For the followers of the Ahlulbayt (‘a), the ‘new year’ is marked in a way which perhaps no other nation or community marks their own ‘new year’. The New Year is one which begins with grief and sorrow and a call to stamp out corruption, oppression and falsehood.
The events which have taken place in the history of every society hold valuable experiences and lessons that have been achieved with great pain and at a heavy price. Those experiences and lessons are assets that can have a great impact on the destiny and future of that society which has gained them. One of those great and unique assets is “the event of Karbala”.
The supreme sacrifice by Imam Hussain (‘a), his family and companions in Karbala is rightly considered as the epoch-making event in the history of Islam. The Infallible Imams (‘a) have greatly emphasized over reviving the event of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (‘a`) so that the future generations may benefit from the lessons that this heroic event holds.
The memory of this great epic event must be kept alive by our community members wherever they are in the world and this is brought to fruition through the institution of Azadari which has been the backbone of the lovers of Ahlulbayt (‘a) in educating its members about their religion. The psychological and emotional attachment towards the Azadari of Imam Hussain (‘a) is a very precious and valuable tool to implement the purpose of Azadari and history bears witness that in different parts of the world, Azadari has been the single most important media of mass religious education and bringing the communities closer to each other and uniting them.
AZADARI IN LILONGWE:
In Lilongwe, during the 12 days of Muharram, Majaalis are held daily at night at 7.30 pm for both gents and ladies recited by The Resident Aalim Mawlana Azhar Abbas followed by nyaz after the majlis and matam. Ladies majaalis are also held from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Centre recited by Aalima Khanum Ruqaiya Summairi.
In the afternoons, Majaalis are held for children and refreshments are provided. The marshiyas, nawhas and Majaalis are recited by the children themselves. Sabeel-e-Imam Hussain (‘a) is organized by a few individuals in the last five nights starting from 6th Muharram.
Manzar-Kashi-e-Maidaan-e-Karbala which is the depictions of the tragedy of Karbala is arranged by the Madrasah kids and Volunteers for the day of Ashura. Manzar Kashi is opened at 11.00 p.m. on Shab-e-Aashur.
Shab-e-daari is arranged by the Jamaat on the 10th night of Muharram where people go to a few houses that are nearby and do azadari. The last programme is arranged at the residence of the Vice Chairman at 1.30 a.m. and thereafter nyaz is also served.
On the day of Ashura, aamals are done at the Centre at 11.30 a.m. followed by Zohr namaz and Majlis-e-Asr-e-Aashur.
Shaam-e-Ghareeba majlis is held soon after Maghribain Salaah on the Day of Ashura.
PICTURES OF MANZAR-KASHI-E-MAIDAAN-E-KARBALA ORGANISED BY MADRASSAH KIDS AND VOLUNTEERS IN LILONGWE LAST YEAR IN MUHARRAM 1443 A.H
The lessons we learn from the events at Karbala brings a source of divine enlightenment and a road to the salvation of mankind. Imam Hussain (‘a) stood firm against all odds and atrocities and was martyred in the struggle to save humanity and Islam from humiliation and tyranny at the brutal hands of the despotic and unjust ruler, Yazid ibn Muawiya ibn Abi Sufiyan from the family of the Umayyad dynasty.
The Azaa of Imam Hussain (‘a) should be a platform to bring awareness of Islamic Values, Human Dignity, God Consciousness and a source of Tableegh in enlightening the masses.
Sir Muhammad Iqbal says, “Imam Husayn uprooted despotism forever till the Day of Resurrection. He watered the dry garden of freedom with the surging wave of his blood, and indeed he awakened the sleeping Muslim nation.”
Let us remember in our prayers during these important days the oppressed people of the world wherever they are for the freedom from oppression, and pray for their safety, peace and wellbeing. Ameen.
Please recite Sura-e-Fateha for the Marhumeen who were with us last Muharram and are no more, and all the Marhumeen – Al Fateha
Source: Lilongwe KSI Jamaat
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5th August 2022 / 6th Muharram 1444 A.H