October 7th, 2016, posted in Muharram, POEtRY..
The moon of Muharram was seen,
anxiety about the Princes occurred.
What has happened?
Muharram has come back, but the Imams have not returned.
The Princes who left Medina have not come back;
O’ brother dyer! Dye my clothes black…
As I mourn for those who did not return.
– Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai on the arrival of Muharram (translated from Sindhi)
Bhittai narrates the battle of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Husain A.S. in Sur Kedaro. Translated and re-produced by Annemarie Schimmel (celebrated academic) in her works
October 24th, 2015, posted in Muharram
– Why are they wearing Black? Why are their faces sullen suddenly? Why aren’t they going out for hangouts how they do on a usual basis? What is a Majlis?
These are the questions I have grown up with, hearing them as every year the moon of Moharram is sighted. It hurts me to see so many who are not aware of what had happened, of the history and significance of the battle of Karbala. Now don’t say it’s a “Shia” thing. Was Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) not all of ours? Did the Prophet’s family not hold any importance to the entire ummah? That is what Moharram is. It is reviving the greatest sacrifice made for Islam by the Prophet’s grandson Imam Hussain and his entire family, all women and children. How can the Muslim ummah not mourn the tragedy of the Prophet’s family? Now many will think, we do respect Moharram, but these Majalis which are done by “that sect” are wrong. Why is it wrong? Here’s what happens in Majalis; the Dikhr of Allah, of the Prophet and his companions and the Ahlul-Bayt, the Prophet’s beloved family.
The retelling to the Battle of Karbala and the traumatic events that took place which the Prophet’s family encountered.
The retelling of how Imam Hussain had only 75 people who supported him on the journey from Madina to Karbala, while his battle was to be against thousands and thousands of wrong-doers.
The retelling if how Imam Hussain wanted to resolve matters with the wicked ruler Yazeed by word and when that hadn’t worked, Jihad was the only solution to save the true meaning of Islam.
The retelling of water banned for the Prophet’s family on the land of Karbala and the echoes of the children coming from their tents claiming their thirst admist the desert.
The retelling of how on the 9th of Moharram Imam Hussain gave all his companions the choice to leave his side if they did not want to fight the battle.
The retelling of on the 10th Moharram how the youngest of children of the Prophet’s family were slaughtered on the battle field in the name of Islam.
The retelling of Imam Hussain bringing the martyrs bodies from the battle field back to their camp at the old age of 60, where one of the many dead bodies of his beloved family was of his 18 year old son. A father who sacrificed his cherished son in the name of his grandfather’s preached Deen.
The retelling of the only time Imam Hussain asked the troops of the evil ruler Yazeed for a few drops of water for his 6 month old son who squealed with thirst that and lasted for days, and in response the the troops slaughtering the infant with an arrow used to slaughter camels to show their “power”.
The retelling of how after the battle with all the men martyred, the Women of the Prophet’s family were looted of their belongings and held captives, mocked and taken to the wicked ruler’s Kingdom in Syria as prisoners.
Be it scholarly books of Shias or Sunnis, the summarized events above can be found in any historical record. That is Moharram. That is why each year the remembrance of the battle of Karbla causes the heart to be heavy and mourn the Prophet’s family and revive their unshakable Iman and exemplary character which followed nothing other than the Sunnah.
Do not believe all that you hear about a particular sect and do not base judgements of what you’ve been told. Go out there and research on Islam, get your answers from authentic books and reliable scholars. Perhaps it is then that the misconceptions birthing our sectarian divide would if not resolve, at least teach us to be respectful and tolerable.