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A Sunni’s Muharram lamentation

Ashura Mourning Shia Muharram Imam Hussain Sunni Karbala

I am a Sunni. My family is Sunni. We love Abu Bakr, Uthman, Umar, Ali. We believe in their Rightly Guided Caliphates. The Commanders of the Faithful. We believe in Aisha as a wife of the Prophet ﷺ and a role model. A Mother of the Faithful. This is our belief. We are not Shia.

…my heart grieves, because Sunnis do grieve for Hussain. We weep for Hussain. We have for 1400 years, just like Shias.

As part of being Muslim, we love the Prophet ﷺ and love all that which he loves. For what is beloved to the Prophet ﷺ is beloved to God. This includes love of the people he loved. The Prophet ﷺ loved his wives, his friends, his companions, and his family. We wish peace upon the Prophet ﷺ and his family in every Salaat, just like every other Muslim in the world does without regard to madhab.

Of the Prophet’s family ﷺ, there exist two names shadowed in an eternal passion, kept alive by billions of lovers for over a millennium. The beloved sons of Fatima az-Zahra, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and her husband Ali ibn Abi Talib: Hasan and Hussain. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ confided with humanity that indeed his favorite two children in all of creation would be the leaders of the youth of Paradise. The two sons of the House of the Prophet ﷺ would grow up to be great leaders, as prophesized by the Holy Messenger ﷺ, and find themselves murdered by their grandfather’s followers for their sacred ancestry ﷺ.

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Why is it that, growing up, the names “Hasan and Hussain” brought the images of children to my mind? Why is it that I, and many other youth in America, are not taught much about Hasan and Hussain when they grow up? All that most know about them is that the Prophet ﷺ loved and kissed them and that they would bring him his blessed slippers. That’s it. They’re our role models to be the perfect children. We, as Sunnis, have forgotten that they’re really models through our death and afterlife.

We never learn that Hasan and Hussain grow up to be Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain. We don’t learn of the prophecy of Imam Hasan being a “great sayyid” through whose hands “Allah shall bring peace between two parties.¹” We don’t learn about him succeeding his father as the entitled fifth Rightly Guided Caliph, a rank we are taught is posthumously bestowed upon Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz. We aren’t taught that he gave up his right to the caliphate to fulfill that very Muhammadan Prophecy ﷺ. We never learn that Hasan and Hussain grow up.

We never learn about the murder of the Prophet’s ﷺ grandsons at the hands of his Ummah. We never learn about the betrayal from a son of Bani Ummayah. We never learn about the theft of khilafat from the righteous. We never learn about Muawiyah’s warning his son to not “meet God with his [Imam Hussain’s] blood.” We never learn about the gross disobedience to his father, his soul’s nature, his sense of inhumanity, to the Prophet he claimed to love ﷺ.

They couldn’t spare a drop of water for the progeny of the Prophet ﷺ they claimed to love. Their hearts had already traded God for the pleasures of this world.

We feel from our parents and elders that Muharram is sacred for reasons other than literal translation, but don’t know why. We get lost in confusing debates about not marrying during Muharram. Elders argue over engagements being jaa’iz before and/or after 10th Muharram. We get even more confused when an aunty says marriages shouldn’t be held until Rabi’ al-Awwal. Why does it matter? we ask. We aren’t Shia, we iterate. Few parents are willing to explain. Maybe the pain of which there is to speak is too deep. Maybe they’ve become confused, in the melting pot that is Muslim America, on the validity of their beliefs. However, I’m not writing this to criticize the pseudo-salafi influence in America throwing off 1400 years of orthodox Sunni scholarship. I’m writing this because I was (and still am, obviously) a confused Sunni youth in America wondering why the hadith and scholarly quotes about the Ahl al-Bayt are an open secret, why the poems of Imam Shafi’ are hidden, why our elders and teachers are content in letting an entire generation grow up without knowing that Islam could have died barely 60 years in. How can an imam talk about the erroneous “fitnah of women” when we don’t even know about the fitnah that almost killed the religion of our beloved Prophet ﷺ?

We, as a generation and a new culture are confused because we don’t know about Karbala.
I educated myself. I read about the Ahl al-Bayt. I read about Orthodox Sunnism. I picked up where the Sunday school textbooks left off. I read about what our Shia brothers believe about the Battle of Karbala. I read about what the Orthodox Sunni scholars say about it. I read the accounts. I feel the shared pain between the lines—an ancient remorse, the feeling of shame. When you realize the scholars who speak about Hussain are the scholars that are here to be the heirs of the Prophets ﷺ, you see how much we share across these sects. You see how sects become madhabs. We aren’t united by the shahadah. We aren’t united by love of a single God. We aren’t united by love for the Prophet ﷺ. We are united by all that and the love of the Ahl al-Bayt. In Muharram, we share the deep grief for the events at Karbala. When you see what both traditions of scholars, Shia and Orthodox Sunni, say about the emotions of Muharram, you see why we are brothers.

We are brothers because when a tyrant stole the caliphate of the Muslim Ummah and abused it, Imam Hussain stood up for you and me and the nation his grandfather built with his blood, sweat, and many tears. He marched himself to his death for the sake of survival. On that day in Karbala, he was undoubtedly on the side of Islam, the side of his father, the side of his grandfather ﷺ, the side of righteousness and truth.

the day of ashura - karbala - imam hussainImam Hussain came to the battlefield not as a Shia to fight Sunnis, or a Sunni to fight Shias. He was there as the inheritor and rightful successor of his grandfather ﷺ to continue the Prophetic crusade against injustice and darkness. It wasn’t “Sunni succession vs. Shia succession.” The knowledgeable of the Ummah had already designated Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain as caliphs. No. That day in Karbala, the battlefield was Haq vs. Kufr.

Bloodshed was to ensue. Brother slaughtered brother. Imam Hussain came with a message of diplomacy, of amnesty, of civility. He was faced with an army who claimed to be from the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. They were a people who claimed to pray and fast. An army who venerated the grandfather of the man they were ordered to murder ﷺ, an army who claimed to love God and His messenger ﷺ as the ultimate reality.

An army who claimed to be on the path of Islam, an army who claimed to love the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, was about to slaughter his holy family before leaving their dead bodies to rot for three days. They took the words of the kalima, chewed them up, spat them out, and trampled them with their horses. When Sayydina Abu Bakr “would rather do good to the family of the Prophet ﷺ rather than to [his] own family,²” the army at Karbala didn’t even spare thirsty infant Ali al-Asghar crying in the arms of Imam Hussain. They couldn’t spare a drop of water for the progeny of the Prophet ﷺ they claimed to love. Their hearts had already traded God for the pleasures of this world. Words cannot describe the revolting lapse of conscience, of taqwa, of basic humanity, that the murderers of the Prophet’s household had on that day ﷺ.

The story ends with Sayyid Shabab al-Jannah, the Leader of the Youth in Paradise, the Prince of the Prophet’s household ﷺ, becoming the final casualty. Having watched all 72 of his followers and most of his family slaughtered, beheaded, and disfigured, he charged into the army of thousands, fighting valiantly despite his severe wounds. After the final blow to the Prince of the Martyrs, his head was cut off, and placed on a silver platter to be presented to the general of the army, who “started playing with a stick at the nose and mouth of Al-Hussain’s head and saying something about his handsome features.³” The army, who claimed to be Muslims, would then place the heads of their victims and Imam Hussain on the tips of spears and march 600 miles to Yazid—championing their victory.

I mourn in Muharram. I mourn in my own way, and always look to do better in honoring our Imam, but for at least the first ten days of every year, I remind myself of Imam Hussain.

If only this was the whole story, yet this much is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Such injustice was done. If Hussain had remained quiet and relented to Yazid, he and his family members would have lived. However, Yazid’s men would still have been evil. They would gutted Islam of anything good or Prophetic, and left it a shell of empty words, of sin, of corruption, of evil. If it weren’t for Imam Hussain’s sacrifice, Islam would have died. The legacy of Hussain’s selfless sacrifice lived on in the community of the Muslims under unjust rulers. The light of his fight for truth lived on in the minds of the believers, ready to reclaim the religion of the Holy Prophet ﷺ whenever opportunity presented. Imam Hussain inspired the spirit of reality in the darkness. Yazid had Imam Hussain killed, Yazid won, but Yazid still died three years later, and today he’s nothing but dust in the desert, while Hussain lives on in the hearts of billions. While Yazid won the battle, Hussain continues to win the war hundreds of years later. His death in righteousness lit the fire of truth until the truth of the battle could prevail, and continues to inspire truth in the face of injustice today.

How could I ignore the sacrifices of the Prophet’s family? How could I not grieve and mourn when recounted the atrocities at Karbala? How could I ignore the suffering of Imam Hussain, when he watched all those he loved in the world beaten, abused, slaughtered, beheaded, and molested in front of his eyes? When Imam Hussain gave up his whole world, was stabbed 33 times by spears, struck 34 times by swords, hit over 100 times by arrows, only to weep and say “I only wish for Allah to shower them with forgiveness,⁴” how can I say that remembering his suffering is a sin?

