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The Month of Muharram

The Month of Muharram

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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


The Holy Prophet (PBUH&HP)has said: "Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain. May Allah love that person who loves Hussain." ( Sunan Ibn Majah, H # 152)


Quran and Etrat Online University offers condolences to all the freemen of the world, especially your dear friend, upon the time of mourning for the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT) and the true manifestation of love, the month of Muharram.
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by Ali Qizilbash -

Salaam Alaykum,

Once again we are afforded an opportunity by Almighty Allah to show our love and feelings for the King of Martyrs, Imam Hussain AS. It is our duty to express our sentiments and show Allah our love for the Imam AS. Imam Hussain AS sacrificed his life and the lives of his near and dear ones to save humanity, for Islam is the religion of humanity. Let us be amongst those that spread the message of the Imam AS till, Allah willing, all humanity is echoing with the words of Ya Hussain AS, Ya Hussain AS. Allah give me the strength and determination to prove a true lover of Imam Hussain AS and to spread his message. Aameen.

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by Ali Rizvi -

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


I Have a Due Right


A narrator narrates that,

“I went to Imam Kadhim (PBUH) and said to him,

“My wife and Ibn Marid’s wife go out to attend mourning ceremonies, and I forbid them from doing so. But my wife responds to me by saying: If this act is unlawful, then we won’t go. But if it is not, then why are you forbidding us? If one of us passes away, then no one will attend ceremonies held for us!”

“You asked me about social rights. My father [Imam Sadiq Imam (PBUH)] constantly sent his mother and wives out (to the houses of people of Medina to attend their mourning ceremonies) so that he would fulfill their rights (1)

If we reflect on this short narration, we come to realize that the words of the Imam (PBUH) contain noteworthy and deep points. For instance:

1. Attending other people’s ceremonies is a social right; therefore, we have to attend others’ mourning ceremonies to fulfill this obligation. In fact, the attendance and paying condolences are considered to be rights and obligations.

2. We need to attend other people’s ceremonies so that they would attend ours. This is among the traditions of the Ahl al-Bait (PBUT).

3. Fulfilling this social responsibility is a continuous task; because Imam Kadhim (PBUH) said,” My father [Imam Sadiq Imam (PBUH)] constantly sent his mother and wives out (to the houses of people of Medina to attend their mourning ceremonies)”.

4. We need to pay attention to the fact that Imam Sadiq Imam (PBUH) did not sent his maid to attend the ceremonies; rather he sent his mother who had that high status. This emphasizes the importance of this fact and proves the existence of social rights. It is essential that such traditions be observed by people.

So knowing that such rights exist among the people, and people were encouraged by the Ahl al-Bait (PBUT) to fulfill this rights, what is our responsibility towards the mourning ceremonies of the Ahl al-Bait (PBUT)? If we want to fulfill our responsibility in this regards, what should we do?

(The above is a selection taken from,” Unsaid Facts about Ashura”, by Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Hussaini Milani)



1- Usul Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 21

source: Roshd website

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by Salma Mona -

Objectives of the Ashura Uprising

The Master of Martyrs (a.s.) spent all his life in eradicating evil, preventing the rule of cruelty and suppression of the vice and corruption that governments had produced in the world. This is how he spent his entire life, -- doing all he could to do away with the cruel rulers, to promote the good and destroy evil.

The Master of Martyrs (a.s.) knew what he was doing in his uprising. He forsake his own prestige and life and that of his children. He knew what the outcome would be. Whoever was with the Imam (a.s.) from the time they left Medina, entered Mecca and left Mecca again to the end, could see all and hear all that His Holiness had said and thus realize that Imam Hosein (a.s.) knew very well what he was doing. It isn't that he was going to see what it is like (to rise with a handful of men against trained armies), rather, he had risen even to wrest the government (from the usurpers). This was the essential purpose. Some wrongly think that the Imam (a.s.) had no government in mind. He had come to retrieve Islamic government for government was the thing to be in his hands and in the hands of his Shiite followers.


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رسولُ اللَّهِ صلى اللَّه عليه وآله : فَوقَ كُلِّ ذِي بِرٍّ بِرٌّ حتّى‏ يُقتَلَ الرجُلُ في سبيلِ اللَّهِ ، فإذا قُتِلَ في سبيلِ اللَّهِ فليسَ فَوقَهُ بِرٌّ .

The Prophet (PBUH&HP) said:

⚜️ ‘Above every act of piety is yet a greater act of piety until a man is killed in the way of Allah, and when he is killed in the way of Allah, there is no act of piety greater.’

al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 348, no. 4.


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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

The Holy Prophet (PBUH&HP)has said:

▫ "Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain. May Allah love that person who loves Hussain."▫

Quran and Etrat Online University offers condolences to all the freemen of the world, especially your dear friend, upon the time of mourning for the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT) and the true manifestation of love, the month of Muharram.


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You may be interested in the following link which shows the Khutba of Imam Sajjad (a).


1. DO NOT ACCEPT HUMILIATION : In one of his speeches, Imam Hussein a.s. said that the authorities in Kufa had given him only two options - humiliation or death. He carried on to say: 'And we do not accept humiliation'. A tradition reported by Imam Sadiq a.s records that, other than not accepting humiliation, Allah Almighty has given to believers a choice in all matters.

