ashura day

anonymous asked:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Beware of newly invented matters, for EVERY invented matter is an innovation and EVERY innovation is a going astray, and EVERY going astray is in Hell-fire.” [Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi] On the basis of this, isn't everything the Shia does newly invented? Like bloodletting on ashura, cursing sahabas, shouting 'labaik ya hussain' and calling yourself the servant of Hussain, we are all the servant of Allah only. Not anyone else. Can you clarify a bit pls. Thanks!

So this also means that Umar Ibn Khattab (لعنة الله عليه) is in in Hellfire? Ironic how they tell us we do Bi'dah when they do things which completely contradict the Sunnah of Prophet Muhamamd (saw), yet you take the innovations of your second Caliph, Umar, without questioning.

Anyways, I’m going to round up your points in one answer: 

  • Bloodletting on Ashura
  • Cursing the Sahaba
  • Shouting ‘Labaik Ya Hussain’
  • Calling yourself the servant of (Imam) Hussain (as)

 Bloodletting on Ashura (an innovation)?

Ironic how Sunni’s would rather celebrate the fake Sunnah of fasting on Ashura in solidarity with the Jews than observe the Wajib of observing Ashura with solemnity.  

But to answer your question: This isn’t an innovation, you aren’t changing anything in Islam, because the act in itself is not haraam and the act of mourning for Imam Hussain (as) is a Sunnah. The stories of the Prophets and the Ahlulbayt (as) include examples of their mourning. All of the Imams of the Ahlulbayt (as) commemorated the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as). There are Riwayaat (narrations) of the Ahlulbayt (as) causing the release of blood when acting out of sheer grief.

The people who perform it do so to seek closeness to their Imam (as). The letting of blood, is almost like a declaration to their dedication to the Imam (as). As if to say our blood is not too worthy to sacrifice ourselves for the Imam (as).

Cursing the Sahaba (an innovation)?

We don’t curse the Sahaba. We respect the Sahaba that deserve to be respected and we curse those who have oppressed the Ahlulbayt (as). If you are referring to some particular ‘RA’ like the first 3 Caliphs and certain wives of the Holy Prophet (saw), then you are right, we curse them.

The Holy Prophet (saw) had thousands of Sahabas, but apparently ‘Sahabas’ for Sunnis mean those who gathered in Saqifa. Even the Holy Quran disrespects the ‘Sunni Sahaba’, you know, the ones who doubted the Prophet, ran from battles etc.

We can’t let go from a Wajib act that was ordered by Allah (swt), no matter who it is. My status is raised according to authentic  narrations, I am excercising a Sunnah and I am obeying the Ahlulbayt (as) whom asked us to disassociate and send curses upon such individuals.

We proudly ask Allah (swt) to remove His Mercy from the enemies of Islam because it is the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) and his Ahlulbayt (as). The truth is, most Sunni’s are too jahil to understand that even the Prophet (saw) said (in Sahih al-Bukhari, the most authentic Sunni book) that certain of his ‘companions’ will be in Hell.

They don’t even know their own faith but they know that ours is wrong.

Shouting ‘Labbaik Ya Hussain

“Labaik Ya Hussain” means “We are at your service, O’ Hussain”. By saying “Labbaik Ya Hussain”, we are answering the call of Imam Hussain (as) who stood alone on the arid sands of Karbala (on the day of Ashura) and called out:

“Is there anyone to help me? Is there anyone to support me? Is there any defender to defend the Household of the Messenger of Allah?”

Whom was he calling out to? Surely he was not expecting anyone to come to his aid. He knew there was no one left.  And yet, he made sure that his call reverberated in all directions. To be alongside Imam Hussain (as), to help him and to be fortunate enough to attain Martyrdom is the greatest achievement and honour.

We are centuries away from Imam Hussain (as) yet still we can join him and answer his call when he called out: “Is there anyone to help me?”

In Ziyarat Nahiya, Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance) has expressed this great desire in the following words:

“Grievous indeed it is that I was unable to respond soon enough to your cry for help, so that by the time I could reach you it was too late and you were already Martyred.”

Imam Mahdi (as), again said:
“I came in this world after you and by the decree of Allah I couldn’t help you. Therefore, I will lament morning and evening and instead of tears I will shed blood.”

This gives us an idea that in the eyes of Imam Mahdi (as), it is an honour and privilege to help Imam Hussain (as). Helping Imam Hussain (as) is similar to helping both the Prophet (saw) and Imam Mahdi (as). They have the same ideas and goals, and if you accept and try to achieve those goals, you are with them. If we wisely spread the message of Imam Hussain (as) today, we are helping Imam Mahdi (as).

