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walk Arbaeen

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 19 یکشنبه 05 شهريور 1396 نظرات ()

 

The Concept of the Union from the Standpoint of Arbaeen
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The Concept of the Union from the Standpoint of Arbaeen[1] 

Fighting against Arrogance and Opposition to the Cruelty as an Intrinsic Nature of Human Being

Opposition between justice and cruelty has been existed from the first day of the Creation until forever. Bringing justice and eliminating cruelty have been institutionalized in human nature so that such attitude known as “Fighting against Arrogance” on global scale.

Islamic Messianism is a Common Doctrine among all Religions

Since survivalism and anti-arrogant trend are common among all people, both can pave the way for creating a harmonious movement resulting in bliss for people; in fact, Islamic Messianism and anti-arrogant trend are the two key features of Arbaeen which form a union among Muslims.

The process of people’s walking tour to Karbala is considered a symbol of Islamic Messianism and anti-arrogant trend so that this movement is regarded as a practice of intrinsic fight against global arrogance that are basic principles of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Indeed, the mentioned movement can keep Muslims closer together resulting in a union.

Eliminating Israel

Our Enemies are afraid of our walking tour to Karbala because this movement keeps Muslims’ hearts closer together and it brings unanimity; so, this movement is very dangerous for them. The numbers of traveling people (about 20000000 people) are large enough to change their route and destroy Israel even without arms, even with stones in the twinkling of an eye! So this is the very panic which Israel is afraid of!

The Union between Muslims and Underprivileged People

Nowadays the appearance of Daesh Sect is a potential risk to the Islamic steady streams and can cause serious damage to Islam and the first negative effect is to cause schism among Muslims and it seems that we must create more unanimous movements against the cruelty and arrogance and as mentioned above, Islamic Messianism and anti-arrogant trend are the two key features of Arbaeen which form a union among Muslims.                 

 
[1] Arbaeen commemorates the end of the 40-day mourning period after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – the Prophet’s grandson, in a battle in 680 AD.

critical Juncture In The Life Of Mankind

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 15 شنبه 04 شهريور 1396 نظرات ()

 

critical Juncture In The Life Of Mankind
Days Of Separation
The days of separation are distinct occasions in history that classify people into two or more groups. The place of these occasions in history is similar to that of crossroads which people come across during their journeys. Roads and highways bring together the travelers till they reach the crossroads where they split into two, three or more groups. In the same way, days of difficulty separate people who were together during days of ease and comfort.

The holy Qur’an named the day of Badr the Day of Separation1 because the people who were hitherto living together in Mecca during peace time were divided into two belligerent parties on that day.

It is not always possible for a person to live a life of civility and pleasant social intercourse with all the people, for God Most High has assigned, in the course of history and the life of mankind, days on which they have to make a resolution concerning what they say or do. They have to take a decision on war or peace; whether to continue their relationships or sever them; whether they will turn towards God or away from Him. These days are the days of separation.

Ashura Is Among The Days Of Separation
The day of Ashura was a day of separation in Islamic history. It divided the people who were living together during peace time into two different groups: one group stood with Husayn (as) and fought the Umayyads, while the other supported the Umayyads and fought Husayn (as). On that day, the people had no choice but to select and decide on which side they would fight, and, there was no other option. This is the feature which distinguishes the days of separation: it forces the people to choose the party to which they will give their loyalty and repudiate the other.

People are unequal in terms of strength and weakness, courage and timidity, faith and hypocrisy, generosity and niggardliness, and loyalty and repudiation, but these differences do not appear clearly in time of peace and comfort. They meet in the markets, the mosques and other gatherings with nothing to distinguish one from the other and without knowing one another. Sometimes one does not know even oneself! When the days of separation come the people can be distinguished as they differ from one another, for a man’s true worth is known only in a moment of crisis: thus, one’s nature which was unknown before, is now revealed to others and, sometimes, even to himself.

The day of Ashura was one such day. It divided the people into three groups. One was seduced by the world so they succumbed to their vain desires and were destroyed. Another group freed themselves from the grip of their desires and managed to weather the test, albeit with great effort and suffering. All the same, they were able to land safely and meet God at the end. A third group hastened to meet their Lord unencumbered by other considerations and without any difficulty, suffering or indecision. They separated themselves from the object of trial as a hair comes out of sour milk.

These three conditions with regard to turning towards or away from God are found at all times and places, although people are not usually differentiated from one another. It is the days of separation that differentiate people.

Now let us ponder upon these three classes of people that the day of Ashura unveiled.

First class
This is the group that failed the test. On analysis we find that:

(i) This class of people did not like to be consumed by tribulation in the initial stage, nor reject the truth, nor disregard God. In fact, they loved God and pursued the truth, as this is something that is implanted by God Most High in the very nature of every human being.

(ii) They desired that God should bestow upon them the good of this world and the next, so that they may enjoy both. This desire is part of the innate nature of mankind and forms part of our psychological reality.

(iii) The drive towards this world was stronger in the minds of these people than the drive towards God, but they were not cognizant of this fact before they reached the crossroads (the point of separation). Others were also not aware of this trait that was found in this group till they also reached the point of separation. The point of separation disgraced them before others and acquainted them with their own reality.

Second class
This group reached the point of safety although with much difficulty. Analysis shows that:

(i) This group desired to enjoy the world and its pleasures and did not hold any aversion to worldly pleasures as relished by all people.

(ii)They hoped that God would give them this world and the next, and save them from any predicament in which they would have to choose one of the two. They hoped that they would always live in peace and keep both their religion and their worldly benefits, so that they might carry out their duties toward God Most High the way He wanted and also enjoy worldly pleasures to their fill.

(iii)They wished that their worldly inclination should not control or rob them of their ability to choose and take decisions. Therefore they wanted to possess a sound conscience that was free to make resolutions despite the fact that they were taking part in worldly matters like the rest of the people and enjoying the world like them.

(iv)They retained the freedom to decide by the time they reached the point of separation, where it became mandatory to select one of the two ways: God or the world. So they disassociated themselves from this world and turned towards the next world, from falsehood towards the truth, from selfish interest and the opponents of God (taghut) towards God, although with difficulty and much effort, for they were disentangling themselves from the grip of the world.

This is the nature of taking a difficult decision in life. There are two forms of decision making: a difficult one and a simple one. The resolution taken by the people in this class at the point of separation was among the most difficult things. Nevertheless, they finally succeed in extricating themselves from the grip of the world and move towards God, whatever the cost.

The book of God gives us a picture of this class of people. It is about the companions of the Messenger of God (S) who fought at Badr. These people are still cited as examples of faith, perseverance, loyalty and sacrifice. However, what the holy Qur’an portrays of their excruciating traumatic experience when they attacked their enemies from the polytheists of Quraysh calls for pondering. The Most High Says: “they were being driven towards death as they looked on."2

Just as a person extricates himself from the world when he is marched to his death, seeing it before his eyes, those righteous ones from among the companions of the Messenger of God disentangled themselves from the world at Badr.

Despite this, they did not hesitate to answer the call of the Messenger of God (S). They came forward, fought and were killed, thus attaining martyrdom. May God be pleased with them and raise them to a high station in paradise with the prophets, the messengers and the righteous. Excellent indeed are those companions!

(v) These people were supported by God as a result of the effort they made in saving themselves from the control of worldly desires. God bestowed on them two important things: He gave them discernment, light and guidance so that they did not deviate from the path and go astray, and, He gave them strength and support so that they did not flag while trying to accomplish the uphill task that is associated with the difficult road.

