Husainy Recitation Session – Night 1, Sheikh Riyadh al Bawi, Dawood Ashur Husayniya, al Basra, the Republic of Iraq-
Sacred Muharram Night 1, 1438 Hegira, October 2016
There is a great commonality between the sacrifice offered by the son of Adam in the first era of humanity and the sacrifice of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, May Allah’s blessings be upon them.
Allah included the story of Adam’s murdered son in His everlasting Divine Book which is read day and night by all Muslims all over the world all over the time.
“Revive our issues.” Ahlul-Bayt recommends. “May Allah pour mercy over those who revive our issues!” They supplicate.
Knowing Ahlul-Bayt is knowing their knowledge, hadiths, and the stories of the oppression they encountered in their lives.
Ahlul-Bayt say: “Study our hadith and teach it to people.”
Ahlul-Bayt urged peots, reporters and writers to report the occurring in their lives in all literary forms possible including historical narration of their stories in the form of poems.
Ahlul-Bayt’s top story is what happened to Imam Husain.
Prophet Muhammad said: “Husain is from me and I am from Husain.”
Habil, son of Adam was killed immediately and murdered alone and his story is divinely kept forever. Then what about Imam Husain story who witnessed the killing of every member of his companions and family? What about the mercy he expressed and emotions he released for every killing he witnessed?!
Review the ugliness of the killing of Habil and the killing if Imam Husain. Review the savagery of the killing against each one. Habil was killed in the first era if humanity- no weapons/ no tools of killings. While when Imam Husain killed, can you imagine what sort of preparation had been there taking place? The army of Yezid fought Imam Husain by all sorts of weapons and killed him by all sorts of weapons! All makers of iron, steel, arrows (moreover poisoned)… had been busy for months making the tools of the killing of Imam Husain.
Sorrow for the loss of Imam Husain burned the hearts of Ahlul-Bayt.
“My grandfather Husain was slaughtered like a sheep! Perhaps slaughtering a sheep would be less savagery. Butcher waters the sheep before slaughtering it. He makes sure he slaughters it in a second of minute without letting it see the knife in his hands. While Imam Husain kept saying:” Thirst..thirst”
Imam Ali son of Husain saw a camel crying. He asked: Has this camel witnessed the killing of her son? Yes, the man answered.
The Imam said this camel is like Laila who witnessed the killing of her son Ali al Akbar.
Imam al Mahdi takes isolation in desert everyday recalling what happened in Karbala scene by scene: “I will cry in the morning and the evening blood instead of tears!”
A poet addresses Imam al Mahdi saying: “How would you forget the sigh of al Zahra behind the door when she was pressed and her sigh when Husain was beheaded and his lips got blue from dryness and thirsty?! How would you forget your uncle al Abbas?! How would forget your aunts who were taken captives over the imposed caliphate states?!
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The Enduring Patience of Imam al-Kadhim (as)
Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as) is reported to have said, “Have patience in obeying and in not disobeying God, because this world is only a short period of time; you don’t feel the happiness and sorrow of what has passed and don’t know of what hasn’t come yet. Therefore,i have patience for what is now as if you were happy.” In a world that drowns us with temptations and distractions from our ultimate goals in life, it is difficult to always remember and embody the patience and tolerance of the seventh Imam of Islam, Musa al-Kadhim (as), but it is in those times we must reflect on his hardships and the hardships of our Islamic role models to allow us to persevere.
Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as) was titled al-Kadhim because of his abilities to hold his anger, forgive people, and endure against difficult conditions. He exemplified the patience that we should strive for that is necessary to be successful in this world. As fallible humans, we easily fall prey to turning to anger rather than patience when dealing with situations we were not anticipating. Imam al-Kadhim (as) was reported to have said, “Anger is the key to any evil.” Such a simple concept and lesson is easily lost in a moment of frustration. The anger we allow to seep into our soul tightens the chains around our character, restricting our ability to think clearly and calmly in times of frustration, ultimately limiting our potential. This anger and frustration often results in sins that we at times are not even aware we are committing, including such lowly acts as backbiting.
When we feel we are wronged, our nature can urge us to fight back with whatever tool we have, including attacking whomever it was that wronged us. Rather than provide seventy excuses for our fellow man when they have wrong us, we assume and take advantage of an opportunity to justify poor character or akhlaq (ethics) on our part. If Imam al-Kadhim (as) remained gentle and tolerant of those around him, including the Abbasid rulers that oppressed him and blunted his ability to teach Islam, eventually leading to his martyrdom, we are not excused in lashing out against others.
Our Prophets and Imams were tested with hardships that many of us could not imagine having to overcome. At times our obstacles seem to pale in comparison to the trials and tribulations that they endured.
Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 268, that “He [Allah] does not charge [test] a soul except with that within its capacity.”
As Muslims we seek refuge in verses like that, using them as motivation to fight through the struggle. However, rather than compare the difficulties of our obstacles to those of the infallibles, we should consider that their ability to overcome is simply greater and stronger willed for good than ours. Prophet Ibrahim (as) was tested with the sacrifice of his own son by the order of Allah (swt); Prophet Ayoub (as) was forced into isolation as all of his worldly blessings were taken from him one by one; Imam Hussein (as) marched his family to what he knew was an inevitable martyrdom. As followers of these individuals, we may never have the power to overcome tests of such magnitude, and God-willing we ask Allah [swt] to test us with that which we can endure; however, regardless of the severity of our trials, we should only look at the life and dedication of the infallibles as learning tools for us to overcome our hurdles.
Hadith source: (Tohaf Al-okool, P. 417); (Tohaf Al-okool, P. 416)