…bloodied swords flashed as lightning, arrows whistled as meteors, bravery of lions…sacrifices that raised the flag of righteousness…fluttering eternally…the tragic events of Karbala…the Shahadah of the blessed grandson of our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, the Master of Jannah, Iman Husayn RadhiAllahu anhu…
…this tenth day of Muharram is also significant for so many other reasons…
…the following is a compilation from past posts, including many links enumerating all aspects of this annual opportunity to reflect…
Many pre-Islamic events are attributed to the 10th of Muharram, and Allah Almighty knows best. It is said that this is the day Allah Ta’ala commanded the sea to part so Musa Alaihis Salam and his devoted followers could be saved from the tyranny of Firoun. Other occurrences, linked to this day, as narrated by many scholars include, the creation of the oceans and Heavens, the birth of Adam Alaihis Salam, as well as the day he was granted entry into Jannah.
According to the Tafseer of at-Tabari and al-Baghawi, the Prophet Nuh Alaihis Salam had embarked on the Ark on the 10th of Rajab, and for six months Allah Ta’ala sailed him and all who accompanied him, along with the animals, to the eventual safety of Mount Juddiyy, where the Ark came to rest on the day of Ashurah. SubhanAllah, it is said that Nuh Alaihis Salam gave thanks that day, as well as requesting all on the Ark to do the same. Some even say that all the animals also fasted!
We removed from them the punishment of humiliation in the worldly life and let them enjoy themselves for some time. (10:98)
This verse refers to when the people of Yunus Alaihis Salam collectively repented to Allah Ta’ala for their sinful ways, with forgiveness being granted by Him. Reports say this also occurred on the day of Ashurah.
Prophet Ayyub Alaihis Salam was cured of the illness that he so patiently endured for years on this day, and Sulayman Alaihis Salam was crowned king.
While as part of our Islamic history we somberly remember the martyrdom of Husayn RadhiAllahu anhu, the Prophets grandson. (The History of Karbala from a Sunni perspective)
Allahu ‘Alum, Allah the Almighty knows best, if it is His Decree that Yaumul Qiyamah will occur on the day of Ashurah, as some narrate.
The Day of Ashurah, as well as the 9th and 11th, sufrahs are spread inside Masjid Nabawi with the usual Iftar consisting of bread, yogurt, dates and Arabic coffee being offered by the generous philanthropists of Madinah. Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam advised his Ummah to fast one of the days either side of the 10th to distinguish us from the People of the Book’s tradition of only fasting on the 10th.
Before the fasts of Ramadhan were made compulsory, fasting the day of Ashurah was Fardh, but was no longer Fardh once the fasting of Ramadhan was prescribed as being obligatory. However may we seek the rewards of these days, Insha’Allah.
‘Ashura 1431 including profound golden words of wisdom from Iman Husayn RadhiAllahu anhu.
Imam Zaid speaks about the Blessings of the Day of ‘Ashura.
And Shaykh Syyed Ninowy presents another Ahlus Sunnah perspective of the Shahadah of Iman Husayn RadhiAllahu anhu.
May our tears and Du’a during these days be for all bloodshed then, and now, Ameen. May every drop from the martyr be the means of Allah Ta’ala’s promises of forgiven sins, His pleasure along with the blessings of Jannah, a vision of Him in all His Glory and the Ruh taken to His presence. Ameen.
Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger will be among those He has blessed: the messengers, the truthful, those who bear witness to the truth (martyrs) and the righteous, what excellent companions they are! That is Allah’s favour. No one knows better than Him. (4:69-70)
Do not say that those who are killed in Allah’s cause are dead; they are alive, though you do not realize it. (2:154)
Do not think of those who have been killed in Allah’s way as dead. They are alive with their Lord, well provided for, happy with what Allah has given them of His favour; rejoicing that for those they have left behind who have yet to join them there is no fear, nor will they grieve; [rejoicing] in Allah’s blessing and favour, and that Allah will not let the reward of the believers be lost. (3:169-171)
Such inspirational reminders; May we take heed and gain solace from the trials and conditions bestowed upon our esteemed forefathers, learning from their resignation to what had been willed, and be awake to whatever contemporary lessons may be presented to us.
And a new year has begun. A renewed opportunity to assess our path to Our Rabb Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. We still have time to submit to what is loved and be firm in our determination to refrain from that which may be a difficult winding path to the Garden, Insha’Allah. Ameen.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.