 31, Hadith 5915

https://sunnah.com/muslim/44/50

 

 

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Hamil ul-Liwaa

The holding of standards in wars is the most significant position in armies. Standards are given exclusively to the soldiers who enjoy special military abilities. During the battle of at-Taff, the standard was in the hand of Abu’l-Fadhl al-’Abbas who preserved and held it from the beginning of the tragic journey from Medina to up until the last spark of his life.

Al-’Abbas protected that standard so bravely and uniquely that he embraced it to his chest when his two hands were severed. In more than one situation, al-’Abbas asked his brother Imam al-Husayn for permission for fighting, but the Imam used to say to him, “You are the standard-bearer of my army. If you are martyred, my troops will separate”.

It is also well known that standard-bearers are chosen according to special qualifications:

The standard-bearer must be accepted by everybody and must bear qualities such as courage, chivalry, and honor.

The standard-bearers must also exert all efforts to keep the standard high. For this reason, al-’Abbas exerted unique efforts for keeping the standard high. When his right hand was severed, he held the standard in the left. And when this one was also severed, he embraced the standard to his chest and held onto it until the last breath of his life.

Historians have also recorded that when the Umayyad army raided at the camp of Imam al-Husayn after his martyrdom - they robbed everything including the standard borne by al-’Abbas.

In Syria, when Yazid’s sight fell on that standard, he was amazed. He noticed that it was completely stabbed at all places except at the place of its handle, where it was held. He asked about the bearer of that standard and was told that it was al-’Abbas ibn ‘Ali.

Astonished by the courage of al-’Abbas, Yazid turned his face to the attendants and said: “Look at this standard! It is stabbed in every place except its handle. This clearly means that its bearer was so courageous and chivalrous that he faced all stabs and strokes without letting that standard fall from his hand. This is the true loyalty to a brother!!”

Hence, al-’Abbas was called ‘Hamil ul-Liwaa’, the standard- bearer.

https://www.al-islam.org/al-abbas-badr-shahin/epithets#hamil-ul-liwaa

In the special ziyara of al-’Abbas that Abu-Hamza ath-Themali narrated, Imam as-Sadiq (a) says:

“Salaam be upon you, the righteous servant!”

 

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Police have released footage showing the moment a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a Shiite Muslim procession in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday. At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded. (Dec. 28)

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Watch the reaction of the ones carrying the Flag/Alam , and you will understand why its the Target from many (fiqhi/bidah/way its constructed in different cultures and respect given according to the understanding of the people of that place/society/country/culture, society / image etc..) angles.

We do not carry this Flag/symbol, it has carried us for last 1400 years. 

Khawarij of past/present and future are/will be  Threatened by this attachment and they know what these means when

Imam Sahib Al-'Asr Wa Al-Zaman, Al-Hujjah,  Al-Muntazar, Al- Qaim, Al-Mahdi(AS) comes. 

So, understand the tricks and do not fall victim to it. 

https://www.al-islam.org/nahjul-balagha-part-1-sermons/sermon-184-keep-silent-may-Allah-disgrace-you

 

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We do not carry this Flag/symbol, it has carried us for last 1400 years. 

Truer words were never spoken...

I have been saying for a long time and 2 years on SC, that as soon as we allow people to eliminate 1-2 things from azadari, our enemies will push for the elimination of all rituals of azadari. And that has already begun - they want to reduce it to some poetry, some lectures and polite mourning...sniffle sniffle.

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Importance of Aza’

The following excerpt from the last will and testament of the Late Ayatullah Ruhullah Khumayni (A.R.) is most touching and relevant:

"The memory of this great epic event (Ashura) must be kept alive. Remember, the cries of damnation and all the curses that are rightfully raised against the cruelty of the Bani Umayyayah caliphs towards the Holy Imams, are reflected in the heroic protests against cruel despots by the nations through the centuries. It is the perpetuation of such protests that shatter oppression and cruelty.

It is necessary that the crimes of the tyrants in each age and era be indicated in the cries of lamentation and in the recitals of elegies held for the Holy Imams."

Where ever the Shiahs have gone they have taken with them the cultural forms of aza’ al-Husayn as practised in their country of origin.

Today, aza’ al-Husayn in one form or another, can be seen throughout the world.

Aza’ al-Husayn is an important institution and we have to ensure that it is kept alive so as to cultivate and nurture Islamic conscience in each one of us and that our children and their descendants remain committed to the cause of Imam Husayn.

https://www.al-islam.org/articles/history-and-philosophy-aza-of-imam-husayn-mulla-bashir-rahim

Imam Mahdi (aj) says,

"Surely, we do not neglect your condition nor are we forgetful of your remembrance. Had it not been so, then, terrible calamities would have struck you and your enemies would have destroyed you."2

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https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235058696-the-future-of-muslims-in-the-west/?page=3&tab=comments#comment-3166714

Above post, for the Muslims in the west. It is also appropriate for this topic.

