Muharram!! A month of mourning, sadness and grief! Why??
The greatest sacrifice in humanity that has made every soul cry.
Its the personality of Hussein, the grandson of the holy Prophet Mohammed, that shook mankind,
Kerbala, the land where Islams message was read.
Its not all about the bloodshed that the tragedy took place,
Its the words of ” I will not give my hand to a man like you” on the tyranny (Yazid’s) face.
72 companions & Hussein fought and gave up all they had,
But the attrocities they were made togo through were heartbreaking and sad.
Their heads were cut,children slapped and women removed off their coverings,
But still the family of the Holy Prophet stood firm through all the happenings.
Be it an elderly like Hussein,a youngster like Ali Akber or a 6 month old baby Ali asghee, they were ready to stand up for the truth,
Anything to stand against the man who was a liar, womanizer & most of all a disgrace to the religion of Islam.
On the 10th of Muharram, the day of Ashura, Hussein and his companions gave away their lives,
The time it was proven that a precious life is worth giving in the name of truth and religion.
Its the bravery of these martyrs that Islam has reached our ears,
That today the word ” Ya Hussein” is what everyone hears.
Zainab, the sister of I. Hussein who took care of the ladies after his death,
Dragged from Kerbala to kufa and shaam but gave an excellent speech in the palace of Yazid just showed her level of faith.
Kerbala is not a commemoration of Muharram but a mission for Islam to carry,
The direct link that can lead to the appeaeance of the son of Hussein “Al-Mahdi” to hurry.
Let us try & follow the actions of these amazing personalities & fear none but the Almighty,
And to HIM we pray for a chance to visit the holy land of Kerbala, Labbaik Ya Hussein!!
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IS IT REALLY THE INJUSTICE THAT DOESN’T STOP OR IS IT ME?
There is never a day that passes by in the lands of my fellow brothers and sisters, that the sound of gunshots is not heard. And there is never a day that the wind blows past them without the smell of the burning fire across the road. Oh God, has there ever been a day a family has sat together and laughed without the worry of losing each other the very next moment? Oh God, has there ever been a day my fellow oppressed muslims around the globe have been able to live their lives like I do?
Such are the thoughts that taunt me every night of every day. And I think to myself is there anything I can do for them? Not often, however, I’ve heard the news, watched the videos, cried at the pictures and raised my hands for them too. Yet, is there anything more I can do to help them? Is there any other way at my disposal that I can hold on to those hands that reach out to me for help?
Then came this one night, where my heart ached of pain and my eyes filled with tears of shame. It is then that I realized the ultimate answer to my question. It is then that it occurred to me that as compared to food, clothes and shelter, it is moreover a SAVIOUR that they need. A saviour who would put a firm halt on all the injustice and restore the peace we crave. A personality who possesses the ability to bring back to every child, his lost father, and bring back smiles to the mothers who carry in their arms their hungry infants. And need not I think who that saviour may be, for theres only ONE ULTIMATE SAVIOUR for whom the entire world awaits- The Mahdi (ATFS)
However, what filled my heart with guilt and eyes with embarrassment, was knowing that I am the reason for the delayed coming of this saviour. It maybe my one action every day that I do so guiltlessly that might have denied his arrival this Friday. Is it my subh namaz that I miss, or my other prayers that I rush? Is it my Thursday nights wasted or my Fridays more of a weekend than looking for my awaited one? Is it those innumerable times I complain or the way I dress? Is it really my Imam who chooses not to come, OR IS IT ME??
Never had it occurred to me, that my role in stopping the injustice is the greatest of all. I always thought food and shelter is all they needed. And now that it comes to my realization the greatest of all their needs, sorrow is just what I find within me. I look back and all I can think of is what have I done that requires not of me to be regretful? BUT, do I have any more time to stop and think? Is there even ONE more Friday that I can let go off my hands despite knowing it is MY call that the Imam awaits?
Now that I see through the pictures again, with answered questions in my mind, I see the wait of the saviour seem so long in the eyes of the oppressed. I notice tears running down their cheeks yet a smile they manage to wear, for they know, they know He’s coming. I see them try getting a soundful sleep every spot they earn, because although theyre surrounded with fire, they know theres a saviour. And I see again mothers in search of their children and fathers trapped amongst the cruel soldiers, but more than that, I see the belief in them, that there is someone who can get them where they want to be. BUT to undermine everything, there is ONE thing I see that just forces my head to bow down….
