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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Yom-e-Ashura - commemoration of Imam Hussain's martyrdom.

URL - http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2013/11/today-is-yom-e-ashura-commemoration-of.html

Note: This is unusual, most of this note is from different sources, my own writing is included in the links.

Today is Yom-e-Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram
and marks the martyrdom of Husain Ibn Ali and awakening of the ideals of Islam; justice, mercy, humility, equality and truthfulness.   I urge fellow Muslims of all hues including Sunni and Ahmadiyya to join in the commemoration at the Shia, Bohra and Ismaili places of worship, or at least let them know that you stand with them.

This event, the 10th Muharram is commemorated with two themes; commemorating Imam Hussain's martyrdom and following the Jewish tradition.

It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husain  ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad (pbuh) at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH - October 10, 680 CE). In some Shi'a regions of Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Pakistan, the Commemoration of Husain ibn Ali has become a national holiday and most ethnic and religious communities participate in it.[citation needed] Even in predominantly Hindu majority but secular country like India, Ashura (10th day in the month of Muharram) is a public holiday” – Wiki.

It is also commemorated by
Sunni Muslims (who also refer to it as The Day of Atonement) as the day on which the Israelites were freed from Pharoah of Egypt. According to Sunni Muslim tradition, Ibn Abbas narrates that Muhammad (pbuh) came to Medina and saw the Jews fasting on the tenth day of Muharram. He asked, “What is this?” They said, “This is a good day, this is the day when Yah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy and Musa (Moses) fasted on this day.” So he fasted on this day and told the people to fast. Many Sunnis also recognize the importance of the events at Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in regards to Ashura.

Insha Allah,  either I will visit the Momin Center or stay home and pray depending on my health.

Will Shiite and Sunni Islam Ever Reconcile?

The Centrality of Imam Husain to Islam.

Intra-faith dialogue

There is another bold frontier to be crossed - that is to get rid of our prejudices against fellow Muslims and let each one be who they want to be; Muslims as they believe. Thanks to Allah for blessing me to treat all Muslims equally with no prejudices - be it Ahmadiyya, Sunni, Shia, Ismaili, Bohra, WD Muhammad and other groups. Alhamdu Lillah we have conducted the first such conference at the Boniuk Center at Rice University, and two more are planned in 2014.

Islam needed a home after 1400 years of stagnation and choking done by the monarchs, mullahs, kings and dictators; finally it is free and at home, here in America.

If any one of you wishes to sponsor the event, we can hold one in Dallas, and Insha Allah it will be not be superficial talks, but serious talks that will make a difference.  I will be happy to moderate with the express purpose of finding solutions and not just talking.

Thank youmike
World Muslim Congress
To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who mitigates conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity. God wants us to live in peace and harmony with his creation; life and matter. Mike Ghouse is a Muslim speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism
, Islaminterfaith and other topics. He is committed to nurturing pluralistic values embedded in Islam and building cohesive Socieities and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day, all his writings are at www.TheGhouseDiary.com  

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