Waʿaz Mubaraks 9/10
10th Moharram al-Haraam, 1439 – Reflections
The day of Aashura is akin to the day of Qiyaamat, the day of judgment and account. It is the day, we are repeatedly told, that no Mumin can miss for any reason. It is the day for which weeks and months of prior preparation had been witnessed. In reality years, indeed centuries and millennia have gone into preparation for it. This reality was no more evident than during this year’s Ashara Mubaraka. Just as the Day of Judgement will reveal all, the realities and truths; so too al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS revealed to Mumineen the great reality and truth of Imam Husain’s AS shahaadat: its sublime haqeeqat.
Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS mentioned a bayaan mubarak of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA where he explained the importance of the four letters in Imam Husain’s AS sacred name. H S Y N: the letters of each of these four letters of the Arabic language when spelt out as a word equal 10. Hā for example has the letters hā and ʾalif. Sīn has the letters sī, yā and nūn. Together, the letters when counted individually equal ten indicating that Husain Imam’s AS shahaadat was destined to be on the 10th of Moharram, the day of Aashura. Maulana TUS also explained the connection with other representations of the number 10 in the physical and spiritual worlds demonstrating the haqeeqat underpinning Imam Husain’s AS shahaadat. For example, there are nine orbits with the realm of the natural world that is Earth being the tenth.
Syedna Saifuddin TUS spoke of the great stature of the Duʿat Mutlaqeen in grieving upon Imam Husain AS. The very first Dai, Syedna Zoʾaib b. Musa RA passed away on the Day of Aashura, his final breaths spent in the zikr and mourning of Imam Husain AS. In this way, his wafaat on the Day of Aashura indicated that every Dai will spend his life commemorating Imam Husain AS with incessant bukaaʾ and maatam. Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS explained how tears shed in grief are essentially tears of blood for they are a product of the deep sorrow first felt in one’s liver, the blood there churned by this grief making its way to the eyes and manifesting itself as tears. The blood of tears revealed in grief upon Imam HusainAS, is the very blood Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA referred to in his following verse:
There is no pride for me to be had in anything other than shedding my blood for their cause.
There is no honour to be had but in dissolving my very body for them.
If not for this, then why else would my father have given birth to me? Without purpose?
Why would my mother have brought me into this world?
Every dai sacrifices himself for the causes of Imam Husain AS in this manner by shedding his tears: tears that carry the Creator’s divine effluence within them. This effluence permeates the souls of his listening followers and imbues them with its barakat. Grief, maatam and bukaa upon Imam Husain AS are the deepest of truths, the haqeeqat al-haqeeqat.
Haqeeqat and Quran: these were the final subjects of Ashara Mubaraka 1439, subjects that hold the utmost importance in the syllabus of Aljamea, its very essence and core. Haqeeqat – the facts, reality, which only Awliya Allah AS can authenticate and only by their sanction can it be propagated. The Quran, the source of all knowledge, which Imam Husain AS continued to recite from his severed raʾs mubarak (sacred head) brandished atop a spear.
In these Ashara mawaʿiz, Syedna al-Minʿaam TUS, the ultimate authority for haqeeqat, has given Mumineen a showering of haqaaʾiq in ways we have and have not understood. It brings to mind what Maula TUS said about that which has been discovered and that which will be discovered; many of the things we have heard will eventually come to light for us even if today we maybe little wiser.
Maulana TUS made it clear that the meaning of haqeeqat is ‘fact’ or ‘reality’. One so-called ‘fact’ that was dismissed was that of Darwin’s theory. Man did not come from the ape, ‘how can that be?’ For there is a process described in the books of haqeeqat and not mentioned any further here. Haqeeqat is that with no limit and no end. The succession of Aimmat Tahereen AS and Du’at Mutlaqeen are thereby haqeeqat for they are continual. The same is true of Imam Husain’s AS remembrance – it is everlasting.
There were many narratives relating to duʾat and their hudud. Syedi Musanji bin Taj QR of Baroda whom antagonists martyred by submerging in boiling oil when he refused to divulge the whereabouts of his dai. The amaanat or trustworthiness of Syedi Abdo Musa Kalimuddin QR (Jamnagar) who uncovered a hoard of treasure when digging the foundations for a new home. There was a note with it of who it was to be given to and so he located the heirs and added a significant amount from his own funds supposing that much of the original hoard would have been lost in the digging. A local king came to hear of this and planned on seizing the hoard from the heirs only to be dissuaded by his vizier. The vizier told him he would be forever tainted if he seized this treasure which Syedi Abdo Musa RA had voluntarily handed over to the heirs.