2. BROAD-MINDEDNESS : This means thinking independently and being just in one's judgements. Not simply following others blindly and keeping one's eyes closed. On the Day of Ashura Imam Hussein a.s. addressed Yazid's troops: ‘O followers of Abu Sufyan, if you are not following the teachings of Islam then as freemen, be independent of judgement. On what basis do you fight me now’?

3. A WIDER UNDERSTANDING OF DEATH : Few people desire death. The Holy Quran challenges the Jews for not welcoming death in view of their alleged special relationship with Allah s.w.t. Imam Hussein a.s. extended our comprehension of death by drawing attention to the three points below:

a) Death is written for everyone and no soul may escape it. He said: Death is an adornment of life as a necklace is an adornment of a beautiful woman.

b) Death with dignity is preferable to a life lived in humiliation.

c) Dying for the cause of Islam is martyrdom and a great honour. In his farewell to relatives in Madina, Imam Hussein a.s. said: ‘Whoever joins us will be martyred, those who remain behind will miss the victory’.

4. AWARENESS : It is human right that everyone participating in a task be made aware of the likely consequences. The Imam made everyone aware of the consequences of the impending action before anyone accepted the challenge.

5. SUPPORT THE TRUTH : Imam Hussein a.s. announced: 'Don't you see that Truth has been replaced by falsehood. We must be prepared to sacrifice everything that is precious in support of Truth!' Truth is the essence of Islam and fortifies the values emphasized in the Holy Quran. Hazrat Ali Akbar asked his father Imam Hussein a.s.: ‘Are we not supporting the Truth?’ Imam a.s. replied in the affirmative. Hazrat Ali Akbar said:’ then, it makes no difference if death comes to us or if we approach death’.

6. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO REPENT : Hur Riahi, the first commander to surround Imam Hussein's troops and prevent their access to the water of Euphrates, provides an excellent illustration of repentance. Regretting his action, he asked Imam Hussein a.s. if his repentance would be accepted. Imam Hussein a.s. told him that it is never too late to repent. Hur joined Imam Hussein's camp and was honoured by being one of the first martyrs (Peace be upon Him).

7. FIDELITY AND LOYALTY : Fidelity is a characteristic admired by all. If friends meet in times of comfort and wealth but leave when hardship and difficulty strike, it is clear that their friendship is not true. On the day of Ashura, Imam Hussein a.s. told John, a servant of the renowned companion Hazrat Abu Dhar: ‘You have accompanied us all the way but now you may go.’ John replied: ‘It is not fair that I benefit from your company and hospitality but abandon you in your hardship?’ His attitude exemplifies fidelity, loyalty and true friendship.

8. LADIES PARTICIPATE : Without all the ladies and specially Lady Zainab AS’s participation in Karbala, the mission of Imam Hussein a.s. could not have been fulfilled.

9. TO PLEASE ALLAH : The objective of all believers should be the pleasure of Allah Almighty. Imam Hussein a.s. said in one of his speeches that the only objective of the Prophet's household was to please Allah.

10. GIVING PREFERENCE TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS : On the Day of Ashura, the actions of Hazrat Abbas, brother of Imam Hussein a.s. proves the point. Hazrat Abbas a.s. battled bravely to gain access to the water of Euphrates. Although he gave no consideration to his own thirst but strove instead to bring water to the tents for the women and children.

11. PATIENCE IN ADVERSITY : Allah tells us in the Holy Quran that only those who remain patient will receive reward without measure. Imam Hussein a.s. was brought up to understand the Quran and that is why he was happy to remain patience in hardship and endurance and to await his Lord’s reward. His patience wasn't out of weakness or helplessness but a demonstration of his steadfastness and bravery. Those who saw Imam Hussein a.s. on the Day of Ashura reported:. ‘We have never seen a man remaining as composed as Imam Hussein a.s. whereas his relatives and children were slaughtered before his eyes’.

12. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF AMR BIL MA’ROOF: Imam Hussein a.s. declared in a speech that the only objective of seeking this reform was to emphasis the significance of Amr bil Ma’roof and Nahy anil Munkar. (Enjoining good and forbidding evil).

13. THE USE OF LAWFUL MEANS : Imam Hussein a.s. tried to stop Umar ibn Saâd from pursuing his evil objectives. He said to him: ‘You are promised government of Ray(Tehran today) yet you will never eat the wheat of that area.’ Ibn Saad responded: ‘ Its barley will suffice!!’ Realizing that he couldn't change Ibn Saâds mind, Imam Hussein a.s. said: Those who use unlawful means to achieve their objectives never attain them.

14. VICTORY IN TRUTH: After the tragedy of Ashura, women and children became prisoners of war and were taken first from Karbala to Kufa and then to Damascus. They were tortured on route and forced to walk behind the soldiers who carried the heads of Imam Hussein a.s. and his companions mounted on their spears. For the sake of Islam, Imam accepted everything, fully knowing that THERE IS ALWAYS VICTORY IN TRUTH.

(From: YA ALLAH (ONE N ONLY) !!!