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Sun, 01 May 2005 10:08:00

Azadari is a Way of Life



Faithful from all over North America gather in throngs at Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS)
While in many cultures and religions the New Year is greeted with merry-making, for Muslims the lunar New Year portents tearful eyes and lamentations.

The eyes that anxiously scan the sky for the new crescent of Muharram and Safar well up with tears. That is the proper way to ring in the Hijri New Year since our Aimmah AS looked at the new crescent of Muharram and wept in remembrance of Imam Husayn AS and his household. That is the wont of Our Imam of The Time, Hadhrat Hujjah AFS also. The crescent of sorrow heralds, inter alia, majalis, matam and juloos, each of which is a manifestation of azadari (mourning), the very core of our life.

The mourners (azadar) of Imam Husayn AS pay homage with attendance at Imambarghas all over the world, in villages, in towns, in cities, in metro and megapolises. We weep and mourn in the footsteps of The Prophet SAWW and The Ahlul Bayt AS, inter alia, because the murderers did not allow the kith and kin of the innocent martyrs to weep and mourn and also that Immaculate personages were killed thus depriving the ummah of their companionship, guidance and blessings. They shackled the Imam of the time, Imam Ali Al-Sajjad AS and he could not pray over or bury the dead. The cruel, brutal act of the enemies of The Prophet SAWW created revulsion and the true followers of The Prophet SAWW have made their homes places of mourning and their hearts tombs of martyrs. Azadari is indeed a way of life.

As the month of Dhulhijja with its various joyous occasions winds down, thoughts turn to the Muharram majalis to console Seyyidah Fatimah AS. She was worried who would weep over Imam Husayn AS when neither The Prophet SAWW, Imam Amirul Mu.miniin, herself nor Imam Hassan Al-Mujtaba AS would be present. Seyyidah AS' blessings are in mourning Imam Husayn AS and therefore azadari makes our lives worth living.


Shabeeh-e-Taboot (Imitation of Coffin) of Imam Hussain AS

In Muharram and Safar the black clothes come out. Women abandon adornments and ornaments to remember the ladies of Karbala who lost children, fathers, brothers, husbands, uncles, nephews and loyal companions. Muharram also sees fervent activity of preparing the Imambarghahs, Azakhanas, individual homes and replicas of the 'alam and taziyah for the majalis of azaa. Indeed, these preparations symbolize cleansing of the mind, the spirit and the self, receiving knowledge and rejuvenating the faith. This is one of the many ways azadari transcends our life.

In majalis, mourners congregate with their compatriots, reminiscing Muharram and Safar in the motherland.Bonds of empathy and sympathy get strengthened as the majalis are delivered in the mother tongue. These majalis draw out the depth of feelings and emotions. At these gatherings, many who had not seen one another since the previous year reunite in a common cause. Once again, there is fraternity, solidarity, and brotherhood. Distinctions of wealth and status melt away as the blue and white collars sit together on the ground in absolute equality. As the azadar listen to nauha (dirges), marathi (elegy), soz, tahtul lafz and latmiyyah new words, new expressions and fresh emotions enter their repertoire. Erudite majalis add to the store of knowledge. Azadari is thus dynamic. It is education in action. The majalis inculcate good manners. Maintaining silence and concentration, respecting and being considerate of others, following instructions, parking vehicles and shoes in orderly manner ennoble adults. To the children, the majalis offer training in discipline, courtesy, silence and curiosity.In Karbala, there were at least 64 children of various ages but not a single instance of unruly behavior. Awn and Muhammad, Kassim and Ali Al-Akber are role models for tweenagers, teenagers and young adults. Similarly, Fatimah Kubra, Rukaiyya and Sakina are role models for girls and young women.

The formations for matam and the Ashura and Chehlum processions are a lesson in harmony, unity and decency as the message of Imam Husayn AS is proclaimed to the world of supporters and enemies. They help curb egotism, individualism and unruliness to portray civility, cooperation, collectivism and order. They are displays of mourning and should eschew joviality, laughter, frivolity and exhibitionism.

The tabarruk and sabeel symbolize the hunger and thirst of Karbala and beyond. The smooth, orderly distribution, proper disposal of plates, cups, spoons, foils and fruit are requisites. The hungry and thirsty children and adults in Karbala showed unparalleled endurance, patience and discipline. Three days of hunger and thirst from seventh to Ashura day, and possibly many more days after that, were enough to drive anyone to desperation. Yet how the whole household of The Prophet SAWW bore it all with dignity and patience is matchless. Seyyidah Zainab AS gave away her share of food to nourish the children in the dungeon of Damascus and became very weak for lack of nourishment.

