Monday, 3 October 2011

What the Shi’ah do on ‘Ashoora’ is bid’ah (innovation) and misguidance


I am living in dubai and here huge number of shia are pesent arround us they always say that doing maatum on 9 and 10 muhaaram is right and this is the proof that we love hazrat husain and hazrat yaqoob also said “Hazrat Yaqoob (a.s.) cried and said a word (Hey Yousuf) he cried that in result of he became blind and thier rest sons who were wrong asked him if you cried like this than you will hurt yourself and no dought you will die one day while crying. THEN Haszar Yaqoob (a.s.) replied I cried and tell all my tregedy to ALMIGHTY ALLAH and I know something from GOD” please tell me the answer as soon as possible that beating chest is right or wrong???

Praise be to Allaah.

What the Shi’ah do on
‘Ashoora’ of beating their chests, slapping their cheeks, striking their
shoulders with chains and cutting their heads with swords to let the blood
flow are all innovations that have no basis in Islam. These things are evils
that were forbidden by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him), who did not prescribe for his ummah to do any of these things or
anything similar to them to mark the death of a leader or the loss of a
martyr, no matter what his status. During his lifetime (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) a number of senior Sahaabah were martyred
and he mourned their loss, such as Hamzah ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, Zayd ibn
Haarithah, Ja’far ibn Abi Taalib and ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Rawaahah, but he did
not do any of the things that these people do. If it was good, he
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would have done it before us. 

Ya’qoob (peace be upon him)
did not strike his chest or scratch his face, or shed blood or take the day
of the loss of Yoosuf as a festival or day of mourning. Rather he remembered
his missing loved one and felt sad and distressed because of that. This is
something no one can be blamed for. What is forbidden is these actions that
have been inherited from the Jaahiliyyah, and which Islam forbids. 

Al-Bukhaari (1294) and
Muslim (103) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased
with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “He is not one of us who strikes his cheeks, rends his garment, or
cries with the cry of the Jaahiliyyah.” 

These reprehensible actions
that the Shi’ah do on the day of ‘Ashoora’ have no basis in Islam. The
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do them,
nor did any of his companions. None of his companions did them when he or
anyone else died, although the loss of Muhammad (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) was greater than the death of al-Husayn (may Allaah be
pleased with him). 

Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said: Every Muslim should mourn the killing of
al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him), for he is one of the leaders of
the Muslims, one of the scholars of the Sahaabah, and the son of the
daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him), who was the best of his daughters. He was a devoted worshipper,
and a courageous and generous man. But there is nothing good in what the
Shi’ah do of expressing distress and grief, most of which may be done in
order to show off. His father was better than him and he was killed, but
they do not take his death as an anniversary as they do with the death of
al-Husayn. His father was killed on a Friday as he was leaving the mosque
after Fajr prayer, on the seventeenth of Ramadaan in 40 AH. ‘Uthmaan was
better than ‘Ali according to Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, and he was killed
when he was besieged in his house during the days of al-Tashreeq in
Dhu’l-Hijjah of 36 AH, with his throat cut from one jugular vein to the
other, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. ‘Umar ibn
al-Khattaab was better than ‘Ali and ‘Uthmaan, and he was killed as he was
standing in the mihraab, praying Fajr and reciting Qur’aan, but the people
did not take his death as an anniversary. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq was better
than him but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. The
Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the
leader of the sons of Adam in this world and the Hereafter, and Allaah took
him to Him as the Prophets died before him, but no one took the dates of
their deaths as anniversaries on which they do what these ignorant Raafidis
do on the day that al-Husayn was killed. … The best that can be said when
remembering these and similar calamities is that which ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn
narrated from his grandfather the Messenger of Allaah (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him), who said: “There is no Muslim who is
afflicted by a calamity and when he remembers it, even if it was in the dim
and distant past, he says Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon
(verily to Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return), but Allaah will
give him a reward like that of the day when it befell him.”

