Day of Ashura is not a day of celebration nor a day of self-mutilation. Day of Ashura for Shia Muslim people and other Imam Hussain’s lovers is the day of grief and deep sorrow. people around the world dressed in black commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain, the prophet Muhammad’s grandson on the day of Ashura.
On the day of Ashura, mourning processions and ceremonies for Imam Hussain are held all over the world as well as all the cities of Iran. One of the greatest mourning procession is the mourning procession of The Imam Sadiq University which is held annually in north of Tehran, the capital city in Iran.
The following images are taken on the day of Ashura in 2018.
The smallest martyr of Karbala was Imam Hussain’s six-month-old son, Hazrat Ali Asghar (PBUH), who was killed with a three-branched arrow on the day of Ashura while he was on the hands of Imam Hussain (PBUH).
Therefore, each year an special great ceremony is held all over the wold on The International day of Ali Asghar (or global day of Ali Asghar) to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Ali Asghar (PBUH).
These special ceremonies are conducted on the first Friday of Muharram in all the cities of Iran or on the first Sunday in other countries and a huge number of mothers with their babies join in although the famous broadcasting web sites such as BBC, huffingtonpost, independent and so on totally ignore theses great annually ceremonies!
Mothers usually dress their babies by green color to memorize Hazrat Ali Asghar (PBUH). The name of Hazrat Ali Asghar (PBUH) is also written on the black headband.
Why we never see these photos on the western media but we always see lots of the bloody photos of self-flagellation under the keyword of Ashura ?
Why they try to attribute these bloody self-flagellation performed by some minority of people to Shia Muslim people while self-flagellation is forbidden in Islam?
Imam Hussain was the prophet Muhammad’s grandson who refused to pay allegiance to the tyrant of his time thus he along with his few followers were all brutally killed on the day of Ashura at the battlefield of Karbala about 14 centuries ago but every year, Muslim people around the world participate in the mourning ceremonies and processions to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain.
Why they have been weeping for Imam Hussain for centuries?! Why the holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and other Shia Imams were crying for Imam Hussain and why they have also recommend us to cry for him (PBUH)?
Imam Khomeini , the founder of Islamic republic of Iran has stated the reason of weeping for Imam Hussain (PBUH) in his speech. The following image includes a part of Imam Khomeini’s speech in the year 1969 (several years before the victory of Islamic revolution).
Imam Khomeini stated in his speech:
“…Now, a group has appeared demanding that: “Do not commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (PBUH) and other Infallible Shia Imams.” They do not know the outcome and consequences of this mourning and lamentation. They do not realize that it is the uprising of Imam Hussain (PBUH) against tyranny that has been conserved up to this time and has set off this movement [Islamic revolution]. This movement is a ray, a reflection of Imam Hussain’s uprising. They do not know that weeping for Imam Hussain (PBUH) means perpetuation of his uprising and maintaining the fact that even a small number could stand up against a great empire. This is the Imam Hussain’s instruction. This is an instruction for all people that: “Every day is an Ashura and each territory is Karbala!” This instruction implies that Imam Hussain’s movement must be kept alive and active everywhere and at all times.
Imam Hussain (PBUH) with his few men scarified himself for Islam. He stood up and said: “No!” to a great empire ; and his “No” must be conserved daily and at everywhere; and these mourning sessions are also held for the perpetuation of the same “No”.
Our children and youth should not consider this matter as a matter of “weeping nation”. The “weeping nation” has been induced by others to you. They (the enemies of Islam) afraid of such weeping because it is a cry in support of the oppressed. It is an outcry in opposition to the tyrants. These organized processions and rituals are against the cruelty and injustice, They have rose up. You must keep these rituals alive. These are the religious signs which must be kept alive, These are the political signs which must be conserved…”
Reference: The Ashura uprising in the words and messages of Imam Khomeini (Text translation from Persion to English was edited by ashuraaa.wordpress.com)
Tonight is the first night of Muharram in 2018.
People around the world have been prepared for the mourning ceremonies since several days ago and now all over the cities are covered in black. The smell of Muharram has been propagated through the air and our hearts are started to be burned again for Imam Hussain’s martyrdom.
Tonight is the first night of mourning for the martyrdom of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson , Imam Hussain, in Shia believes as Imam Reza (PBUH) has stated:
“No one could have seen my father’s smile when the month of Muharram came. Sadness was increasing in his face day by day till the tenth of Muharram [day of Ashura] and when the tenth day of Muharram would dawn, it would be a day of grief and weeping for him.” – Imam Reza (PBUH)
Reference: Al-Amali, Al-Shaykh Al-Saduq, P.191
قال الرضا علیه السلام: كان أبي (صلوات الله عليه) إذا دخل شهر المحرم لا يرى ضاحكا، وكانت الكآبة تغلب عليه حتى يمضي منه عشرة أيام، فإذا كان يوم العاشر كان ذلك اليوم يوم مصيبته وحزنه وبكائه، ويقول: هو اليوم الذي قتل فيه الحسين (صلوات الله عليه
امام رضا علیه السلام فرمود: هر گاه ماه محرم فرا می رسید، پدرم (موسی بن جعفر علیه السلام) دیگر خندان دیده نمی شد و غم و افسردگی بر او غلبه می یافت تا آن که ده روز از محرم می گذشت، روز دهم محرم که می شد، آن روز، روز مصیبت و اندوه و گریه پدرم بود
الامالی شیخ صدوق، ص 191
+ All images made by ashuraaa.wordpress.com are free to use to introduce Imam Hussain (PBUH) to the world.
Muharram is coming in a week and we should prepare for it.