One does not need more than these two things in his or her actions in order to make the journey towards God. God Most High has assured both to any of His servants who strive in his way. He says: “As for those who strive towards us, we shall surely guide them in our ways, and God is indeed with the virtuous".3

First comes guidance, which is light and insight, then comes God’s support for his servants. When God sees sincerity of purpose in His servant, He bestows His support on him and makes this difficult journey easy for him.

Third class
This group rushes to meet God with great ease. Its members leave the world and its attendant tribulations without difficulty as though they had never entered it, so that the need to exit from it is does not exist. Such people mingle with the people and do not live differently from them. They go along with the people in the markets and other public places but their hearts never get attached to the world.

We shall mention two examples of this group from the young men of the Hashimite clan who were present at Karbala. They are Ali al-Akbar and al-Qasim ibn Hasan (as). These two lads did not hesitate to respond to the call of God, His messenger and his friends - the Imams (as); the love for this world had never entered their hearts; they did not combine worldly gain and religion as the people did; and therefore, they did not face any difficulty at the point of separation.

These people answered the call of Husayn (as) easily and hurried towards God, the way we hurry towards a thing we long for; without hesitation, without having to think, without any difficulty.

Perhaps the period of youth is the best time to prepare for such situations as the mind is not weighed down by anything. Young minds are fresh and not attached to the world. Therefore it is easy for young people to discard worldly things. The more one deals with the world the stronger grows one’s attachment to it.

This is the stage of life in which the Qur’an quickly blends with the hearts and minds of the youth who dedicate themselves to it. It is reported on the authority of Imam Sadiq (as) that: “If a person studies the Qur’an during his youth, it blends with his flesh and blood."4

The Messenger of God (S) is reported to have said: “Seven classes of people will be admitted into the shade by God on the day when there will be no shade apart from His. a just ruler, a young person who grows up in the worship of God…"5 He is also reported to have said: “Nothing is more loved by God than a repentant youth."6

From the above we have seen three types of people who were present on the day of Ashura. Below we shall analyse these groups and compare them. First we shall compare the first class with the second. These two people are Umar ibn Sa’ad and al-Hurr ibn Yazid al-Riyahi, may God have mercy on him. Then we will compare the second and third classes. They are al-Hurr ibn Yazid al-Riyahi and Zuhayr ibn al-Qayn, may God have mercy on them.

Comparison Between The First And Second Class
Here we shall consider Umar ibn Sa’ad, who was from the first group and al-Hur ibn Yazid may God have mercy on him, who was from the second group.Both of them were heroes of their camps. The first was from the camp of Husayn (as), while the second was from that of the Umayyads. An amazing similarity existed between the two, and it calls for study, reflection and analysis.

(i) They were both renowned and distinguished generals of the Umayyad army and chiefs of their clans so they had strong worldly tendencies; they wanted comfort, respect and position.

(ii) Each of them wanted worldly gains as well as religion. But this was before they came face to face with the point of separation, which separates religious aspirations from worldly ones, where one has to pick one option and take a decision.

(iii) Both of them were trying to escape the point of separation so that they would not have to select either the world or their religion.

Below are two episodes about how the two men tried to escape the point of separation.

The Story Of How Umar Ibn Sa’ad Tried To Escape Fighting Husayn (As)
Al-Tabari has reported the story of Umar ibn Sa’ad when ibn Ziyad ordered him to march towards Husayn (as).On that day Umar ibn Sa’ad was camping at Hammam A’yan at the head of four thousand men, in preparation to move to Dustabi7 and Daylam. Ibn Ziyad ordered him to postpone the journey to Dastabi and Daylam and move on to fight Husayn (as).

Ibn Sa’ad requested exemption from this duty. This was the first attempt on his part to avoid the point of separation. When ibn Ziyad threatened that he would take back the document in which he had appointed Ibn Sa’ad as governor of Rayy, the latter applied for a night’s respite to think over the issue.8

It should be noted that in his first attempt to avoid the point of separation, Ibn Sa’ad shied away from giving a decisive answer when Ibn Ziyad threatened to revoke his governorship. He could have returned Ibn Ziyad’s commission and freed himself from this deadly sin which Ibn Ziyad wanted him to commit. He should have confronted Ibn Ziyad’s threat with equal decisiveness. However, Ibn Sa’ad did nothing of that sort; what he did was request a night’s respite in order to think and decide!!!

This is the first sign of irresoluteness which Ibn Ziyad promptly took note of. He saw the point of weakness in the personality of the man he intended to send against Husayn (as). In the night, Umar ibn Sa’ad consulted his friends and counselors who strongly warned him against fighting Husayn (as). His nephew Hamzah ibn al-Mughira ibn Shu’bah said to Umar ibn Sa’ad: I adjure you by God, do not set out to fight Husayn (as) lest you sever your kinship ties, and sin against your Lord. I swear by God that it is better for you to relinquish your worldly possessions, your wealth and the power over the whole earth – if it were your own – than to meet God with the guilt of Husayn (as)’s blood on you.” “I will do (as you say), by the will of God", replied Ibn Sa’ad.9

The next day, Umar ibn Sa’ad went to Ibn Ziyad and said “You have commissioned me for this work (i.e the governorship of Dastabi and Daylam) and the people have already heard about it. Please implement it and dispatch to Husayn (as) someone who is abler than I am at war.’ And he proposed some Kufan nobles. This was Umar ibn Sa’ad’s second attempt to escape from the point of separation.

However, since Ibn Ziyad had discovered this man’s point of weakness, he despised him. When Ibn Sa’ad mentioned the names of some Kufan nobles that could be sent to fight Husayn (as), Ibn Ziyad reprimanded him saying: “I am not seeking your counsel on whom to send. Either you set out with our army or relinquish our commission."10

Thus, in both attempts, Umar ibn Sa’ad failed to avoid the point of separation. Had he succeeded he would have secured both his religion and his worldly interests. Despite this futile effort, Ibn Sa’ad found himself at the crossroads. Now let us leave Umar and look at al-Hurr (may God have mercy on him) at the point of separation.

The Story Of How Al-Hurr Tried To Escape Fighting Husayn (as)
Let us glance at al-Hurr ibn Yazid al-Riyahi (may God have mercy on him) in a similar situation, and see how this noble general of the Umayyad army attempted to avoid the point of separation and tried to free himself from the ordeal of having to fight the leader of the youths of paradise without his losing anything of the world, and failed.

The historians record that al-Hurr met Husayn (as) at the station of Dhu Husam11 and requested the latter to accompany him to Ibn Ziyad in Kufa!!

Husayn (as) answered him: ” Rather you will die before achieving that". Al-Hurr said: (Then) take a median road between us which will neither lead you to Kufa nor back to Medina, till I am able to write to Ibn Ziyad. Perhaps God may bring about my exemption and save me from your affair.” Then he added: “I adjure you by God for your own sake for I am sure that if you do you will surely be killed."12

Al-Hurr was doing all he could so that God would save him from fighting Husayn (as) and committing the most abominable of all sins. To get an outlet, Hur suggested to Husayn (as) to act in a way that would spare him any encounter with the Imam.

If al-Hurr was sincere in this effort then so far he found it difficult to forfeit his worldly position.

(iv)Despite their efforts, both Hurr and Ibn Sa’ad would have to meet the point of separation from which they were running away. It would face them when they would have no option but to choose either this world or the next, with no possibility of having both. This is the point at which one of the men would differ from the other: Umar ibn Sa’ad was irresolute and could not take the brave decision. He answered Ibn Ziyad’s request and marched with the army to fight Husayn (as) thereby incurring blame in this world and a mortal sin in the hereafter.