What are your plans, for the first ten day, and for the entire two month and eight days (Muharram- 9th of Rabi-ul-awwal).

What are you doings to bring the message/revive the message to the ones who do not know of Karbala?

What positive and time/place/culture related activities you have planned?

for example, students can take advantage of " How is Hussain" campaign to have a Imam Hussain(as) or event in university, or something along these lines.

Wearing appropriate clothing, and articles of clothing as daily reminders of the Aza in a non religious society. If one changes his attire to black, others at university or work may notice the change ad they may inquire about this change. These are conversation starters. 

What plans you have to color the procession for your generation and society. Its not an option to say, we are new generation and new society so this is stuff form back home. Aza / procession is your life, where ever you are and whatever time you are born in. You can introduce what works for your time and place. 

If you only have a Majlis in your native language, Ask the center to provide a room for English speaking Lecture, if you do not have one, become on, read form a book or arrange for a screen and a laptop and play a lecture in english at the same time the native language Majlis is happening, if you do not comprehend the language. End it at the same time so all can join in for Matam and Lathmiya. Or have your own English language Latmiya for the kids.

Think out of the box here, any other ideas 

This is a Cloud project, participates could be anywhere in the world.

Azadari in the  iGlobal Village 

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Salaam,

One tradition we've maintained in our house is to setup an imambargah and do daily majlis. This is more to get this next generation ready for Imam Hussain's message.

Next, we are trying to involve the youth in being more active in Ashura processions, etc. With the numerous discussions I have with them, there is a gap where they complain we are trying to do things from our native country which is weird in the west.

Our message has been that it was our responsibility to establish azadari in the West or the local region. Now the next generation has to take the mantle and run with it.

This would have been exactly how azadari moved from Shaam » Karbala » Medina » Iraq » Iran » Sub-Continent » West. It has evolved over time and geographies.

With any migration, there is a generational and cultural gap that has to be covered by the present and immediate generation.

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we are trying to do things from our native country which is weird in the west.

Maybe they have a point or maybe not. 

 First of all, it may be me, when people use "derogatory" or "dismissive" words its a red flag to me.I probe deeper at this point, to get to the bottom of their real issue.  Let me explain my take on this issue. A person, living in a secular/intellectual/academic society need to be able to and actually have the ability to communicate in an intellectual manner. You do not say it sounds or feels "weird to me" to your university professor/law enforcement officer/judge  or your boss at work, if you do not understand something. You say, with "Respect", can you explain this to me. 

You or anyone else reading this can contribute  here. Its important to know, What are the things that are "wierd" to them.

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12 hours ago, S.M.H.A. said:

Maybe they have a point or maybe not. 

 First of all, it may be me, when people use "derogatory" or "dismissive" words its a red flag to me.I probe deeper at this point, to get to the bottom of their real issue.  Let me explain my take on this issue. A person, living in a secular/intellectual/academic society need to be able to and actually have the ability to communicate in an intellectual manner. You do not say it sounds or feels "weird to me" to your university professor/law enforcement officer/judge  or your boss at work, if you do not understand something. You say, with "Respect", can you explain this to me. 

You or anyone else reading this can contribute  here. Its important to know, What are the things that are "wierd" to them.

Valid point -  it was more my writing than them.

For example, Ashur juloos is held every year on a large scale where Desi and ME men, women and children walk down streets doing matam in Urdu, Arabic and farsi. 

Their question/issue: who is this message going to OR who is this for? Slowly some English nohay and English lectures have been incorporated into the juloos now.

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A few years ago, there was a controversy between people who wanted a basketball hoop in the "Center" and those that didn't. Back in the old country, it is unheard off. In the West (US at least), Centers have evolved from just being a place of worship to an actual community center. 

Thoughts?

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only thing I ask is that none of the speakers in majalis are paid for their "services" afterall it should be their obligation to teach the masses

I hope all our religious leaders agree not to take any compensation to remember Hussain b Ali when they conduct majalis ( maybe apart from free lodging and food for their effort)

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Consider the case of a soldier dedicating his life in preparing and defending his country/frontlines and see if you would recommend the same.  

How practical is this solution, how would they support their families?

Unless you are recommending a part time soldier. Have a job and prepare and defend on part time basis.

They have to have an income, unless you are suggesting a stipend from the Marja office for their needs.

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For example, Ashur juloos is held every year on a large scale where Desi and ME men, women and children walk down streets doing matam in Urdu, Arabic and farsi. 

Their question/issue: who is this message going to OR who is this for? Slowly some English nohay and English lectures have been incorporated into the juloos now.

