Love toward Imam Hussain is not a one-sided love. He looks at us while we are crying for him and he prays for us and asks God to forgive us.
The first day of Muharram is coming again and our hearts are igniting again for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.
Imam Sadiq (PBUH):
Imam Hussain sees who is crying for him and asks God to forgive him*
Bihar al-Anwar, V.25, P.376
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*The complete quote in Arabic language:
الأمالی للطوسی عن مُحَمَّد بن مسلم عن أبی عبد اللّه جعفر بن مُحَمَّد [الصادق ](ع): إنَّ الحُسَینَ بنَ عَلِی(ع) عِندَ رَبِّهِ عَزِّ وجَلَّ، ینظُرُ إلی مَوضِعِ مُعَسکرِهِ، ومَن حَلَّهُ مِنَ الشُّهَداءِ مَعَهُ، وینظُرُ إلی زُوّارِهِ، وهُوَ أعرَفُ بِحالِهِم، وبِأَسمائِهِم وأسماءِ آبائِهِم، وبِدَرَجاتِهِم ومَنزِلَتِهِم عِندَ اللّهِ عَزَّ وجَلَّ مِن أحَدِکم بِوَلَدِهِ، وإنَّهُ لَیری مَن یبکیهِ، فَیستَغفِرُ لَهُ، ویسأَلُ آباءَهُ(ع) أن یستَغفِروا لَهُ.
Imam Hussain is not only belonged to Shia Muslim people but also people from different religions such as christian people admire Imam Hussain and cry for him when they heard the story of Ashura.
Christian people in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain in Karbala, Iraq.
Imam Hussain was the prophet Muhammad’s grandson who was killed on the day of Ashura at Karbala. He and all 72 of his men including his six-old-son were killed and beheaded one by one and all of their women and children were captured on Ashura day. Thus, each year people worldwide commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain and mourn for him on Ashura and Arbaeen.
Arbaeen is the 40th day following Ashura. It’s a day in which the world’s biggest peaceful gathering was held annually at Karbala by people from many different countries, with different languages. All nations flock to Karbala to mourn for Imam Hussain’s martyrdom and make a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen. Some Imam Hussain’s lovers walk for 80 kilometers from Najaf to Karbala and some provide free food, drink and accommodation for them on this way.
Is Imam Hussain the person who mentioned in the following verses of Bible:
Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, (Revelation 5:9)
Read more from Bible 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
Day of Ashura is a day Imam Husayn and all 72 of his companions were killed to revive the religion of God from utter distortion, therefor people who believe in the unique God and have different religions across the world mark the day of Ashura in every year.
You can see Sunni Muslim people and christian people along with Shia Muslim people who commemorate the day of Ashura.
Christian people in the holy shrine of Imam Husayn on the day of Ashura at Karbala, Iraq.
When I was younger, I was seeing people in love with imam Husayn and I tried to understand this kind of Love but I couldn’t feel it. I could not understand the feeling of those people who want to go to Karbala as a pilgrim of Imam Husayn despite all troubles and dangers over there. Walking 80 Km to the holy shrine of Imam Husayn on the day of Arbaeen is a ridiculous way to choose despite all existing vehicle in theses days, but definitely It is a way to show our love toward Husayn to the world and let all the people in the world know that there is a true love differed from the other loves tried to show by Hollywood movies.
“God Loves who loves Hussain”
احب الله من احب حسینا
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Walking on #Arbaeen is a way to introduce a man who gave all he had for God’s sake to save the last version of the religion from utter distortions; Walking on Arbaeen is a way to hasten the reappearance of Imam Mahdi.
See more at Arbaeen
Imam Mahdi is a man from the descendant of the holy prophet Muhammad and Imam Hussain (PBUH). Imam Mahdi is the 12th imam who Shia Muslims believe that he was born in year 255 (869) and he is now living among people although they do not know him.