Narrated by Imam Ahmad and
Ibn Majaah, end quote from al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah (8/221). 

And he said (8/220): The
Raafidis went to extremes in the state of Bani Buwayh in the year 400 and
thereabouts. The drums were beaten in Baghdad and other cities on the day of
‘Ashoora’, and sand and straw was strewn in the streets and marketplaces,
and sackcloth was hung on the shops, and the people expressed grief and
wept. Many of them did not drink water that night, in sympathy with
al-Husayn, because he was killed when he was thirsty. Then the women went
out barefaced, wailing and slapping their faces and chests, walking barefoot
in the marketplaces, and other reprehensible innovations… What they intended
by these and similar actions is to impugn the state of Banu Umayyah (the
Umayyads), because he was killed during their era. 

On the day of ‘Ashoora, the
Naasibis of Syria do the opposite of what the Raafidis and Shi’ah do. They
used to cook grains on the day of ‘Ashoora and do ghusl and perfume
themselves, and wear their finest garments, and they took that day as an Eid
for which they made all kinds of food, and expressed happiness and joy,
intending thereby to annoy the Raafidis and be different from them.

 Celebrating that day is an
innovation (bid’ah), and making it an anniversary for mourning is also an
innovation. Hence Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on
him) said: 

Because of the killing of
al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him), shaytaan caused the people to
introduce two innovations: the innovation of mourning and wailing on the day
of ‘Ashoora’, by slapping the cheeks, weeping, and reciting eulogies. … and
the innovation of rejoicing and celebrating. … So some introduced mourning
and others introduced celebration, so they regarded the day of ‘Ashoora’ as
a day for wearing kohl, doing ghusl, spending on the family and making
special foods. … And every innovation is a going astray. None of the four
imams of the Muslims or any other (scholars) regarded either of these things
as mustahabb. End quote from Minhaaj al-Sunnah (4/554). 

It should be noted that
these reprehensible actions are encouraged by the enemies of Islam, so that
they can achieve their evil aims of distorting the image of Islam and its
followers. Concerning this Moosa al-Musawi said in his book al-Shi’ah

But there can be no doubt
that striking heads with swords and cutting the head in mourning for
al-Husayn on the tenth day of Muharram reached Iran and Iraq and India
during the British occupation of those lands. The British are the ones who
exploited the ignorance and naiveté of the Shi’ah and their deep love for
Imam al-Husayn, and taught them to strike their heads with swords. Until
recently the British embassies in Tehran and Baghdad sponsored the Husayni
parades in which this ugly spectacle appears in the streets and alleyways.
The aim of the British imperialist policy of developing this ugly spectacle
and exploiting it in the worst manner was to give an acceptable
justification to the British people and the free press that opposed British
colonialism in India and other Muslim countries, and to show the peoples of
these countries as savages who needed someone to save them from their
ignorance and savagery. Images of the parades that marched in the streets on
the day of ‘Ashoora’, in which thousands of people were striking their backs
with chains and making them bleed, and striking their heads with daggers and
swords, appeared in British and European newspapers, and the politicians
justified their colonization of these countries on the basis of a humane
duty to colonize the lands of these people whose culture was like that so as
to lead these peoples towards civility and progress. It was said that when
Yaseen al-Haashimi, the Iraqi Prime Minister at the time of the British
occupation of Iraq, visited London to negotiate with the British for an end
to the Mandate, the British said to him: We are in Iraq to help the Iraqi
people to make progress and attain happiness, and bring them out of
savagery. This angered Yaseen al-Haashimi and he angrily walked out of the
room where the negotiations were being held, but the British apologized
politely and asked him with all respect to watch a documentary about Iraq,
which turned out to be a film about the Husayni marches in the streets of
al-Najaf, Karbala’ and al-Kaazimiyyah, showing horrific and off-putting
images of people striking themselves with daggers and chains. It is as if
the British wanted to tell him: Would an educated people with even a little civility do such things to themselves?! End quote. 

And Allaah knows best.

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