Chapter Nineteen: Conclusion
We would like to conclude our article with these wonderful lines of poetry:
Az Fikr-e-Aaqibat Rahidam,
Jins Ghum Aal Tu Khareedam
“O Master! I have been liberated from worry about the afterlife because I have bought the gender of grief of your pure descendants.
Thus, every year, neigh every second is dedicated to reiterating the sufferings of Imam Husayn (as) so that efforts of Mu’awiya’s admirers to hide the truth are frustrated at every turn. We mourn the brutal slaughter of Sayyida Fatima (as)’s beloved son and recall the unmatchable sacrifice the greatest example of truth overcoming falsehood whatever the cost; this was not an event to be careless or reluctant about. Those who want to erase the memories of Imam Husayn (as) are either not blessed with the love of him (as) or they want to hide the identities of his killers why else would mourning Imam Husayn (as) cause such outrage to them?
The Azadari of Imam Husayn (as) is permissible and rewarding Islamicaly, ethically, culturally, traditionally, and is legitimate by every law and canon. May Allah (swt) encourage and strengthen us to follow these rites of Azadari more firmly, and may He ameliorate those who are against the Azadari of the oppressed Imam (as)-Amen.
Mourning Imam Husayn (as) does not breach the Deen of Allah (swt). Those who consider a thing to be illegal should present the proofs of its illegality because according to the rules of Shariah (Islamic Law) everything is considered permissible until proven otherwise.
No doubt King Mu’awiyah and Co. if “Bani Umayyad Hadith Works (Ltd.).” fabricated traditions against mourning practices but these Nasibi should know that any hadith that goes against the Quran is not considered reliable in the sight of any Muslim. If Nasabi are going to insist that our actions are those of the people of Hellfire, then we suggest that they mull over this Hadeeth from Saheeh al Bukharee Volume 8, Book 76, Number 500:
Narrated Sa’d bin Sahl As-Sa’idi:
“…A person may do deeds that seem to the people as the deeds of the people of Paradise while infact, he is from the dwellers of the (Hell) Fire: and similarly a person may do deeds that seem to the people as the deeds of the peopleof the (Hell) Fire while in fact, he is from the dwellers of Paradise.Verily, the (results of) deeds done, depend upon the last actions.”
Verily we the Shi’a wear black attire, cry, place dust in our hear, hit our chests, shed blood, recite elegies for Imam Husayn (as), but (as attested in this Hadeeth) our actions may seem Hell bound to the people (Nasabis) in reality they are actions reflect those of the people of Paradise. Acts that these Nasabi might deem good may in fact be acts that shall fan the flames of Hell. This Hadeeth provides a great judgement, but these shameless Nasabi have no dignity they raise objection at others without looking at themselves!
In the same way that Rasulullah (s) practically taught the way of praying, fasting, making pilgrimage to the House of Allah, and giving of alms. He, by naming the year of the death of his dear uncle, Abu Talib (as) and beloved wife, Khadija tul Kubra (as), “Aam-ul-Huzn”, that is, by mourning the whole year; and by weeping and ordering the women of Ansar to perform Matam on the martyrdom of the master of the martyrs, Hamza (ra); and by soaking his eyes with the tears, in the grief of his son, Ibraheem, institutionalised the Sunnah of wailing and lamenting.
Lastly, visiting the town of ‘Uhud with the companions every year, and praying there for the martyrs of ‘Uhud, if this is not a practical way of teaching how to take out the yearly mourning procession, then what is it?
Those, blessed with the power of sight, can see the glimpses of the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (s) in these citations, but what can be done about the blind, the deaf, and the dumb?
We ask those with open minds, tell us does any form of social custom exist where the bereaved express their displeasure towards those that come to console them for their loss? Can any example be advanced where the bereaved have expressed anger at mourners who offer support? We challenge our opponents to produce any evidence of a household that insulted or misbehaved with people whose only ‘wrongdoing’ was to offer condolences at their misfortune. Do you therefore believe that the Leader of all Prophets, would be displeased angered at those that cry for his slain grandson. We are talking of the Seal of all Prophets about whom Allah has revealed in His Holy Book, Verse 4,
Chapter Al Qalam, The Pen, Part 29 of the Holy Qur’an:
And most certainly thou standest on sublime morality
Would not the Holy Prophet (s) be thankful and feel obliged to people who gather and hold mourning functions only to commemorate the martyrdom of his beloved grandson Husayn (as) and to offer their sincere condolences to him and to his only daughter Fatima (as), to his son – in – law Imam Ali (as) and to his first grandson Imam Hassan (as) on the merciless killing of his beloved Husayn (as) at the hands of his own Nation, the Muslims! We are adamant that Rasulullah (s) would never express his outrage at such mourning.
The Prophet (s) guaranteed Paradise to those that mourn Imam Husayn (as)
In Shi’a texts we find the words of the Holy Prophet (s) to his beloved daughter Fatima (as):
The women of my Nation shall mourn the calamities of women of my Ahlulbait and the men of my Nation shall cry on the misfortunes and miseries of men of my Ahlulbait. This they shall do generation after generation, remembering the trials and tribulations of my Ahlulbait and on the Day of Judgment, O my Daughter! You shall intercede on behalf of these women while I shall do so on behalf of the men. Whosoever weeps and cries for Husayn (as), we shall take them by their hand and lead them into the Garden of Paradise.
Bihar al Anwaar, Volume 10 page 167
This Hadeeth of the Holy Prophet (s) guarantees Paradise to all men and women who are the Azadaar of his Holy Progeny (as).
Thus faith in his Prophethood dictates, that Azadari on the calamities and hardships of his Ahl – e – Bait (as) should be performed with all sincerity of faith and religious zeal so as to stand with a clear conscious and full confidence in front of the Holy Prophet (s) on the Day of Reckoning and thus expect salvation through his intercession and thereby gain entry into Paradise for Eternal Bliss.
We have presented an abundance of proofs and feel that we have proven our case beyond doubt.
Be it clear to one and all, that we, The Shi’as, do Matam because we are Muhammad’ s (s) Ummah. So if we turn our faces from performing Azadari of his Holy Progeny (as) today, then The most Beloved of Allah’s Creation, Muhammad Mustafa (s) will also turn his face away from us on the Day of Accounts!
May Allah Bestow His Choicest Blessings upon His Most Beloved Prophet & his Holy Progeny (s) and May He Damn the Tyrants with His Choicest Punishment & Chastisement and Throw them in Hell forever. Amen.
- Commemorating Muharam
- The rewards for mourning Imam Hussain (as)
- Is Azadari against patience (sabr)?
- Crying and wailing for Imam Hussain (as)
- Reciting elegies for Imam Hussain (as)
- Convening Majlis (Gathering) to remember the dead
- Wearing black attire
- Hitting one’s body in grief
- Putting dust in one’s hair
- Seeking Waseela from the Saints (Awliya)
- Creating and revering symbols (Sha’er Allah)
- Street Processions (Juloos)
- The misuse of Shi’a texts to ‘prove’ that Azadari for Imam Hussain (as) is Haraam
- The stance of Ahlulbayt (as) regarding the commemoration of Ashura
- Refuting common Nasibi objections to Azadari
- Azadari in other cultures
- The tragedy of Karbala
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