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I am a Sunni, and I mourn in Muharram. I mourn in my own way, and always look to do better in honoring our Imam, but for at least the first ten days of every year, I remind myself of Imam Hussain. Mourning is not exclusive to our Shia brothers, and we shouldn’t let that cross our minds. Imam Hussain died so that all of us could be Muslim. His death enabled us all to seek the pleasure of God and the Righteous, and not this world. The family and lovers of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ faced such inhumanity from people who also claimed to love the Prophet; people who supposedly read salawat on them during every salaat. It should not be forgotten. It should always be remembered, and if you don’t even shed a tear, if you don’t start grieving just at the thought of the injustice, then you aren’t remembering like you should. When you don’t remember, when you don’t feel emotion, for the events of Karbala, when you’ve let the sacrifice be forgotten, you’ve accepted Yazid’s victory.

I’m a Sunni, and my heart grieves, because Sunnis do grieve for Hussain. We weep for Hussain. We have for 1400 years, just like Shias. Because Karbala wasn’t a sacrifice for Shias, it wasn’t even a sacrifice for all Muslims. It was a sacrifice for humanity.

“Shah ast Hussain, Badshah ast Hussain
Deen ast Hussain, Deen Panah ast Hussain
Sardad na dad dast, dar dast-e-yazeed,
Haqaa key binaey La ila ast Hussain”

“King is Hussain, Emperor is Hussain.
Faith is Hussain; the Defender of Faith is Hussain.
His head he gave, not his hand, to Yazid.
The reality is that the foundation of La ilaha ila Allah is Hussain.”

Khawaja Ghareeb Nawaz Moinuddin Chisti (mercy be upon him)

Peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions, and his wives.


¹ – Sahih Jami’ah al-Tirmidhi 

² – Sahih al-Bukhari

³ – Sahih al-Bukhari

⁴ – Shaykh Mohammed Aslam


To find out more about Imam Hussain, visit www.whoishussain.org

 

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132 Comments

  1. Salaam everyone, i am an Indian Muslim,
    To be honest, i felt like i was reading my own words right up until the part where you changed
    facts because unfortunately you are too afraid to face the truth…

    You had a few questions up there, here are their answers:
    The reason your elders & your teachers don’t tell you about how Hassan
    & Hussain grew up to become Imam Hassan & Imam Hussain is
    because of two reason:
    1) They don’t know the truth either, just as you didn’t, they didn’t want to learn or accept the truth as you don’t!!
    2) They know the truth but they don’t want you to know it, because if you
    are fully aware of the entire truth you may change your beliefs to that
    of a Shia of Ali, rather than being a Sunni…

    Here are a few Major differences between a child born in a Sunni family V/s a child born in a Shia family.
    Sunni children – are lost sheep as even the most orthodox/pious family only
    teach their children about how you should be good with your surroundings
    and how you should help people around you, they never teach you about
    your roots, they never talk about the history of Islam or about
    everything that happen in the last 1400yrs.

    Shia Children – are taught about the Imam’s, their lives, their morals and manners, their
    history, they teach them about the Islamic history, the reason there was
    a need to make use of taqqiya (as mainstream wolfs wearing sheeps
    clothing conveniently murder the lovers of the family of Mohammed), they
    are taught about all the other religions as well as islam (As all the
    religions taught the message of love) and after all that, they also
    teach their children about helping others and their surroundings.

    The point is, they the Shia of Ali don’t keep secrets,
    they don’t mislead their legacy because they are afraid of their tyrannic leaders or their closed minded community/society just.

    The only way there can be peace between sunni and shia, is when Sunni’s can
    stop being ignorant, stop changing facts and accept reality…STOP
    calling us the Shia as you always have…read your books, we didn’t call
    ourselves the Shia, we didn’t have to…we followed Ali as the Prophet
    asked the Muslims to, at the pond of Ghadir (read the hadith of ghadir
    khum)…it was the Sunni’s who called us the followers of Ali
    (Shiat-Al-Ali) because the Sunnis decided to follow Abu bakr & Umar
    instead of the Prophet Mohammad’s appointed Leader – Ali son of Abu
    Talib (The leader of the faithfuls)…

    Until then, all we can do…is pretend to be friends!!

    Just FYI: I was once a proud Sunni of the Hanafi Madhab (School of Thought), until i was blessed with the knowledge of the events of Karbala, i didn’t leave any stones un-turned after that, i read about the history to find out how pathetic our scholars and leaders have been to the general mass, how they’ve made us the slave of their own pathetic thoughts/greed for money & power, how easily they’ve murdered one after the other, all the family and lovers of Prophet Mohammed throughout history, how they’ve participated in a mass genocide to eliminate all who claimed to love the ahle-bayt of mohammed, even until today, there’s a price to pay to truly love and accept the message of our Prophet…but i know that God is always with the one that has the courage to accept the truth and with that thought i am now a Shia of Ali.

    Peace be upon Mohammed & his infallible Progeny.
    Have a good day you’ll (insha Allah).

  2. Again and again you have used the word Sunni and even the headline has this word. Why don’t you look up Quran

    Surah Al-Anaam “6” Ayah “159”, “As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou has no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did”.

    It is He (Allah) who has named you Muslims.” [Surah Al-Hajj, Ayat 78]

    The above applies to Shias too.

    Think rationally…. Muslims never fought Muslims until the first three caliphs were in power, the moment Imam Ali took power, he had to fight multiple battles against Muslims and that too for silly reasons. Why does Hazrat Aisha need to fight Imam Ali? Was the third Caliph related to her that she wanted to avenge his death? Infact she disliked the third Caliph as per sunni hadith books. Was Imam Ali responsible for third caliph’s death? Can a prophet’s wife fight or more importantly lead battle against fellow muslims or against the rightful Caliph? Can she ride a camel in the battle? Talha and Zubair who backed Imam Ali’s caliphate immediately turned against him after he became Caliph, just because Imam Ali felt that more qualified people will be made governor instead of them? The lion of Allah who fought in all major initial battles of Islam, when Islam in reality fought in defense, retired for ~25 years after the prophet died, think about why he did that. Don’t call this as fitnah and forget it, just try and find the people who were on the true path and follow them. Both sides can’t be right or both side can’t be wrong, when men like Imam Ali, Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain are involved.

    Would anyone love their family more than outsiders? Then imagine what amount of love would prophet have had with Ahlulbait? Would a father give more guidance and knowledge to the one who is closest to them or to the outsiders? How come Abu Huraira has so many many more sayings from Prophet than Ahlulbait?

    People say Islam is showing terrorism now. It is not the true people of Islam, it is the hypocrites and evil people who in the name of Islam commit terrorism. It happened 1400 years ago and it happens even today. When majority of Muslims didn’t spare the family of prophet then why would they spare the world today?

    You cannot pick and choose sides. You have to identify the truth and stick to it.

  3. “The Prophet ﷺ loved his wives, his friends, his companions, and his family.”

    “The two sons of the House of the Prophet ﷺ would grow up to be great leaders, as prophesized by the Holy Messenger ﷺ, and find themselves murdered by their grandfather’s followers for their sacred ancestry”

    Lets change grandfather’s followers to grandfather’s companions which is more accurate wording. Write goes at length to highlight the greatness of Hussain and how his sacrifice is a shining milestone in Islamic history.

    Now my question is, and i am not implying anything, if Hussain and his cause was so great, so shiny and so moving that a lowly muslim like myself wishes that he were there in Karbala to die with Hussain. Then how many companions left with Hussain for this great cause when he left Madina?
    How many more companions joined him from Mecca when he had to run for his life?

    I do not know the exact number of companions in Mecca and Madina, but I have read somewhere that there were 20,000 , more or less.

    So out of thousands if few hundred companions did join him then I salute your passion and faith.

    And if ZERO joined him then I dont know what to say. Can we say we have more iman, wisdom, and more sense of morality than those companions who decided that ‘we do not need to go, we can watch Karbala on CNN or BBC Live ?

  4. Yet you fail to mourn for Uthman RA, the greatest of companions to Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, you fail to mourn the day the Prophet Muhammad was abused and even poisoned? None of it makes sense. The entire reason why Shia’s (who were once a political group that turned into an ideology) beat themselves up is for regret for not protecting Hussain RA when they promised. They were bribed with wealth then support Hussain RA on his invited arrival to Kubba (Iraq). They made a place of Karbala (the spot Hussain RA was ruthlessly murdered and beheaded) a place of lamenting. Don’t fool yourself, if you didn’t have Jahil Shia tendencies you will be wailing, lamenting, torturing yourself for the Ahlul Bait too.

  5. I would add a bit to my brothers and sisters, none of us have seen what has happened and we all rely on books for all the incidents that everyone has quoted and the books report very differently for the same guys, so its better that we leave this to ALLAH ans live as one try to sort out our differences and love the prophet and his family in the best way we can and do not raise fingers on each other, a small addition on that sect had it is rather a group that will go to jannah and not a sect.
    Khomaini sahab used to say that you are fighting on where to put hands in namaz and your enemies are trying to chop it off.

