The Counter Crusade

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Day of Ashura is near...

...and Shiites have already started crying and weeping over the martyrdom of al-Husayn (r.a).

"Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance, in the presence of their Lord" (Qur'an 3: 169)

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Nobody who enters Paradise will ever like to return to this world even if he were offered everything, except the martyr who will desire to return to this world and be killed 10 times for the sake of the great honour that has been bestowed upon him" (Sahih Muslim)

Shams Tabrizi said:

Someone was weeping: "The Tatars killed my brother. He was a man of knowledge."

I said, "If you have knowledge, you know that with the strike of the sword the Tatar gave him endless life. But what do the dead, or dead preachers, know about that life? They come up to the pulpit, and they begin a lamentation. I mean, the Prophet said, This world is the prison of the believer . Someone escapes from prison. Then you weep for him? "What a pity that he escaped from this prison!" The Tatars, or some other cause, made a hole in the prison. He escaped. He was transferred from one abode to another abode. Then you weep. "What a pity that they struck the wall of the prison with that arrow! Why did they strike that stone? Didn't they regret that fine marble?"

Or, there were chains on his legs. They cut them off, and he escaped. You shout out and strike your head and weep: "What a pity that they cut off the chains!" Or, they broke a cage, and you weep in anguish- 'Why did they break the cage! Why did they let the bird go!"...

Shams-i Khujandi was weeping for the Household of the Prophet. I was weeping for him: "Why do you weep for the Household? Someone joins with God, and you weep for him, and you don't weep for yourself! If you were aware of your own state, you would weep for yourself. Rather, you would gather all your people together, all your relatives, and you would lament in anguish for yourself!" ...

Khujandi says, "I'm observing the tragedy of the Household." He's forgotten his own tragedy!
- Me & Rumi , pg 21-22

"...and give good news to the patient who say, when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return": (Qur'an 2: 155-156)


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