Azadari
teaches emulating the generosity and the spirit of giving that Imam Husayn AS is renown for. In Karbala, Imam Husayn AS and his household gave away everything in the cause of Allah SWT. So, azadari
for Imam Husayn AS entails going beyond mere ritualism into the very spirit and purpose of life. It should lead to a better and vibrant community and lift it to greater heights.

The Qur'an in verse 13:58 enjoins an individual to initiate change to bring about collective change. The individual is the ignition. Imam Husayn AS, an individual, stood up to change the Islamic society that had become corrupt. His stand galvanized Habib, Zuhair, Hur and Wahab to join ranks with him in the ultimate sacrifice. The courage, stand and sacrifice of Imam Husayn AS paved the way for our successful future in both worlds. We have to live that success. The Qur'an and
azadari go hand in hand. They point us in the right direction with sincerity of purpose and noble intentions. The Prophet SAWW and his Ahlul Bayt AS lived the life of The Qur'an. Azadari teaches us to "Live like Ali and die like Husayn" every day for "Every day is Ashura and every land Karbala", forever. An Urdu poet captures this in "Waqt ke saylab me har khushko tari beh jayega, magar name Husayn reh jayega." (In the flood of time every dry and wet thing will flow away, yet the name of Husayn shall live forever).

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From: Syed Ghulam Haider Abidi
Subject: Azadare hussain ke liye mola se dua.
Comment: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 05:07:31 - Momenin Slam Alaikum, Khush naseeb hain wo log jo azadari manate hain. Yeh hee wo log hain jo apni jaan maal ko azadarie Hussain a. s. par kharch kar ke aaqrat ko khareed lete hain.

Mein tamam azadare Hussain a. s. ke liye Imame Jamana a.s. se dua karta hoo. Jahan kaheen bhi Hussain a. s. ke azadar hain sab ki nek duao ko pura karna. Un ki hifazat karna.

Ameen Faqat Slam


From: Syed Asad Abbas
Subject: salam Yah Hussain A.S`
Comment: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 05:16:14 - Yah mera Mola Tera Akber A.S kay bare arman han. Mola tera Abbas A.S kay bare arman han Mola tera Ashger kay bare arman han. Mola Teri sakkrna A.S kay bare arm han. Mola tera Qasim A.s kay bare Arman han. Mola ashab kay bare arman han. mola teri ban ka chader kay bare arman han.


From: Azhar Mahmood
Subject: Reccomendation
Comment: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 14:18:03 - It is good to see Shia muslims remembring the life secrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain at Karbala. but the only point i want to make over here is that plz dont curse Hazrat Abu Bakr, Umar and Usman (R.A). What so ever they did still they were classified as "Ashra Mubashra" i.e 3 of the ten blessed companions of Holy Prophet (S.A.W). I think a good muslim is a one who listen to point of views of all the muslims sects and now a days i m seriously studying about Shiaism. Kindly can anyone reply me on this website why the prayers of Shia muslims are different from that offered in Makkah and by other Sunni muslims.
Thanks and plz dont mind if u felt anything bad


From: DANISH RAZA
Subject: YA ALI MADDAD
Comment: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 03:45:56 - THIS SITE IS VERY GOOD 4 ALL MUSLIMS..
HUM TA HASHER MATAM E SHABEER KAREEN GAY HUM LOGOO KO BIBI ZAINAB (A S) KI DUA HAI....
JO LOOG MATAM KO BORA KEHTEE HAIN WOH KIAMAT WALE DIN KIA MOON DEKHAYE GAY...OUN KI SARI NAMAZAIN OUN K MOON PER MARI JAY GEEN....INSHAALLAH


From: Hussain
Subject: Azadaari
Comment: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 08:02:08 - YA ALI MADAD ... MOULA ALI DE MADAD

(For Mr. A. Syed) and others who think that we perform hindu ritual.......

Yeh namazaan na hoti gar Hussain(a.s) apna ghar baar apnay janasheen na luta daetay Karbala kay maidaan main. Yeh Hussain(a.s.) ka sadqa hai ki hum namaz padtay hain. Hussain (a.s) unkay ashaab tou shaheed hogai aur hamara yaqeen hain ki zinda aur har waqt hamari madad kay liya aatay hain. Array bhi ladai to Hussain (as) aur Yazid (LA) kay darmiyan thi magar is main 6 mah kay bachay ka kay kaoor tha ek gount pani na milsaka, haan 3 headed arrow mil gaya jo us kay halq say bada tha.