On the other hand, Hurr was able to take the difficult decision at the eleventh hour, save his hereafter and attain honour in both worlds. However, Hurr lost the governorship which Umar ibn Sa’ad coveted.

Let us see how each of these two men behaved at the point of separation.

A Return To Umar Ibn Saad At The Point Of Separation
History reports that at the point of separation Umar ibn Sa’ad spent a whole night in great anxiety and that was after Ibn Ziyad had threatened to revoke his appointment as governor of Rayy. It is reported that Ibn Sa’ad repeated the following two verses all night:

‘Should I forgo the rule over Rayy, the object of my desire or return to God with the blood of Husayn on my hands?

His killing will lead me to hell for sure, but to rule over Ray is my desire.’

These two verses portray the extent of this man’s anguish and how his conscience was tormented. But at the end of the day he could not take the bold decision, rather, he succumbed to the temptation of exercising authority over Rayy. So his resolve flagged and in this way he welcomed the torment of inevitable hellfire in order to get that position. His resistance crumbled and he complied with Ibn Ziyad’s request.

However, Hurr’s situation at the point of separation was different. He found himself in a condition in which he had to choose between paradise and Hell. He knew that if he chose paradise his worldly position would be completely lost. But he must choose! So he chose paradise, thereby choosing God’s pleasure in preference to this world; and he paid the price with his life for it and prospered.

Al-Muhajir ibn Aws said: “On the day of Ashura I saw al-Hurr affected by a sort of tremble. I said to him: Your condition is really amazing. By God, I have never seen such a thing in you before, and if I were asked who the bravest of the Kufans was, I would have said it was you. What then am I seeing in you?”

Al-Hurr replied; “I swear by God, I am selecting one of two things: paradise and hell. By God I will never prefer anything over paradise even if I am to be chopped up and burnt!"13

However, one thing remains clear; this decision of al-Hurr was indeed a very difficult one, hence the shiver, which was a sign of the great effort needed for it.

Comparison Between The Second And Third Class
Now let us compare the second class with the third. This comparison will be more difficult than the previous one. Nevertheless, it is indispensable if our study is to be complete.

(i) Both the two groups succeeded in weathering the trial at the point of separation; they moved towards God; they preferred to meet God rather than covet what the people possessed; they took this decision at the most difficult moment of the point of separation. In fact, a decision is needed when one finds himself at crossroads at difficult moments. Thus these two classes of people possessed the ingredients for taking this decision, so they eventually passed the test safely and arrived in the presence of God. Thus far, the two groups are similar to one another, and this is the most important point here.

(ii) However, the second group passes through this tough part of the process with much difficulty while the third group does so quite easily. Although the two take the same decision, they differ from one another in their way of taking it. Ali Akbar (as) heard his father say: ‘We are from God and to Him we are returning’ as he rode on his horse. Ali Akbar said to him: “May God never make you see any evil, father! Why did you pronounce the return formula?”

“My son” replied Husayn, “I dozed off and saw a rider who said: ‘The people are moving and their death is moving with them.’ So I realized that we were being informed of our imminent death.”

Then Ali Akbar added: “Father! Are we not with the truth?”

“Surely, I swear by the One to whom the bondsmen return", replied Husayn (as).

Then Ali ibn Husayn (as) said calmly: “Then we should welcome death as those on the right path."14 Ali ibn Husayn did not encounter any difficulty in accepting this tough reality.

On the night before the tenth of Muharram, al-Qasim ibn al-Hasan (as) who was only an adolescent, asked his uncle, Husayn (as) about his martyrdom on the following day. The latter had informed his companions about getting martyred on the day of Ashura. Husayn said to him: “How do you consider death?” ‘Sweeter than honey, Uncle!", al-Qasim replied.

On hearing that, Husayn gave him the good tidings of martyrdom on the day of Ashura.

How different the resolutions of Ali al-Akbar and al-Qasim (as) are from that of al-Hurr ibn Yazid al-Riyahi (may God have mercy on him)! Worldly matters had not entered the hearts of al-Qasim and Ali ibn Husayn at all, nor were their hearts attached to the world for them to find it difficult to extricate themselves from it. On the other hand Hurr’s case was different, for he was taken by a shiver when he resolved to join Husayn in meeting God.

The two groups share the quality of moving to meet God although each in its own different way. Now which one of the two ways is better in the sight of God? I do not know. And I don’t want to enter into a discussion on it. Each of them will meet God with a set of deeds different from that of the other. Hurr’s deeds comprised of great effort and difficulty which he suffered and these are presentations which are loved by God Almighty…. The more the effort and difficulty a particular work involves, the more the person who carries out the work earns the love and pleasure of God Most High. It has been reported that, “The best work is that which involves the most trouble.”

The two Hashimite youths, Ali ibn Husayn and al-Qasim ibn al-Hasan (as) would meet God with hearts that did not get attached to the world at all. This is another deed which is loved by God Most High. He says “The day when neither wealth nor children will avail, except him who comes to God with a sound heart."15 Likewise, God loves that person who takes the trouble to walk along the difficult path. So, both groups meet God with deeds that are liked by Him: effort, striving with difficulty, and a pure heart that is unattached to the world.

(iii) Why does their meeting with God take different forms? Surely a believer has the right to enjoy the good things of this world and he should not forbid himself what God has made lawful to him.

These two principles are fundamental in the law of God. The first one is indicated by the following verse, ‘O you who have faith! Eat of the good things we have provided you, and thank God…’16 and the second one the following verse: ‘O you who have faith! Do not prohibit the good things that God has made lawful to you…’17

However a third principle obtains which is no less important than the first two. One should not take from the world, even the good part which is made lawful by God, if it distracts him from His remembrance and lures him towards worldly things, because when one is pleased with the world and takes much of it he easily gets attached to it.

It is because of this that the Messenger of God (S) and the pious servants of God used to strive not to get involved in the good things of this life. It is related that someone gave the Messenger of God (S) sweet candy as a gift but he refused to partake of it. The man said: ‘Do you consider it unlawful?’ ‘No, however, I would dislike craving for it’, he replied. Then he recited: “You have exhausted your good things in the life of the world"18 19

This is a fact. When one indulges oneself in the good things of life he craves for them and it takes hold of his heart. Thus the control exercised by the world on the hearts of the righteous is commensurate with their share of worldly things.

It is related that the Commander of the Faithful (as) said: “Whatever you miss of the world is booty (for you).”

God Most High did not prohibit His servants from enjoying good provisions if they came from a lawful source. However, indulging in them leads to a gradual attachment to the world.

As far as the religion of God is concerned, one is not barred from enjoying the good things of life if he can save himself from falling at the zero hour. But how can one assure oneself of escaping the fall when the hour comes, for indeed, the world has brought down many people like him before? It is a risky game in which the player doesn’t perform well sometimes and there is no guarantee that he will succeed.

Secondly, attachment to the world leaves irresistible effects on the heart that distract one from the remembrance of God. They deprive the mind of clarity and transparency and turn mental dimensions into a murky lot, even when a person is able to overcome his desires and succeed in taking the correct decision at zero hour. This is the difference between the second and third classes.

To cite an application of the comparison of the second and third classes we shall cite the stand of al-Hurr ibn Yazid al-Riyahi (may God have mercy on him) and that of al-Qasim ibn al-Hasan (as) to depict the difficulty or ease of resolution. Both of them had decided to fight alongside Husayn (as), although al-Hurr took this decision after much trouble and effort, while al-Qasim ibn al-Hasan did so quite easily without any hesitation or delay.