A staple of Aashura is the astonishing and ever-fresh narrative of the old lady who journeyed to Karbala. This year another narrative was added, of the man who never missed hajj. As a new season of hajj approached, he was again fully prepared for his pilgrimage. While going to the market to purchase his steed, he came across a destitute woman plucking feathers from a dead chicken she had found to eat. Learning she had three daughters and nothing save this dead fowl to eat he handed over his bag filled with 500 dinars and returned home. He was content even though his perennial hajj was to be missed for the first time. When he greeted the townsfolk returning from hajj they were not surprised to see him and they told him how they had seen and met him in Makka at the various places of worship and reverence during hajj. This inexplicable phenomenon was clarified when Rasulallah SA came to him in a dream and explained how Allah had appointed an angel to do hajj on his behalf this year and every year henceforth due to his act of goodness.
When Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS returned to the masjid for the maqtal (shahaadat) bayaan, the intense grief and emotion of Mumineen and their Maula was palpable. Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS began by stating that those who recall the tragedies that befell Imam Husain AS and express their grief through maatam and bukaa, they have attained the great honour of pleasing the Creator Himself. Any form of remembrance, Mufaddal Maula TUS stated, was a means of gaining the Lord’s happiness. In this emotional statement, Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS declared that even simply taking the name of Husain pleased Allah Taʿala. “So today on the Day of Aashura,” Moula exclaimed, “Cry out: Husain! Husain! Husain! Husain! Husain! Husain! Husain! Husain! Husain! Husain!”
Upon hearing the fervent repetition of this sacred name, Mumineen in this masjid and across Karachi erupted into a passionate chanting of ‘Husain’, their cries of grief and maatam echoing everywhere.
This year, like previous years, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS had urged Mumineen to prepare for Ashara Mubaraka many months in advance. On the day of Aashura, Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS expressed his appreciation of the efforts Mumineen expended in this preparation, the ohbat they undertook, but he clarified that no matter how great this was, in comparison to what is required, it is very little. Maula TUS explained to us that we should not remember Imam Husain AS on Aashura alone, or during the days of Ashara, or on major religious events, or every Friday, not even the 365 days of the year or after each of the daily five prayers. “No,” he said, “these were not the measures of time by which our grief should be expressed.” Mufaddal Maula TUS insisted that we remember Imam Husain AS and shed tears in his grief year upon year, in every era and generation, without measure, timeless and eternal.
On the day of Aashura, Maula TUS revealed to us Aashura’s historical significance and pre-eminence. In the Torah it is mentioned that the one who fasts on the day of Aashura, it is as if he or she has fasted for all of time. The one who places his hand on the head of an orphan [as a gesture of kindness or affection], Allah Taʿala will give him in its stead, a tree with innumerable attire and treasure for every hair on the orphan’s head. If a man or woman gives an offering of sadaqah on this day, it is as if he or she has never encountered a beggar but has given to them. That is the reward in sadaqah on this day. The one who guides another to the true faith on the day of Aashura, the Lord will fill his heart with radiance. If one swallows his anger on this day, Allah Taʿala will declare his place amongst the raadeen: those by whom He is pleased. If one honours the poor on this day, he will be honoured on the day his body is lowered into its grave. Nabi Mohammed SAW declares that the one who shows kindness to his or her family on the day of Aashura, Allah Taʿala will shower him/her with kindness the entire year. The one who respects the day of Aashura, for as long as he lives, he will live as light and radiance.
Prior to the culmination of this sacred day with the recital of the maqtal, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS revealed to us that he had requested the firishtas present, the angels of the heavens, to write the words ‘Ya Husain, ya Husain’ upon our eyes, our lips and our chests. This act would embolden us with the strength to grieve upon Husain Imam AS with tears from our eyes, cries of ‘Husain’ from our lips and an inexhaustible maatam upon our chests.
May Allah Taʿala grant our beloved Maula, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS — the one whose prayers have blessed our souls and bodies, the one whose cries of Ya Husain and Aahin, whose pearl-like tears and maatam have transformed us forever — a life that knows no end. May He bless Maula TUS with happiness and health years upon years, and may He honour us with the opportunity of grieving Imam Husain AS in Maula’s TUS benevolent shade the Aashura to come, and each Aashura after that, for all eternity. His benevolence on Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, especially, knows no bounds. May Aljamea’s children spend every breath and bodily movement, every thought and intellectual discussion in expressing their gratitude. May they always remember Imam Husain AS and strive in the service of Maula, his Dawat and his followers and children: Mumineen.