Calling yourself the servant of (Imam) Hussain (as)

When we say “I am the servant of Imam Hussain (as)” we mean devoted followers of the Imam (as) and NOT in a sense of worship. Being the ‘servant’ of an Imam doesn’t mean you consider them as God.

Conclusion
It’s clear that the enemies of the Ahlulbayt (as) are desperate to prevent any commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as) and they do so by attacking the Shi'as for being adherents of Bi'dah. The mourning and shedding of blood on the day of Ashura by the Shi'as is a protest against the oppression of Muawiyah (لعنة الله عليه) and his descendants for their brutal treatment of the Ahlulbayt (as). Our protests shall InshaAllah continue untill the Day of Judgement.

Our Matam is a slap in the face of the enemies of Azadari and InshaAllah we can continue to spread the message of Imam Hussain (as)

anonymous asked:

The problem with your list of evidence against the fasting on Ashura is that you're only using Shia sources and you're using the opinions of your Imams, who have a vested interested in not fasting during Ashura, since of course you should be mourning instead. We can't take the word of an Imam over the word of the Prophet (PBUH), who has said: "Whoever wishes may fast on the day of 'Ashura'." Thus, it became optional, but a fast was allowed nonetheless.

Well, no. You are referring to the hadith in which the Prophet (saw) narrates that ‘’Whoever wishes may fast on the day of Ashura.’’ There are a few things that can be seen sceptical in this hadith.

First of all: It’s quite ironic that the Jews of Medina were following the Arabic calendar that time, whereas they had their own calendar. So there is no logic in saying that they fasted on the 10th of Muharram - unless it could be proved that this date always coincided with a Jewish day of fast. Also the idea that the Prophet (saw) may have fasted on Ashura because he saw the Jews fasting on that day is ridiculous. From that perspective, the Prophet (saw) copied the Jews for a practice and he was the one who invented it (not Allah), whereas belief in the Prophet (saw) behaving in such a manner is impossible. Think like this: The Prophet (saw) was sent with a religion to abrogate all previous religions and Shari'ah. How was it that he deigned to imitate the custom of the Jews?

Now let us look closely at these fabricated traditions:

Sahih Bukhari, Book 60, Volume 6, Hadith 202:
Narrated Ibn Abbas: ‘’When the Prophet arrived at Medina, the Jews were observing the fast on ‘Ashura’ (10th of Muharram) and they said: This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh, On that, the Prophet said to his companion: You (Muslims) have more right to celebrate Moses’ victory than they have, so observe the fast on this day.’’

Note: The Prophet (saw) came to Medina in the first year of the Hijra (622 AD). As for Ibn Abbas, he was born three years before Hijra (619 AD), which makes him four years old when the Prophet (saw) ‘supposedly’ said this hadith. It’s quite ironic that a child of such age experienced the event of Jewish fasting and can explain the whole event such accurately later on. In the Science of Hadith, the narration of a four-year-old boy is generally not accepted.

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 58, Hadith 278:
Narrated Abu Musa: When the Prophet (saw) arrived at Medina, he noticed that some people among the Jews used to respect Ashura’ (i.e. 10th of Muharram) and fast on it. The Prophet (saw) then said: “We have more right to observe fast on this day”, and ordered that fasting should be observed on it.

Note: This man was not even present at the time when this so-called hadith was narrated. He was sent to Yemen by the Prophet (saw) to spread Islam. It is stated that there was no news of Abu Musa for more than a decade until following the conquest of Khaybar in the year of 628 (the seventh year after Hijra) when he came to Prophet Muhammad (saw) in Medina with more than fifty converts from Yemen including his two brothers Abu Ruhm and Abu Burdah. This was because the Prophet (saw) had sent him to Yemen to preach to his tribe. Hence, Abu Musa was not in Medina in the first year of Hijra, so how could he possibly narrate this hadith?

Sahih Muslim, Book 6, Hadith 2611:
Narrated Abu Hurairah: I heard the Prophet saying (saw) that ‘’The most excellent fast after Ramadan is God’s month, al-Muharram, and the most excellent prayer after what is prescribed is prayer during the night.’’

Note: Abu Hurairah also embraced Islam only some days before Khaybar  and was not seen during that time. He and Abu Musa came back from Yemen and joined the Prophet (saw) at Khaybar (which happened in the seventh year of Hijra), while the Prophet (saw) entered Medina in the first year of Hijra. How can you narrate a hadith when you yourself were not even there? Since Abu Hurairah and Abu Musa returned in Khaybar on 628 CE, it can be seen that they also weren’t present during the (Jewish) fasting issue.

