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ASHURAH REVIVAL IN ISLAM

 Muhammad Taha bin Ibrahim

First of Two Parts

MUHARAM is the first month of the HIJRAH Calendar, of which it marks when PROPHET MUHAMMAD (s.a.w) migrated from MAKKA to MEDINA. Thus, gives birth to the establishment of an Islamic State of which all present Muslim nations must duplicate in order to be able to be in the fold of real ISLAM.


One of the historical Landmarks and Islamic significance of the month for the followers of Muhammad (s.a.w.) is to remember the 10th day of Muharram which is the day of ASHURA, the day when the great grandson of the Prophet of Islam was martyred by YASID, the son of Muawiyyah.

Islamic historians stated in various treatises, that during the lifetime of the Prophet, his companions had observed the Messenger of Islam always kissing the neck of his grandson every time they meet as to caution his enemies not to gravely harm to a body part, most dearly loved by the prophet, and a warning that they shall be answerable to the Prophet.  Unfortunately, YASID BIN MUAWIYYAH and his henchmen did not consider the hints of the Prophet.

With all honesty, they transgressed every rule set by the Messenger of Allah, just to perpetuate themselves in power of which they accomplished until this very date.  They seize the power and the authority that does not belong and pertains to them.
This day (10th of Muharram) has the most significance events which were neglected by majority Muslims in this world in general and why. Only true Muslim who loves the AhlolBayt to celebrate it in memory to the MARTYRDOM of IMAM HUSAYN (a.s.) the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).
In this happening was under oppression order of YAZID ben Mu’awiyah to his men, commanded IBN HURR TO UBAYDULLAH IBN ZIYAD to kill Imam Husayn (a.s.).

Why Muslims today had neglected this event? In fact, this day in the 10th day of Muharram has memorable events that should not be ignored, because those events are in occurrence in memory to some past prophets created by Allah (s.w.a.) to remind Muslims that there are Prophets from Adam down to Muhammad who sacrificed themselves and had done their accomplishments for the shakes of the people away from hills and will go to gardens of Allah.  And the most importantly Muharam is the month that Allah’s ordains were the Muslims required to pay Shakkah (give alms to the poor), in this month of Muharam.
O! MUSLIMS, WHY DO WE NEGLECT THIS DAY?
To our brother and sister in Islam, it is better for us to know some significance of ASHURA during our lifetime; that we must celebrate it by giving thanks to Allah (s.a.w) by giving Alms (SHAKATUL KHOMS) to the poor, Tasbehat (remembering Allah), Reading the Holy Qur’an and Fasting on it, and above all, LOVE OF AHLOL BAYTS of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) which is prescribe for every Muslims and rewardable.

Our duty today’s aims to restore the ideals and values of Islam propound in the Qur’an and the tradition of the Prophet (s), in consonance with the stand of Imam Husayn to RESCUE the higher human values, moral, social, political and spiritual, and to preserve the true spirit of Islam, and to achieve the right meaning of Islam. Imam Husayn had established their revolutions in his continuance role reviving Islam, a movement against tyrant, injustice and torture and execution of pious Muslims.
“WAKATILOW HOM HATTA LA LAKOWNA PITNATON WA YAKOWNA ALLADINA LILLAHI AKATFA-INNI ANTAHAWA FALA ODW NA ILLA ALAL DHALIMEEN.”(2:193)

Allah says: “and fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression”. (2:193)

This Holy verse persuade the Holy Imam (a.s.) to fight against the oppressor the LEADER OF BANU UMAYYAH DYNASTY and become everlasting examples to all Muslim believers to Islam on (AMR BIL MA’ROF WA NAHY AN’IL MUNKAR) forbidding evil and enjoining what is right. This emphasized in condition to continue fighting (Jehad) against oppression as Imam Husayn had applied:

. The episode of Karabala showed the true practice of JIHAD not only in words but in action through the greatest tragedy in human history and scenes of LOVE and LOYALTY, BRAVERY and SACRIFICE, NOBILITY and HIGH SPIRITUALITY, BLOOD and BATTLE, and ALSO THOSE OF TREACHERY and BETRAYAL, HUMAN ABASEMENT and WRETCHEDNESS, PERVERSITY and DEPRAVITY.

. To follow and obey the order of Allah of what is as prescribed in the Holy Qur’an;
To obey of what is the prophecy of his Grand Father Muhammad (s.a.w) as the cause of his death;
To restore (revitalized) the true Teaching of Islam and to exercise what is the two weighty things left by Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) the content of the Qur’an and the characters of the ItratiAhlul-Bayt (Purified Household of Prophet).


 To be continued        
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