On being asked by his uncle on the night before the tenth of Muharram how he considered death, al-Qasim answered: ‘Sweeter than honey, Uncle’. He gave this answer in a relaxed mood without having to contemplate. This reply was similar to that of his grandfather, the Commander of the Faithful (as) when he was asked by the Messenger of God, may God bless him and his family,: ‘How patient will you be in the face of martyrdom?’ ‘O Messenger of God!’, he replied, ‘Martyrdom is not a situation patience, but one worthy of rejoicing and gratitude’.20

This mood of Ali (as) draws the line between the two ways of encountering martyrdom! Extricating oneself from the world with difficulty and dragging of the feet, and instantly freeing oneself from the world. The first one needs patience while the second comes with gratitude, and both, no doubt, are meritorious. Perseverance for martyrdom is meritorious and more so if crowned with gratitude. However, a person who welcomes martyrdom with gratitude, treating it like any other blessing of God, will not find any difficulty in taking a decision. For how can one experience difficulty in deciding to receive a blessing from God? But he who considers martyrdom a trial from God needs much patience and effort in order to pass the test… Both are meritorious.

It is hard to prefer one over the other and distinguish which one is more esteemed before God, but one fact stands clear: The person who takes the second stand is more secure from the danger of falling than the one who takes the first. And, no doubt, this is a big distinction.

Another Comparison Between Al-Hurr And Zuhayr
There was great similarity between the two men. Both were chiefs of their people. Al-Hurr was a general of the Umayyad army while Zuhayr was a partisan of the Umayyads (an Uthmani), as related in historical reports.

Both of them were avoiding Husayn (as). The reason for Zuhayr’s attitude towards Husayn was an opinion based on a misunderstanding and not due to worldly desires. As soon as the truth dawned on him and his mistake became clear to him he did not hesitate at all to change the course of his life. This change was surely a complete transformation.

Let us analyse Zuhayr’s transformation as related by al-Tabari from Abu Mikhnaf.

Al-Tabari relates on the authority of Abu Mikhnaf, who said: “Al-Suddi told me, on the authority of a man from the tribe of Fazarah, who said: When it was the time of al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, we were hiding in the house of al-Harith ibn Abi Rabi’ah … I said to the Fazari man: Tell me about your situation when you returned (from Mecca) together with Husayn ibn Ali (as). He said: When we left Mecca we were with Zuhayr ibn al-Qayn al-Bajali moving alongside Husayn (as) Nothing was more hateful to us than moving near him so when Husayn moved on Zuhayr ibn al-Qayn lagged behind, and when Husayn (as) camped Zuhayr continued his journey until we halted one day at a station where there was no other way for us but to camp near him. Husayn (as) camped on one side and we camped on the other. As we were having our meal Husayn’s messenger approached, greeted us and entered.

Then he said: ‘O, Zuhayr ibn al-Qayn! Abu Abdillah Husayn ibn Ali (as) has sent me to summon you to him.’ He said: Every one of us threw away what was in his hands and lost his voice as though there where birds sitting on our heads. Then Dulham bint ‘Amr, the wife of Zuhayr ibn al-Qayn informed me, saying: ‘I said to him: ‘Did the son of the daughter of the Messenger of God send for you and you refuse to meet him? Glory be to God! Why don’t you meet him and listen to what he has to say, and then come back?’ So Zuhayr ibn al-Qayn went and after a short while came back his face shining with joy. Then he ordered that his tent, luggage and provisions be taken to Husayn (as), and it was done. Then he said to his wife: ‘You are divorced. Rejoin your family for I don’t want anything to befall you on my account except good.’ Then he said to his companions: ‘He who wants to follow me otherwise I bid you farewell!’ ”21

In this report we find four successive situations pertaining to Zuhayr.

Aversion And Inaction
First, a strong aversion and inaction with regard to meeting Husayn (as) to the extent that he did everything not to halt at the same watering place with Husayn (as).This aversion was caused by a great misunderstanding and wrong evaluation of things, and not by deviation tendencies.

Shock And Hesitation
Then followed a strong mental shock.When Husayn’s (as) messenger brought Zuhayr the message that the Imam wished to see him, Zuhayr and his companions were at a loss till his brave and pious wife Dulham (may God have mercy on her) took the initiative and diffused his terrible hesitation by asking him to respond to the summons of the son of the Messenger of God (S).

Willingness To Meet Husayn (As)
Thirdly, indecisiveness left Zuhayr and he went with the messenger to meet Husayn (as) and speak to him.

Response And Acceptance
And lastly, a quick receptiveness followed and Zuhayr firmly resolved to respond to Husayn(as)’s call fully, without further hesitation or difficulty.

We do not know what Husayn (as) told Zuhayr, we do not know what Zuhayr heard from Husayn (as). We do not know what Husayn (as) could have told Zuhayr in such a short time, for Zuhayr did not stay long with Husayn (as). The report says ’soon he came back rejoicing…’ and this shows that the meeting of Zuhayr with Husayn (as) did not take long before the former transferred his Umayyad partisanship to the Alids. It was a swift response to Husayn(as)’s invitation. He did not hesitate at all nor drag his feet before responding to Husayn (as).

This response of Zuhayr has two elements:

(i) A strong resolve which Zuhayr would never give up at any cost. He even said to his wife to whom he was indebted for this transformation: ‘You are divorced’ and to his companions: ‘Pull down my tent and carry my luggage to Husayn’s (as) campside.’

(ii) The speed and ease in taking his decision, with no effort or reluctance ‘After a while he came back rejoicing’.

Analysis Of Al-Hurr’s Unusual Stand
(i) Al-Hurr knew the Imam’s position very well and prayed behind him. When the Imam gave him the option of praying behind him or leading his companions in prayer while the Imam prayed with his own, al-Hurr said: ‘You pray and we pray behind you’. When the Imam said to him, ‘May your mother grieve over your death!’ it was hard for him to bear, but he only answered: ‘I swear by God that if any other man from the Arabs mentioned my mother in this way I would have mentioned his mother the same way, whoever he might have been. But there is no way I can mention your mother except in the best possible terms.’

(ii) Ibn Ziyad ordered him to bring the Imam (as) to Kufa under escort but the latter strongly refused. So Hurr tried to free himself of the responsibility he was charged with and not be involved in Husayn (as)’s affair. Hurr hoped that God would save him from getting involved in anything to do with that. He said to the Imam ‘Take the road between me and you, one that will neither take you to Kufa nor back to Medina.’

(iii) However, throughout these events Hurr was trying to keep his position in the Ummayad army. He did not want to give up the command of the army that was assigned to him by Ibn Ziyad. His clinging to the world and its positions did not rob him of treating the Imam with courtesy, nor did his courtesy stamp out his love for the world.

(iv)Despite all efforts to avoid the point of separation where he would have to pick one of the two things: this world or the next, where he could not have both, it was the will of God to take Hurr to the destined point. That was on the tenth day of Muharram when he went to Umar ibn Sa’ad in Karbala and said to him: Are you [really] fighting this man?’ Yes, I swear by God. a fight, the least part of which will send heads and hands flying’, he replied.

(v) At that point Hurr realized that he had no choice but to choose either this world or the next, and he could never have both. He would either prefer this world over the next or vice versa.

(vi)It became hard for him to decide and it was then that he began trembling. This is a condition above that of anxiety and confusion. Hurr found himself in a position in which he had to resolve relinquishing all his worldly acquisitions, a fact he had tried hard to avoid. Hitherto he had held on to those acquisitions as much as possible. We do not know of a fiercer contest inside the human mind. Hurr had experienced, at the zero hour of his life, a struggle between the world and the hereafter right inside himself which he had been running away throughout that period. He had been trying to reconcile the two but the will of God was above that of Hurr. He came face to face with the point of separation!