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 221
‘’Abd al-Rahman reported that he heard Muawiya Ibn Abu Sufyan delivering a sermon in Medina, when he came there (for Hajj). He delivered a sermon on the day of Ashura and said: People of Medina, where are your scholars? I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say on this very day: It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah has not made fasting on This day obligatory for you but I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it may not observe it.’’

Note: Muawiya and his father Abu Sufyan became Muslims at the conquest of Mecca in the year of 630. How could he narrate a hadith from the Prophet (saw) seven or eight years before he became Muslim?

So now we come to the issue of when the Prophet (saw) entered Medina. The Holy Prophet (saw) did not enter Medina in Muharram. The Prophet (saw) entered Medina in Rabi al-Awwal. So if there was a fast that is supposed to be recommended, it shouldn’t be in Muharram, instead it should be in Rabi al-Awwal. It’s quite apparent that the narrators of the hadith in question confused the mathematics of the Calendar, which is why the fast (if it even exists), should be in the month of Rabi al-Awwal.

Despite all this, we see many people coming forward saying things like ‘’this is such an important Sunnah, we should follow this’’. You know what the irony of this is? No other Sunnah in the world has it being backed up with as much money as that which backs and encourages a fast on Ashura. See how many lectures, leaflets, articles etc. are produced annually on this matter, and how much money is made off of them. Have any of us ever seen leaflets or lectures as such about fasting in the month of Rajab? I certainly haven’t. But the tenth of Muharram, the printing press and photocopy machines all work at optimum efficiency. It’s ironic and sad at the same time. This shows that this is a political thing, originally designed to focus the attention away from the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as), and to consider it a blessed day. How can anyone stand on the Day of Judgment before the Prophet (saw) and consider the very day his Grandson was slaughtered, a blessed day?

Conclusion:

  1. The Bani Umayyah were successful in bringing fabricated traditions in Sunni hadith books, even their most ‘Sahih’ books like Bukhari and Muslim.
  2. In name of these Umayyad’s fabricated traditions, they started denying/neglecting the Sunnah of Prophet (saw) i.e. his sorrow and his mourning the calamities of Imam Hussain (as).
  3. In name of these Umayyad’s fabricated traditions, they deny the sorrow of Ashura and want to replace it with joy and happiness and declare it Eid.

The entire Muslim community has one choice:

  1. Either celebrate Ashura by fasting and celebrating in allegiance to the Jews of Medina or
  2. Observe the calamity that befell the Pure Progeny of the Prophet (saw) in a solemn and somber manner.

I rest my case.

40 days after Ashura (20th safar)

Imam Sajjad(a.s.) was about 22 or 23 years old when the sad event of Karbala occured. Since Allah(swt) mentions in his holy Book that this world cannot survive for a moment if there is no Masoom “Imam” present at all times, Allah(swt) arranged it such that Imam Sajjad(a.s.) became severly ill during that battle and could not participate as a warrior. He asked the permission to fight in the battle but Imam Hussain(a.s.) told him that he had been assigned a different type of “Jihad” that was to start after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain(a.s.) - namely leading the women and children of the household of Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) into the bazars and courts of Kufa and Damascus. Imam Sajjad(a.s.) was made a prisoner of war together with the whole family of the Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf). It was at this time that he was given the responsibility of Imamate and his was one of the most difficult times when any Imam was given this responsibility. Truly speaking, for him, it would have been very easy to die on the battle field as a martyr than to be taken as prisoner of war and see all the insult and humiliations thrown on him and on the womenfolk of the house of the Prophet. However, he did what Allah wished him to do.

After the martyrdom of Imam Hussain(a.s.), the survival of Islam depended on Imam Zainul Abideen(a.s.), and that also at a tender age of 22. He had a very hard job of letting the world know the mission of Imam Hussain(a.s.) and exposing the evil intentions of Yazid and the Bani Umayyah.
The army of Yazid treated him very badly by putting him in heavy chains. As a prisoner of war, he was made to travel on the open back of a camel in burning sunshine from Kerbala to Kufa and then from Kufa to Shaam (Damascus) - a distance of about 750 kilometres. Sometimes, he would be made to walk on the burning sands of the desert. This was not all. Women and children of the family of the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh&hf), too, were hand-cuffed and treated like they were slaves. The daughters of Imam Ali(a.s.) and Bibi Fatima(s.a.) were treated worse than criminals, their Hijabs were taken away from them. 

In the courts of Ibn-e-Ziyad and Yazid, Imam Sajjad(a.s.) gave lion-hearted lectures and presented the true Islam to the listeners and introduced himself and his accompanying members as the descendents of the Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) and the leaders appointed by Allah(swt). His lectures had such an impact on the listeners that despite several attempts to kill him inside the court of both Yazid and Ibn-e-Ziyad could not materialize. Bibi Zainab(s.a.) and other women of the household of Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) became the frontline protectors and were backed by the people in the court of Yazid who had still left some shame in them.

