Our Duties Towards Azadari


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1. Talk to Imam Husain (peace be upon him)

Specify a time during your day or night where you converse with Imam Husain (peace be upon him). Say salaam to him. Make some covenant with him and respond to his call (labbayk).

2. Regularly pray any one of the Ziyarat of Imam Husain (peace be upon him).

Fix a time for it. You can recite the following ziyaaraat:

  1. Ziyaarat-e-Waaresah
  2. Ziyaarat-e-Aashoora

Especially in the first ten days, your recitation should be with deliberation on the meanings of the wordings of these ziyaaraat.

3. Read a book on Karbala
After consultations with some learned people, select a book or books on Karbala and read them throughout these days of mourning. This will increase your ma’refat about Imam Husain (peace be upon him) and his companions which will take you nearer to them.

4. Manifest the rituals of Azadari
So that all those around you should know that you are in a state of mourning for your Imam (peace be upon him). Wear black clothes, hoist the alam of Hazrat Abbas (peace be upon him) on your houses, put black bedsheets, curtains and wall displays in your houses and other such things by which it should be known to the world that you are in a state of mourning.

5. Talk about Karbala
During these days of mourning, especially the first ten days, try to speak as much as possible about Karbala, Imam Husain (peace be upon him), his personality, his uprising, etc. Speak about it to your families, friends, and other members of our society.

6. Participate in the Majaalis of Imam Husain (peace be upon him)
Attend and participate in at least one or two majlis every day along with your family. Of course, ideally you must attend as much as possible, but two is minimum. Don’t let Shaitan dissuade you by excuses like the zakir is not giving any matter, etc.

7. Contributions
Contribute to the mourning of Imam Husain (peace be upon him) in whatever way you can like arranging for food, establishing Sabeel, distributing water free of cost, calling different Anjumans to your house or Imambargah for Matam and Nauhas, etc. Appreciating and encouraging those who recite nauhas. Arranging zaakirs for those areas where the populace cannot afford to host one.

8. Seek nearness to Allah through Zikr-e-Husain (peace be upon him)
Zikr-e-Husain (peace be upon him) should be the cause of your nearness to Allah (s.w.t.) i.e., it should lead you to acts of obedience of Allah like prayers, fasting, reciting Holy Quran, dua, helping the poor, etc. and avoid sins as much as possible, like backbiting, lies, not wearing the hijab, etc. Using this opportunity, you must also promise to Imam Husain (peace be upon him) that you will avoid sins as much as possible.

9. Keep the company of the scholars
Keep the company of the scholars as much as possible and benefit from their knowledge and greater ma’refat about Imam Husain (peace be upon him). Ask them questions, share your thoughts with them, listen to their advice and guidance, etc. because they are the trustees of religion after the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) and the infallible Imams (peace be upon them).

10. Pray for the early reappearance of Imam-e-Zaman (a.t.f.s.)
In these days, after every action of mourning, do not forget to pray for the early reappearance of our beloved master, Hazrat Baqiyatullah al-Aazam (a.t.f.s.) for he is the real heir of Imam Husain (peace be upon him) who deserves to receive condolences and one who will take the revenge of Imam Husain (peace be upon him)’s blood, inshallah. He is the one who sheds tears of blood and wails for his ancestor, day and night.

 

 


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