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    The month of Muharram

    Regarding this blessed month of Muharram, it is one of the 4 sacred months in the year. In these sacred months, no fighting (wars/battles) is allowed, good deeds such as superogatory fasts are recommended and bad deeds are multiplied (according to Ibn Abbas (RA)).

    A side point is that marriage is allowed in Muharram or indeed any other month in the year. And considering that marriage is a good deed...

    Now, one must not loose perspective of things. The main focus of this month is the 10th day (known as yawm al-aashoorah). The significance of this day is that this is the day that Musa (AS) and his followers from Bani Israel were saved from Fir'awn and his army (who perished). Hence, this is a day of celebration.

    During the time of Nabi (SAW), he saw the Jews of al-madinah fasting on this day. Upon asking them why they fasted, he commanded the Muslims also to fast on this day because his ummah has more of a right over Musa (AS) as a prophet than the Jews. In addition, he (SAW) told the Muslims to fast either a day before it or a day after it - in order to differ from the Jews.

    So this month is not for worshipping the Prophet's (SAW) family, wailing and beating oneself over the death of Imam Husayn (RA) etc. This and other events throughout the history of this great Ummah (that occured on 10th Muharram) are purely coincedental!

    The saying of "Alayh-is-salaam" after one's name is only for Prophets of Allah and NOT for any of the Sahaabah, the Tabi'een nor the Tabi' Tabi'een...including the Ahl al-Bayt.

    To conclude, it is by far more befitting to comemmorate this blessed month to Musa (AS) - who is a Prophet of Allah as opposed to Imam Husayn (RA) - who, despite his high status in the deen of al-Islam is a Sahaabi who has a lower position compared to the rest of the Prophets.

    Wallahu Ta'aala A'lam.

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    Wahb ibn Munabbih said, "... Then honour yourself by rejecting the characteristics of the fools, and instead subject yourselves to the characteristics of the scholars. And custom yourself to the actions of the gentle, patient ones and forbid yourself from the actions of the
    wretched, and make it compulsory upon yourself that you follow the behaviour of the scholars, and separate yourself from the ways of the wicked people..."


    [This message has been edited by Aazib (edited March 25, 2002).]

    [This message has been edited by Aazib (edited March 25, 2002).]

    #2
    AsSalaamu 'alaykum Aazib,

    Wa jazaakumAllaah khair for sharing this information.

    very well addressed masha'Allaah.

    &peace

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    "No leaf falls except that He knows of it, and no rain drop forms except that He has willed it."

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      #3

      Very well documented.

      I'm glad you touched on the issue about Saum (fasting) for 2 days and it's reasons according to authentic A'Hadeeth, as a lot of Muslims are not aware of the this tradition.

      Salaam.

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        #4
        yeah celebrate on the day of ashura considering on this day the grandson of Muhammed(SAWS) and his family were brutally murdered..Taking an example of my own dad(God give him long life) and if he dies on a particular month , obvioulsy I wont celebrate on that day..its common sense..
        and here we are talking about Imam Hussain (R.A) and his family, Do you know how much Prophet Muhammed(SAWS) loved him...

        Surprising how ppl can indulge themself into an extreme act on this day just to mock other sects..


        [This message has been edited by sherrybaba (edited March 26, 2002).]

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          #5
          Well, one needs some shar'i textual evidence to say that it is part of the deen to comemmorate a certain day. Emotion plays no part in laying down rules and laws of this deen.

          The example that you cited is fundamentally flawed because if a loved one dies on (for example) Eid al-Fitr, should that stop one from taking part in celebrations and festivities on that day?!

          Of course Nabi (SAW) loved Imam Husayn (RA), no-one is desputing this for a moment. But it is part of our imaan, our faith that he (SAW) and ourselves should love the Prophets (AS) of Allah more than even the Ahl al-Bayt.

