As I observed the mausoleum of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم grandson Hussain رضي الله عنه in Karbala, it seemed surreal that I was actually here. People visiting the compound can do as they please – eat, sleep, walk, pray – as long as they respect the rules laid down by caretakers of the shrine, which are mainly for security reasons and keeping the area clean. A common sight is people taking selfies with the shrine’s golden domes that provide the perfect backdrop. You can also have your photograph taken by professionals who are usually seen scouting pilgrims. On one side, groups of men recite QURAN and are in the state of remembrance. The atmosphere is peaceful, as everyone is involved in their own activities. Children, indifferent to the sanctity of the place and the sombre mood, run around laughing and shrieking as they do. What's good is that nobody admonishes them for their behaviour. There are separate toilets and ablution areas for men and women.
The Battle of Karbala was fought on 10 October 680 (10 Muharram in the year 61 AH of the lunar calendar) between the corrupt Yazid led by Ibn Zayd and Shimr Ibn Jawshan and the brave Hussain ibn Ali رضي الله عنه , the grandson of the Prophet of Mercy صلى الله عليه وسلم , at the lands of Karbala in Iraq) . Prior to his martyrdom, Muawiyah had nominated his son Yazid as his successor. Yazid's nomination was not generally seen as favorable by the community, as he was widely viewed as un-Islamic and had adopted the practices of the Age of Ignorance. Upon Muawiyah's death in 680 CE, Yazid sought to legitimize his rule by demanding that Hussain, Muhammad's grandson, pledge allegiance to him. Hussain did not give allegiance to Yazid and traveled towards Kufa. You can find thousands of stories online, let us continue with out experience.
This holy month is very, very special. Every moment is a deep prayer for you-when you sleep, when you eat, when you walk. It is a time for deep praying, from the beginning to the end. So open you heart. Open your heart completely, and be in the deep sincerity, and trust ALLAH. In Ramadan the nights are blessed, because thier is no veil between you and ALLAH. So take your chance in this great opportunity in this blessed month. Join us for a potluck Iftar-e-mentary with Abdullah Haroon and the Zawiya family.
The word dhikr means remembrance and in the Islamic context, it is used in the sense of remembrance of Allah. Allah (swt) tells us in the Quran:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱذۡكُرُواْ ٱللَّهَ ذِكۡرً۬ا كَثِيرً۬ا
“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance.” (33:41) Our Prophet (saw) also told us:
“He who remembers his Lord and he who does not are like the living and the dead.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
Dhikr is an all-embracing term that, in addition to including the ritual acts of worship, covers an array of activities of the tongue and heart. It involves thinking of and making mention of Allah at all times and in every area of our lives. This is the worship that has no special time, but is performed constantly so that it permanently links up man’s life with Allah and His service.The importance of constant dhikr cannot be emphasized enough, particularly if we desire to be on the receiving end of Allah’s attention, Grace and Mercy. Allah tells us in the Quran: “Then remember Me, I will remember you.”(2:152) Our Prophet (saw) told us that Allah has said: “I am with My servant when he remembers Me and his lips move making mention of Me.” (Bukhari) Our Prophet (saw) also said: “A man does nothing more calculated to rescue him from Allah’s punishment than making mention of Allah.” (Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)WHENApril 22, 2021 at 6pmWHEREZawiya Perspective
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