Ashura

Assalamualaikum
Guess who is home?
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Surprise surprise! Husband is now home! His visa expired earlier and he didn't feel like extending his stay in Sao Paulo.  Alah, senang cerita dia rindu I sangat =D Alhamdulillah. Yes, he managed to arrive home a night before we left for Tawau. Photo above: During the nikah ceremony in a Masjid just a few steps away from the bride's home in Tawau. 

  • Without Allah's permission, I would't have the chance to meet the Shi'a Muslims.

A simple nikah ceremony that went very well. Yes, they got me to tears. Empathy. I know what the groom's parents felt after the akad. To raise a child is not as easy as eating a pot of instant noodle. To see your child achieving tremendous stuffs in life, is indeed priceless. 


What is Ashura ?
In the month of Muharram 61 AH (approx. 20 October 680 AD), an event took place in Iraq at a place known as Kerbala on the bank of the river Euphrates. It seemed in those days insignificant from the historical point of view. A large army which had been mobilised by the Umayyad regime besieged a group of persons numbering less than a hundred and put them under pressure to pay allegiance to the Caliph of the time and submit to his authority. The small group resisted and a severe battle took place in which they were all killed.
It appeared at that time that like hundreds of similar events, this battle would be recorded in history and forgotten in time. However, the events that occurred on the 10th day of Muharram in Kerbala were to become a beacon and an inspiration for future generations.



Yours truly with Mak Cik and Mak Long (groom's mom). Both are my husband's aunts. Mak Long was Syahmi's first aunt I met. She came to London years ago and that was when Syahmi brought me from Southampton to meet her. Such a jovial lady =)




Why remember Ashura ?
Why is Husain (A) regarded as the "leader of the martyrs" ? It is because he was not just the victim of an ambitious ruler. There is no doubt that the tragedy of Kerbala, when ascribed to the killers, is a criminal and terrible act. However when ascribed to Husain (A) himself, it represents a conscious confrontation and a courageous resistance for a sacred cause. The whole nation had failed to stand up to Yazid. They had succumbed to his will, and deviation and regression towards the pre-Islamic ways were increasing.
Passiveness by Husain (A) in this situation would have meant the end of Islam as we know it. Thus Husain (A) took upon himself the responsibility of the whole nation. The greatest tragedy was that one who stood up for the noblest of causes, the defence of Islam, was cut down in so cruel a manner.
It is for this reason that the sacrifice of Husain (A) is commemorated annually throughout the Muslim world. Our sorrow never abates as we relive the tragedy. As Allama Iqbal says in his Baqiyat (in Urdu):

Ronay wala hoon Shaheed-e-Kerbala key gham men main,
Kya durey maqsad na dengey Saqiye Kausar mujhey
I am one who weeps at the plight of the Martyr of Kerbala
Won't the reward be given to me by the Keeper of Kauser (Imam Ali (A))
The commemoration of Ashura on the 10th of Muharram every year serves to remind us of the sacrifices of the family of the Prophet (S). It also makes us aware of the people, then and now, who tried to destroy Islam and the family of the Prophet (S) and all that they stood for - as well as those who watched, listened and did nothing.

Source : www.ashura.com

One of the villages in Tawau. Husband walking with his brother, Syahid entering the Masjid. 
A few of the contingent of West Malaysia attending abg Hafiz's solemnization. 

  • The text above in blue was taken from a Shia web page. 
  • I was informed that the Shia Muslims do mourn on Ashura day and no joyful musics are allowed. 
  • Yes, the Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims have different point of view about Ashura day. The Sunni Muslims are allowed to fast (puasa) on 9th and 10th of Muharram unlike the Shias:
SHIA muslims do not fast on 9th and 10 moharram, they stay thirsty and hungry to feel the thirst and hunger of IMAM HUSSAIN a.s and his family which is called FAQA , there is a vast difference between ROZA and FAQA, we do not fast that day because according to our knowledge on Ashoora Yazeed's mother observed her fast as a mannat that if Yazeed gets succeed to kill Rasool Allah's Family (Imam Hussain a.s and his family), she will observe a fast as a mannat of her happiness. this is the reason Shia people do no keep fast on that day. 
Source: A comment made by a Shia Muslim on Iqrasense

One happy guy, abg. Hafiz =D Congratulations to you and kak Nensi! 
At Kak Nensi's home during the berinai ceremony. There were lots of food. Superb und danke. =D
Did the imam say something wrong babe? My husband has always been the absorbent knowledge sponge. He is good at relating things to facts that he have read before. To spot ridiculous speech is an easy job for him. But in this case, the imam was explaining to abg. Hafiz that he is allowed to say "seratus or satu ratus" during the akad. So husband was just focusing on what the imam was saying. My husband told me that to accept a marriage, one just need to say "Aku terima." Easy no?


  • So my dear Muslim readers, what did you do on Ashura day yesterday?
  • I've been with the Shia Muslims and they treated me very well. In fact, they treated me better than some of the Sunni Muslims I've met. 
  • And that is a fact. 
May we all learn from each other.
Allah is watching us at all time(s). 
Life is too short to be snobbish. 

Comments

  1. alhamdulillah! syahmi kurussssssssssss!!

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  2. Alhamdulillah =)
    Kan Yo! He lost kilos kot.
    And he doesn't have any intention to gain weight balik. Therefore, Ayla cuti dari masuk kitchen. Yeehaaa!

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