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To Every Heart True Love To Every Struggle Karbala

October 28th, 2014, posted in Muharram, POEtRY..

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Blood and Islam: Between Eid and Ashura

October 26th, 2014, posted in DAtEs iN a YeAR, MESSAGEs, Muharram, Sufism

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At this moment in the Islamic calendar, we stand between two holidays in which truth is performed with the spilling of blood: Eid al-Adha, which was celebrated this past week, and Ashura, which will take place  in November. In both cases, the annual observations are accompanied by debate over the meaning of this blood and how “religion” is supposed to look.

Last week, Muslims around the world observed Eid al-Adha, which marks the completion of the hajj. The central character in the story of hajj is not Muhammad, but Abraham, whose willingness to sacrifice what he loved most in the world—his own son—is imitated when pilgrims throw stones at walls representing the devil. In honor of Abraham’s absolute submission to God, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha with the slaughter of a goat or lamb.

Towards the start of November, Shi’a Muslims will commemorate another sacrifice: the martyrdom of Husayn, Muhammad’s grandson, on the day of Ashura. Husayn gave his life in an impossible war against the unjust powers of his time. In a controversial practice, many observers of Ashura will mark their love for Husayn on their own bodies, whipping their backs with blades or lacerating their heads. Even within Shi’a communities, the practice’s Islamic appropriateness is debated. The image of men parading through the streets, drenched in their own blood, has become ammunition for more than one polemical agenda: Sunnis might use the practice to say that Shi’as are not legitimate Muslims, and Islamophobes look at the scene as evidence that Islam at large is fanatical and violent.

In the cases of both Eid al-Adha and Ashura, there are Muslims who seek to reform these practices to match their own ideas of what it means to be modern, rational, and humane. In alternative visions of Eid al-Adha, the slaughter of an animal and the distribution of its meat among the needy can be replaced by other forms of charity. In commemoration of Husayn’s willingness to be slaughtered on Ashura, many Muslims choose to donate their blood, either as an alternative or complement to self-injury. On the day of Ashura in Shi’a-majority Iran, blood banks collect nearly four times their daily average.

I can appreciate efforts to read these stories of Abraham and Husayn as calls to ethical action in the world; Muslims have been doing this throughout their history. Muslims who refrain from slaughtering animals on Eid do so with belief that Islam privileges compassion and mercy over ritual demands. Muslims who donate to blood banks on Ashura are following the supreme example of Husayn, who gave his blood in a much more drastic fashion. While innovating in their practice, these Muslims remain invested in their tradition, seeking to uphold its power and meaning in new contexts.

Unfortunately, some Muslims who call for such reforms can sound like vehement Islamophobes, charging their brothers and sisters with “blind” adherence to “senseless” or “barbaric” rituals. Following certain assumptions about what makes good religion—namely, a location of meaning only in the soul, never on the body—they insist that there can be nothing spiritual about spilling blood.

If someone has an objection to eating animals, I can understand the refusal to slaughter for Eid. However, I am a meat eater, and I do not raise or hunt my own meat. I benefit from the destruction of animals without ever having to think about it. The Eid slaughter, if we perform it with mindfulness, forces a confrontation with the unpleasant reality that sustains us. At least it’s better than buying meat at the store and then pretending to be detached from the process.

It’s hard to find mosques in the United States where I can cut myself for Husayn, but at the very least I will join a community in matam and participate in ritual chest-slapping, until my pecs turn bright red. Husayn left Mecca for Karbala with a promise that he would complete the rites of hajj by sacrificing not a goat, but his own life; like the slaughtered goat, the death of innocent Husayn became a source of sustenance for others. We will cry for Husayn and his camp of maybe one hundred supporters who stood against an army of thousands, and our own guilty status as the beneficiaries of Husayn’s sacrifice, and we will write our love, grief, and guilt on our bodies. With each sting of my hand on my chest, I will consider how much worse Ashura must have been for Husayn. Every day is Ashura, said one of Husayn’s descendants; every land is Karbala. The tragic slaughter of Husayn by a tyrant’s order represents the injustice and suffering that continues in our own time. However, as the world is filled with oppression and undeserved privileges of various forms, I know that I occupy the role of Husayn’s killers much more than that of Husayn’s supporters.

Many people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, would say that spilling blood is disgusting and pain has no place in spirituality. Of course, these practices don’t necessarily leave us feeling good. Putting a knife into an animal is not fun, either. But between these two holy days, Eid al-Adha and Ashura, we remind ourselves of the violence of our own lives—a violence that continues to feed us—and our roles within that violence. It’s sad and heavy. Some folks want no sadness or heaviness in their religion, which is fine; but for me, it’s kind of the point.

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Hadith In English

January 17th, 2014, posted in Islamic Teachings, Saying Of Holy Prophet ( P.B.U.H)

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Eid Milad-Un-Nabi (S.A.W)

January 10th, 2014, posted in DAtEs iN a YeAR, Islam

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Prophet (P.B.U.H) About Naath

January 9th, 2014, posted in Islamic Teachings, Saying Of Holy Prophet ( P.B.U.H)

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Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib ( r.a) said , “ O Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him , I want to recite a poetry (naath) in your praise !. ”
Prophet (peace be upon him ) said , “ Please recite,I want to listen . May Allah keep your teeth safe ( meaning: may Allah keep you able to go on reciting such naaths )
Abbas (r.a) said :
{ few lines from his poetry }

” When you were born,the earth shone
And the horizon was illuminated by your light.
We travel in that illumination
And in the light and paths of right guidance. ”

References :

Mustadrak Hakim , 3/369 # 5417
Tabarani al Mujam al Kabeer , 4/213 # 4167
Abu bakr Shafai , Fawaid ash Shaheer, 1/282
Dimyati , Mujam al Shuyukh # 23
Abu Nuaym , Hilyat ul Awliya , 1/364
Abu Nuaym , Marifat al Sahaba , 2/983 # 2520
Ibn Mandah , Marifat al As-haab # 318
Bayhaqi , Dalail un Nubuwwah , 5/268
Ibn Abdul Barr , Al Istiab fi Marifat al As-haab , 2/447 # 664
Ibn al Jawzi , Sifat us Safwah , 1/53
Ibn Asakir , Tarikh al Damishq , 3/410
Ibn Qudamah , Al Mughni , 1/176
Qurtabi , Jaame al Ahkam il Quran , 13/146
Haythmi , Majma az Zawaid , 8/217
Dhahbi , Siyyaru A’alam , 2/102
Ibn Kaseer , Al Bidaya wan Nihaya , 2/258
Suyuti , Al Khasais al Kubra , 1/66
Halabi , Sirat al Halabiyyah , 1/92