Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Ashoora

Thursday, Feb 9 2006 is Ashoora, the 10th of Muharram. It is sunnah to fast on the 10th of Muharram, and the Prophet expressed a wish to fast on the 9th and 10th. The early Muslims observed the 10th as a mandatory fast. Ashoora is also the day when Hussein (R.A.) was martyred. A common perception is Ashoora being a Shi'a thing. The love of the Ahl-al-bayt is not a sectarian issue however, and the ashoora marks a turning point in Muslim history. There were no Shias, Sunnis, Sufis and Salafis in the 1st century Hijri, only a lot of Muslims shocked to see Madinah being sacked, Makkah bombed, and Hussein martyred in the frontiers. I think it is a good time to reflect on where we are headed collectively, and to draw inspiration from Hussein (R.A.)'s martyrdom as a muslim idealistic struggle against injustice and fitnah in the world.

To all my Muslim readers - Wednesday and Thursday are great days to fast. Take some time to think, and devote your energies to building yourself and cleaning up your world, and remember the old Urdu saying "Har Karbala ke ba'd zinda hota hai Islam". Roughly translated, Islam rises again after every catastrophe.

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