Annual Pilgrimage - Hajj what is the philosophy behind it, and it rituals like running between two mountains, throwing stones at stone pillar(s)- symbolic,  circling stone cube, slaughtering an animal. It's a remembrance, its an annual gathering of muslims from all over the world(social aspect).

Hajj has personal aspect, remembrance aspect, and universal message aspect. From a non Muslim perspective or an image issue perspective they can have an opinion of what we do. Animal rights groups, to judgemental people formulating an opinion( negative and positive). Yes, we can tell them it's our Religious Obligation. If they ask us the question, answer can be provided, similarly a different answer can be provided in the case of Azadari./Rituals.

Azadari has personal, social, religious, delivery of message, protest and many other aspects that i am not able to articulate at this time.

But Image issue of the people who do not ask the question, that make a negative Judgement at face value and just takeaways whatever they want to take away is a problem in both cases.

Next level will be to analyze the three groups-

one that looks at something and say, I have never seen it and it's out of the ordinary let me research more and ask questions to explore because i am genuinely interested in finding out why these people do what they do.

Other one that looks at it and makes impulsive negative judgement call based on his/her cultural upbringing. Does not ask questions nor does the research-

And the non concerned this type has no reaction or care.

If we were to analyze the three types, two types -one with a positive and the other with the negative reaction. Who is most suitable for your potential  target market?

One who has a impulsive judgemental call, and doesn't explore - is this the type you should be even concerned with ? Only from a negative propaganda point of view, and that is unavoidable it will always be there.

So, we are basically concerned with image management here. Purpose needs to be clearly defined here, as we can’t control people's reactions and their biases - no matter what you do- some will find fault in it based on their agenda /goals.

People who are raising/asking these questions,  they have not been to any Majlis in their life and their parents have not had any conversations with them nor have they proactively asked their parents  or the scholars who recite Majlis and usually are available after the Majlis or research on the internet.

So, these were raised in a public educational system, and had minimal contact with these type of Azadari events/programs/processions.  So, now that they are grown ups and see these things on the internet or in real time. They are asking questions.

First they would need to understand karbala, to get the basics.

After that they would need to see things and do some research, as to why there is a country independence day parade, or a gathering of people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds and other form of organized public events or marches or parades or processions or protest in front of an embassy, or UN or government building or in parks to understand why these thing are happening and what is the philosophy behind it. What message is delivered.

If they do understand the above, what are their suggestions and how committed are they to implement their plan to achieve that goal/purpose.

If there are not willing to offer any suggestion, and be a proactive part of the solution,  to make it better for their new community and time and place, it's just an excuse to not be in the procession.( for various reason, only known to them starting from, other commitments,  image issue, peer pressure of the new circle of friends, what will they think,am i part of them of the old network-do i fit in with them or the them issue, etc....)  Not all five fingers are alike, we assist and help the ones who have a desire and will to participate and be part of the solutions. There is no obligation on anyone to attend any Azadari program. Every year when the moon of Muharram is sighted their will be an army of people willing and ready to be part of it, it has been going on for the last 1400 years, with every new generation adapting to its new time and place and culture and with immigration from Medina to Iran to Subcontinent to the West, there are generational and transitional issues but they all get worked out over time and ones who have attached themselves with this institution have survived, and it will go on

West has its own challenges and they are  been tackled/worked on by the willing and energetic young generation like having their new language programs, having Majlis/Latmiya in their new language, at the center and in the processions and even poetry and the formation of the procession, banners and display cards in the language of their country, handing out pamphlets to the interested people and having conversation with them,They understand the respect a secular countries Flag gets and the Etiquette of holding one and who people in their secular country respect and solute a secular county Flag,  they have seen the independence day armed forces parade  and how the elite soldiers guard it with their lives.  They have seen people putting their hands on their heart/chest during the national anthem. They intelligent and aware they can link /connect, soldiers and civilians are different and an educated young westerner comprehends this reality. 

After the initial transaction period they will take their shape ...until then we guide and Manage the positive energy of the young ones who are willing and volunteer and direct it in the right direction-

just my layman take. we have to assume they ( the Young generation) are very intelligent, educated, dedicated and emotional /passionate with respect to their personal space/freedom and rights/freedom, careers planing, job opportunities and money and other things ...they will relocate, move out and do whatever it takes to succeed in the world at any cost(passion/emotion) is an integral part of this drive. 

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A few years ago, there was a controversy between people who wanted a basketball hoop in the "Center" and those that didn't. Back in the old country, it is unheard off. In the West (US at least), Centers have evolved from just being a place of worship to an actual community center. 

Thoughts?

I am a layman, not sure here. Only keeping with the thread, If the center does have one for any reason and for the community. 