  6. The turmoil that n the Muslim world is what happened in the world 2000yrs ago between the Romans, Jews & Christians (Protestants, Anglicans, Catholics & others).
    Our turmoil can only be stopped if we adopt the way the other two monotheistic religions & it’s prophets;Moses & Jesus, settled the issue. They are living in absolute unity among each other – Christians & Jews and progressing. 1400 years on and we are still third world countries.
    Muslims are migrating to the Christian world in their thousands risking their lives.
    Buddhist which is much older is in a better.
    Shame on us Muslims.

  7. 32. Of those who split up their religion (i.e. who left the true Islamic Monotheism), and became sects, [i.e. they invented new things in the religion (Bid’ah), and followed their vain desires], each sect rejoicing in that which is with it.
    33. And when harm touches men, they cry sincerely only to their Lord (Allah), turning to Him in repentance, but when He gives them a taste of His Mercy, behold! a party of them associate partners in worship with their Lord. Surah Al Rom.

  8. A very well written article with a lot of good information, I feel sorry for the people who are spoiling it with their rotten mindset turning all the good things into something that is entirely sectarian or political. For all those Shia’s how do you think you will join Imam Mehdi’s force with all that in your hearts and mind. Imam Mehdi will fight the unjust and he will be the judge for all the tyrants considering the willayat no imam has ever cursed any of the companions openly considering the fact that it will crush the sanctity of religion that is islam. We muslims are being ruled by so called fundamentalists who themselves are placing us in different sects. I can give you references of several books in which these ill minded westerns plotted their people in order to create sects.

    Imams preached islam in such a way that no other has after our beloved Prophet (S.A.W). All those shia’s who are open to tabbrah i ask you!! Do you offer tahajud on daily basis, Do you offer prayer on daily basis because these were the teachings, So i would say stop being the salar of whole shitte and perform the farz first. If you have read enough and consider that they were bad people keep it in your heart just like your imam’s A.S.

    God is the Adil and justice will prevail.

    Lets appreciate the fact that Obaid here has written a good piece and preach more about Syed ushuhada and no doubt he is prince of heaven above.

  9. I am not a Sunni, Shia,nor Wahabi, I am a Muslim becuz my Nabi SAW also a Mulimah and this saying of Allama Mohammad Iqbal narrated in these lines are all about Hussain n love of Ahke bait!

  10. You, my friend Obaid know nothing on history and the Sunni reverence for Imam Hussein. Allah destined all these events to occur and in Hadith al-Bukhari Rasulullah narrated all the events to occur from that time to the day of judgement.

    You try to isolate shia like they are totally different, both shia and sunni have lowkey and extremist thoughts, if only you actually knew how much we have in common. Who is “we”? Because I have been raised Sunni my entire life and never felt compelled by any of your upbringing variables. Also read up on Ibn katheer on al-hassan, but while u do that, try to go to an islamic bookstore while ur at it -.- not online.

    reverence for Husayn in Ahlul-Sunnah scholarship:

    ‘Ali bin Abi Talib narrates:

    “The Prophet took Hasan and Husain by the hand and said: ‘Whoever loves
    me and loves these two, and their father and mother, he shall be with
    me in my level on the Day of Judgement.”

    Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ninowy wrote:

    “And Imam Al-Husayn being alive, more alive than ever, not only
    externally but living profoundly deep in our hearts, in our souls, and
    in our minds, has still the power to ignite the light of truth in the
    heart of all free, to send a message to the courageous not to bow down
    to evil, and to teach people not to surrender to tyranny. There are
    those who until today believe that forgeries, fancy words, and booklets
    can mask the shining truth. Persistent attempts to distance Al-Imam
    Al-Husayn and his Seerah away from Ahlul-Sunnah are ongoing, and more
    intense, and serious than ever.”

    Ibn Taymiyyah wrote:

    “Allah honored al-Husayn with martyrdom, as He honored other members of
    his family; He honored Hamzah and Ja‘far with martyrdom, as well as his
    father ‘Ali and others. His martyrdom was one of the means by which
    Allah raised him in status, for he and his brother al-Hassan will be the
    leaders of the youth among the people of Paradise, and high status is
    only achieved by means of trials, as the Prophet (blessings and peace of
    Allah be upon him) said, when he was asked which of the people are most
    sorely tested? He said: “The Prophets, then the righteous, then the
    next best and the next best. A man will be tested to a degree
    commensurate with his level of religious commitment. If there is
    firmness in his religious commitment, his test will be greater, and if
    there is any weakness in his religious commitment, the test will be
    reduced for him. Trials will continue to befall the believer until he
    walks upon the earth with no sin on him.”

    At-Tirmidhi wrote:

    “Al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him) went out and saw that things
    had changed, he asked them to let him go back (to Makkah) or to let him
    go to one of the border regions, or to let him go and join his paternal
    cousin Yazeed. But they did not let him do any of these things, unless
    he surrendered to them and they took him captive. They fought him, so he
    fought back, then they killed him and a number of those who were with
    him wrongfully and as martyrs. Allah honoured him with martyrdom and
    caused him to join the pure and good members of his family, and He
    humiliated thereby those who wronged him and transgressed against him”

  11. The reason you were not taught all this is because the Saudi funded Wahabi facade of mainstream Islam, which has flooded all American mosques and religious publications, belong the same category of “shell” Muslims devoid of the love of the Holy Prophet (sm). Farhat Hashmi, Nouman Ali Khan, and all these modern YouTube scholars belong to this same neo-sunni school, which is a disguised version of Salafism. In traditional, real sunnism of Able Sunnah wal jamaat, we have always owned and commemorted the Imam Hussain.

  12. First of all, I do not know how good was the Islamic education that you received in the US. For me and for most the Sunnis I know of we all received sufficient education about Al Hassan and Al Hussain; their life and death. You can not generalize your limited knowledge on the subject to an entire nation. Second, all Sunnis acknowledge and condemn the brutal murder of Al Hassan and Al Hussain, no Sunni whether a commoner or a scholar justifies this horrific atrocity in any way. Third, what most Sunnis did not know -but unfortunately most of them do now- is the dark history of the Muslim nation where the Sahaba fought over power after the death of Prophet Mohammed (SAW). I personally do not see the point of learning about and “ruminating” of such a history that doesn’t add anything to Islam as a religion, and only caused and is still causing more division and hatred among Muslims. Last, even if Sunnis go out of their way grieving for the death of Al Hassan and Al Hussain this will not make a difference. The main dispute between Sunnis and Shias does not have anything to do with Al Hassan and Al Hussain but rather with the acknowledgment of the infallibility of Ahlu-Albayt

  13. First of all, I do not know how good was the Islamic education that you received in the US. For me and for most the Sunnis I know of we all received sufficient education about Al Hassan and Al Hussain; their life and death. You can not generalize your limited knowledge on the subject to an entire nation. Second, all Sunnis acknowledge and condemn the brutal murder of Al Hassan and Al Hussain, no Sunni whether a commoner or a scholar justifies this horrific atrocity in any way. Third, what most Sunnis did not know -but unfortunately most of them do now- is the dark history of the Muslim nation where the Sahaba fought over power after the death of Prophet Mohammed (SAW). I personally do not see the point of learning about and “ruminating” of such a history that doesn’t add anything to Islam as a religion, and only caused and is still causing more division and hatred among Muslims. Last, even if Sunnis go out of their way grieving for the death of Al Hassan and Al Hussain this will not make a difference. The main dispute between Sunnis and Shias does not have anything to do with Al Hassan and Al Hussain but rather with the acknowledgment of the infallibility of Ahlu-Albayt.

  14. Not trolling but just wanted to ask how do people say Husain (RA) saved Islam on Karbala ? I am not disputing the fact that he was an inspirational figure but practically what difference did his death and life make ?
    Yazid and after him the Ummayad dynasty continued to rule . In fact Ibn Zubayr was a much more serious military threat to the Ummayads later. The Ummayads later reached thier peak under Abdul Malik later.
    Sunni Islam continued to develop under the Ummayads and the Abbasids.

  15. You are really confuse. No need to mourn. War between Hazrat Ali RA and Hazrat Muaviya RA and war between Hazrat Ali RA and Hazrat Aisha RA were even bigger tragedies in Muslim history. The 1st one also laid the foundation for the Karbala incidence.

  16. Who was the messenger of Allah? Was he not the seal of the Prophet?

    Imam Hussain came to the battlefield not as a Shia to fight Sunnis, or a
    Sunni to fight Shias. He was there as the inheritor and rightful
    successor of his grandfather ﷺ to continue the Prophetic crusade against
    injustice and darkness.

    What Yezed’s army did the family members of the Prophet is horrible.

