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Editorial – Ramadanal-Moazzam 1437 H

There are still 4 months to Asharah Mubarakah 1438 AH, but the countdown has begun. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is urging Mumineen, during this mubarak month of Ramadan, to prepare and plan to attend Asharah Mubarakah with regularity from the 2nd of Moharram al Haram.

Zuwaar who are visiting Karbala at this time were each assigned a city, and instructed to do ziyaarat in Imam Husain SA and dua that every mumin residing in that city regularly attend the majaalis of Asharah Mubarakah. Each of these Mumineen called their respective cities and delivered the message of dua.

The objective of Asharah Mubarakah can be summed up in the words of Syedna Moayyed al-Shirazi RA “Azhiru al-nauh wa al-aweel…” Make apparent your tears and lament. All wounds heal with time, for every hardship there is solace to be found, yet the bukaa’ on Imam Husain has no solace, the tears know no end. The remembrance of Karbala comes back with renewed intensity every year, every 10th of Moharram al Haram.

Syedna al-Qadi al-Noman elucidates that imaan consists of three parts: articulating with the tongue, believing from the heart, and execution by the limbs. Imam Husain’s shahaadat redeemed Islam and Iman; his shahaadat is the heart of Islam and Imaan. Imam Husain’s SA gham is felt by the heart, but that is not enough. It needs to be manifested through tears, maatam and the call of “Ya Husain Ya Husain!”. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA said, “Cry so much that the hands naturally rise in maatam, and do maatam with such intensity that tears start to flow naturally.”

Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA writes in his elegy “Pass away O soul! Cry O eyes, cry on your Maula who was slain by the enemy.”

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA says in his elegy, “I cry upon you, my Maula Husain; I sacrifice my soul for you O Maula Husain.” Syedna al-Muqaddas’ manifestation of grief, sorrow and lament was such that he recited the shahaadat of Imam Husain time after time after time, and stirred the grief of Imam Husain in the hearts of thousands of Mumineen to such an extent that on a single ‘aah!’ from his lips they would break into intense maatam and tears. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is, today, furthering this grief and lament by mandating that each and every mumin attend Asharah Mubarakah waaz from the very first day, so that not a single mumin is deprived of the barakaat of Imam Husain SA. Maula TUS has given us ample time to prepare and plan, to take leave from our bosses or principals and to make necessary arrangements. Now there is no excuse, period. It is only fitting that we say “Labbaik Ya Dai Allah” to his call, infuse our souls with the ´ilm of Ale Mohammed SA, and come together in the presence of Aqa Maula TUS to hear the shahaadat of Syed al-Shohadaa’ from his lips and behold the heart-rending manzar of Imam Husain’s sajdah.