ashura day

anonymous asked:

Could you please write a meta on the way Zero perceives Ashura?

send me a topic to write a meta about my muse on

did you mean: my rareship

it’s a shame they had no supports together. i was looking forward to maybe them having a convo in the nohr festival dlc but nooo they decide to make ashura talk to ryouma like really who’s fucking wondering how ashura interacts with ryouma.

ok but anyway…. zero sees too much of his early days in ashura, which leads to a lot of friction between them two in the beginning. the friction between the two would be a lot different from how zero treats others. it would be a lot more personal, about zero himself rather than pushing people away or getting back at people with fortunate lives. 

ashura’s… got low self-esteem and feels pretty badly about himself and it would annoy zero constantly. i imagine zero was somewhat the same as ashura when he was younger, until he was forced to grow up. not that ashura wasn’t forced to grow up either, but i think the age difference between the two makes somewhat of a difference in how they act - zero was abandoned as a young child and kouga fell when ashura was a lot older ( late teens, early twenties, maybe? i think the localization made him younger when kouga fell but the jpn version makes it clear that ashura wasn’t a child when kouga fell, i believe ), so zero was forced to face the harsh realities of the world at a young age.

somewhere along the line of the game, though, i think zero starts to sort of open up to ashura more. because he does see himself in him. opening up to ashura, in a way, is sort of him confronting his demons a little - in the same way zero and eponine’s relationship is zero confronting the loss of his parents. zero by all means does not open up to ashura for any sort of validation though. it’s familiarity out of nowhere.

because as much as zero loves leon and odin, they don’t fully understand and kamui basically needs to back away upon hearing zero’s story. ashura’s probably the only person who can stomach what zero’s been through because no doubt he’s been through similar things.

tl;dr - a lot of friction between the two at first; zero sees too much of himself in ashura and we all know how zero feels about himself. eventually, things work out.

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.
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…. 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 

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.

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:

could u tell us about muharram and ashura and karbala im confusedd

Muharram is the month that separates truth from falsehood, ashura is the day the swords of the hypocrites fed on the holy bodies of the Prophet’s family who stood up against tyranny and found themselves alone, and Karbala is the land on which the battle between good and evil was fought. In the words of a poet: learn about Karbala and it will teach you a thousand lessons, and if your teachers never taught you about Karbala then that teaches you a lesson about your teachers.

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Muharram, Iran
Nazri : نذری 

Iranians use the ancient Persian tradition of “Nazr” (distributing free foods among the people) to cook Nazri (food cooked for the sake of God and for the love of Imam Hussain) during Muharram and the Day of Ashura.

During Muharram, Nazri is offered to the poor, and distributed among neighbours and families, home by home.

The Day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram and marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain; the most tragic day for all Muslims.

About Muharram

Muharram is an Islamic holy month, and is also the first month of the Islamic calendar. When Muharram falls varies each year, as the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and follows the cycles of the moon. 

The practicing of Muharram varies amongst Sunnis and Shias. For Sunnis, the month is practices in a celebratory, joyful fashion, and for Shias, this is a month of mourning and sadness. Please remember this difference for when wishing Muslims a “happy new year” as for Shias, although still practiced passionately, is not a ~happy~ month, but a time of sorrowful and respectful remembrance. 

Significance of The 10th day of Muharram, Day of Ashura:

*For Sunnis, this day is of fasting in remembrance of the day that the Prophet Muhammad (swt) had fasted to commemorate Prophet Moses’ liberation of the Jews enslaved in Egypt. 

*For Shias, this is a day of sadness to mourn for the martyr Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (swt), and his followers, who were murdered on this day during the Battle of Karbala/Karbala Massacre. A shrine for Imam Hussein is located in Karbala, Iraq, and many Shias make pilgrimage to the shrine on Ashura. Countries with a predominantly Shia population are Iran (95%) and Iraq (60%).

*In Judaism, the Day of Ashura is equal to Passover, and commemorates the Exodus, as described in the Torah.

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 

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]

Shrine of Abbas ibn Ali at the Al Abbas Mosque - Karbala, Iraq

Abbas ibn Ali (647-680 CE) was the son of Imam Ali, half-brother of Imam Hussein, & grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. He was martyred during the Battle of Karbala on the day of Ashura.

This past Monday was the Day of Ashura, marking the day Sunni Muslims believe Allah (SWT) opened the Red Sea for Musa (ASA), commemorated by a fast for two days.

I only learned that this was celebrated for Musa (ASA), the prophet who had to pray to Allah (SWT) for enhancing his oral fluency due to his speech impairments, just last week. So you probably know better than I. But it’s said that Musa’s stutters came about from the day he was tested to choose pearls to put in his mouth as a child by the king over burning coals; however by concealing his destiny as a future prophet, he chose the coals, which were expected to be selected if he were a “normal” child and would be attracted by the fire. The king thought if the boy was supernatural or possessed some extraordinaire of some type, he would choose the more valuable pearls, proving superior intuition. For this reason Musa prayed du'as to Allah (SWT) when he was older so that he could clearly deliver his message of Islam, with assistance of his brother, Haroon (ASA). Being on of the wonderful parents I have, my dad began reciting this to me on the way to Speech tournaments so that eventually I could memorize it myself. Musa would recite this on his missions in Egypt recruiting his followers before they crossed the Red Sea on the Day of Ashura. Finally, I learned to get the du'a down on my own, just before speaking in the competitions. I used it for the first time on my own, at least to the best of my ability from memory last weekend.

Only days before the day Musa (ASA) and his new followers would have been miraculously able to cross the Red Sea with Allah (SWT)’s blessings, I placed at my Speech and Debate tournament for the very first time. 

Alhumdolilah. 

Shia killings on Ashura, 2015

For many October 24th marked the day of Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram and a day of mourning for Shia Muslims. 

Muharram is arguably one of the most holy Islamic months for Shia Muslims and commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS), the second grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). 

Muharram also marks the month of the year in which Shias around the world are targeted the most frequently and with the greatest intensity by extremists and state-sponsored violence. Ashura is always accompanied by anti-Shia terrorists targeting processions in various countries and this year was no exception. 

A powerful blast rocked Jacobabad, Pakistan yesterday during Shia processions killing 16 Shia Muslims. The youngest victim was 18 months old, the second youngest was 6 years old. At least 7 of the victims were children under the age of 12. 

In Bangladesh a bomb was detonated during a Shia procession, killing one teenage boy and injuring 100 others.  Hundreds of other explosive devices were hurled at Shia Muslims during their rituals.