  17. Dear, plz ask ur shia “brothers” why so do they limit religious freedom of sunnis where they r in majority. Sunni muslims in Iran are not allowed to build mosques in shia majority district in Iran neither allowed to give the azan they r forced to pray in shia mosques. In Tehran a little less than a million Iranian sunnis don’t have a mosque to go to. ompare this to Pakistan where they get to use loudspeakers and do whatever they want incl. building imambaras anywhere.Ask Shia brothers about the Tabbarah [cursing of Sahabas R.A] during the rituals in Muharram, the Taqiyyah to lie and hideabout sunni-hate parts of their belief, mutah [temporary marriage] and other sick attacks aimed at sunnis. Ignorant sunnis like u r problem for all

    1. They have sick beliefs which are just invented by them following their vain desires.persians hated Hazrat Abu Bakr AS and Hazrat Umar AS because they were true caliphs who broke the neck of the perisans those fire worshippers of qadisiyya.thus they hate them but Imam Ali AS loved them and Hazrat Uthman AS too.evident by the fact that Imam Hussain AS and Imam Hassan AS guarded Uthman’s AS house in the siege. Do pious people ever protect or aid a sinner? And according to them Imam Ali AS was such a coward that he couldn’t take revenge from Umar And Abu Bakr neither of his caliphate and his wife Bibi Fatima SA? Just shit upon shit.how do they abuse people who migrated for Allah’s cause and helped our RasullAllah SAW. How dare they abuse Bibi Ayesha SA when RasullAllah is buried in her noble apartment forever? Don’t talk to shias and don’t discuss anything with them wallah they change their stance doing takkiyah when our beloved Imam Hussain Asaltu wasalam never did Takkiyah but got martyred instead.peace be upon RasullAllah SAW His Noble progeny His companions and Caliphs And upon the 12 noble Imams.Labaik ya Hussain AS

  18. It is about time that we Muslims unite as one Ummah under one Umbrella.As long as present regime in Saudi Arabia is in power and controls HIjaz e Muqqadas it seems rather impossible though for they are the biggest enemy of Muslim Ummah.

  19. may Allah pak bless you. mashaAllah.
    its always a peasure when sunni people look into the history of Karbala.
    and one thing bro, the cover is showing shrine of Hazrat Mola Abbas a.s.

  20. Al-Hafidh ibn Katheer rahimahullah, known for his work of tafseer, states regarding this act of mourning the death of Husayn ibn Ali radi Allahu anhu,

    Every Muslim should mourn the killing of al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him), for he is one of the leaders of the Muslims, one of the scholars of the Sahaabah, and the son of the daughter of the Messenger of Allah , who was the best of his daughters. He was a devoted worshipper, and a courageous and generous man. But there is nothing good in what the Shi’ah do of expressing distress and grief, most of which may be done in order to show off. His father was better than him and he was killed, but they do not take his death as an anniversary as they do with the death of al-Husayn . His father was killed on a Friday as he was leaving the mosque after Fajr prayer, on the seventeenth of Ramadan in 40 AH. ‘Uthmaan was better than ‘Ali according to Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, and he was killed when he was besieged in his house during the days of al-Tashreeq in Dhu’l-Hijjah of 36 AH, with his throat cut from one jugular vein to the other, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab was better than ‘Ali and ‘Uthmaan, and he was killed as he was standing in the mihraab, praying Fajr and reciting Qur’an, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq was better than him but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the leader of the sons of Adam in this world and the Hereafter, and Allah took him to Him as the Prophets died before him, but no one took the dates of their deaths as anniversaries on which they do what these ignorant Raafidis do on the day that al-Husayn was killed. … The best that can be said when remembering these and similar calamities is that which ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn narrated from his grandfather the Messenger of Allah , who said: “There is no Muslim who is afflicted by a calamity and when he remembers it, even if it was in the dim and distant past, he says Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return), but Allah will give him a reward like that of the day when it befell him.”

    Narrated by imam Ahmad and Ibn Majaah, end quote from al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah (8/221).

  21. Al-Hafidh ibn Katheer rahimahullah, known for his work of tafseer, states regarding this act of mourning the death of Husayn ibn Ali radi Allahu anhu,

    Every Muslim should mourn the killing of al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him), for he is one of the leaders of the Muslims, one of the scholars of the Sahaabah, and the son of the daughter of the Messenger of Allah , who was the best of his daughters. He was a devoted worshipper, and a courageous and generous man. But there is nothing good in what the Shi’ah do of expressing distress and grief, most of which may be done in order to show off. His father was better than him and he was killed, but they do not take his death as an anniversary as they do with the death of al-Husayn . His father was killed on a Friday as he was leaving the mosque after Fajr prayer, on the seventeenth of Ramadan in 40 AH. ‘Uthmaan was better than ‘Ali according to Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, and he was killed when he was besieged in his house during the days of al-Tashreeq in Dhu’l-Hijjah of 36 AH, with his throat cut from one jugular vein to the other, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab was better than ‘Ali and ‘Uthmaan, and he was killed as he was standing in the mihraab, praying Fajr and reciting Qur’an, but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq was better than him but the people did not take his death as an anniversary. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the leader of the sons of Adam in this world and the Hereafter, and Allah took him to Him as the Prophets died before him, but no one took the dates of their deaths as anniversaries on which they do what these ignorant Raafidis do on the day that al-Husayn was killed. … The best that can be said when remembering these and similar calamities is that which ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn narrated from his grandfather the Messenger of Allah , who said: “There is no Muslim who is afflicted by a calamity and when he remembers it, even if it was in the dim and distant past, he says Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return), but Allah will give him a reward like that of the day when it befell him.”

    Narrated by imam Ahmad and Ibn Majaah, end quote from al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah (8/221).

  22. This article and usual replies of people lack one main thing and that is Quran. We love prophet’s companion because of Quran and prophet s.a.w life. Those who didnt love them ends up being kharajite and rawafidh(shiah), both end up being misguided.

  23. This article seems to have come straight from the heart and so it hit the heart with full force. You are a lucky person who seems to have received the ‘light’ and you are illuminating others with that light. Please forgive me if I sound ignorant since I have not read all the comments below. To be honest, after reading the second person’s comment, I did not have the stomach to read anymore. The first line in Syed Raza’s comment is so insulting to everyone including the very people he is trying to defend. If you are a true follower of the Ahlulbayt, how can you use such language and that too in public. How many people’s sensibilities have you hurt by the use of such words like bs. May Allah guide you and melt your hardened heart in this month. Hopefully, in the month of Muharram you will be listening to the Majalis and will develop a better understanding of the characters of the Prophet SAW and his holy family – how they talked, how they forgave their enemies and how they treated those who hurt them. It is said that after the events of Karabala, the son of Imam Hussain who survived this tragedy because of his sickness, actually gave protection to the killer of his family in Karabala.

  24. Obaid Zia, this is an interesting article but unfortunately you have just read the historical facts. What happened on the 10th of Muharram in Karbala is just one chapter of the entire story.

    What I would suggest, if your really want to appreciate the great Socrafice of Imam Hussain (AS) then read about the facts that lead to this unfortunate battle. I am sure your perspective about many things will change.

    Read and understand the philosophy behind the history.

  25. Thank you for writing this! We desperately need such sensible efforts for promoting Shia-Sunni unity. Coming from a similar background, I can totally understand what must have motivated you to do your research. I believe that it is important for all of us to read authentic accounts and try our best to know the truth.

    I just wish you had pointed out another reason why we mourn in Muharram, which is the extreme disrespect and torture that even the eldery, the women and the children of Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) family and followers were not spared from both during and after the battle of Karbala. After the men were killed in Karbala, the women and children of the Prophet’s (pbuh) family were treated with unspeakable injustice and inhumanity. Their tents were set on fire, they were robbed of their possessions (including their veils), beaten, and taken as prisoners. With the the heads of the martyrs raised on poles all around them and their hands tied at the back, they were taken from Karbala in Iraq to the Yazid’s court in modern-day Syria, while being made a terrible show of in front of everybody as they were forced to go through the busy areas such as the bazaars. At Yazid’s court, they were further abused, tortured and locked up in the dungeons. That is where Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) four year old daughter Sakina (A.S.) was matyred. There are many other horrible details which prove that it did not end with Karbala, the difficulties faced by the Progeny of our Prophet (pbuh) continued even after that. So Muharram is the time when we all pay respects to the Ahl-e-Bait (A.S.) for their tremendous sacrifices rendered in the way of Allah and for the sake of His Religion.

  26. Thank you !

    thank you for providing us with the truth that we didnt knew.

    the truth that was never been told to us.

    I myself like you have studied for years about the two sects. To me it was been told that both Sunnis and Shias are the branches of the same tree. But when i read and learned more about Islam i came to understand it as a unified religion with no divisions.

    Prophet ﷺ himself has guided and advised us in his last sermon that we muslims should not divide ourselves into sects.

    After all of my research and rational conclusions I now believe that I am a Muslim.

    I am neither a Sunni nor a Shia, I am Muslim.

    Dear brothers and sisters, I advise you what Prophetﷺ has advised us, heﷺ in his last sermon had told us to communicate his message to others and others to communicate it further. In his last sermon he said “do not divide among yourselves”. And as he said i give his message to you and all of the muslims of the world please do not divide yourselves. We Muslims are united by Islam there are no divisions, sects or casts in Islam. We are Muslims. Please communicate this message further. JazzakAllah.

  27. Correction: Sunnis ‘should’ grieve for Hussain.

    I don’t think all Sunnis nor all Shias grieve about the tragedy. However, all interpretations of Shia Islam promote grieving for Imam Hussain more than most contemporary interpretations of Sunni Islam.

    Any honest account of history would reveal that Sunni Islam has not been “just like the Shias the last 1400 years.” I know we should always be uniting but unity should be done by being honest about our differences. Peace.