Array yeh to ek chota say masaib hai...... Kalaja phat jata hai jab majlis main un kay masiab suntay hain......

Woh to hamaray apnay hain..... hum ko dard ho ga ...... hum matam karangay, roiyan gay, peetay gay jis ko koi aitraaz hai woh ya tou Yazid ka mannay wala hai ya unkay hee ganday khoon say paida hua hai.

A' MARAY ALLAH ......
HUM KO KOI GAM NA DAAY SEWAI GAME HUSSAIN KAY

MATAM AUR MAJLIS BAPAA KARNI KI TOUFEEQ ATA KAR.

HAR MATMI / MOMIN KO ZIYARAT KARBALA, SHAM, NAJAF ATA KAR

JENAB SYEDA KA SADQAY MAIN MERI DUA KABOOL FARMA....

AMEEN....

MOULA HAQ IMAM(as), YA HASSAN(as), YA HUSSAIN(as)


From: Tania C.H
Subject: salam
Comment: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 14:25:13 - aap sub ko mera salam.ya ali


From: ali
Subject: ya ali madad
Comment: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:14:19 - hamara ghar ke liye bhoot he dua karye ga is liye ke hamare ghar me bhoot he problems hai plzz


mola ali madad


From: IMRAN MEHDI HASAN
Subject: KAMAZANI AND ZANJEER ZANI
Comment: Wed, 09 May 2007 02:40:09 - SALAAM YA HUSSAIN (A.S.)
MAY GOD AND IMAM-E-ZAMANA (A.T.F.S) BLESS ALL AZADARS OF AHLAYBAIT (A.S.).BELOW I AM WRITTING ONE SHER FOR KAMAZANI.
"ROKAR KAMAA LAGAYA JO NAAME HUSSAIN PAR
ASHKO KE SAATH BAHA HAIN MERA LAHU
PAAKIZGEE KO DEKHIYE HAIRAT NA KARIYE
RUMALE SAYYADA SE MIL GAYA MERA LAHU"

(SAEED KARBALAI).
WASSALAM
IMRAN (AMJUMAN-E-ZAINABIA S.A.)


From: ali
Subject: ham hussani hain
Comment: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 06:38:37 - hum hussani hain dunya main phala hua





salam
ya
hussain


From: sarah
Subject: wow
Comment: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 21:51:00 - mola apni chahni walo pe apna hifz aur aman rakhna ameen


From: Shafaat Hussain Naqvi
Subject: I need suggestions...
Comment: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 09:08:49 - AOA to all & Ya Ali Madad,
Very nice website very use full and nice comments on this web. i have made a website recently please visit www.azadariscotland.org and please suggest for improvements.
I much appriciate your suggestions.

Thanks
Shafaat Naqvi


From: s.kaneez e zahra
Subject: YA ALI(a.s) MADAD
Comment: Wed, 07 Mar 2007 08:11:24 - agar khuda hai manzil to rasta hai ali(as) .
agar muhammad(saw) hai ilm ka ghar to darwaza hai ali(as)
agar mushlik ma hai koi to MOLA MUSHKILKUSHA hai ali(as)
IMAM MEHDI(AS) K JALD ZAHOOR K LIYE DUA KAREN.
MOLA SAB KO ZALIMON K AZAB SE BACHAYE.(AMEEN)

wed, 07 Mar 2007 quetta


From: aamir raza shah naqvi
Subject: azadari
Comment: Sat, 03 Mar 2007 03:05:19 - ya ali madad. muje aapn ki web site pasand aa gai he aur mere sugestion he k aap live azadari b dekhaene. mola madad


From: Naiber Hussain
Subject: knowleged of Islamic bases
Comment: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 01:06:07 - First of all I want to say that, its a very good web site.Secondly I wouid like to tell my brothers and Mother, out there that we should be thankful to God that He sent us to Shia families so we can follow the right path and be true muslims.This blessing however,comes with a responsibility.We are followers of a great Prophet who is the "City of knowledge" then is our 1st Imam who is the "Door of City of Knowledge" this greatly emphasizes and clearifies the importance of learning.
thanking & wishing for your website sucessfully for a feture.


From: Sham
Subject: Nice website, article.
Comment: Fri, 09 Feb 2007 09:05:19 - Mashallah.
(East Africa)


From: tanvir
Subject: Salaam
Comment: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 04:34:05 - Jazaak Allah .May Allah bless you.


