As soon as the moon of the month of Muharram is sighted, a deep transformation comes about in shias. A tinge of sadness is felt deep inside which intensifies with each day and pervades the entire being as the mourning climaxes on the day of Ashura on 10th of the month. Pre-occupation with mundane worldly matters has by now been subdued by a conscience that calls with intense passion towards spirituality and good deeds. Night after night, clad in black, all roads seem to lead to the mourning gatherings at Hussainyahs. The trigger is the remembrance of severe atrocities against Imam Husain (a.s.) , the grandson of the Prophet (swt), and his family and companions for their refusal to allow the hijacking and distortion of Islam by the corrupt rulers.
Besides the mourning aspects, the majalis provide a unique opportunity to learn more about all aspects of Islam and the Holy Quran. Unlike obligatory rituals, these gatherings comprise passionate people who have come voluntarily and who are therefore very receptive and keen to learn. Thus, Imam Husain’s sacrifice also serves as a school that continues to help millions internalise the principles of Islam every year. It also fills our hearts with sympathy for the oppressed of our times, whoever and where ever they may be. And to the oppressors, including those who try to hijack our religion of peace and love and taint it with terrorism, it declares that, whatever the odds, truth always triumphs in the end.
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