  28. This is a nicely written article indeed. I encourage you to keep discovering Imam Hussain(as). Here is a book I recommend everyone to read, Then I Was Guided, An autobiographical account of Sayed Tijani’s search for knowledge, which aims to remove some of the barriers that exist between the schools of thought of the ahl-as-Sunnah and the shi’a by clearing misconceptions about Shi’ism. Author(s): Muhammad al Tijani al Samawi. Keep Discovering Bro!!!!!

  29. Muharram is not about mourning. It’s the start of the Islamic year and is a time for Muslims to reflect upon their own state and that of the Ummah. It’s a time to think about the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain and why the tragic incident took place in the first place. It took place because Muslims became greedy for power and leadership. The old tribal mentality took over. The hypocrites sowed the seeds of discourse among the Muslims which created resentment and rivalry between them. Imam Hussain and his family are the heroes of this tragedy and they are all in a much better place. We need to learn a lesson from the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain, let go of hatred and strive to become better Muslims.

  30. This is bullshit. You can not hold those beloved who stole from Ahlulbait and murdered them and then say you lament for Hussain. You cannot believe in bibi Fatima Zahra (Sa) and also follow her murder who burned her door and killed her unborn child. And follow those who stole her inheritance. You can either be a shia, follower of ahlilbait or you can be any thing else. There’s no middle ground. It’s a fine line between what is right and just and what is wrong and tyrant. Pick a side and stick with it. Hadith from the prophet “There will be 73 sects in Islam on the day of judgment and only one sect shall Ente heaven.” Its a hadith all Sunni and shia scholars hold to be true.

      1. Yes. There is a difference of opinions on small technicalities but not entire Sub sects. I am of course speaking of shia ithna ashri (Jafri)

        1. Doesn’t it constitute sects/sub-sects? been through three major schools of thought within shias. And there are sub-sects among them too. Apparently somewhere between 20 to 22. And No “small technicalities” there mate. Big differences. So don’t say you guys aren’t divided or are divine. You are and you are not.

    1. I pray that any hostility in your heart is removed with time, because you’re more concerned over what this individual is attempting to do by unifying a people instead of contributing to an already bloody massacre. If you’re going to start a discussion on who’s right and who’s wrong, you should evaluate the way you communicate before assuming the position of the highest judge. My ancestors have died to combat the same mindset of tyranny and dark judgement you’re exhibiting in this mere comment – “Either follow us or face the consequences as being thought of us x y z”. This neotribalistic thinking does not become anyone and goes against the message of the Prophet (SAAW) and his deconstruction of tribalism.

      Is this what Ahlulbayt’s teachings gave you? To treat people in the same discriminatory manner or to treat people with goodness AND justice? To place yourself in the position of the highest judge or to humble yourself and remember that if you want to speak justice, speak it to those who cause the tyranny and not those who are trying to unify us against it?

      Are you going to talk about other sub-sects in the Shi’a group the way you do with Sunnis or is that cognitive dissonance showing? Are you gonna claim that those sub-sects are “everything else” and tyrannical even though some sub-sects have such varied beliefs from the most widely known Ithnaashari belief.

      May you have a blessed day filled with the remembrance of the Prophet’s progeny and their bravery, kindness, and martyrdom against tyranny and injustice.

      1. no I created the profile because this was shared to my FB and I wanted express my opinion in regards to this matter. I dont want to create any dissension but rather point out simple historical facts so people like obaid who seem to be heading in the direction but getting to know the story of Karbala, dont get lost. Its like he said Karbala was Haq vs Batil. Haq is ahlulbait (as) batil is the enemies of ahlulbait (la)

        1. I agree, be patient and let this be a stepping stone. If now you come down hard, he and others might turn away. If he has recognized it was between Haq and Batil give more time maybe he will understand the whole picture. Wasn’t this the method of our Prophet(S) and Ahlul Bayt(A)?

        2. And I am in no way apologetic to the oppressors and haters of Prophet(S) and Ahlul Bayt(A). There is a time and place for everything.

      2. I am very sorry to see some people think they are the better Shia because they know how curse others. But, we all know that from about 2 billion Muslims in the world, not more than 200 thousand are takfiri Daesh(less than .01%. We should be able to tolerate a few Shia extremist who do not follow any logic. Their art of life is to hate others.

        Imam Housein AS in Karbala when he stood against thousand enemeis, to the last minutes he was preaching the enemies. He never insulted anyone. It is not in their culture to insult anyone. No one can claim to be the followers of Ahlilbait and yet do not follow the basic teaching of Qouran which says: “Stick to the rope of Allah and do not get separated”. I am sure that these kinds of people would face the curse of God when it is too late to ask for forgiveness.

        1. imam hussain (as) and his companions, who are the family of the prophet, also fought in karbala. it was a battle in which the imam and his companions also killed thousands.

    2. You are disrespecting prophet’s message by having so much hatred in your heart for our brother’s. He came to unite us but having feelings like this are continuously defeating his purpose. Please don’t write such comments!

      1. yes I have hatred in my heart. Hatred for those oppressed the ahlulbait. The prophet promoted peace and I am a stern believer of peace. But his and love are two different things. Remember when the zahoor happens the first thing the imam will do is take revenge for Karbala. Then he will establish peace in the land

        1. You’ve got hatred in your heart but talk of the Prophet’s peace – Peace doesn’t not come from hatred, it comes from justice and piety. Don’t think your hatred will ever bring peace. When the time comes, it’ll be for justice – not out of hatred. SMH.

        2. You do realise that our prophet (S.A.W) never talked hatred even of the people who pressed him and here you are where you words drip the hatred to one and all.

          If you cannot tolerate Sunnis who in fact are your brothers in Faith, how would you treat someone outside the boundary of our religion?

        3. You are the most pathetic person, and you do realize that Prophet Muhammad PBUH never hated anyone nor did he or any of his family members ever promote the concept of islamic sects.
          get your facts right and you have no right to say who will enter in jannat and who will not. Allah himself says in the Quran that he can forgive even jews and christians, muslims will not be the ONLY people in jannat.

        4. Lol.without recognising Abu Bakr AS Umar AS and Uthman AS there is no true love for Imam Hussain AS.so just relax and read deeper about the 12 Imams AS.they loved the Caliphs and especially Imam Jafir Sadiq AS.hating yazeed is a different thing and loving Imam Hussain AS is entirely different.Bibi Fatima SA didn’t spend her nights cursing people that’s just what you have invented.so called shias who left Imam Ali AS mid ways in the battles huh.shut up.dont you see Hazrat Abu Bakr AS and Hazrat Umar AS are burried to the side of the Rasool Allah SAW himself.grow up

    3. My dear Brother!

      I beg your pardon but I regret your lack of understanding upon the above matter. Don’t you see that Imam Hussian and Karbala has the power to unite Muslims regardless of their sect and how the grief of karbala lets their hearts to soften and see the truth. I beg you to stop this wretched argument of whether it is right to step in two boats at the same time but to see how the unity of this scattered ummah can be brought. Islam was never spread by hatred and expressing the hatred in your heart will push muslims apart.Please, please please stop this , this is highly detrimental to us. this is exactly what the non muslim forces want us to be. you have gotta to understand this!

      1. I believe unity between Shias and Sunnis is of utmost importance! The disunity what it is that non-Muslims taking advantage of……Shias and Sunnis has to put aside their differences and focus on what unite us…..Islam!!!

    4. You are sooo very wrong Syed Raza Shah. What happened to bibi Fatima & Imam Ali was all in front of Imam Hussain. he knew everything, still he never once seggregated anything like Shia / Sunni. He just did what was right, just for Islam, for humanity. Later people made these sects. He wanted to unite muslims & still does it without any reference of Shia or Sunni. Not only Islam, his teachings & sacrifice is for whole of humanity. You have no right to say only Shia will enter Jannat, people who believe in his teachings, who can live by his example stand a chance to enter Jannah. Im a Shia & very proud to be one but Im sure Imam Hussain did not sacrifice everything for only Shias…but for all humanity

      1. You sister and many sunnis too confuse Shia as a sect. Shia is an arabic word which simply means ‘follower’ or ‘adhere to’. I remeber in a sermon I heard that Imam Hussain once addresses the enemies as ‘Ya ahl shiat e Yazeed’. Shias are not a sect. Sect was created by people who didn’t want to follow or adhere to the right people. We just recognise our beliefs and let the world know out stance by calling our selves ‘Shiat E Ali’ meaning that we adhered to the right Caliph after prophet saw. so that we don’t get mistaken for those who dont.

    5. I am a so called Shia Muslim and I believe this article would win hearts of true Muslims, doesn’t matter Shia or Sunni but it would hurt the feelings of those who are brain washed and believe in extremism. Were you there to see who burnt Bibi Fatima’s door/house? Let’s suppose if Hazrat Umar and his companions committed such a heinous crime, did Ali (A.S), the brave and magnificent, curse any of them or took an action? did Prophet Muhammad curse any of the Caliphs in his life span? Did any of our Imams curse the Bibi Ayesha or any of the companions of Prophet Muhammad? Curse Yazeed and Bani Umayyah for all you want as our Imams cursed them for murdering the family of Prophet, for everyone else, let Allah be the judge.