From: syeda Marzia gillani
Subject: hello.
Comment: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 14:33:45 - hi.......i like ur site. it is good for shia muslims.
may Allah bless u .. bye


From: Batool Kazmi
Subject: Knowledge is power
Comment: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 07:41:26 - First of all I want to say that, its a very good web site.Secondly I wouid like to tell my brothers and sisters, out there that we should be thankful to God that He sent us to Shia families so we can follow the right path and be true muslims.This blessing however,comes with a responsibility.We are followers of a great Prophet who is the "City of knowledge" then is our 1st Imam who is the "Door of City of Knowledge" this greatly emphasizes and clearifies the importance of learning.
All I am trying to convey here is "ilm bohot zarori hai" both duyavi ilm and religious knowledge.We should try to learn as much as we can.With better knowledge we would understand our Aaimma better.Azadari aur matam jaisay hamari pehchaan hai issi tarha ilm bhi hamari pehchan hona chahiay takai hum apnai aaimma ki sahi khidmat kar sakain aur un kay ilm ko aam karsakian.Hamin chahiay jo hum seekhain hain majalis main unhain yaad rakhain aur un baaton par amal karain kiunkay amal bhi zaroori hai.


From: Syed Mohammad Masoom Abidi
Subject: a hindu rituals
Comment: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 04:28:22 - As salam ualikum,
Yahaan ek behtareen atricle pae kuch sawaal dekhae dil kiya jawaab dae doon..
sabsae pehlae behtareen article kae liyae shukriya....
1) hamarae A syed bhai nahi hindu ritual keha alam, tazia taboot ko... Afssos isliiyae hua ki ek syed apnae hee forefathers kae ronae waloon ka tareeqae pae aetraaz ker reha hai? Doosrae bhai yeh tareeqa babilion ka hai jo iraq main karbala kae paas ahi aur aaj bhee iraq main mehndi janaq e qasim ki waghairah uthtee hai..yeh hindu kehaan saee aa gaye...Beech main? Aur jahaan tak shirk ka swaal hai uskae koi imkanaat nahin....aap shirk pae research kerein..

2)doosra aetraaz "Instead of following these great people you are just following hindu rituals and calling it matam and the Ashura and Chehlum"
Arrae bhai Namaz aap padhtae hain na? Jiski namaz unko gunaah sae na bacha sakae woh farsihtae mooh pae maar detae hain.....Lekin majority aissee hai jo amal nahin kerti quran pae aur namaz padhti hai. KYA NAMAZ BAND KER DEIN?
Amal ka kerna ya na kerna ek insani kamzori hai ...azadari ka is sae kya waasta.....sabhi muslim ko amali taur pae mazboot hona chaiyae.. aetraazaat ki koi had nahin hoti..

3) qazelbaash saheb aap visit kerein..
https://smma59.wordpress.com
yahaan aap ko mir anees kae marsiya writeup milega......

wassalam
www.alqaim.info


From: ATIQ
Subject: ya aliiiiiii teray chanay waloon ki khair
Comment: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 01:57:02 - salam n ya ali madad
i am suni i am not shia, but i love the poeples who love ali,, or jo ahitraz kar rahay hain they dont know kae ahlay bait ki mohabat he main kamiabi hai , bas allah sae doha hai kae hamraie zindagi ali ali kartay guzray, or in kae gham main azadari kartay guzray,,,,,, IN SAY QATRA MANGOO TOU GOHAR DAITAY HAIN
,,, DUNIYA MAIN ZAR DAITAY HAIN FIRDOUS MAIN GHAR DAITAY HAIN
ALI MOLA , ALI MOLA , ALI MOLA, MOLA HUSSAIN , MOLA HASSAN, MOLA ABBAS, SHAHZADA QASIM, SHAZADA ALI ASGHAR, SAHZADA ALI AKBAR,,,,,,, SARKAR HUR,, SAB PAY MERA SALAM


From: syed ahmedali abedi
Subject: ya ali madad ko aao
Comment: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 23:55:32 - hum shia logo ko badnaam karte hai log ke hum ne hi sab ko maara aur hum hi unke naam se rote hai maafi maangte hai,in yezido ki aulaado ko koi aisa karaara jawaab de taake wo apne mooh ko taala lagaade.plz give reply immediately.khudahafiz


From: Pir Latif
Subject: Ya Ali Madad
Comment: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 03:01:54 - App ki Site Passand aai hai. App say request hai ke app tamam mola ALI a.s ka nam lenay walon ko Apps main piar r muhabbat say say millen, kehtay sab hain maggar mawaya wala BUGHAZ rakhtaty aek dosray ko takleef detay hain. please


From: shafqat hussain shah
Subject: help
Comment: Mon, 08 May 2006 22:05:49 - salam wa ya ali madad
aap ki mehnat bhut aachi hey umeed key aap mola hussain a.s ki
khidmat kertey rehtey gein.


