: Oct 10, 2016

Tomorrow is the day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram. It is a special day for the Muslim world, because we have been commanded to fast on it to commemorate the b…

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Tomorrow is the day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram. It is a special day for the Muslim world, because we have been commanded to fast on it to commemorate the blessings of Allah upon Musa (Moses) and his followers when they were saved from the Pharaoh. Fasting on that day forgives the sins of the previous year.

The tragedy of the martyrdom of Husayn (r) happens to coincide with this day. This tragedy, which occurred five decades after the the death of our beloved Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam), is a historical one, not a theological one. Our hearts grieve that such an evil murder was committed, due to political greed and lust for power by the Caliph Yazid. But our religion of Islam was not made, altered, or modified by the events of that day. Rather, more than fifty years before this, on the Day of the Farewell Pilgrimage, Allah had revealed in the Quran “Today, I have perfected your religion for you, and completed My Favors upon you, and chosen Islam as your way of life” [Maida; 3]

The Day of Ashura is a day of worship, not a day of mourning.
For a more detailed account of the massacre, this was a lecture I delivered a few years ago on that topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm7mKOTZ0qQ

The Massacre of Karbala: A Historical Analysis” from the Sunni tradition. “Is it appropriate for you to kill the likes of me? I am the son of the daughter of…

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