Who fasts on the Day of Aashura?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Aashura is the day when Imam Husain (a.s.) was martyred and the progeny of Holy Prophet (a.s.) was subjected to torture and grief. However, instead of observing this day as a day of mourning the opponents of Shias consider it to be a day of celebration and joy. Hence, they fast on the day of […]
How Ahlul Bait (a.s.) Performed Mourning (Azaadaari)?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Zaid Ibn Shahhaam narrates that we – a group of people from Kufa – were in the presence of Imam Sadiq (a.s.) when Jafar Ibn Affaan entered. The Imam (a.s.) called Jafar near him and asked: “O Jafar! We’ve come to know that you recite elegies upon Imam Husain (a.s.)?” Jafar replied: “Yes my master, […]
Reward of Spending for Mourning (Azaadaari)
Reading Time: 2 minutes Allah, the High, revealed to Prophet Moosa (a.s.): “O Moosa! There is no servant who spends from his wealth in the love of the son of the daughter of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) (viz. Imam Husain (a.s.)) by serving food or otherwise, spends one dirham except that I shall make it blessed in this world such […]
Ripping the shirt and beating chests (doing Maatam) is a Sunnah
Reading Time: 2 minutes Allamah Majlisi (a.r.) narrates from Rejaal al-Kashi that: Imam Hasan al-Askari (a.s.) came out of his house for the funeral of his blessed father Imam Ali Naqi (a.s.) in a manner that his shirt was ripped (from the front). Upon seeing this, a man named Abu Aun al-Abrash wrote a letter to the Imam (a.s.) […]
Weeping aloud for Ahle Bait (a.s.)
Reading Time: 2 minutes The sacrifice and martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.) is so immense that wherever humanity exists, people shed tears over his tragedy. But on the other hand, are also those who cannot bear people mourning for Imam Husain (a.s.). They are always on the look-out for attempts to reduce this mourning so that people are kept […]
Why is the nation of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) superior to Bani Israel?
Reading Time: < 1 minute It is found in the whispered prayers of Prophet Moosa (a.s.) that he asked: “O Allah! Why have you granted excellence to the nation of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) over other nations?” Allah replied: “I have granted them excellence due to ten characteristics.” Prophet Moosa (a.s.) inquired: “What are those ten traits which they act upon so […]
Why should we refrain from expressing joy during Muharram?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Imam Ali Ibn Moosa al-Reza (a.s.) expressed: “When the month of Muharram would approach, my father (viz. Imam Kazim (a.s.)) would not be seen laughing and grief would prevail upon him such that he used to be in this state for 10 days. And the day of Aashura would be a day of sorrow, grief […]
Muharram – Month of Mourning or Joy?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Imam Ali Ibn Moosa al-Reza (a.s.) exclaimed: “Muharram was a month in which the bloodshed was considered unlawful by the pre-Islamic pagan Arabs but our blood was shed in this month, our sanctity was violated, our children and women-folk were taken as captives, our tents were set ablaze and whatever was found therein was looted […]