From: asghar ali
Subject: azadari kya hain
Comment: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 03:41:25 - azadari hamari baqa hain ham hussani hain hamin hussaniyat ka masg pori dunya walon ko falana hain karbala serf waqea nhi hain karbala aena hain is ma hamin har tarh ki qorbaneyain dakhny ko mila ga mari dua hain ki hamin husaneyat ka is de howi masg par amal para hony ki hadayat dain a maryALLAH ameeem


From: Mirza Ali Naqi Baig
Subject: Need information
Comment: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 03:35:49 - Salam,
I need more information of our religion Shiasm, and what diffrence between Hindusm & shiasm, many hindu followers in india like Brahims muslim etc. send details.
thanks
Ali


From: Mursal
Subject: A. Syed's Hindu Rituals
Comment: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 17:28:10 - Mr. Syed,

You must read Quran if you are a Muslim. And if you read it honestly, you can clearly see Allah s.w.t. has described several materialistic things as His Aayaat like the rope on the neck of the animal that you sacrifice during Eidul Adha. You might have also seen Prophet Yaqoob crying for his son Prophet Yousuf and kissing Yousuf's shirt. You might have also noticed, if you believe our Prophet Mohammad p.b.u.h. that he cried loudly for his uncle Hamza who willingly accepted Shahadat in Ohad right before the Prophet. He also loved Imam Hasan and Husain. How would he react if he hear that his beloved grand sons are killed by butchers. How would you feel if you really LOVE the Prophet???

Will you not cry and show love if you hear that your own parents, or son or dayghter is killed by a butcher? It all depends upon the sincere love and honest understanding of Islamic Rules. Please do not waste your time in blaming others instead learn about the Real Islam before you run out of time. The life is useful period and a blessing of Allah s.w.t. use it wisely to build your Real Life that is Life After Death, the eternal life and pray for others as well.

Mursal


From: Evangelynn R. Gean
Subject: Azadari
Comment: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 21:22:34 - Every year that I attend the Majalis I learn something new and I cry more. I have been Muslim for 7 years but, in those first years thought that I understood the Ahle-Bayte. Up to this date I feel that as I get older I understand what went on during Hussein's (AS) time more than I did 5 years ago. I understand and support the unwavering faith that the Ahle-Bayte had for Islam and bringing about the truth of Islam up against those that were trying to twist it with lies. I am so sad for the Muslims (Imam's) that report false stories up to this day about the Ahle-Bayte. This is what we should weep for. It has an even deeper meaning for me today. I love the Ahle-Bayte. Peace and blessings be on the Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) and his progeny. When I pray now, I really comprehend the meaning of Ashura. This was a terrible, sad day, the day that we lost Imam Hussein. I can't imagine being Fatima on this day. I lost my son 15 years ago to SIDS (crib death) when he was 2 months old by the will of Allah (SWT). I can't imagine losing a son and more than one violently. The story of baby Abdullah always shakes me with tears. The stories of what happened to the children, all of them is just horrific. May all of those who killed the Prophet's (SAWS) family be cursed and may all of the supporter's be lifted to


From: A Syed
Subject: Hindu Rituals!!!
Comment: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 16:06:47 - The Qur’an and azadari go hand in hand. How can you possibly relate the two. Please avoid such kufriya comments. Your Aimmah AS looked at the new crescent of Muharram and wept in remembrance of Imam Husayn AS and his households is based on total lie. Who are these Aimmahs when you have Hadhrat Ali, Hadhrat Hasan and Hadhrat Husein's teachings to follow.
Do you think that Sher Khuda and his sons wept while they accepted martyrdom.
Instead of following these great people you are just following hindu rituals and calling it matam and the Ashura and Chehlum. Imambarghahs, Azakhanas, individual homes and replicas of the ‘alam and taziyah for the majalis of azaa these preparations symbolize only SHIRK and nothing


From: murtaza qizalbash
Subject: ya ALI madad
Comment: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 09:47:17 - mujhy aap ki ya wab bohat pasand ai . kindly aap mujhy koi aysi wab batauo jes me mola husain ki shairi huo
ya ali



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