(vii) So Hurr took the inevitable decision and galloped his horse towards Husayn (as) to the utter surprise of his companions and the whole army. The commander of the army Umar ibn Sa’ad could not believe it when he saw al-Hurr going over to Husayn’s side at this critical moment.

He now came to Husayn (as) with his head bowed in shame on account of how he had treated the Imam some days before on the way to Karbala. He approached saying: ‘Is there a chance to repent?’ ‘If you return to God He will accept you’, the Imam replied.

Hurr galloped his horse towards Husayn (as) as if he was running away from something that pursued him, something he feared. But Hurr was a brave man undaunted by anything. Why did he speed his horse towards Husayn? Who was pursuing him?

Hurr was afraid of himself, lest his base self-prevented him from going over to Husayn’s side by enticing him with the world. He wanted to put himself into a new reality from which he could not go back again. So he galloped quickly to join Husayn and put himself in a new reality, i.e. before Husayn (as), ashamed and apologizing, seeking his pardon so that God might accept his repentance.

May God have mercy on you O Hurr! You were a free man (hur) as your mother named you; you would not incline towards the allurements of the world.

May God have mercy on you, O Hurr! Your companions testified to your bravery on the battlefield and we testify that you were more valiant and strong in the battle with your self. We bear witness that the tough decision you took on that day which perplexed the army and its general was a feat that could hardly be accomplished by a joint effort of courageous men.

Surely God loved and preferred you in the company of Husayn (as), to fight and attain martyrdom by his side, while defending him. Congratulations on this great divine gift!

Conclusion
Before we close this discussion, I would like to take a final glance at the comparison between the second and third classes.

At the end, al-Hurr and Zuhayr (may God have mercy on them) met ‘in the abode of truthfulness with an omnipotent King;’22 they supported Husayn; they fought, were killed and attained martyrdom together; and they gained nearness to the Messenger of God (S) in paradise. The bitter troubles suffered by al-Hurr might not be less in value than the swift accepteance by Zuhayr. So what is the need of comparison and analysis?

It is true that in the final analysis both men attained their goal and there is no doubt about that, but many a man has fallen while taking the leap from the world to the hereafter and from ‘I’ to God, as the world overpowered him while he was trying to extricate himself from its clutches. A great number of people have lost the battle with the self. God Almighty declared the truth when He said: “Indeed man is at a loss, except those who have faith and do righteous deeds, and enjoin one another to [follow] the truth, and enjoin one another to patience.”23

Surely, most people are at a loss and those who prosper are only a small group. Those are the people who enjoin one another to follow the truth and enjoin one another to patience, barring exceptional cases.

To be saved from the hazards of this road, which are many and dangerous, one should not give himself up to the world. This is the first necessary condition. The second is that one should not appropriate much from the world but only take from it as much as one needs. He who takes from the world will surely be taken by it unless he limits himself to his needs with modesty, in which case worldly enticements will not overpower him.

In his sermon describing the God-fearing, the Commander of the Faithful said “You will see him (the God-fearing person) modest in hopes, contented in mind; his food inelaborate, his affairs simple, his greed dead…”24

This doesn’t mean that one should prohibit himself the good things of life, rather one should be contented with the amount he needs so that the world will not overwhelm him and strip him of his will-power.

The Commander of the Faithful is teaching us how to treat our ‘selves’ if they prove obstinate with regard to obligations we dislike, and piety. We should punish them through the pleasures of this world, which they love. This is an excellent remedy for it trains the soul to accept cumbersome and arduous tasks of obligations and piety.

“If his soul is recalcitrant in matters it dislikes he will not give it what it wants.”25

1. - In Surah Al ‘Imran, Verse 166, God most High says, concerning the day of Badr: “What befell you on the day when the two hosts met…”
2. - Qur’an Ch:8 vs: 6.
3. - Qur’an Ch: 30, Vs: 69.
4. - Wasa’il al-Shi’ah 2:141.
5. - Majma’ al-Bayan 2: 385.
6. - Mishkat al-Anwar 155.
7. - In those days, this place was said to lie between Hamedan and Rayy, but we could not locate it on present-day maps.
8. - Tarikh al-Tabari 6: 232.
9. - Al-Muqarram’s Maqtal al-Al-Husayn (a.s) pg. 214.
10. - Ibid, pg. 214 – 215.
11. - A hill where al-Nu’man ibn al-Mundhir used to go hunting.
12. - Sayyid Abd al-Razzaq-al-Muqarram’s Maqtal al-Al-Husayn (a.s) . 196.
13. - Sheikh Mufid’s Al-Irshad pg: 235.
14. - Abu Mikhnaf said: “Uqbah ibn Sam’an said: When we left the castle of Banu Muqatil and moved on for some time al-Al-Husayn dozed off for a moment and then woke up saying ‘We are from God and to him we are returning. Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds.” He repeated this twice or thrice. Then Ali ibn al-Al-Husayn approached him riding his horse and said: ‘We are from God and to him we are returning. Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds! Father! May I be your ransom. Why did you praise God and recited the return formula?
Al-Husayn (as) said: My son! I dozed off for a moment and saw a rider who was saying: “The people are moving along and death is moving towards them.” So I realized that we are being given the news of our death.
He said to him: Father! May God never let you see evil – are we not in the right?
Al-Husayn (as) replied: “Surely, I swear by the One to whom the bondsmen return.
He said: Father! in that case we wouldn’t mind to die as those in the right.
Then al-Al-Husayn said to him: May God reward you with the best of what he rewards a son for his obedience to his father!”
Tarikh al-Tabari 7: 307, the events of the year 61 (A.H.) (European edition).
15. - Qur’an Ch: 26, Vs: 88-89.
16. - Qur’an Ch: 2, Vs. 172.
17. - Qur’an Ch: 4, Vs. 78.
18. - Qur’an Ch: 46, Vs. 20.
19. - Nur al-Thaqalan 5: 15.
20. - This is found in Nahj al-Balaghah vo.2, pg.48 speech no 156. “I said: O Messenger of God! When some of the Muslims are martyred on the day of Uhud and I was deprived of martyrdom and I felt it seriously, didn’t you tell me: Rejoice, for martyrdom is waiting for you?
He said to me: This is so. Then how is your perseverance? I said: O Messenger of God! This is not a situation perseverance but one of rejoicing and gratitude.”
21. - Tarikh al-Tabari 7: 290-291 Events of 61 A.H (European edition).
22. - Qur’an Ch: 54, Vs: 55.
23. - Qur’an Ch: 103, Vs: 2-3.
24. - Nahj al-Balaghah 2: 163 sermon 193 (Muhammad Abduh’s edition)
25. - Al-Fatal al-Nisaburi’s Rawdah al-Wa’izin, pg: 439; Al-Tabarasi’s Makarim al-Akhlaq, pg 447

Arbaeen

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 17 جمعه 03 شهريور 1396 نظرات ()

 

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Fighting against Arrogance and Opposition to the Cruelty as an Intrinsic Nature of Human Being

Opposition between justice and cruelty has been existed from the first day of the Creation until forever. Bringing justice and eliminating cruelty have been institutionalized in human nature so that such attitude known as “Fighting against Arrogance” on global scale.

Islamic Messianism is a Common Doctrine among all Religions

Since survivalism and anti-arrogant trend are common among all people, both can pave the way for creating a harmonious movement resulting in bliss for people; in fact, Islamic Messianism and anti-arrogant trend are the two key features of Arbaeen which form a union among Muslims.