The effect of the speech was so powerful that everybody in the Mosque began to weep and to blame Yazid. Yazid was afraid that if the Imam continued his speech, there would be a revolution and revolt. At the same time Yazid could not stop the Imam and get him down from the Mimber. He therefore ordered a “Muazzin” to give Azan, knowing that this would automatically cut the Imam’s speech. But he underestimated the Imam’s bravery and intelligence. The Imam stopped his speech but did not get down from the Mimber. When the Muazzin said “ Allahu Akber” the Imam testified Allah’s greatness. When the Muazzin said, “Ash hadu anna Muhammaddan Rasulullah”, the Imam stopped the Muazzin from going any further. He then turned to Yezid and asked him.

“Tell me o Yazid, was Muhammad(pbuh&hf) your grandfather or mine? If you say he was your grandfather it will be an open lie and if you say he was my grandfather then why have you killed his son and imprisoned his family? Why have you killed my father and brought his women and children to this city as prisoners?” Yazid had no reply to give.

Yazid had to free the Imam(a.s.) out of fear of his own rulership, therefore, Imam(a.s.) was still not completely safe from his evil designs even upon reaching back to Madina. Once in Madina, Imam(a.s.) gathered the people and told them the horrifying stories of Karbala and informed them that his father Imam Hussain(a.s.) and his companions were martyred and his family members were made prisoners and were taken from one city to another and branded as traitors.
***
…. One of the most heart breaking stories I remember every Muharam & Safar is the story of imam al Sajjad (as) when he returned to Karbala. He had to bury the corpses of his father, his brothers (including his baby brother Ali al Asghar), his uncle, his cousins, his friends and his father’s friends… all on his own. As he was gathering the body parts of his beloved father imam Al Hussain (as), he saw a finger was cut off from him. This was done so they could steal his father’s ring! How inhuman and barbaric could one be? 

I remember our Imam (as) lying next to the headless body of his beloved father… hugging him and crying out to him. I remember his pain and his sorrow…
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.
I also want to add: our imam unfortunately doesn’t have a shrine… but one can always dream of one 

For those who feel like their spirituality is like a thermometer (constantly fluctuating between high and low states)

Personally I found that there are little things that you can do to feel a spiritual high most of the time. These are just some things that work for me, inshaAllah it may be of some use to others as well:

1. Always read the Quran every day along with its translation: 

         - I usually read right before bed because it gives me time to reflect on my day. Also I find that I always come across a verse that related to something I had to deal with that day, so it helps me gauge whether or not I responded appropriately. It’s actually really amazing, like a little miracle right before your eyes lol

2. Try to pray a little extra when you can:

         - For example, if you did well on an exam, add in an extra 2 rakat prayer thanking your Lord for the mercy he has bestowed on you (InshaAllah he will grant you even more success in return :)

3.  Nohas/Latmiyas/Nasheeds (BIG BIG BIG ONE):

         - I find that this is usually under emphasized. I feel this is SUPER important because it keeps my passion for Aba-Abdullah (as) kindled and in full rage year round. Plus another added bonus is that it makes little things like driving, working out, studying etc, an act of worship because it puts you in a constant remembrance of the Ahul Bayt (as) and in-turn, of Allah (swt).

4. A Lecture a day keeps the Shaitan (LA) away:

         - Seriously. I know we all live a super busy lives, juggling between school, work, family, and friends, but try to squeeze in a lecture everyday. Personally during the weekdays, I listen to a lecture on my way to school. It works nicely for me because it’s an hour drive, which is typically the length of the lecture, but it also helps set my day up in the right mentality. 

5. Ziyarat Ashura

        - Every day. Try reading it during your free time. Disassociation from the enemies of the Ahlul Bayt (as) is an important part of being a Rafidhi, so make this a regular thing inshaAllah. Plus, I’ve read narrations that for those who don’t have the honor of visiting Imam Hussain (as) should recite this Ziyarat to gain its rewards and benefits 

6. Daily Ziyarats:

       - There are short Ziyarats for our Imams (as), one for each day of the week. Personally I find listening to them after Fajr, before the sun rises, makes me feel a bit more connected to the Ahlul Bayt (as). 

These are just some little things which I find to help stabilize those highs and lows we all go through. And don’t get me wrong, I definitely still go through them as well, but this helps soften those lows and increase the highs. If you guys do other things, please share inshaAllah! 