          Wallah A'lam

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          Wahb ibn Munabbih said, "... Then honour yourself by rejecting the characteristics of the fools, and instead subject yourselves to the characteristics of the scholars. And custom yourself to the actions of the gentle, patient ones and forbid yourself from the actions of the
          wretched, and make it compulsory upon yourself that you follow the behaviour of the scholars, and separate yourself from the ways of the wicked people..."

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            #6
            Originally posted by sherrybaba:
            yeah celebrate on the day of ashura considering on this day the grandson of Muhammed(SAWS) and his family were brutally murdered..Taking an example of my own dad(God give him long life) and if he dies on a particular month , obvioulsy I wont celebrate on that day..its common sense..

            [This message has been edited by sherrybaba (edited March 26, 2002).]
            What about the day on which Prophet (PBUH) died or the day on which Ali (RA) got shahadat? Do you guys comemmorate or mourn on these days?

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              #7
              Originally posted by Al-Farooq:
              What about the day on which Prophet (PBUH) died or the day on which Ali (RA) got shahadat? Do you guys comemmorate or mourn on these days?
              Yes we do ..

              aazib I see your point, but atleast respect those days rather than celebrating it..If you read the whole documentary of Karbala then you might reazlie that how sigificant that day was..No way in the world your moral would allow you to celebrate..Its just plain sad..I'm no scholar or anything..Im just speaking from my emotions only..


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                #8
                Originally posted by sherrybaba:
                yeah celebrate on the day of ashura considering on this day the grandson of Muhammed(SAWS) and his family were brutally murdered..Taking an example of my own dad(God give him long life) and if he dies on a particular month , obvioulsy I wont celebrate on that day..its common sense..
                and here we are talking about Imam Hussain (R.A) and his family, Do you know how much Prophet Muhammed(SAWS) loved him...

                Surprising how ppl can indulge themself into an extreme act on this day just to mock other sects..


                [This message has been edited by sherrybaba (edited March 26, 2002).]
                baba ji what do you mean by celebrating?? hain?? I don't understand, i read Aazib's post twice, i don't understand what you mean. Who is celebrating?? The people who have made al-aashoorah a festival or a day of celebrations, are wrong, and so are the people who have made this into a day of mourning.

                The day of aashoorah has NOTHING to do with Imam Hussain(ra) like Aazib has already stated it was just a big coincedence.

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                  #9
                  Bid’ahs common on ‘Aashooraa’

