Punishment for Being Involved in Worldly Affairs on the Day of Aashura

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Imam Reza (a.s.) warned: “Whoever forsakes seeking his needs on the day of Aashura, Allah shall fulfill his desires in the world and the hereafter. The one for whom Aashura is a day of calamity, grief, and mourning, Allah Mighty and Majestic be He, shall make the day of Qiyaamah a day of joy and pleasure for him and his eyes shall find solace in Paradise due to us. (But) Whoever considers Aashura as a day of blessings and brings new things in his house, there will be no blessing in any of those things which he would have brought. On the day of Qiyaamah, such a person will be raised along with Yazid, Obaidullah Ibn Ziyad and Umar Ibn Sa’d, may Allah curse all of them, and will be in the lowest levels of the Hell-fire.”

[Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 44, p. 284, H. 18 narrating from Al-Amaali of Shaikh Saduq (a.r.)]

In the light of this tradition from Imam Reza (a.s.) it should be kept in mind that Aashura is a day of extreme grief for the Ahlul Bait (a.s.). None can imagine what the Imam of our time, His Eminence Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) goes through on this day when he mentions in Ziyaarah al-Naahiya that ‘I weep over your tragedy every morning and evening and I shed blood instead of tears. Hence, on this day, let alone being involved in our worldly affairs even thinking about this world is not appropriate for the mourners of Imam Husain (a.s.). Let us try, as much as we can, that our mind, soul, and our entire existence are engulfed in the grief of His Eminence Abaa Abdillah al-Husain (a.s.). As a true mourner of Imam Husain (a.s.), let us ensure that we spend the day of Aashura in a manner that our eyes are filled with tears and there is the only supplication we ask for,

یَا رَبَّ الْحُسَیْنِ، بِحَقِّ الْحُسَیْنِ، اِشْفِ صَدْرَ الْحُسَیْنِ، بِظُھُوْرِ الْحُجَّۃِ

O Lord of Husain (a.s.), by the right of Husain (a.s.), grant solace to the heart of Husain (a.s.) through the reappearance of the Hujjah viz. Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.)!

Aameen Ya Rabb al-Aalameen!

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