And that’s when I see those same tearing, hopeful and searching eyes look into my eyes and see no hope for themselves; and those hands stretched out to me in help slowly fall back down into place downheartedly. It feels like a failure to see those yearning hearts turn away from me. Because they can feel my irresponsiveness in every bullet that they take & every brother that they lose.
So now the questions that taunt me are,
IS IT ONLY THE ENEMIES BEING UNJUST OR IS IT ME?
COULD I HAVE BEEN THE REASONFOR THE PROLONGED OPPRESSION? And,
IS IT REALLY MY IMAM WHO CHOOSES NOT TO COME OR IS IT ME?
We are living in an era where our Imam al-Mahdi (a.t.f.s) is not visible to us. Unlike during the times of the early Imams (a.s) when the people then were able to see and live with the Holy personalities. This does not mean that the Imam (a.s) is away from us but rather we are not aware of his presence and do not pay heed of his excellence.
The Imam (a.s) is in the period of occultation where he awaits the right call from the true believers so that he can reappear and establish the system of Allah (s.w.t).
The appointment of the Imams (a.s) has been stated in the Holy Qur’an in Surah al-Baqarah, ayah 124:
“He said: Surely I will make you an Imam of men. Ibrahim said: And of my offspring? My covenant does not include the unjust, said He.”
When Imam Mahdi (a.s) would appear and Islam would be established in the whole world with his coming, the entire earth would be ruled by him and all disbelievers will vanish from the face of the earth. He will make the truth flow into the earth and will wipe out falsehood forever.
This is supported in Surah Bani Israel, ayah 81:
“And say: The truth has come and the falsehood has vanished; surely falsehood is a vanishing (thing).”
The Imam (a.s) will come back and take full control of the whole world. He will set up an institute which will be full of justice and peace. He will abolish all the injustice and wars going on. Imam (a.s) will have only 313 leader’s in his army to take over the world. These 313 will be the utmost righteous believers.
The return of the Imam (a.s) has been mentioned in the Qur’an in a metaphorical way:
“Say, ‘Have you not thought that if your water was to dry up, who would bring you water from the spring?’” (Surah al-Mulk, ayah 30)
In the traditions that we have from the AhlulBayt (a.s), this verse has been explained as being related to the return of Imam al-Mahdi (a.s) and the universal justice which he will spread throughout the world.
Among these traditions, there is one quoted from Imam al-Baqir (a.s) where he has stated, “This verse was revealed in relation to Imam al-Qa’im (may Allah the Grand hasten his noble advent). He (Allah) has said, ‘If your Imam was to go into occultation from you and you did not know where he was, then who would be able to bring your Imam (back to you); who would be able to inform you of the events in the Heavens and the Earth and the permissible (halal) of Allah and what He has made forbidden (haram)?’
The apparent reading of this verse is related to the flowing water which is the source of life for all living creations, while the inner meaning of the verse is in regards to the presence of the Imam (a.s) and the knowledge and justice that he will spread throughout the world – which is also the source of life for all human beings.
What are our duties during this period?
As his followers, we are obliged to be waiting for his reappearance. There are two ways of his awaiting:
Active – through starting movements or active work for the sake of Allah (s.w.t) and spreading His message
Passive – through reciting supplications and praying to Allah (s.w.t) to hasten his reappearance
Being his followers does not give us the advantage to sit at home and just relax thinking that we are on the right path and it would suffice, rather we are supposed to improve our relation with Imam (a.s) through hard work and practicing Allah (s.w.t)’s divine religion.
In order to be successful in the course and camp of Imam (a.s), we are supposed to improve our relation with him as well as understand who this holy personality is. Below is a Du’a which will InshaAllah help us to obtain the goal of Ma’rifat:
“O Allah! Grant ma’rifah of Yourself. For, if I do not have the ma’rifah of You then I will never know Your Prophet.
O Allah Grant me ma’rifah of Your Prophet (saws) for if I do not have ma’rifah of your messenger then I will never know Your Representative.
O Allah! Grant me ma’rifah of Your Representative for if I do not have the ma’rifah of Your Representative, then surely I have gone astray from my religion.”
In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent the most Merciful.
1. By time.
2. Verily! Man is in loss,
3. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.