                  Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the things that people do on ‘Aashooraa’, such as wearing kohl, taking a bath (ghusl), wearing henna, shaking hands with one another, cooking grains (huboob), showing happiness and so on. Was any of this reported from the Prophet(saws)in a saheeh hadeeth, or not? If nothing to that effect was reported in a saheeh hadeeth, is doing these things bid’ah, or not? Is there any basis for what the other group do, such as grieving and mourning, going without anything to drink, eulogizing and wailing, reciting in a crazy manner, and rending their garments?
                  His reply was: ‘Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. Nothing to that effect has been reported in any saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet(saws) or from his Companions. None of the imaams of the Muslims encouraged or recommended such things, neither the four imaams, nor any others. No reliable scholars have narrated anything like this, neither from the Prophet , nor from the Sahaabah, nor from the Taabi’een; neither in any saheeh report or in a da’eef (weak) report; neither in the books of Saheeh, nor in al-Sunan, nor in the Musnads. No hadeeth of this nature was known during the best centuries, but some of the later narrators reported ahaadeeth like the one which says, “Whoever puts kohl in his eyes on the day of ‘Aashooraa’ will not suffer from eye disease in that year, and whoever takes a bath (does ghusl) on the day of ‘Aashooraa’ will not get sick in that year,” and so on. They also reported a fabricated hadeeth that is falsely attributed to the Prophet(saws) , which says, “Whoever is generous to his family on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, Allaah will be generous to him for the rest of the year.” Reporting all of this from the Prophet(saws) is tantamount to lying.’
                  Then he [Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him)] discussed in brief the tribulations that had occurred in the early days of this ummah and the killing of al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him), and what the various sects had done because of this. Then he said: ‘An ignorant, wrongful group – who were either heretics and hypocrites, or misguided and misled – made a show of allegiance to him and the members of his household, so they took the day of ‘Aashooraa’ as a day of mourning and wailing, in which they openly displayed the rituals of jaahiliyyah such as slapping their cheeks and rending their garments, grieving in the manner of the jaahiliyyah… The Shaytaan made this attractive to those who are misled, so they took the day of ‘Aashooraa’ as an occasion of mourning, when they grieve and wail, recite poems of grief and tell stories filled with lies. 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… The evil and harm that they do to the Muslims cannot be enumerated by any man, no matter how eloquent he is. Some others – either Naasibis who oppose and have enmity towards al-Husayn and his family or ignorant people who try to fight evil with evil, corruption with corruption, lies with lies and bid’ah with bid’ah – opposed them by fabricating reports in favour of making the day of ‘Aashooraa’ a day of celebration, by wearing kohl and henna, spending money on one's children, cooking special dishes and other things that are done on Eids and special occasions. These people took the day of ‘Aashooraa’ as a festival like Eid, whereas the others took it as a day of mourning. Both are wrong, and both go against the Sunnah, even though the other group (those who take it as a day of mourning) are worse in intention and more ignorant and more plainly wrong… Neither the Prophet nor his successors (the khulafa’ al-raashidoon) did any of these things on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, they neither made it a day of mourning nor a day of celebration…
                  As for the other things, such as cooking special dishes with or without grains, or wearing new clothes, or spending money on one’s family, or buying the year’s supplies on that day, or doing special acts of worship such as special prayers or deliberately slaughtering an animal on that day, or saving some of the meat of the sacrifice to cook with grains, or wearing kohl and henna, or taking a bath (ghusl), or shaking hands with one another, or visiting one another, or visiting the mosques and mashhads (shrines) and so on… all of this is reprehensible bid’ah and is wrong. None of it has anything to do with the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah or the way of the Khulafa’ al-Raashidoon. It was not approved of by any of the imaams of the Muslims, not Maalik, not al-Thawri, not al-Layth ibn Sa’d, not Abu Haneefah, not al-Oozaa’i, not al-Shaafa'i, not Ahmad ibn Hanbal, not Ishaaq ibn Raahwayh, not any of the imaams and scholars of the Muslims.’(al-Fataawa al-Kubra by Ibn Taymiyah)
                  Ibn al-Haaj (may Allaah have mercy on him) mentioned that one of the bid’ahs on ‘Aashooraa’ was deliberately paying zakaat on this day, late or early, or slaughtering a chicken just for this occasion, or – in the case of women – using henna. (al-Madkhal, part 1, Yawm ‘Aashooraa’)

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by sherrybaba:
                    Yes we do ..

                    aazib I see your point, but atleast respect those days rather than celebrating it..If you read the whole documentary of Karbala then you might reazlie that how sigificant that day was..No way in the world your moral would allow you to celebrate..Its just plain sad..I'm no scholar or anything..Im just speaking from my emotions only..

                    WHY?? can you plz show me any evidence from the Quran, the sunnah, or from the understanding of the Sahabas that tells us that we should celebrate or mourn for these days??



                    [This message has been edited by appkiamaanat (edited March 26, 2002).]

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                      #11

                      Originally posted by Al-Farooq:
                      What about the day on which Prophet (PBUH) died or the day on which Ali (RA) got shahadat? Do you guys comemmorate or mourn on these days?

                      Originally posted by sherrybaba:
                      Yes we do ..

                      I dont see any majalis or matam on the day when Prophet (PBUH) died?

                      Ah, just forget it. I dont expect truth from you as Taqiyyah is part of ur relogion.

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