      1. yes they did. go and read dua sanam al quraish. go and read khutba from nahjul balagha sermon 3 where imam ali (as) cursed whom you refer to as “hazrat” umar and whom I curse. dont call your self a shia if you dont follow in the footsteps of our imams who haved cursed bani ummayah and the self appointed caliphs

        1. Oh really? Could you please me the link to the dua sanam al quraish where our Imams have clearly cursed any of the Muslim Caliphs? Because I can never imagine one of the fourteen infallible doing that. Also, do not forget to include the authenticity of that dua. Also, just read the sermon 3 from Nahjul Balagha and no where did I notice Hazrat Ali , cursing anyone, whosoever. You just committed a huge sin by associating a fake saying with Ayyemmah Tahereen, so much for being a Shia extremist and yet we curse Talibans and ISIS for being Muslim extremists (not that they are right at all). Curse bani Ummayyah all you want as they were the culprits behind the martyrdom of our Imams but for God sake, stop spreading lies and hatred. Now with that said, there is a REASON I call myself a MUSLIM and not a shia, enough said.

          1. The prayer of Sanam-e-Quraish (the idols of Quraish) is a very authentic supplication of Amir-ul-Momineen Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib as and it has been recognised by all renowned historians as such.

            It has been narrated by Abdullah bin Abbas ra that one night I went to the Masjid-e-Nabbivi saww tooffer my late-night prayers and saw Amir-ul-Momineen as offering his supplications. I decided to sit in a corner and listen to Mola Aliasws’s recitation of Quran and prayers. After completing Salat (late night prayers, shafa and witr) , Imam recited supplications which I had never heard before.Later, I approached Imam Ali (as) and said may I be your ransom; please tell me more about those prayers which I have never heard before.

            Imam Ali (as) then replied, it was ‘Dua-e-Sanam-e-Quraish’ and added, I swear to Allahazwj who owns the lives of Mohammad saww and Ali as, whosoever would recite this prayer will get an extraordinary reward from the Lord; similar to assisting Prophet Mohammad saww during the battles of ‘Ohad, Badar, Hunain and Tabuuq’ and would achieve the martyred status in the presence of the Prophet saww. And the reward of 100 Hajj and Umara as an associate of Prophet Mohammad saww as well as ‘Sawab’ of 1000 months of fasting. In addition, one will be on the side of Rasool-Allah saww and Aimah Masomeen asws on the Day of Judgement and Allah will forgive all his/her sins, despite
            the fact if his/her had committed sins are equivalent to the stars in the sky, grains of sand in the wilderness and leaves of all trees. Also the one who recites it will be saved from punishment in the
            grave, and a window from heaven will be installed in his/her grave.

            Insha-Allah, prayers will be rewarded, through the sanctity of the supplication, and Oh! Ibn e Abbas if any of our friends is, in particular, engulfed by hardship, he/she would surely find a refuge through recitation of this prayer.

            Reference Misbah Kafami Page 552 Bihar ul Anwaar vol 82/85 page 260

            Another narration from Imam Ali as says:“He who recites this Du’a is (in terms of reward) like a marksman who have shot 1000 arrows in the battle of Badr and Uhud beside the Prophet saww.”
            -Mustadrak al-Wasa’il, v4, p405, Hadith #5021
            – Bihar al-Anwar, v82/85, p260, Hadith #5

            The Arabic text of the Dua given in this book is taken from Misbah al Kafami (page 552) and Bihar ul Anwaar ( Vol 82, Page 260). This is the complete Dua as narrated by Amirul Momineen as and it is worth mentioning here that the rest of the portion given in most of the books has been added by Ibn-e-Taus.

          2. You are doing the right thing by calling yourself a muslim, please do not listen to this guy!

            DUA SANAM AL QURAISH HAS A VERY VERY WEAK REFERENCE. IT HAS TWO REFERENCES 1) BIHARUL ANWAR 2) MUSTADRIK AL WASAIL WRITTEN BY ALLAMA MAJLISI AND MIRZA HUSAYN AL NOURI RESPECTIVELY. THEIR DATES OF DEATH RESPECTIVELY ARE 1690 AND 1302, A CENTURY AFTER IMAM ALI! I am sorry you are being lead astray by falling a victim of Fundamentalists the so called THAIKAYDAR of deen whose job is inculcating holier than thou and issuing fatwas of takfir for their brothers. I am sorry you are saying lanat ullah aleih and “going one step ahead of Imam” which is wrong in Shiism because you dont know sanam al quraish has very weak reference!

        2. Our prophets and imams never cursed anyone. They simply asked Allah to forgive them. Even when Imam Hussain a.s was dying , Our Imam Hussian was asking Allah to forgive his enemies.

        3. Syed raza shah give me a proof that the other califhs were na aaoozo billah self appointed ones. You shias are really sick and full of hatred having no respect of the prophets pbuh companions. shame on you!

          1. research “sakhifa” and you will see how abu bakr & umar lanatullah alay were appointed while Imam Ali (as) was busy burying the prophet (saw)

          2. Astaghfirullah! Syed raza shah i doubt you are even a muslim. You sound like a kafir. Go on barking. Even the shias are not supporting you. Hahaha

          3. When prophet muhammad himself gave basharat that if there was a Nabi after him it would be Abu bakr…who the hell are you to disrespect him like that…i am Hazrat Abu bakr is goin to jannah..but i can guarantee that u are not..

        4. DUA SANAM AL QURAISH HAS A VERY VERY WEAK REFERENCE. IT HAS TWO REFERENCES 1) BIHARUL ANWAR 2) MUSTADRIK AL WASAIL WRITTEN BY ALLAMA MAJLISI AND MIRZA HUSAYN AL NOURI RESPECTIVELY. THEIR DATES OF DEATH RESPECTIVELY ARE 1690 AND 1302, A CENTURY AFTER IMAM ALI! I am sorry you are being lead astray by falling a victim of Fundamentalists the so called THAIKAYDAR of deen whose job is inculcating holier than thou and issuing fatwas of takfir for their brothers. I am sorry you are saying lanat ullah aleih and “going one step ahead of Imam” which is wrong in Shiism because you dont know sanam al quraish has very weak reference!

      2. totally agreed @talibrazapirani:disqus
        whatever 3 caliphates did our Imam (as) stayed quiet and we should follow our Imam pak instead of cusring them. ignoring them is a good thing i think.

    6. Well, I am very much interested in this topic and I hv researched it a lot. I have read books of both sects. My nuetral conclusion is that Shia is based on assumptions, like what they think should happened, but it didn’t actuallu happened, so they form their own sect on the basis of those assumptions. E.g. they think the prophecy is in family and the Imams are inherited. While I didn’t find this thing in Islamic teachings, even it is said that Arabs and non Arabs are equal. If this was the case then God could hv given Prophet a son like He had given earlier to others.

      1. Salaam @danybravo:disqus , please makes sure to listen to these speeches by Sayed Ammar Nakshawani, which will answer a lot of your questions – specially speeches 6 and 7 which talk about Shia Sunni unity – there are absolutely NO assumptions in Shia beliefs! –

    7. Also I couldn’t find much about the people of Kufa who betrayed Hussain. They called him there and promised to be on his side but when the time came they all disappeared leaving the Hussain’s family only.
      Question is why they betrayed him? Although they were in majority there.
      I also found one important thing which shia will never agree that after the incident those Kufa people felt guilty and cam out in streets in procession beating their chest ans saying oh what have we done, why we betrayed Hussain.
      Year by year their generations continued it saying why our elders betrayed him, and it is still done.

    8. If it is you who speaks then may Allah for give you and if it is not you who speaks then may Allah forgive the person.

      My brother, Our prophets and imams did not teach this way of life. We are to live as one and believe in their beliefs and their way of life.

      1. How can u curse the companions nd wife of prophet Muhammad PBUH think twice use logic.. if they were so bad people y would they be so close to the most beloved Prophet PBUH.. y would be she the wife .. y would the soul of Prophet Muhammad PBUHbe taken while his head was on the ches chest of Bibi Ayesha RA… use ur brain .. nd y would Quran even mention the above all as pious people

        1. who told you that the story oh the prophet dying on aisha’s chest is true? it’s a lie. he died on hazrat ali’s chest. in the quran prophet noah and lut had bad wives, and god set them as an example for aisha and hafsa.

          1. In the Quran God sent down 20 verses praising the purity of Ayesha. In the Quran Allah says Allah is happy with those who took allegiance under the tree which were a few hundred sahabas of prophet. Who made you the judge between Quran and history? Allah himself naozobillah? Are you a prophet who can foresee future and tell us who is jahanammi because you are capable to make judgement between Quran and history? OPEN YOUR EYES SHIA BROTHERS. DONT LET MULLAHS DISTRACT YOU

          2. those verses were revealed for maria the coptic not aisha. we dont share the same beliefs that you do. yes god was happy with the RIGHTEOUS sahabas under the tree not the hypocrites.
            We believe those individuals are in jahanam because the imams of ahlulbayt (as) told us so.