10

Despite the increased threat of violence and attack from terrorists, millions of Muslims from around the world have defied the odds in of the world’s largest gatherings and pilgrimage. The pilgrimage to the Holy City of Karbala is to mark the day of ‘Arbaeen’, which is forty days after the Day of Ashura (which marks the death anniversary of Imam Hussain). The actual number of pilgrims who took part has been put between 17 million and as high as 30 million, either way, this year’s Arabeen pilgrimage has been the largest according to several sources including officials in Karbala.

Muslim pilgrims from across the world, both the West and East, have attended this year’s pilgrimage which also includes an 80km walk from the Holy City of Najaf to the Holy City of Karbala, the walk typically takes 3 days to complete on a single road. The road is lined with free food, water, accommodation and care.

The large numbers are a poignant blow to the extremists, such as ISIS, who have persistently threatened Shia Muslims for taking part in this pilgrimage for many decades - however the pilgrimage has only grown in its numbers and is fast being recognised around the world, as the world’s largest peaceful gathering.

The Muslim Vibe has tried its best to independently verified all images in this gallery as being from 2014.

Narrated Abu Said (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu):

I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Indeed, anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s Pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.”

—  [Sahih Bukhari, Book. 52, Hadith no. 2651. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan]

anonymous asked:

The Umayyads did not fabricate the tradition of fasting on Ashura, you're just reaching at this point. One can argue that some Shia traditions can be fabricated, but me not being a bigot, I won't make that argument. Watch your tone.

The problem here is that there is a history of politics behind the fast of Ashura. Killing the Grandson of the Prophet (saw) was a major crime, so the Bani Umayyah (Curse of Allah be upon them) attempted to shift the focus of the people for the day of Ashura. Possessing power and money, they spread to the Muslims that Ashura is a blessed day. They did so by indoctrinating their people that on Ashura God saved Prophet Musa (as) and his people from the Pharaoh. He saved Prophet Ibrahim (as) from the fire of Nimrud. He cured Prophet Ayub’s (as) illness. He returned Prophet Yaqub’s (as) eyesight to him, and so on. To thank God for that blessed day, they encouraged the people to fast on Ashura.

On his own chain of transmission Shaykh Saduq narrates that Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as) said:

کان صومه قبل شهر رمضان، فلمّا نزل شهر رمضان ترك
‘’The fast of the day of Ashura used to be observed before the Quranic verse about the fast of the Holy month of Ramadan, but after that it was discontinued.” [Reference: Man la Yahduruhu al-Faqih, vol. 2, p. 51, hadith 224; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 452, hadith 1].

On a side note: Sayed Ammar Nakshawani explained this perfectly in one of his lecture about the origin of fasting on Ashura. In the words of Sayed Ammar Nakshawani:

‘’We find in Islam that sometimes there is an event which may be changed depending on the circumstances. For example: The fasting of Ashura. It may have been orginally a fast about fasting on the tenth of any month but Imam al-Baqir (as) says: کان صومه قبل شهر رمضان، فلمّا نزل شهر رمضان ترك  ‘When the fast came of the month of Ramadan, the fast of Ashura was made void’, meaning ترك which means it was completly stopped. There was no more fasting on Ashura. If we say Rasulullah (saw) did fast on Ashura, in the first year of Hijra, Imam al-Baqir (as) says: کان صومه قبل شهر رمضان، فلمّا نزل شهر رمضان ترك ‘As soon as the fast of Ramadan became wajib (the fasting became wajib in the second year of Hijra), then the fast of Ashura was stopped.’’

Kulayni has narrated that he asked Imam Muhamamd al-Baqir (as) about fasting on the day of Ashura. Answering his question, the Imam (as) said:

صوم متروك بنزول شهر رمضان، والمتروك بدعة
‘’This is a fast which was discontinued after the Quranic verse enacting the fast of the Holy month of Ramadan was revealed. Doing that which is abandoned is an act of innovation.’’ [Reference: Al-Kafi, vol. 4, p. 146, hadith 4; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 461, section 21, hadith 5].

The narrator (Kulayni) says: I asked this same question from Imam Jafar al-Sadiq’s (as) father, too. He gave the same answer as Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) and added:

أما انّه صوم يوم ما نزل به کتاب، ولا جرت به سنّة، الاّ سنّة آل زياد بقتل الحسين بن علي
‘’Beware! This is a fast about which no Quranic verse has been revealed and is not an observed way of conduct. It was only the way of conduct for the partisans of Ziyad when they killed al-Husayn Ibn Ali (as).’’

Kulayni again on his own chain of transmission narrates that Abd al-Malik said: “I asked Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) about fasting on the ninth day of Muharram and the day of Ashura.’’ Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said: ‘’The ninth day is the day when al-Husayn Ibn Ali (as) and his companions got besieged and surrounded by the enemy.