One way can be changing our desktop or mobile phone background or even our profile photos in social networks to a photo by which we maintain Imam Hussain’s love in our hearts, memorize his ideology and uprising and introduce him to other people.
إن لقتل الحسین حرارة في قلوب المؤمنين لاتبرد اَبَداً
“Surely , there exists in the hearts of the believers, with respect to the martyrdom of Hussain, a heat that never subsides.”
Ashura wallpaper for desktop, Windows and etc.
>>Click on the image to download the original size
Original size: 2.05 Mb
Ashura wallpaper for iPhone and android mobile phone background
>>Click on the image to download the original size
Original size: 494 Kb
Dimensions: 1080 ×1920
Note: All images made by ashuraaa.wordpress.com are free to use to introduce Imam Hussain (PBUH) to the world.
Congratulation to the 12th Imam and the Imam of our time, Imam Mahdi, and all of his followers for Eid al-Ghadir.
May Allah hasten the reappearance of him and bless him and all of his followers.
Ghadir Khumm is a place between the two cities of Mecca and Medina where the holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stopped while he was returning from his last Hajj pilgrimage and waited for three days till all the people gathered. Then, he held up Imam Ali’s hand and said:
“for whoever I am his leader, this Ali is his leader.”
The Prophet continued about Imam Ali:
“O’ God, love those who loves him, and be hostile to those who is hostile to him.”
Read more about the event of Ghadir Khumm at here
Whoever believes in the unique God and the religion he sent to the people by all of his prophets, admires the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain, who revived the religion through all he had on the day of Ashura.
Click on the images to enlarge
Shia and Sunni Muslim people at the holy shrine of Imam Hussain at Karbala on the day of Arbaeen, the 40th day following the day of Ashura in 2017
People praying at the holy shrine of Imam Hussain at the city of Karbala on the day of Arbaeen, the 40th day following the day of Ashura in 2017
The holy shrine of Imam Hussain, the prophet Muhammad’s grandson at the city of Karbala, Iraq
Click on the image to enlarge
Arbaeen is the 40th day following the day of Ashura and in the year of 2017, Arbaeen will fall on Friday in 10th November in Iraq (Updated according to the office of Ayatullah Sistani)
Shia Muslim people pray in congregation in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen night in Karbala, Iraq
Arbaeen is the day in which the world’s biggest peaceful gathering is held annually around the holy shrine of Imam Hussain, the heart of the city of Karbala and millions of Imam Hussain lovers across the world flock into Karbala for the pilgrimage of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen.
A huge numbers of pilgrims arrive in Karbala on foot. They walk for at least 80 kilometers from Najaf to the holy shrine of Imam Hussain in Karbala. Walking on Arbaeen is the best way to introduce Imam Hussain to the world and to help the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, the 12th Imam. Arbaeen is also a way to memorize how much difficulties lady Zeainab and Hussain’s children tolerate as they were captive toward Karbala although there is no concern at all about food, drink and accommodation on the way to Karbala as some Imam Hussain’s lovers especially the Iraqian Shia Muslim people kindly provide what pilgrims might need on this way. They prepare everything for the pilgrims for free, for the love of Imam Hussain.
A pilgrim from Canada
It’s really hard to me to explain what I have seen on this way. Giving up the usual life exactly at the time being very busy is not very simple but when you gave it all up, you can experience a completely different life style on the way toward Karbala. You can feel a fresh love inside your heart toward Imam Hussain despite the difficulties of walking you might have in this way. You can see millions of people with different nationalities and languages surrendering you in this way with the same love toward Hussain inside their hearts as the holy prophet Muhammad stated that “Surely , there exists in the hearts of the believers, with respect to the martyrdom of Hussain, a heat that never subsides.”
The pilgrimage of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen was said to be one of the signs of a believers according to the quote received from Imam Hassan al-Asgari.
Walking on the way toward Karbala for Arbaeen in the words of Imam Khamenei, the supreme leader of Islamic Ummah. A video clip made by Khamenei.ir
See more photos of Arbaeen and walking on the way toward Karbala at here
Day of Ashura in 2017 was marked by Muslim people in London, UK.
Muslim people in London, had some banners and placards against the ISIS or ISIL terrorist group during Ashura procession.
ISIS will lose and Love will win!
90% of ISIS victims have been Muslim.
Muslim girls and women also participated in Ashura procession to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain, the prophet Muhammad’s grandson on the day of Ashura in London in 2017.
Shia Muslim dressed in black took part in the Ashura procession and mourned for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain in peace. they did not self-flagellate themselves as some western media try to show it to the world.
Photos were taken from Luay al-Khatteeb Tweeter verified account.
Day of Ashura in 2017 was marked by Muslim people and Imam Hussain’s lovers in Copenhagen, Denmark. Shia youth distributed some tracts among people in the streets during the Ashura procession and explained the event of Ashura for them.
Shia Muslim people and other Imam Hussain’s lovers dressed in black , commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain, the prophet Muhammad’s grandson and all 72 of his companions on the day of Ashura by participating in the Ashura procession.
Day of Ashura was the day Imam Hussain scarified what he had to save Islam from utter distortions. Paying allegiance to Yazid (the tyrant of his time) was the only way for Imam Hussain to survive but Imam hussain still did not approve the Yazid’s government which was not based on the Islamic rules. Thus Yazid’s army surrounded the prophet Muhammad’s son and his companions and family on the way toward Iraq in the land of Karbala . Yazid’s army killed the men all and beheaded one by one. then all the women and children of the prophet Muhammad were captured.
Imam Hussain rose up against the tyranny of his time to reform the Islamic community of the prophet Muhammad and to promote virtue and to prevent vice as he stated in his will. Read more here
The photos sent by the audience in Denmark to the islampfr.com