Sending Prayers to the Philippines!
Let us send our prayers of safety and love to our global family in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda, one of strongest storms ever, heads for central Philippines. To our friends in the Philippines, you do not stand alone and to recite the universal message of peace. May Peace be in the Philippines, May Peace Prevail on Earth?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows falling astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The month of Muharram is the first month of the Islamic Hijrah calendar. Muharram is also one of the four ‘haraam’ or sacred months as mentioned by Allah in the Holy Quran. The other sacred months are Dhil-Qada, Dhil-Hajja and Rajab. Even the pagans of Makkah used to respect these months before the advent of Islam, and they would not fight wars or do any hostilities in these sacred months.
The month of Muharram and especially the day of Aashura marks a very sorry, sad, and painful day in the history of Islam. It was on this day of Aashura that the grandson of our beloved Messenger of Allah (saws), Imam Hussain ibn Ali (r.a.) and his family were ruthlessly martyred on the fields of Karbala. This was one of the darkest days in the annuls of Islamic history, and every muslim, no matter what sect of Islam he claims to belong to, should feel pain and sorrow in his heart.
But Allah and His Messenger (saws) did not allow us to do ‘matam’ or physically beat ourselves, and wail over our martyrs. Every muslim should feel the pain and sorrow in his heart, and pray to Allah to grant all the martyrs of Karbala the highest honor in Paradise, on the Day of Judgment.
But to spend the day of Aashura in waling and beating ourselves is not a part of the deen of Islam. Some sects have huge gatherings, where they recite the stories with extra ingredients, and wail and cry and beat themselves in frenzy! These acts have absolutely no place in Islam, and are nothing but innovations. Allah will reward the martyrs of Karbala for their deeds, and Allah will punish the murderers for their deeds, and Allah will not ask us about their deeds:
The above aayah is one of the principles of Islam. Allah will reward each and everyone for their deeds, and we will not be asked about the deeds of others.
Thus, it is not a part of Islam to beat ourselves and wail for any calamity that might have befallen us or on anybody we love. Allah is sufficient to account for the good deeds as well as the bad deeds on the Day of Judgment. But if we wail, cry and beat ourselves physically, to please some of the martyrs of Karbala, or anybody else other than Allah, hoping that these martyrs will recognize and appreciate our efforts on the Day of Judgement, then this becomes more than following an innovation; it becomes ‘shirk’, and ‘shirk’ is an abomination of a sin!
And Allah Alone Knows Best, and He is the Only Source of Strength.
May Allah guide us to the Straight Path of Islam?
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,