          3. 1) give me proof it was for Maria?
            2) Going by your logic anyone who loves Ahlul Bayt should CURSE the Shiat who left ahlul bayt alone and let their history be marked with BLOOD? WHERE WERE THE SHIA WHEN IMAM HASAN ASKARI WAS KILLED AT 28? WHERE WERE THE SHIA WHEN AFTER 2 SADDLE BAGS OF LETTERS IMAM HUSSAIN WAS LEFT ALONE AT KARBALA? NOW YOU THINK YOU ARE SOME PROPHET WHO KNOWS BY ALLAH WHO IS JAHANAMMI AND YOU CAN CURSE?? ALLAH says in the Quran ALLAH is happy with those who did BA’yah under the tree! I am not denying the WILAYAH OF ALI AND WHAT HAPPENED TO SYYEDA ZAHRA, (They were deeply saddened by it and it was indeed unjust but it was against their nobility to curse. Syyeda Zahra after giving a khutba for the FADAK said SHE RESTS HER CASE WITH ALLAH , I dont hear she said your name) I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE INCORPORATED TRND OF CURSING IN SHIA ISLAM AND IT’S HYPOCRISY BECAUSE BASED ON THAT TREND EVERYONE SHOULD BE CURSED, ALL MUSLIM UMMAH, SUNNIS FOR BEING INGORANT, SHIAS FOR BEING DECEPTIVE!

          4. Here you go, aisha herself, admitting it was for maria:
            حدثنى على بن حمشاذ العدل ثنا احمد بن على الابار ثنا الحسن
            بن حماد سجاده حدثنى يحيى بن سعيد الاموى ثنا أبو معاذ سليمان بن الارقم
            الانصاري عن الزهري عن عروة عن عائشة رضى الله عنها قالت اهديت مارية إلى
            رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله ومعها ابن عم لها قالت فوقع عليها وقعة
            فاستمرت حاملا قالت فعزلها عند ابن عمها قالت فقال اهل
            الافك والزور من حاجته إلى الولد ادعى ولد غيره وكانت امة قليلة اللبن
            فابتاعت له ضائنة لبون فكان يغذى بلبنها فحسن عليه لحمه قالت عائشة رضى
            الله عنها فدخل به علي النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ذات يوم فقال كيف
            ترين فقلت من غذى بلحم الضأن يحسن لحمه قال ولا الشبه قالت فحملني ما يحمل النساء من الغيرة ان قلت ما ارى شبها قالت
            وبلغ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله ما يقول الناس فقال لعلي خذ هذا السيف
            فانطلق فاضرب عنق ابن عم مارية حيث وجدته قالت فانطلق فإذا هو في حائط على
            نخلة يخترف رطبا قال فلما نظر إلى علي ومعه السيف استقبلته رعدة قال فسقطت
            الخرقة فإذا هو لم يخلق الله عز وجل له ما للرجال شيء ممسوح.

            shias back then were being killed and oppressed just like their imams (as) so what you’re saying doesn’t make sense. and again your reading the sunni version of the story of karbala. kufa was surrounded by the army of yazid, no one could leave it, and many got kiled. the question is, WHERE WERE THE SUNNIES?!! THERE WAS MILLIONS OF THEM, WHY DIDNT THEY HELP?!

          5. I can not read Arabic. Please give the reference from the book and page number of the hadith. I will check it myself.
            All 11 imams were killed were the shia surrounded by yazid every time?
            My point is if you have to curse then don’t be a hypocrite and curse the whole ummah. All sunnis and shias cause no one here is free of charge. Don’t be a hypocrite and thinking cursing is how you love ahlul bayt

          6. Read After the Prophet by Lezley Hazelton, she gives complete account of the incident of necklace and revelation coming down for Aiesha.

          7. Mustadrak 4/39

            You seem like a delusional person who lives in his own bubble. It’s a well known fact that shias curse abu bakr, omar, othman, and aisha. you need to leave the internet and start reading or something. its pretty embarrassing.

          8. Not embarassing for me. Just cause Shias curse doesn’t make it right. I have pointed out so many logical things as to why cursing is not “originlly ” a thing in Shia Islam and has weak bases. You haven’t been able to contradict even one. Sounds like you are the one who should be embarassd of following what your parents fed you in name of religion without any research of your own.

          9. lol! What logical things? they might be logical to you. your analysis and theories are worthless. the stance of shiasm against abu bakr, omar, and aisha is known and clear. and our hadiths regarding them in that matter is clear as well. so next time worry about yourself and keep your opinion to yourself.

          10. My analysis might be worthless to you but it might come in handy for someone who doesn’t follow blindly what they are fed and actually needs proof before they behave like Muawiya.(Learn your religion do not inherit it-Imam Ali).
            And next time keep your advice to yourself I am not going to pay any heed.

      2. Mike your sick mentality shows you are a shia . You yourself have proved how much you ppl hate the prophet pbuh wifes and companions. Sunnis never say such bad words abt any khalifas because they respect and love all prophets and khalifas. May allah guide us all.

      3. You are rotten. thats the difference between shias and sunnis, sunnis never say such disgracful things against any of the Hazrat Muhammad PBUH ‘s campanions, wives or friends.

      4. Imam Ali never cursed them. After the battle of Jamal escorted Ayesha respectfully to madina. That’s is exactly what the follower of Ali I e Shiat e Ali would do. Cursing however was Muawiya’s trend so you are probably following Muawiya. No way Imam Ali .

        1. lool! thats a sunni version of the story. imam ali did indeed curse her, along with his companions. cursing exist in the quran. and why are you insulting muawiya? there are many “muslims” who love muwaiya and you are insulting them by insulting them. why did you find that okay mr. good guy?

          1. That is the version I got from Shia Book . You can not just say Imam Ali cursed her and expected me to believe you. I need a proof with a solid chain of transmission. I know of 20 verses of surah Nour sent to confirm purity of Ayesha. Do you know about them ??
            I am not sticking to Shia or Sunni version I am sticking to what is there in history from solid chain of transmission hence cursing muawiya and not Abu bakr omer or ayesha. Oh and you are yet to tell me when did ima Alibcurae Abu bake omer? DO NOT GIVE ME DUA SANAM QURAYSH. IT HAS ONLY TWO REFERENCES BOTH OF WHICH WRITTEN BY PEOPLE WHO LIVED A 1000 YEARS AFTER IMAM ALI. DO YOU HAVE A PROOF OTHER THAN THAT? If not, do you realize you have been played by the religious fundamentalists??

          2. we have thousands of narrations, and VOLUMES of hadiths of the imams (as) cursing abu bakr, omar, and aisha. you can find them by simply refering back to our hadith books.

          3. I have been reading on it for lon . Surprisingly I haven’t found even once. Look up mughaleen. Those who curse Aisha Abu bkr are mughaleen not shia. Look up Mohammed Moussa’s lecture on YouTube on “the secret of ahlul bayt that no one should mention”

    9. And one more thing. When we recite the Kalima we become a Muslim. Not a Sunni or a Shia. Never has it been said that either one of them is the right path because Islam is the right path and Allah knows best.

      As far as mourning the people Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) loved that is definitely not exclusive to one particular sect because Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) preached and taught a religion not a sect.

    10. Not here to pass any judgment but please keep in mind that a follower and true lover of the Ahle Bait would never use such language to spread hatred. You think you are on their side but please remember that Imam Ali never uttered a word of hatred or dislike towards any of the people who harmed him and his family. Even after the death of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) he did not fight for his rightful position as this would have disunited the Muslims. Please do open Nahjul Blaghah once again with an open mind and learn how Imam Ali practiced Tabarrah instead of using his sayings to spread hatred. In sensitive times like these, please refrain from making such comments, even if you disagree please learn how Bibi Fatima and Imam Ali expressed their disagreement. If they never cursed those who did wrong to them, then what makes you think you have the right to?

    11. We all should learn from brother OBAID ZIA. Brother Syed Raza Shah. I am sorry, but I wish you have not carried the prefix of Syed at the beginning of your name. Because it carries a lot of responsibilities. I wish you did not start your opinion with bad phrase.

      What makes Daesh and other kinds of extremism, is the ignorance, selfishness, bigotry, Fanaticism, Intolerance, Prejudice, misunderstanding and misconception of the religion of Islam.

      Obviously, we all have different way of thinking, different opinions and different approach. Allah (SWT) has created each finger of our hands differently. In all that, as a Shia, I admire brother OBAID. Mr. Shah, I hope that you would think again and make sure to be kind to your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, regardless of what school of thought they fallow. Or you can chose to fallow Daesh. Accuse and insult others, create hate and differences, point your fingers to the diving parts not to the uniting parts. My Allah SWT guide us all.

      اَشِدّاءُ عَلَى الکُفّارِ رُحَماءُ بَینَهُم – Be harsh towards your enemies and be kind among yourselves (All Muslims; All the believers of the one God and his last Messenger Mohammad SAW and the Qouran – the Holy book of guidance)

    12. You are talking about Abu Bakr and Omer and you believe in cursing them and hating them!
      Yet you call yourself Shiat e Ali
      The Ali we know never cursed Abu bakr, omer or Aisha. Bring me one hadith when he cursed them and we can establish this is what a Shia is supposed to do.
      Imam Ali was too noble to even talk rudely to Abdur rehman Ibn Muljim right before the attack, he lived patiently with “thorns in mouth and dust in eyes” . but never once we see him complaining or cursing. This is what it means to be Shia of Ali. Shia of Ali excel in nobility like Ali himself.

