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
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
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:
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
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
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
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 andInshaAllah we can continue to spread the message of Imam Hussain (as)
Imam Hussain (as) achieved martyrdom before his head was put upon a spear.
He, the master of the youth of heaven, knew that his life would be given for sacred submission far before he ever set foot on those desolate plains.
Hussain’s heart was dead to this dunya before his body was.
He knew exactly what was going to happen to himself and his companions (may Allah be pleased with their sacrifice and grant them peace), and yet he went anyway. Like Christ in the garden.
The prophecies of his grandfather and words of his father rang in his heart his whole life; always knowing that he would be sacrificed to keep Islam pure.
By the time he was called to Karbala, his desires for and attachment to this world and its spiritual diseases had been quelled; because he knew his end.
When he said “is there anyone who can help me?”, he was not asking for companions to rescue him.
He was asking for humanity after him to take up a life of sacrifice and death to the worldly passions.
Christ (as) told his disciples to take up their cross and follow him.
Our Imam asked us to continue to fight in his way. To fight our attachments to this world, to shoot arrows through our passions of earthly lusts, to attain true humility before and love of Allah.
Never forget that Allah allowed and preordained Karbala.
Allah placed Shimr on the chest of Aba Abdullah to show us that though the spiritual corruption of this dunya may crush your body, your soul lives on. Just like the call of Hussain that still lives in our hearts.
Allah allowed Hussain’s head to be paraded around on a spear to teach us that while the dunya will claim to have killed faith and made it irrelevant, powerless, and a thing to be mocked; that the eternal truth that resides in Hussain will always be and has always been.
Do not make Imam Hussain’s sacrifice about politics or earthly justice.
It is so far beyond that.
It is a love that cannot ever be measured.
It is a submission and humility that cannot ever be imagined.
It is a call to hold this life in contempt for the sake of Allah, for the sake of Haqq.
We should cry back: “labaik ya Hussain!”, and know that we are at his service in the battle for our souls redemption.
Every single second of every single day and night of your life, Allah (swt)’s Rahmat, His Mercy, His Fazl, is coming upon your heart. He is waiting for you to say Labaik. Allah’s attributes are perpetual. It’s not that He has moments of hidayah, He is always Al-Hadi (The Guide). It’s not that He has moments of rahma, He is always Ar-Rahim (The Merciful). When you’re sinning, He’s still with you. When you sin against His command, no matter how lewd and crude a sin you commit, He comes to you as At-Tawab (The Acceptor of Repentance).