Why should we refrain from expressing joy during Muharram?


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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 and lamenting for him and he used to say, ‘This is the day when Husain (a.s.) was martyred.”

[Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 44, p. 284, H. 17]

Notes:
▪Now that we are aware through this tradition as to how our Imams (a.s.) used to grieve over their grandfather Imam Husain (a.s.) such that from the time the moon of Muharram was sighted, even a casual smile would disappear from their face.
▪Hence, as mourners of Imam Husain (a.s.), let us try to immerse ourselves in his grief such that our grief should be evident on our face and by the time the day of Aashura arrives, only the name Husain should be enough for us to weep.
▪Imam Husain (a.s.) himself exclaimed: أَنَا قَتِيلُ الْعَبْرَةِ لَا يَذْكُرُنِي مُؤْمِنٌ إِلَّا اسْتَعْبَرَ “I am the one who was made to cry before being killed. No believer shall remember me, except that he would weep.” [Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 44, p. 284, H. 19 narrating from Al-Amaali of Shaikh Saduq (a.r.), Majlis 28]

O Allah! For the sake of the blood of Imam Husain (a.s.), hasten the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) and grant our eyes the good fortune to weep over the grief of Imam Husain (a.s.), this year and every year. Aameen Ya Rabb al-Aalameen!


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