1st Safar 1440 A.H. / 10th October 2018 - Topic: Crying over Imam Husayn (a.s)

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Majlis Summary

They did not cry:

“Neither did the heavens nor the earth cry upon them. Nor were they given respite.” Sura Ad Dukhaan 44:29
This verse refers to the incident of drowning of Pharaoh and his men as they pursued Nabi Musa and his community, Bani Israil. A message being conveyed is that the heavens and earth do cry, but not for the worst of people such as Pharaoh. This implies that weeping does take place for the exalted ones; who are opposite to the likes of Pharaoh whose perdition gladdened the earth and skies.

What is meant by weeping of heavens and earth?

Exegetes explain that the heavens and earth is actually meant to be their inhabitants who are indeed crying. In addition, other exegetes also hold that the weeping by the mentioned bodies is real.

How do the skies and heavens mourn?

It is reflected by a specific reddening and change which occurs besides the permanent trend of reddening at the times of sunrise or sunset.

It is for Husayn:

Imam Ali was reciting the above verse 44:29 whilst in the mosque and instantaneously Imam Husayn came into his presence. Seeing him, Amiral Muminin said, “Indeed he is the one who will be killed; and the heavens and earth will cry for him.”

Crying of entire creation upon Aba Abdillah Imam Husayn a.s.:
Ahadith state that Mankind, Jin, birds, beasts, all the creations, the 7 heavens, the 7 earths , everything within them ,everything between them, everything that can be seen and everything that cannot be seen cried over Aba Abdillah.
Numerous reports mention of the sky turning red, the sky turning pitch black during the day until stars were visible, no stone was lifted except that there was blood found underneath it. Other reports state of the heavens raining blood, stains remained for a long time on the clothes, wells and water jugs filed with blood rain, walls smeared with blood….
The foregoing are related to crying at the time of occurrence of the tragedy on Ashura.


Mourning prior to tragedy of Karbala:

  • Noble Prophet cried at the time of birth of Aba Abdillah and explained the cause.
  • Incident of Ummul Muminin Umu Salamah witnessing the prophet disheveled and mourning after the visit by Jibrail who foretold to him the tragedy of Karbala.

Mourning even before the earth was inhabited:

“Then Adam received from His Lord certain words..” Sura al Baqara 2:37 Whilst in heaven Prophet Adam saw the names of Prophet Muhammad and Imams on the base of the ‘Arsh; the Empyrean throne. His eyes filled with tears when he took the name of Imam Husayn among the names of Ahlul Kisa.

Why do we cry over Aba Abdillah?

We follow the sunnah of Jibril, Prophet Adam, Prophet Muhammad, Ummul Muminin Umu Salamah, Sayyida Fatima and the Imam a.s. Even the heavens and earth did so.

Reward for crying over Aba Abdillah:

Numerous traditions mention abundant reward even if it is just a speck of tear. An outstanding and treasured reward is the dua by 6th Imam asking for Divine Mercy upon those whose eyes shed tears in compassion, whose hearts become restless and blistered and upon those who wail upon the tragedy that befell upon Ahlul Bayt.


What if one is not touched by the tragedy?

The soldiers of Umar Saad prayed and recited Qur’an. They not only watched the actual tragedy, but they actually took part in carrying out the massacre. Their hearts did not at all become shattered at what they saw and did. What had caused hardening the eyes, ears and feelings of their hearts?

In one of the addresses by Aba Abdilaah a.s. to the army he alluded the cause towards what is in their stomachs.

The tragedy is a reality:

Many recite the Qur’an, perform all the devotional rites yet some do not get moved by the tragic event.
“In a distant age and climate the tragic scene of the death of Imam Husayn will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader..” Edward Gibbon

Reflect:

One needs to ponder what has caused the heart to become hard not to yield to this tragic event?
Why have the eyes, ears and feelings of the hearts become blocked?
What is insulating the heart from linking to the warmth of Aba Abdillah to yield to the calamity?
What anchors or shackles are holding one down as prisoner?

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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