It was the day that the mounted soldiers of Sham were enlisted and brought to Karbala where they camped. Ibn Marjanah and Umar Ibn Sa’d (Curse of Allah be upon them) were very pleased because of the great numbers of mounted soldiers and considered al-Husayn (as) and his companions as weak. They believed that no help would come for al-Husayn (as) because the people of Iraq would not help him.

O my Father! May I be sacrificed for you, O you who were oppressed in a foreign land! Then, Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) continued: ‘’However, the day of Ashura is the day when al-Husayn Ibn Ali (as) fell to the ground (was Martyred) along with all his companions. Should fasting be observed on such a day? Never at all!’’

I swear upon the Lord of the Sacred House (the Kabah)! Such a day is not a day for fasting. That day is only reserved for sorrow and mourning that has been inflicted on the inhabitants of the skies and the earth altogether. It is a day of happiness and pleasure for the son of Marjanah and Ibn Ziyad’s partisans and the people of Sham.

Allah’s curse be on them and their offspring. The day of Ashura is a day when all the tombs and mausoleums of the earth except the tombs of Sham cry for al-Husayn (as). Therefore, Allah (swt) will unite on the Day of Resurrection anyone who fasts on that day or looks upon that day as a day of celebration with Ibn Ziyad and his partisans, discontent with a transformed heart.’’ [Reference: Al-Kafi, vol. 4, p. 147, hadith 7; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 459, section 21, hadith 2].

Kulayni also quotes from Jafar Ibn Isa that he said: “I asked Imam Ali al-Ridha (as) about fasting on the day of Ashura. I also asked his opinion about what people say about this fast.’’ The Imam (as) said:

 عن صوم ابن مرجانة تسألني
‘’You are asking me about the fast of the son of Marjanah?’’ [Reference: Al-Kafi, vol. 4, p. 146, hadith 5; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 460, section [bab] 21, hadith 3].

On his own chain of transmission, Kulayni quotes from Zayd Narsi that he said: “I heard Ubayd Allah Ibn Zurarah asking Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) about fasting on the day of Ashura.’’ Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) replied saying:

من صامه کان حظّه من صيام ذلك اليوم حظّ ابن مرجانة وآل زياد
‘’The reward for anyone fasting on that day will be given to the son of Marjanah and Ibn Ziyad’s partisans.’’

 Zayd Narsi said: “I asked what the reward of fasting on that day is.’’ The Imam (as) replied:

النار، اعاذنا الله من النار، ومن عمل يقرب من النار
‘’The Fire, may Allah save us from the Fire. Anyone who fasts on the day of Ashura has made himself nearer to the Fire.’’ [Reference: Ibid, (meaning “same source as last time” or ‘’previous note’’) in Latin].

Abu Rayhan Biruni wrote in his book Al-Athar al-Baqiyah: ‘’..The Bani Umayyah (Curse of Allah be upon them)  used to decorate and adorn themselves and hold festivities on the day of Ashura. They used to invite guests to participate in their happy celebrations. This custom was prevalent during their reign, and continued to exist even after their decline. On the other hand, the Shia’s used to mourn and weep and visit the Holy land, Karbala, where Imam al-Husayn (as) was killed.’’ [Reference: Al-Athar al-Baqiyah, p. 524].

So based on the above narrations we can say that there is no doubt that the Bani Umayyah (Curse of Allah be upon them) were behind all of this, and considering it as a blessed day is not an offence to us, the Shia’s, but an offence to Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his Holy Household (as).

I pray to Allah (swt) that He continues to allow us to spread the word of Imam Hussain (as) and that He continues to allow us to debate all these issues of controversy which seek to block the message of Imam Hussain (as).

Lessons of Ashura

Imam Hussain (as) did not sacrifice himself in Karbala so that 14 centuries later his people can mourn for him and hurt themselves in grief. Of course, anyone who hears of what happened on the day of Ashura can’t help but cry. But that is not why he said goodbye to his family and stepped out onto the battlefield that morning, having full awareness that he would not be coming back. He died for a goal. He wants to know, are you progressing that goal? Are you standing up against oppression? Are you making an effort to help and protect others? Are you involved in spreading the truth and clearing up misunderstandings? Are you friendly with and respectful to the people around you, regardless of faith, race, culture? Are you pushing yourself to your full potential to serve God and unite humanity, by being an active member of society? Muharram is not only a month of darkness, but also a month of deep self-reflection. Are you showing the people of the world who the followers of Hussain (as) are, by action?