After years of listening to Dr Murtadha Alidina’s Friday sermons, one would have the above translation engrained in their mind. More importantly, one would understand that the relevance of this Surah is timeless. It was applicable since humans came into being and will be so till the last day. However, what is its relevance to the Imam of our time? And what lessons are we supposed to derive from this tiny, yet magnanimous chapter of the Qur’an?
Obviously, the verse begins with the Almighty swearing upon time. This highlights the significance of time. Who knows how much of it we have? We are busy planning a future that will exist ten years from now but we ignore death which we could encounter tomorrow. We are occupied in planning a vacation a year from now but who knows if we will have the ability to keep to that plan. Uncertain, that is the best word to describe our lives. Yet why do we seem so certain about tomorrow? Allah (SWT) swears by time to warn us of taking time for granted. And so, what would be the ideal way to utilize this time? With respect to the personality of Imam Al-Asr, one of the best ways to use our time is to learn more about our Imam, get closer to him, know his attributes and strive to achieve a certain degree of those attributes. The prophet of Allah(SWT) is known to have said, “Whosoever dies without recognising the Imam of his age dies the death of a pagan.” Know your Imam before it’s too late, you are not guaranteed tomorrow. Take the initiative and get closer to him while you can.
And what if we do not make any effort to know our Imam? What if we are so occupied with our lives that we become distant from the Imam? The answer is simple. “Verily, Man is in a state of Loss.” If we ignore our leader, and engross ourselves in the material world, then it is we who lose. And some claim, that this loss refers to the punishment of Allah(SWT). And this is true, but the loss is not limited to the azaab. The loss we will incur by neglecting our Imam includes a worldly loss. Unjust, is probably the best way to describe the state of the world today. Take any example: the rich-poor divide, economic giants enforcing stringent trade conditions on developing countries, wars, racism, discrimination, you name it. This is the world today. If we do not turn to our Imam, who is a representative of the Most Just, will we ever get to taste true justice? Will we ever get to experience the pleasure of true peace? As long as we distance ourselves from the Imam, the world is where our heart will lie, and we will build an attachment to injustice. And that is one of many losses we will encounter. “Surely, Man is in a state of Loss.”
But not everyone forgets their Imam. There are some who remember him consciously, recite supplications for his safety and reappearance, act upon his teachings. And then there are those who mimic his actions without knowing him at all. Notice the last verse, in several parts of the Qur’an, a believer is associated with prayer, zakah, and the other Furu-e-Deen, not in this verse. Allah(SWT) says, that people who do righteous good deeds and recommend each other to the truth will be exempt from the ‘loss’. In my opinion (and this may be up for debate), every person on this Earth, with good morals and character falls into this category, regardless of what religion he follows. Allah(SWT) clearly says, for those who perform the righteous deeds, whether it is giving charity or respecting parents, whether it is serving the community or speaking out against oppression, a good deed is a good deed regardless of who performs it. And the Almighty prevents the performer of a good act from the ‘loss’ described in this Surah. In this sense, every good person, every man, woman or child who fights against injustice is preparing for the coming of the Imam, even if it is unknowingly so. And these are the people who will truly be guided by him. Just because we label ourselves Muslims, won’t mean that we will get an auto-pass into the Imam’s circle, we will have to earn it. And SubhanAllah the Almighty provides a way to earn it in this last verse. “Recommend one another to the truth, and to patience.” The road towards our Imam will not be easy. There will be temptations, distractions of the world and other dangers. Allah(SWT) asks us to constantly remind ourselves and others of the truth, of our cause (loyalty and closeness to our Imam). He(SWT) also asks us to advise each other to practice patience. Hardships will be present on this path, it could be the reaction of the unjust world to the arrival of justice, it could be the sacrifices one will have to give for the cause – time, family, wealth, health and so forth. Allah(SWT) asks us to be patient, and advise one another to be patient, for surely if we practice Sabr, we will truly avoid the ‘loss’ of being negligent towards the Imam, and will be able to taste the fruits of his presence in our lives.
As Dr Alidina says, “when enough numbers of people who see the truth, recognize it, accept it, act upon it, live for it and are willing to die for it, that is when the awaited savior will make is reappearance.” Time is upon us, insha’Allah He will grant us the ability and the wisdom to recognize our true priorities and hopefully adapt these priorities so that we can serve our Imam.