It’s narrated that when Imam Mahdi reappeared, he will stand next to Ka’ba in Mecca, introduce himself by Imam Hussain and what happened on Ashura to him and state clearly five sentences:
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Shia people mark the day of Tasua in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain and Hadrat Abbas in Karbala, Iraq
Today is the 9th day of Muharram , a day called Tasua in which all people mourn for the last man left for Imam Hussain (PBUH). A man who Imam Hussain cry for when he killed on the day of Ashura at Karbala. He was Hadrat Abbas, the Imam Ali’s son and Imam Hussain’s younger brother who was martyred on the way back to the tents while he was bringing water for the thirsty women and children. Read More…
The second night of Muharram Mourning was held at the official house of Imam Khamenei which is called “Imam Khomeini Hussainiyeh” and Imam Khamenei , the grand leader of Islamic community attended it.
Today, Iranian Shia Muslims marked the international day of Hazrat Ali Asghar, Imam Hussain’s six-month-old son who was martyred violently on the day of Ashura in Karbala. Each year in Muharram, women with their infants participate in the great mourning ceremonies to commemorate his martyrdom.
Each year during the first ten days of Muharram, Muslim people worldwide dressed in black, gathering in mourning ceremonies for the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain. In Iran, the ceremonies are held in mosques, the holy shrines and even in the universities in which students can participate easily. Listening to the speech, mourning for the Imam Hussain, praying for the reappearance of Imam Mahdi are the main parts of a usual mourning ceremony. Nazri food are also usually distributed among mourners at the end of a ceremony.
Muharram 2016: listening to the speech in a mosque at a university of Tehran, Iran
Women participating in the mourning ceremonies Read More…
In the previous post, I made an image about why Imam Hussain (PBUH) rose up as stated in his will, but that was not the only reason for Imam Hussain to revolt.
The holy shrine of Imam Hussain (PBUH) in Karbala, Iraq. A photo taken in Muharram 2016
There are three main causes explained in Martyr Mortaza Motahhari’s book written according to the Islamic quotes for why Imam Hussain rose up against Yazid’s government and why Ashura happened.
1-Imam Hussain rejected to pledge allegiance to the immoral and non-Muslim man such as Yazid who wanted to be a ruler of Muslim community despite the threatens made by Yazid’s government because swearing allegiance to Yazid indicated not only accepting Yazid as a ruler but also accepting the wrong way of succession determination was being established for the first time by Yazid’s father in the Muslim community. The thing that was not permitted in Islam and both Shia and Sunni sects.
2-About 100,000 people of Kufa sent 18,000 letters to Imam Hussain and invited him to come to Iraq and re-establish an Islamic government, although they forgot their invitation and leave Imam Hussain to be alone against the 30,000 people of Yazid’s Army and even they helped the Army! This invitation cause Imam to have no choice other than to accept their request
3- Reforming the Muslim community and promoting virtue and preventing vice was the third and the main reason for Ashura uprising. Imam Hussain had found about his cousin, Moslem (the son of Aghil), martyrdom on the way to Kufa, therefor Imam could have refused the invitation sent by the people of Kufa and come back to Mecca, but he did not stop going to Kufa until Yazid’s Army stop him and his companions in a land called Karbala. Imam Hussain himslef stated this main reason openly in his will to his brother before traveling to Kufa. You can see a part of Imam Hussain will in the following image:
“I did not rise up for the cause of wickedness, amusement, corruption or oppression, but I rose up to reform the Muslim community of my grandfather [Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)]. I want to promote virtue and prevent vice.”
اني لم اخرج اشرا و لا بطرا و لامفسدا و لاظالما انما خرجت لطلب الاصلاح
في امة جدي و اريد ان امر با لمعروف و انهي عن المنكر
Bihar Al-Anvar: V.44, P. 329
-Read more explanation in this book (The Truth Hussain’s (A.S) Revolt) which I found on the internet and It is an English translation and abstract of the original book written by martyar Mortaza Mutahhari, an Islamic philosopher who Imam Khomeini invited all the people to read his books.
Tonight is the first night of Muharram in 2016.
Although Imam Hussain (PBUH) and his family and companions have not arrived yet to Karbala in such day but mourning ceremonies have got started at all over the cities in Iran as well as other countries by Shia Muslim people to follow Imam Reza’s mourning style for the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain. Read more about Imam Reza’s style at here
Imam Reza, the 8th beloved Imam, said about his father, Imam Musa (Moses) Kazem (PBUH):
“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.”