Al-Abass’s poetry on the day of Ashura’ when he arrived at the Euphrates river:

يا نفس من بعد الحسين هوني و بعده لاكنت ان تكوني
Oh soul, after Hussain you have no importance, and after him, neither you [are worthy] to have existed or remain existing

هذاالحسين وارد المنون و تشربين باردالمعين
This is Hussain, he is faced with death, and you [dare to] drink from the cold water?!

تالله ما هذا فعال ديني ولا فعال صادق اليقين
Never! I swear by Allah this is not from the acts of my religion, nor the action of a person of true certitude [in faith]

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“Father, please.” Indra listened to his brother’s howls in silence, kneeling outside the room with his mouth set in a grim line. “There has to be another way.”

“Ashura, I do not like this anymore than you do. But this is the only way.”

“No, it isn’t! I will not allow you to do this. You cannot hand him over to-“

You have no say in this. This is for the good of the village, your brother is a hero,” Indra shut his eyes at the sound that escaped his brother’s lips, as Ashura was unable to express his despair with words that wouldn’t have reached their father’s mind in any case. “I know this is hard to accept, but pull yourself together. You will be the next chief. Your studies will start tomorrow.” The door slid open and Hagoromo stepped out only to stop in his tracks when he spotted Indra next to the door. He hesitated, attempting to find the right words but as always, failing when it came to the second son who refused to look up at him.

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Exposing The lies about Fasting on the Day of Ashura

By all standards, the day Imam Hussain, the grandson of the beloved Prophet Muhammad, was killed was a great tragedy. Indeed, it was the greatest tragedy. He was martyred, along with his family members, simply because he stood against injustice.

The family of Yazeed (the Banu Umayyah) and the family of Ziyad rejoiced the day he was killed. Not only did they celebrate the day of Ashura, but they turned it into a tradition for subsequent years. They would gather their family and friends and rejoice at the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

While fasting is a great form of worship, we the Shia have valid reservations regarding the fast of Ashura. It is always recommended to fast, anytime throughout the year (except Eid), but the problem is that there is a history of politics behind the fast of Ashura.

Killing the very grandson of the Prophet was a major crime, so Banu Umayya attempted to shift the focus of the people for the day of Ashura. Possessing power and money, they spread to the Muslims that Ashura is a blessed day. They did so by indoctrinating their people that on Ashura God saved Prophet Musa and his people from the pharaoh. He saved Prophet Ibrahim from the fire of Namrud, and so on. To thank God for that blessed day, they encouraged the people to fast on Ashura.

Here are several points that demonstrate how the hadeeths which speak of the fast of Ashura are fabricated. The Prophet probably never said them, but they were forged after him.

First:
There are several hadeeths in Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and Tirmidhi which tell us when the Prophet arrived Medina, he saw the Jews fasting, Upon knowing the reason why they were fasting, he said we the Muslims are closer to Musa, so we should also fast. If you analyze these hadeeths, you will realize that they all go back to these four narrators who supposedly narrated them directly from the Prophet:
1- Ibn Abbas
2- Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari
3- Abu Huraira
4- Mu’awiya

The Prophet came to Medina the first year of the Hijra. As for Ibn Abbas, he was born three years before Hijra, which makes him four years old when the Prophet supposedly said this Hadith. In the Science of Hadith, the narration of a four-year-old boy is generally not accepted.

As for Abu Musa, he came from the tribe of Banu Ash’ar in Yemen. He became Muslim before the Hijra, but he was not seen in Medina till the battle of Khaybar in the seventh year after Hijra. The Prophet had sent him to Yemen to preach to his tribe. Hence, Abu Musa was not in Medina in the first year of Hijra, so how could he possibly narrate this hadith?

As for Abu Huraira, he also was not seen in Medina until after the battle of Khaybar in the seventh year of Hijra. He also came from Yemen.
As for Muawiya, the son of Abu Sufyan, he became Muslim in the eighth year of Hijra, so how could he narrate a hadith from the Prophet seven or eight years before he became Muslim?
Some of the hadeeth go back to Ibn Zubayr, who was also a young boy when the Prophet entered Medina.
Therefore, it is quite clear that all the narrators of this hadith were either not in Medina at the time, or they were young boys, so how can we possibly accept such a hadith?

It is pretty convincing that the hadith was forged later on by Bani Umayya.

Second:

Let’s look at the word “Ashura” which is mentioned in the hadith.

According to Ibn Al-Atheer, there are two meanings to Ashura: an old meaning and a new meaning. The old meaning, which was during the Arab’s time and the Prophet’s time, meant the tenth day of any month. The new meaning surfaced after Imam Hussain was killed on the tenth of Muharram. After that, Ashura came to be known as the tenth of Muharram, but before that it was simply the tenth day of any month. So when the Prophet supposedly said this hadith, he just said Ashura, and he didn’t say the tenth day of which month.

