Black flags wave in mourning. Ya hussein printed in Arabic. It’s the Holy Day for Muslims. It was the day Hassan and Hussein passed away. Although I’m not a Shiite, i still respect their faith and will not judge them. I believe Muslims need to unite under one flag, not point out their differences. Once a Muslim recites the kalima (Bear witness that there’s not God and Mohd is the last messenger) the rest is between him/her and God.
So what’s Ashura all about?
On this day Shi’a are in remembrance, mourning attire is worn; they refrain from music, the reason being naturally in Islam when death has occurred music is considered impolite. It is a time for sorrow and respect of the person’s passing and it is also a time for self reflection. Basically committing yourself to the mourning of the Imam Hussein completely. Weddings and parties are also never planned on this date by Shias. Shias also express mourning by crying and listening to poems about the tragedy. They also listen to sermons on how Hussein and his family were martyred. This is intended to connect them with Hussein’s suffering and martyrdom, and the sacrifices he made to keep Islam alive. Hussein’s martyrdom is widely interpreted by Shi’a as a symbol of the struggle against injustice, tyranny, and oppression
As suffering and cutting the body with knives or chains (matam) have been prohibited by many Shi’a marjas like Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran,, some Shi’a observe mourning with blood donation which is called “Qame Zani”  and flailing.
Certain rituals like the traditional flagellation ritual called zanjeer zani or zanjeer matam, involving the use of a zanjeer (a chain) are also performed. These are popularly done for the sake of Imam Hussain and his family.
Most Muslims, particularly Sunnis, believe that the Shia practice of mätam constitutes “Bidat” (innovation) and goes against the Quran and Islam.
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My weekend was good, went to Paghman. Played snowfights, also visited Ustaad Sayaaf’s house. My God, his house is on a mountain. His daughter had returned from Haj and so we visited her to congratulate her on her pilgrimage. She bought a small bottle of zam zam water, a prayer mat and Tasbeh.
It was my first time visiting his house, it’s a nice house. i could tell he’s not very conservative (oddly enough). He’s reasonable. The view from their house was stunning, you can see most of Paghman, the frozen lakes and glistening snow in the moonlight.
Just before we left, U.Sayaafs wife gave my sister and I a pair of salwar kameez each because of my engagement and because of my sisters wedding. Isn’t she nice?
I don’t find him as an efficient leader. But as a person, an individual and as a public speaker i find him very intelligent. His wife and family are very down to earth.
Went to Nova yesterday. My favourite place!
H-jan was over last night. We had no electricity so we couldn’t watch a movie. Instead, we stayed up with my sister, her hubby and my bro and played cards. It was great fun.
On Friday night my little sisters put H and myself to the test. We played Battle of the Sexes. I won, of course.
It’s Monday and i’m back at work. Feels NORMAL to start the working week on a Monday and not on a Sunday (which is the norm here).
Ba omideh deedaar, khuda negahdaar.
PS. My mother in law fell ill a few days ago, she has a liver problem. Please remember her in your prayers.
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