It will be closed/locked during Muharram programs. They are their to play/or have fun. Parents need to do their jobs of educating their kids. 

Just a general comment. It seems that these centers are becoming cultural  or senior citizen centers and the old generation(ones who are incharge and have the Money to finance the programs run the show for their own comfort/social needs)

The center(s) and the Sheikh(s) managing them,  will need to provide engaging and involving activities and give priority to the next generation in ALL Programs. 

They will need to get a speaker who is educated not only in the language but also understands the new world and its challenges and the mind set of the next generation. If they d not have the finances, they should address the community to make it a priority. or provide an room with TV screen and laptop for the young generation to watch recorded lecture from the internet. Have interactive and engaging conversation with the young ones. Make them feel and special and explain to them that their job is very important. Give them leadership and ownership of their programs, let them run with their ideas(Sheikh will the leader from Guide/Manage it from Islamic Perspective ). Have youth council, let them run it, bring in community leaders, and professionals to give them advice from a practical perspective. 

Next generation Speakers /Sheikhs are important, send the westerns educated kids, with bachelors/masters degree to study in Qum/Najaf. They would need to come back and Manage these centers. This requires sacrifice, I am sure there are dedicated soldiers who will do this job, it will be slow and will take time. After Few generations, and with the transitional period this will be all something of the past, like it has always been. 

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What about the "--------" I really do not know what to call you, the people who actually research and made a conscious decision. You are generally  called reverts, not sure what you prefer to be called, I have to use this name to get your attention for this issue. . You are Shia Muslims, live in these western countries, what is your honest opinion and feedback and thoughtful suggestions on the Azadari ( Majlis/Peotry/Processions)  Image issue and to what extent it was factor in your decision,  considering the sensitivities of the immigrants  with Azadari in your countries. 

I "Think", I somewhat understand the Bridge issue ( East/West) linguistic(emotional/non emotional tendencies), eastern with heavy cultural and ethnic centric.

What would be the most important change you would like to see and why, do you think it is an issue( form your perspective)  and what will change if it is implemented. 

What is the most important aspect that you would not want changed and why?

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Regarding this concern of what should  be covered in Muharram Majlis, as a layman I would say , Keep in mind the following facts,

Fiqh/Quran topics are covered

52  weeks of Friday Khutbah,

52 weeks of Thursday Night Fiqh session before Dua -e Kumail,

30 lectures of Ramadan.

Muharram. First 13 Majlis/Lectures and 10 Majlis/lectures leading up to Arbaeen.

Al-Imam Al- Husayn(as) transcend  time, space, religion, race, culture age, gender etc..Audience in Majlis for Son of Sayeda Fatima az Zahra(sa) is very diverse( even among the Shia’s) and they attend due  to their love for the Oppressed and their fitri( primordial Nature) like gravity pulls them towards these Majlis/Lectures.

Whatever we have is from Karbala. (Faith/Irfan/Iman, Fiqh).

Events leading up to Karbala and actions of the Walking, Talking Quran and the blessed followers explains it All that we layman need to recognize the ones in Qur'an 1:6&7. All topics are understood ( Tawheed, Theology, Fiqh, loyalty, love, obedience, respect, …) from the events leading up to Ashura and beyond( Karbala to Kufa( Iraq) to Damascus( Syria) and return.

Layman opinion.

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اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ {6}

[Pickthal 1:6] Show us the straight path,

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ {7}

[Pickthal 1:7] The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

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What is really at stake.

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http://www.duas.org/ziaratwaritha.htm

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السلام عليكِ يا بنت علي المرتضى

Peace be upon you, O daughter of Ali al-Murtada (the Pleased one)

السلام عليكِ يا بنت فاطمة الزهراء

Peace be upon you, O daughter of Fatimah al-Zahraa (the Resplendent).

https://www.al-islam.org/victory-truth-life-zaynab-bint-ali/ziyarat

https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235059300-o-muhammad-your-daughters-are-captives-and-your-progeny-assassinated/

 

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اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْحُسَيْنِ

alssal¡mu `al¡ al¦usayni

Peace be upon al-Husayn,

وَعَلَىٰ عَلِيِّ بْنِ ٱلْحُسَيْنِ

wa `al¡ `aliyyi bni al¦usayni

upon `Ali ibn al-Husayn,

وَعَلَىٰ اوْلاَدِ ٱلْحُسَيْنِ

wa `al¡ awl¡di al¦usayni

upon the sons of al-Husayn,

وَعَلَىٰ اصْحَابِ ٱلْحُسَيْنِ

wa `al¡ a¥¦¡bi al¦usayni

and upon the companions of al-Husayn.

http://www.duas.org/ashura/z_ashura.htm

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