Islamic Months · Muharram

The Real Reason behind ‘Aashoora – the Parting of the Red Sea

Many of us face problems, difficulties and hardships that never seem to come to an end. Our hearts are constantly battling with what our mind says. There is no feeling of contentment in the heart. We have been engulfed into a mechanical life with each day bringing about a new worry to be depressed over.… Continue reading The Real Reason behind ‘Aashoora – the Parting of the Red Sea

Islamic Months · Muharram

Productivity Lessons from the Hijrah

By Abu Productive LESSON 1: So, the question is why? Why did the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam migrate? The standard answer is that the migration occurred to escape persecution from Makkah and save the Prophet’s life from an evil assassination plot. But I believe there’s another reason, one that derives an important lesson about… Continue reading Productivity Lessons from the Hijrah

Islamic Months · Muharram · Q & A

Hurting Oneself in `Aashoora’

Q. What is the Islamic perspective concerning the acts of the Shiite on the day of `Aashoora'? We see them hurting themselves. Does this have any basis in Islam? A. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother,… Continue reading Hurting Oneself in `Aashoora’

Islamic Months · Muharram · Q & A

Prostration on Turbah Husainiyyah (the Ground of Karbala’)

Q. Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I see that some Muslims, particularly Shiites, prostrate with their forehead on a stone from Karbala'. What is the real value of offering prayer on the ground of Karbala’? Jazakum Allah khayran. A. Wa`alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks… Continue reading Prostration on Turbah Husainiyyah (the Ground of Karbala’)

Islamic Months · Muharram

Karbala’: Lessons for the Muslim Ummah

Q. What lessons can we derive from the remembrance of the Day of `Aashoora’ and the assassination of Imam Al-Hussein (Prophet Muhammad's grandson)? How can the Muslim Ummah use a review of the attitude of Imam Al-Hussein in an attempt to enjoin the right, forbid the wrong and resist corruption? How can we apply the lessons… Continue reading Karbala’: Lessons for the Muslim Ummah

Islamic Months · Muharram

Virtue of Fasting the First Ten Days of Muharram

Question: Are there any ahadeeth about the virtue of fasting the first ten days of Muharram? May Allah reward you. Fatwa: All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  is His Slave and Messenger. It was narrated on the authority… Continue reading Virtue of Fasting the First Ten Days of Muharram

Islamic Months · Muharram · Q & A

Plastering Graves with Mud in Muharram

Question: Assalamo Alaikum. In Pakistan each year during the month of Muharram Muslims plaster their family graves annually. Discussion is going on whether it is FARZ or SUNNAH (Moaqdah or non Moaqda) or it is not necessary to plaster on family graves at all. In U.S.A nobody does mud plaster on family graves after burial as… Continue reading Plastering Graves with Mud in Muharram

Islamic Months · Muharram

The Tragedy of Karbala [Part 5]

Part 1| Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Now let us examine the stand which Hussain Ibn Ali radhiAllahu `anhu took in the situation. As said earlier, he sincerely believed that the nomination of Yazeed to the heirship of the Caliphate would destroy the spirit of democracy and republicanism nurtured and developed so assiduously during the Prophet’s era… Continue reading The Tragedy of Karbala [Part 5]