The process of people’s walking tour to Karbala is considered a symbol of Islamic Messianism and anti-arrogant trend so that this movement is regarded as a practice of intrinsic fight against global arrogance that are basic principles of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Indeed, the mentioned movement can keep Muslims closer together resulting in a union.

Eliminating Israel

Our Enemies are afraid of our walking tour to Karbala because this movement keeps Muslims’ hearts closer together and it brings unanimity; so, this movement is very dangerous for them. The numbers of traveling people (about 20000000 people) are large enough to change their route and destroy Israel even without arms, even with stones in the twinkling of an eye! So this is the very panic which Israel is afraid of!

The Union between Muslims and Underprivileged People

Nowadays the appearance of Daesh Sect is a potential risk to the Islamic steady streams and can cause serious damage to Islam and the first negative effect is to cause schism among Muslims and it seems that we must create more unanimous movements against the cruelty and arrogance and as mentioned above, Islamic Messianism and anti-arrogant trend are the two key features of Arbaeen which form a union among Muslims.                 

 
[1] Arbaeen commemorates the end of the 40-day mourning period after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PEACE BE UPON HIM) – the Prophet’s grandson, in a battle in 680 AD.

Remember the day of Ashura

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 15 چهارشنبه 25 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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Ayatollah Khamenei

“Certainly, compared to other Muslim societies, one of the most important advantages of the Shiite society is the commemoration of Ashura Day.”  

(6th June 1994)

ceremonies for Imam Hussein’s

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 19 سه شنبه 24 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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Ayatollah Khamenei

“People must appreciate mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein’s (Peace Be upon Him) martyrdom in order to create a spiritual connection to Imam Hussein (Peace Be upon Him), family of the Prophet (Peace Be upon Him), Islam and the Holy Qur’an.”   

(6th June 1994)

The greatest blessing

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 19 دوشنبه 23 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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Ayatollah Khamenei

“The blessed commemoration of Imam Hussein (Peace Be upon Him) is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God for our Shiite Society i.e. mourning for this Imam in Muharram.”

(6th June 1994)

What was the purpose of Imam Hossein's uprising

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 14 یکشنبه 22 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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What was the course of Imam Hussain’s (A) revolution? What reasons prompted him to initiate such a great and unmatched upspring? Did he intended to overthrow the Yazid regime? Did he wish to end the Umayyid dynasty? These and such other questions keep cropping in the mind and everyone wants to know the satisfactory replies, specially the mourner of Imam Hussain (A) are more eager in this regard.

When Imam Hussain (A) was preparing to leave on his longest journey,he bid adieu to the grave of his grandfather, the Holy Prophet (S.AW). Then he wrote a legacy addressing his brother Mohammed Bin Hanafiyyah in which he explained the aims and objectives of his uprising. We are quoting an extract from the same legacy hereunder. He wrote thus:

“And surely the aim of my stand is not inspired by vain exultation and it is also not for the quest of kingdom, Neither it is to cause dissension and corruption nor it is to wrong anybody unjustly.”

These sentences of Imam Hussain (A) are sufficient enough to beat all the criticisms and accusation leveled against him by theenemies of Islam and the enemies of Imam Hussain (A).) Now the question arises if these were not the motives of Imam’s uprising than why did he took stand? What were the aims of his uprising? Thus continued Imam Hussain (A)

“The purpose of my stand is the reformation of my grandfather’s nation. I intend to enjoin goodness and forbid evil. I want to emulate my grandfather, the Holy Prophet (S)and my father Alt Bin Abu Talib (A). Whosoever accepts me by accepting the truth, then Allah is higher than the truth. And whosoever rejects me then I will bear patiently until Allah adjudges between me and them and He is the best Judge.”

In this legacy the chief of martyrs has explained three purposes for his stand:

1- The reformation of his grandfather’s nation

2- Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil

3- Renewal and Revival of the tradition of the Holy Prophet (S) and Imam Ali (A)

These purposes are not different than each other rather these are complementary to each other because, nation can be reformed only by means of bidding good and forbidding evil. The tradition and path of the Holy Prophet (S) and Imam Ali (A) is goodness and anything other than that is evil. Some facts are stated by Imam Husain (A) in his other sermons and letters but in other words. When he reached Mecca he wrote a letter to the people of Basra thus;

“I invite you towards the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (S) because indeed Sunnah has been mutilated and hereby is revived. Whoever will accept my words, then I will guide him towards the straight path". (Tarikhe-Tabari vol.7, pg.240)

In another letter to the people of Kufa he wrote thus:

“By God, Imam is the one who acts on the commands of the Book, deals with Justice, followed the truth and reserves his self for the pleasure of Allah.”

These words of Imam imply that only he can be an Imam who possesses these characteristics and the one who does not possess them cannot be an Imam. Hence Yazid Bin Muawiyah has had no right to the caliphate. When he reached at ‘Baiza’, a place near Karbala and was besieged by the contingent of Hur, then he addressed his men and the army of Hur in these words:

“The one who sees a tyrant King who is making unlawful as lawful, violating the pledge (of God), opposing the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (S) ruling on the servant of Allah with sins and oppression. And by his words and actions does not oppose the King and does not strive to reform the circumstances, then it behooves Allah to hurl him into Hell along with the King.”

Then he continued about the Yazidi regime thus:

“They have shun the obedience of Allah and acted following Shaitan. They are instigating commotion and dismissing the divine laws. They are expending from the public exchequer for their selfish end and are changing the prohibited things to permissible thing.”

In the first sermon at Karbala he spoke thus:

“Can’t you see that the truth is not followed and the falsehood is not shunned.? In such circumstances a believer should desire to meet Allah. Surely I regard death as nothing but an honour and life with Oppressors as anything but disgrace.” Tarikhe-Tabari, vol.-7pg.300)

Nevertheless the unique and unparalleled revolution of Imam Hussain (A) which began in Rajab 60 AH. and apparently ended with the glorious martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A), his kith, kin and companions was not in vain. The purpose of this revolution was to revive and rejuvenate Islam (which was distorted and Yazidi regime wanted to annihilate it), and also to reform the nation of the Holy Prophet (S). Some of the Sunni Traditionalists have added a phrase of ‘and on the path of Khulafa Rashedeen’. It is an addition made in the reign of Umayyid dynasty because the term ‘Khulafa-Rashedeen’ was coined by the Historians and Scholastic Theologians of that time and this term was not in use at the time of Imam Hussain (A).

Moreover, Imam Hussain (A) was critical about the behavioural pattern of the caliphs, then how he could have desired to follow their paths ?

The Revolution’s Causes imam hussain

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 19 شنبه 21 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

 

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The Revolution’s Causes
The motives for revolution were numerous. Some were direct grievances of the general people while others were ideological. The following were the most apparent:
1. There were many defects and drawbacks but the most urgent one was the attempt to distort Islamic concepts and ideals. This aspect was of extreme importance and preoccupied the minds of responsible Muslims at the time. The fabrication of Hadith was all too common, which had a poisonous effect on the lives of Muslims. This, was giving the Umayyads for a while a free hand to carry out their inhuman deeds and policies. The mask of religion which they used to hide their un-Islamic conduct was extremely dangerous. In the long run, this could have changed Islamic concepts of ruling and inverted social ideals. Thus stripping off this mask and exposing the true Umayad’s picture was of utmost necessity.
2. The State’s structure was built on an un-Islamic basis. Quraish was born to rule, Arabs were second class citizens, and non-Arabs constituted the base of the society’s pyramid. That was the general social picture of, the Muslim world under the Umayyads dynasty. Freedom of thought and expression were denied, When one dared to express an opinion contrary to that of the Umayyad’s, prison became his home, his property was robbed, and oven his life was at stake.
3. The Umayyads considered the Muslim world to be their own property. The aims (Zakat) and other Islamic dues were collected, but no-one knows or can question where that money went. Large gifts and donations were given to few cruel governors and tribal chiefs in order to secure their allegiance. Large sums of money were wastefully spent on racing, gambling, wine-making, and buying slave women to entertain high-class people in power. Hence, the majority of Muslims were left near starvation level while the ruling group all enjoyed the social and material privileges.
4. The Muslims had apparently got used to the un-Islamic rule of the Umayyads as time passed by. Their resistance slackened and some people began adjusting themselves to the new conditions. Hence, the revolutionary spirit of Islam began to disappear gradually from Muslims’ lives and thoughts. Therefore, a new stimulant to their souls was necessary to activate their lives and try to restore, Islamic conduct to the society.

