Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth, best who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance. (Qur'an 16:125)
The Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam) said: “He is not one of us who strikes his cheeks, rends his garment, or cries with the cry of the Jaahiliyyah.” [l-Bukhaari (1294) and Muslim (103)]
Whether Shi’a or Sunni or whoever they may be ------
What some people do in ‘Muharram’ is…..Mourning… Beating their chest, slapping their cheeks, striking their shoulders with chains and cutting their heads with swords to let the blood flow….having big gatherings where they encourage people to do these acts and filling their heart with hatred……Thinking that Muharram is the month of Mourning….
These are all innovations that have no basis in Islam.
These things are evils that were forbidden by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who did not prescribe for his ummah to do any of these things or anything similar to them to mark the death of a leader or the loss of a martyr, no matter what his status is.
During lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) a number of senior Sahaabah were martyred and he mourned their loss, such as
Hamzah ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib(his uncle), Ja’far ibn Abi Taalib and ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Rawaahah, but he did not do any of the things that people do today.
If it was good, Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam) would have done it before us. What are people trying to say that “they are better than Muhammad (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam) by doing invention in the Deen ?? in actual it’s innovation (Bid’ah) which leads to destruction. Coz Islam is complete and whoever invents something new, it will be rejected.
“The Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam) stated repeatedly that: "Every newly-invented thing is a bid'ah (innovation), every bid'ah is a going astray, and every going astray will be in the Fire." [Sunan-Nasai]
Shocking part is that even many educated men & women; also get involved in this evil activity ….. they also mourn and beat them selves scratch their hair like animals. People have forgot the teaching ofMuhammad (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam) who said: ‘It is not permitted for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to mourn for any dead person for more than three days, except for a husband, (in which case the period of mourning is) four months and ten days. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 4926).
And those three days mourning also does not include the acts of jaahiliya (ignorance) such as tearng clothes beating their chest hitting their head etc.
The question arises, did Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) ask us to mourn or beat ourselves? He lost his beloved Grand father Muhammad (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam)did he do such things? He lost his Father Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) did he do such things? The answer is “NO”
Then if people claim to love Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) then why aren’t they following him ???
These are reprehensible actions that people do in Muharram which has no basis in Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not do them, nor did any of his companions. None of his companions did them when he or anyone else died; although the loss of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was greater than the death of Hussain (may Allaah be pleased with him).
His father was better than him and he was killed, but people do not take his death as an anniversary as they do with the death of Hussain
His father (may Allaah be pleased with him) was killed on a Friday as he was leaving the mosque after Fajr prayer, on the seventeenth of Ramadaan in 40 AH.
‘Uthmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) was killed when he was besieged in his house during the days of al-Tashreeq in Dhu’l-Hijjah of 36 AH, with his throat cut from one jugular vein to the other, but people did not take his death as an anniversary.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him).was killed as he was standing in the mihraab, praying Fajr and reciting Qur’aan, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. (may Allaah be pleased with him).
Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq – the first Caliph of Islam….when he died, people don’t even take his death as an anniversary.
These were the closest companions and the rightly guided caliphs of Islam…..why don’t people mourn or beat themselves on their death-dates??
‘Ali ibn al-Husayn narrated from his grandfather the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who said:
“There is no Muslim who is afflicted by a calamity and when he remembers it, even if it was in the dim and distant past, he says Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (verily to Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return), but Allaah will give him a reward like that of the day when it befell him.” [Musnad Ahmad and Ibn Majaah]
>>> There was much trouble and fighting between these two groups in Kufa. When al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with them both) was killed on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. Allah honoured al-Husayn with martyrdom, as He honoured other members of his family, and raised his status, as He honoured Hamzah, Ja’far, his father ‘Ali and others. Al-Husayn and his brother al-Hasan are the leaders of the youth of Paradise.
High status can only be attained through suffering, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him said, when he was asked which people suffer the most.
He said, “The Prophets, then righteous people, then the next best and the next best. A man will suffer according to his level of faith. If his faith is solid, he will suffer more, but if his faith is shaky, he will suffer less. The believer will keep on suffering until he walks on the earth with no sin.” (reported by al-Tirmidhi and others).
Al-Hasan and al-Husayn achieved what they achieved and reached the high status they reached by the help and decree of Allah. They did not suffer as much as their forefathers had, for they were born and raised during the glory days of Islam, and the Muslims respected and honored them. The Prophet (peace and blessings ofAllaah be upon him) died when they were still young, and Allah blessed them by testing them in such a manner that they would be able to catch up with the rest of their family members, as those who were of a higher status than them were also tested. ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib was better than them, and he was killed as a shaheed (martyr).
It is reported from Faatimah bint al-Husayn, from her father al-Husayn, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no man who suffers a calamity, and when he remembers it, even if it is old, he says ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),’ but Allah will give a reward equal to the reward He gave him on the day he suffered the calamity.”
This is how Allah honours the Believers. If the disaster suffered by al-Husayn, and other disasters, are mentioned after all this time, we should say “Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),” as Allah and His Messenger commanded, so as to be given the reward like that earned on the day of the disaster itself.
If Allah commanded us to be patient and steadfast and to seek reward at the time of the disaster, then how about after the passing of time?
The Shaytaan made this attractive to those who are misled, so they took the month of Muharram as a month of mourning, when they grieve and wail, recite poems of grief and tell stories filled with lies..fabricated filled with deceit…. Whatever truth there may be in these stories serves no purpose other than….. the renewal of their grief and sectarian feeling, and the stirring up of hatred and hostility among the Muslims, which they do by cursing those who came before them, and telling many lies, and causing much trouble in the world.
The religion of Islam is easy
We should worship Him in the manner that He has prescribed, not by means of bid’ah or reprehensible innovations.
Allah says “… So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” [Surah-Kahf 18:110].
Righteous deeds are those which are loved by Allah and His Messenger, those which are prescribed in Islam and in the Sunnah.
Therefore one has to abstain from doing such evil acts which neither Allah nor his Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam)prescribed. In fact these things are haraam in Islam.
MAY ALLAH GUIDE US ALL AND PROTECT US FROM ALL KINDS OF INNOVATION AND SHIRK……..AAMEEEN………………….!