This demonstrates that the hadith was forged after the day of Ashura, and it slipped from the mind of the ones who forged it that before Ashura, the word had a different, more general meaning.

Third:

Today, go to any Jew, even their scholars, and ask them: Do you have a fast on the day which God saved Moses, or a day which corresponds to the tenth of Muharram? They don’t, and they will tell you that even in the past they didn’t have such a fast. They fast on Yum Kippur, the day when Moses returned from Mt. Sinai and realized that his people were worshipping the calf. To expiate for their sin, they fasted, but they have no fast they day God saved them from the pharaoh. But the hadith in the books of Saheeh tells us that it was a tradition of the Jews, and they would all fast that day.

If you even look at the day the Jews fast, it never corresponded with the tenth of Muharram when the Prophet came to Medina. It corresponded with Muharram on the 28th year after Hijra.

Fourth:
It seems the one who forged the hadith was not aware of how the Islamic Calendar originated.

During the time of Umar, since Muslims wanted a set date to refer to, he created the Hijri calendar by seeking the advice of Imam Ali. So they decided to make the starting point the migration of the Prophet, and they made the first month Muharram.
However, the Prophet entered Medina in Rabi-ul-Awwal, not in Muharram, and so the one who probably forged the hadith assumed that the Prophet entered Medina in Muharram because that is when the calendar starts.
So the hadith tells us the Prophet when he first entered Medina he saw the Jews fasting on Ashura, but the Prophet didn’t enter Medina in Muharram, he did so in Rabu-ul-Awwal, ten months before Muharram! There’s a clear discrepancy here.

Fifth:
The prophet knows more about the Shariah of previous Prophets such as Prophet Musa, and he doesn’t need the Jews to teach him that. The Prophet is also higher than copying what the Jews would do.

Sixth:
How come there is so much emphasis on the fast of Ashura around the world? Thousands of speeches are dedicated to it, millions of pamphlets are distributed encouraging people to fast on Ashura, and so on. There are many other days throughout the year which are highly recommended to fast, such as the 27th of Rajab, but how come you don’t see a single pamphlet or speech encouraging it?

This shows that this is a political thing, originally designed to focus the attention away from the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain, and to consider it a blessed day. I don’t know how anyone can stand on the Day of Judgment before Prophet Muhammad and consider the very day his grandson was slaughtered a blessed day.

Thus, based on these reasons we Shia have our reservations on the fast of Ashura. Banu Umayya were behind it, and considering it a blessed day is not an offence to us the Shia, but an offence to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family.


— Syed Baqir Al Qazwini.

anonymous asked:

Do you fast on Ramadan or only on Muharram?

What type of question is this? Of couse we fast during the month of Ramadan. But why do you think that we would fast during the month of Muharram? It was the Bani Umayyah (may Allah curse them) who forced people to celebrate the day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) as a blessed day, and encouraged people to buy and store their annual food on that day and to fast that day as a Sunnah, by fabricating traditions in this regard which were solely designed to overshadow and to cover up the great catastrophe of the slaughtering the Household of the Prophet (saw).

“When the enemy triumphantly asked Zaynab al-Kubra (sa) to describe what she had seen, she said, “I did not see anything but beauty.” Her brothers, her children, her dear ones, her closest companions, and many others had been violently killed in front of her eyes. She had seen the enemy put their heads on spears, but she said, “I did not see anything but beauty.”

Now try to combine this beauty with the narration according to which Zaynab al-Kubra (sa) did not fail to say her midnight prayers even on the eleventh day of Muharram [the day after Ashura].

Her relationship with Allah the Exalted was not undermined during her captivity. On the contrary, her relationship with God was strengthened. She is a role model.”

— Ayatollah Khamenei

According to local folklore, the feeding of hyenas in Harar originated during a 19th-century famine, during which the starving hyenas began to attack livestock and humans. In one version of the story, a pure-hearted man dreamed of how the Hararis could placate the hyenas by feeding them porridge, and successfully put it into practice, while another credits the revelation to the town’s Muslim saints convening on a mountaintop. The anniversary of this pact is celebrated every year on the Day of Ashura, when the hyenas are provided with porridge prepared with pure butter. It is believed that during this occasion, the hyenas’ clan leaders taste the porridge before the others. Should the porridge not be to the lead hyenas’ liking, the other hyenas will not eat it, and those in charge of feeding them make the requested improvements. The manner in which the hyenas eat the porridge on this occasion are believed to have oracular significance; if the hyena eats more than half the porridge, then it is seen as portending a prosperous new year. Should the hyena refuse to eat the porridge or eat all of it, then the people will gather in shrines to pray, in order to avert famine or pestilence.