Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ashoura II

Who is Imam Hossein?
The leader of the small band of men who were martyred in Karbala was none other than Hossein, son of Ali ebn Abi Taleb (Imam Ali) and grandson of the Holy Prophet Mohammad. Who was Hossein? He was the son of Fatima for whom the Holy Prophet said, "Hossein is from me and I am from Hossein. May God love whoever loves Hossein."With the passing away of his brother Hasanin 50 AH, Hossein became the leader of the household of the Holy Prophet. On the other hand, we have Yazid, whose father (Muawiya) and grandfather (Abu Sufyan - the arch-enemy of the Prophet) had always tried to sabotage the mission of the Holy Prophet, and who showed his true colour by stating in a poem, "Bani Hashim had staged a play to obtain kingdom, there was neither any news from God nor any revelation." The revolution of Hossein was an Islamic movement spearheaded by one of the great leaders of Islam. The principles and laws of Islam demanded that Hossein act to warn the Ummah of the evil situation which it was in, and to stand in the way of the deviating ruler. As Hossein himself remarked when he left Medina for the last time, "I have risen (against Yazid) as I seek to reform the Ummah of my grandfather. I wish to bid the good and forbid the evil." Hussain (A) was martyred on the battlefield as he did Sajdah. His head was removed from his body on the plains of Karbala, mounted on a spear, and paraded through villages and towns as it was taken to Damascus and presented at the feet of Yazid...

Special station that we can have tea and date there during these holy days of Moharram month

The Red flag, a sign for the day of Ashoura

I took this photo yesterday in my university, You see that we had an anniversary for Ashoura
An educated man was describing the reality of Ashoura for us

As Meead commented in the previous post some Muslims in any country or region have their own interpretation of some parts of this religion. Sometimes their interpretation is totally wrong and completely misunderstood. If you google Ashoura, you may find very sad and bloody pictures of people in Pakistan and Afghanistan who are doing crazy with their body. Ashoura doesn't mean that you have to harm yourself. No one benefits from their cruel behavior except those who are going to show Islam is a barbaric religion and Muslims are kind of barbars. Meead also mentioned to a speech by one an admirable Iranian cleric that he criticized Muslims doing such things on Ashoura. The cleric asked Muslims do they really think if "Hossein" was alive today, would he do the same?
These specific behaviors are now banned in Iran's public.Iranians often congregate together for sorrowful, poetic recitations performed in memory of the death of Hossein, lamenting and grieving to the tune of beating drums and chants of "Ya Hossein" and beating their chest. Some people also use a kind of simple chain (called Zanjir, without knives or razors) to beat their shoulder just to make noise not to harm themselves.
Ashoura is exactly the Revolution of Justice against Evil

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