Zaynab al-Kubra

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 8 چهارشنبه 04 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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These days are days related to Hussein ibn Ali (greetings be upon him). They are days of enthusiasm and historical excitement for the Islamic Ummah. They are not particular to Shias. Non-Shias too consider the movement of Hussein ibn Ali (God’s greetings be upon him) as a great, magnificent and instructive movement and model for nations. I am speaking about those who are familiar with this movement. I am not speaking about those people who are not familiar with it. As for our people, one of their sources of pride is familiarity with the Master of Martyrs and Karbala. They are familiar with the important matters that occurred after or during Ashura.

These days are days of Zaynab al-Kubra (God’s greetings be upon her). Zaynab al-Kubra (God’s greetings be upon her) is the same person who kept the event of Ashura alive. She prevented it from being consigned to oblivion or becoming outdated with the political deceptions of the ruling system of those days. It was Zaynab al-Kubra (God’s greetings be upon her) who kept the event alive. Therefore, these are important days.

The historical period that we are in is an important period. The people of Iran are establishing their dignity and formulating their main roadmap for progress towards ideals. Therefore, the youth’s awareness is important. Their acumen about the current conditions is important and this gathering is an opportunity for speaking – to some extent – about such matters.

Imam Hussein's body was surrounded

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 11 سه شنبه 03 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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As the enemies had the body of Imam Hussain (as) surrounded, each took their turn stabbing his pure defenseless body, laid out on the ground; thus, while viciousness, revengefulness, and feral behavior swept through the battle field, in the camps of Imam Hussain (as) the spirit of remembrance in God, the human quality of tenderness, and intense emotions prevailed.

 

All women and children—no one but women and children were left in the camps, with the exception of the only surviving male Ali Ibn Hussain (as) who was ill—were worried about Hussain Ibn Ali (as) and what would transpire next.

They came out of their tents, and proceeded to the area where they believed Hussain Ibn Ali’s (as) body was seized; it has been narrated that the women departed from the camp. You have probably seen or heard how Arab women weep and mourn: it is still common among Arab women to mourn painfully upon the death of their loved ones; they beat their own faces, and pull at their hair; they mourn in such an intense manner. Well, these women had lost a loved one, a man like Hussain Ibn Ali (as).

Hazrat Zeinab was heading the women towards the sight of his martyrdom. When she arrived, she spotted the body of her beloved brother on the blistering grounds of Karbala. Instead of revealing some sort of reaction, or grievance, she went to the corpse of her beloved Hussain (as), and called on her grandfather (pbuh). She said, “O’ the Messenger of God, peace be upon you! Take a look at your Hussain who is covered in blood, with his body hacked up.” O’ my dear grandfather! O’ Great Prophet, look towards the hot desert of Karbala. This is your Hussain who is now covered in blood and dust.

Then, as it has been narrated, Zeinab (as) reached her hands beneath the body of Hussain Ibn Ali (as) and called out, “O’ God! Please accept this sacrifice from the progeny of Muhammad (saw)!”

Ayatollah Khamenei, 9/27/1985

extraordinary feat

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 11 دوشنبه 02 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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Of course this is easier said than done. What Imam Hussein (a.s.) did was an extraordinary feat. That is to say, the dimensions of his action are far more than what we estimate. We usually ignore aspects and details. Once I spoke about Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) patience. His patience was not limited to enduring thirst or seeing his companions being killed. These things are relatively easy to tolerate. The kind of patience that is difficult to practice is to listen to influential, aware and respectable people who keep creating doubts and telling you that what you are doing is dangerous and wrong. Who did those things? People like Abdullah Ja’far, Abdullah Zubair and Abdullah Abbas. These prominent figures of that time were constantly telling Imam Hussein (a.s.) not to do what he was doing. If it were somebody else, somebody who did not have that determination and stable character, he would have thought, “Well, I did my duty. These people are talking like this and the world is acting like that, so I should just say what I am supposed to say and do nothing else.” A person who decides to stand up against such statements, such temptations, such doubts and such efforts to bend sharia and is not dissuaded from continuing his path - such a person is the one who can give rise to such a great transformation. In this regard our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) was similar to the Lord of the Martyrs. I explained this in another meeting and I do not want to go into the details now. This was how Imam Hussein (a.s.) acted as a guardian.

 

Statements made during an address to members of IRGC; July 4, 2011

What is Muharram

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 13 یکشنبه 01 مرداد 1396 نظرات ()

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What is Muharram?

Muharram (Arabic: محرم) It is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Instead of joyous celebration, Muslims mark the beginning of the New Year by taking up the black attire of sorrow and participate in mourning gatherings in which the sacrifices of Husain and his companions are commemorated. It is one of the four months of the year in which fighting is prohibited. Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar.
Muharram is so called because it was unlawful to fight during this month; the word is derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan.It is the same month when Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, was brutally massacred in Karbala alongside his family and friends in the year 680 CE/61 AH.

محرم اولین ماه از تقویم اسلامی است. مسلمانان به جای مراسم شادی، سال جدید را با پوشیدن لباس سیاه که حاکی از غم و اندوه است آغاز می کنند و در مراسم  عزاداری  که در آن فداکاری امام حسین و یارانش یادآوری می شود، شرکت می کنند..این ماه یکی از چهار ماه حرام است که در آن جنگ حرام است.از آنجاییکه تقویم اسلامی قمری است، محرم در مقایسه با تقویم میلادی سال به سال در حرکت است.

محرم ماه شناخته شده ای است چون در این ماه جنگ و خونریزی حرام است. واژه محرم از کلمه “حرام” گرفته شده است که به معنای ممنوع می باشد .بعد از ماه رمضان ، محرم از مقدس ترین ماه هاست .محرم ماهی است که امام حسین نوه پیامبر اسلام حضرت محمد به همراه خانواده و دوستانش در سال شصت و یک هجری در کربلا ، بیرحمانه به  شهادت رسیدند .

 

Their martyrdom is a sad day for all Muslims, especially the Shi’a, who hold mourning ceremonies to recall the righteous virtues for which the valiant martyrs stood and the grave calamities that they thus had to bear. The commemoration of this brutal massacre (Battle of Karbala) begins on the first day of Muharram and reaches its climax on the 10th of Muharram, the day of the battle, known as Ashurah and continues for 40 days or 69 days.

شهادت آنها روز غم انگیزی برای مسلمانان به ویژه شیعیان است که مراسم عزاداری یادآوری فداکاری و تقوای مردان شجاعی است که مقاومت کردند و مصائب بزرگی را تحمل کردند. بزرگداشت واقعه کربلا، از اول محرم شروع می شود و در روزدهم به اوج خود می رسد که “عاشورا” –روزی که جنگ رخ می دهد- نام دارد به اوج خود می رسد و سپس به مدت چهل یا شصت ونه روز ادامه پیدا می کند.

Guardian of Imam Hossein

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 14 شنبه 31 تير 1396 نظرات ()

ashura

 

 

The concept of guardianship was embodied by Imam Hussein (a.s.) with all its dimensions and with all the necessary and possible means. This is not to say that others did not do such a thing or did not want to do such a thing, rather it means that this movement was fully realized in the behavior of the Lord of the Martyrs (a.s.) during his ten-year imamate. One can clearly notice in his lifestyle all the methods that could have been used by a descendant of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) to preserve the great legacy of Islam which has been passed down by the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and his father as well as their genuine followers. We can clearly see everything in the lifestyle of the Lord of the Martyrs (a.s.) - everything ranging from clarification, to forewarning, to promotion of Islam, to provoking the conscience of prominent figures of his time during a sermon in Mina. All these things are tangible in the lifestyle of the Lord of the Martyrs (a.s.). Later on he stood up against a great deviation and laid down his life. Imam Hussein (a.s.) was aware of the consequences of his movement. He was an infallible Imam. Infallible Imams’ extensive knowledge and insight are beyond our heads. Imam Hussein (a.s.) revolted to set a role model and he refused to surrender. He asked people to help him and when a group of people from Kufa expressed their willingness to accompany him on this path, Imam Hussein (a.s.) accepted their offer and moved towards Kufa and he did not give up in the middle of the way. Imam Hussein (a.s.) stood up against the deviated current of his time, which was extremely dangerous. And this became a lesson and Imam Hussein (a.s.) himself makes the same point. That is to say, he backed up his action with the order of Islam. He said that his duty was what he was doing. He said that he had to express his opposition, no matter what the consequences were. He said, “It is good if my destiny is a victory and if my destiny is martyrdom, so much the better.” This was how Imam Hussein (a.s.) acted.

This was a perfect instance of self-sacrifice and it safeguarded Islam. This move preserved Islam. This move institutionalized values in society. If Imam Hussein (a.s.) had not accepted this danger, if he had not made a move, if he had not taken action, if his blood had not been shed, if those great tragedies had not happened to the shrine of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.), to Imam Ali’s (a.s.) daughter and to the Holy Prophet’s (s.w.a.) descendents, this event would not have gone down in history. The event that could have prevented that great deviation had to shock people and history as much as the deviation did. This shows Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) self-sacrifice.

Of course this is easier said than done. What Imam Hussein (a.s.) did was an extraordinary feat. That is to say, the dimensions of his action are far more than what we estimate. We usually ignore aspects and details. Once I spoke about Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) patience. His patience was not limited to enduring thirst or seeing his companions being killed. These things are relatively easy to tolerate. The kind of patience that is difficult to practice is to listen to influential, aware and respectable people who keep creating doubts and telling you that what you are doing is dangerous and wrong. Who did those things? People like Abdullah Ja’far, Abdullah Zubair and Abdullah Abbas. These prominent figures of that time were constantly telling Imam Hussein (a.s.) not to do what he was doing. If it were somebody else, somebody who did not have that determination and stable character, he would have thought, “Well, I did my duty. These people are talking like this and the world is acting like that, so I should just say what I am supposed to say and do nothing else.” A person who decides to stand up against such statements, such temptations, such doubts and such efforts to bend sharia and is not dissuaded from continuing his path - such a person is the one who can give rise to such a great transformation. In this regard our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) was similar to the Lord of the Martyrs. I explained this in another meeting and I do not want to go into the details now. This was how Imam Hussein (a.s.) acted as a guardian.

 

Statements made during an address to members of IRGC; July 4, 2011.

muharram

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 31 دوشنبه 26 تير 1396 نظرات ()

muharram

 

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar.
The Shiite Muslims commemorate the Battle of Karbala and consider this a month of sadness and mourning.
Can you tell me a little about Ashura?
Ashura is the day Husain Ibn Ali , the grandson of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH & HP) , was martyred along with his family members and friends in the Battle of Karbala.
This month is period of intense grief and mourning.
Clergymen give sermons with themes of Hussein’s personality and position in Islam, and the history of his uprising.
The clergymen retell the Battle of Karbala and speak about the pain and sorrow endured by Hussein and his family.
Many people congregate together in mosques for chest beating and mourning.
They show their devotion to Imam Hussein by Lamenting and grieving to the tune of beating drums, sound of bugles and chants of “Ya Hussein.”
Some people sacrifice a sheep in Ashura.

ashura

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 52 شنبه 24 تير 1396 نظرات ()

ashura

While imam Hussain (as) was asking the enemy for water to nourish his thirsty 6 month-old infant , the enemy struck the baby’s throat , such barbaric creatures had risen in animosity against the grandson of the prophet.
Ayatollah KhameneiWhile imam Hussain (as) was asking the enemy for water to nourish his thirsty 6 month-old infant , the enemy struck the baby’s throat , such barbaric creatures had risen in animosity against the grandson of the prophet.
Ayatollah Khamenei

while imam hussain

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 38 چهارشنبه 21 تير 1396 نظرات ()

 

If a homes electricity goes out for 2-3 hours during the summer time, parents won’t be concerned about themselves getting heat-sick; they won’t be distraught by their own sweat and frustration with the heat. But when a mother sees her child restless, finding it difficult to sleep due to the extreme heat, her heart burns in despair.
Now imagine the events on the afternoon of Ashura (tenth day of Muharram) in the camps of Imam Hussain (as), his family and companions, under the scorching heat, all so thirsty. For this little infant some abstained from drinking out of the remaining water supply, in that scorching heat. Certainly they weren’t thinking about themselves when they watched little Ali Asghar.


I assume the main reason Imam Hussain (as) brought Ali Asghar to the enemy’s army, to ask for water in order to nourish the infant—while there was very little hope that these lupine enemies would have sympathy and give the baby water– was that Imam Hussain (as) had no other option and there was nothing he could do to help. When the Imam (as) moved about the tents, he noticed the air was filled with anguish and much commotion, this small infant’s thirst, hunger and distress had moved everyone. Hussain Ibn Ali (as) had to take the baby in his arms—although there was very little chance the enemy would give the baby a cup of water to sooth his thirst.
Nevertheless, Hussain Ibn Ali (as) held the infant, then lifted him up for all to see. The baby’s conditions were so heart-rending that he would certainly move anyone—no matter how cold hearted—to feel sadness for him.
Imam Hussain (as) sought mercy purposely. It has been narrated correctly that he said, “even if you don’t have mercy towards me, have mercy towards this little baby.” A father would do so for his little baby at a time of distress. Hussain Ibn Ali’s (as) fatherly instincts allowed him to ask the enemy for water in order to save the life of this little infant. At that moment Hussain Ibn Ali (as)—probably in agony, gloom, and distress—raised the baby in his hands and was talking to the enemy when he felt something strange! He noticed his baby, who was drooping and still, due to thirst and hunger, could no longer hold his head, his head hung to one side. Suddenly he started floundering in his father’s hands.
Imam Hussain (as) looked at him; he saw the enemy’s arrow had stricken the baby in the throat and blood was flowing from Ali Asghar’s throat. May God curse the oppressors!

Ayatollah Khamenei; September 12, 1986

Karbala

ساحل آرامش بازدید : 23 چهارشنبه 21 تير 1396 نظرات ()

The Shiite Muslims commemorate the Battle of Karbala and consider this a month of sadness and mourning

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