    13. The culture of cursing the khulaf and Ummul Momineen was incorporated into Shia following some hundred years after Imam Ali. So if you think you are cursing Abu Bakr and Omer as a following of Imam Ali, it is not Ali you are following.

    14. Yes Raza we have read Sermon of Shiqshiqiyah millions times now but you probably haven’t even read it once. well to help you read it i am copy pasting some of it here.

      “I found that endurance thereon was wiser. So I adopted patience although there was pricking in the eye and suffocation (of mortification) in the throat”

      “Nevertheless, I remained patient despite length of period and stiffness of trial, till when he went his way (of death) he put the matter (of Caliphate) in a group4 and regarded me to be one of them”

      You can read the rest yourself! If you listen to eminent Shia scholars of today you will come to know they have considered it “going ahead of Imam Ali” to curse either Omer or Abu Bakr or ummul momineen Aisha for whose virtues ALLAH sent down 20 verses of Surah Nour. Whatever happened between them and Imam Ali, Imam never cursed them! NEVER! AND THAT IS WHAT A SHIA OF ALI IS SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW. BECAUSE CURSING AND HATING IS EASY, PATIENCE IS DIFFICULT.

      Let me tell you that the culture of CURSING FROM PULPIT was introduced by Muawiya and Imam Ali never did such a thing. and it hasnt been a few hundred years after Imam Ali that fundamentalists of religion incorporated this in Shia following .Just the same way fundamentalists incorporated that Sunnis should be different from Shias and they need to rid off their love for family of the prophet! It was never originally there! So next time you say lanatullah aleih know that one of the fitnas of Qiyamah are that ” the people to come late in ummah will disrespect and hate the people who came before them”. ALLAH knows best!

      1. “I am at peace with those who are at peace with you and I am at war with those who are at war with you”
        Ziarat Ashura

        1. Let’s first establish nobody is denying wilayah of ali or what happened to syyeda zahra. Nobody says it was wrong. nobody is denying to know in “YOUR HEART” who did those bad things! BUT WHEN YOU HAVE THE TITLE SHIAT E ALI, IT IS A BIG RESPONSIBILITY, IT MEANS BEING NOBLE LIKE ALI, BEING ENDURING AND BRAVE LIKE ALI. BEING READY TO SACRIFICE EVERYTHING LIKE ALI. BEING THE EMBASSADOR OF UNITY EVEN THOUGH HIS OWN EYES HAD DUST AND MOUTH, THORNS. THAT IS WAY HARDER THAN CURSING!

        2. Also BANU UMAYYADS ARE CALLED MALOON SHAJAR IN THE QURAN (Ziyarat Ashur curses Banu Umayyads too), So i personally wouldn’t refrain from saying lanat ullah aleih for them bu that is not my way to show love for Ahlul Bayt e Muhammad.

    15. Thats is pretty dumb…Every single righteous person will go to heaven… The ummah of prophet muhammad was guaranteed heaven but even the jews and Christians are going to heaven…Allah isnt just for muslims..Allah is for all of his believers. who ever Follows the word of God will go to heaven…

    16. Also never heard any shia brother keeping name Abu bakr for their kids…Abu bakr ibne hassan…Hassan named him after Hazrat Abu bakr RA.

    17. the hadith about burning the house down and killing the unborn child is fabricated as even proven by your own scholars. Please go read up on it.

    18. Hath hola shah Ji.. Sounds much awaited sane voice to me:) Someone dared finally to touch the gray, isn’t it great? We all share and not in owning of the holiness of Hussain a.s, regardless of religions let alone sects. We have to accept variety of capacity among this classroom. Everyone everywhere is in its own way of coming along the ‘point’ if ‘people’ allow the river to flow. Lets not scare ‘larva shias’ away folks;)

  31. it’s not only there in America or the material you can get there, it’s everywhere in the Sunni world. and to your surprise and mine, it exists even in the Islamic scholarly world as well. many hadiths of Prophet Mohammed prophecies about the evil nature of the Omayyad State were deliberately (unauthenticated) by the scholars at the time whose majority were living in the region of the Omayyad Court (present day Syria) and so they’re considered (made up). many hadiths denoting that the Prophet Mohammed cursed the first father of that evil state in front of a big number of his companions, which could have saved the Ummah and the bloodshed and its division into two sects that are divided internally into tens more. they made the Sunnis believe the Shiite are mere devils, that to even consider them as Muslims is a big crime that might risk get you out of Islam and be excommunicated. they made Sunnis believe that to hate the killers of Hussain and to love Ahlu Albait (the Prophet’s linage) would make you a Shiite and thus be non-Muslim.

  32. Thank you for this post, may Allah bless you for your wisdom. Religion must always be learnt, and not inherited. Im glad at your age, you are reading and researching, on your own.

    For me, personally, Hadees of the Two weighty things (Quran and Ahl ul Bait) is the core of Shia-Sunni unity. Here is the Sahih Bukhari link for those interested: (Book 031, Number 5920):
    http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/hadith/muslim/031-smt.php#031.5920

  33. I wish the youth of today have the motivation to do the kind of research you have done, and of course, a lot of credit goes to your family for raising you as a Muslim that is open to questioning some of the stereotypes and the biased syllabi we grow up with. Perhaps if we all open our hearts and mind and read the various literature available to us, we can create a generation of more educated Muslims that have a solid understanding of our history and values.

    Looking forward to reading more of your articles. May Allah guide you and help you spread the word of peace and tolerance.

  34. Beautifully expressed. I have a Sunni Father and a Shia mother, and at first I used to be confused, during childhood as to what I was, when asked by peers. But growing up, I realised, this in itself was a gift for me; I was able to see and experience both sides of these so-called sects. We are so consumed by this whole division of Sunni, Shia, Hanafi, Shafi, Bohra etc, that we have forgotten we are Muslims first, and as you righty said above and I quote ” Imam Hussain came to the battlefield not as a Shia to fight Sunnis, or a Sunni to fight Shias. He was there as the inheritor and rightful successor of his grandfather ﷺ to continue the Prophetic crusade against injustice and darkness. It wasn’t “Sunni succession vs. Shia succession.” The knowledgeable of the Ummah had already designated Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain as caliphs. No. That day in Karbala, the battlefield was Haq vs. Kufr.” This issue of ignorance isn’t just seen in American Muslims, but in the youth all over the world, and I hope that sharing this article can help others to try and learn more about Ahl-Bayt, and the events of Karbala.

  35. May Allah bless you and your parents and your progeny until the Day of Qiyamah, and raise you with the Ahlul Bayt on the day of Qiyamah, Ameen.

  36. Obaid Zia, you are to be complimented for doing research at such an young age. The relationship between the followers of the two major sects – Sunni and Shia – has been spoiled (a) by ignorance (not doing research on our own), (b) by conceited mullahs, and (c) by the hyper-sensitive followers. To enhance your own satisfaction Obaid, you need to do further research by reading Islamic History books and other assorted information available on the internet.
    Keep up the good work. Wishing you all the best. Dr. Chinoy

  37. As a Shia myself, the more I learn about imam karbala, what happened before and after, the more I discover it is less about your madhab (be it shia or sunni) and the more about how greed and ambition can use religion to gain from it and become an enemy of said religion, much like it is happening today. Back then they killed the grandson of the prophet, today they are killing our uma in the name of islam.

    It is just that easy to forget about religion and be swayed in this world.

    I like the way you say it:
    “Imam Hussain came to the battlefield not as a Shia to fight Sunnis, or a Sunni to fight Shias. He was there as the inheritor and rightful successor of his grandfather ﷺ to continue the Prophetic crusade against injustice and darkness. It wasn’t “Sunni succession vs. Shia succession.” […] That day in Karbala, the battlefield was Haq vs. Kufr.”

  38. Also I’d encourage our Sunni brothers to attend Shia gatherings in Muharram. Even if you just come for the lecture, and the masaib (the sad parts), and leave before matam (chest beating) starts in case that makes you uncomfortable, you’d participate in the mourning process – which is after all Sunnah of the prophet – as he cried himself when he predicted and dictated hadiths related to Karbala on multiple occasions.

    I am personally a strong believer in Shia-Sunni unity. I’ve been going to Jummah with ahle Sunnah brothers for over a decade. Unfortunately, in over ten years, like your own experiences in the ahle Sunnah community, I NEVER heard the name of Imam Hussain, or anything about Karbala – that is until recently I requested the Imam to at least have one khutbah in the year about Imam Hussain – and he complied – and nearly brought all of us to tears with his khutba.

    Islam and Muslims now need Imam Hussain more than ever… and as you’ve beautifully stated, one doesn’t have to be a Shia to remember, learn from, and pay respects to Imam Hussain.

    1. We need people like you in the world.. people with your thinking… Because mostly both shia n sunni show hate each other … And they forget we are all Muslims and we both not perfect.. we should join and love one another.

  39. I also believe that the lack of love for Ahl-e-bait is directly responsible for extremist ideologies, primarily taught in Saudi Arabia, that has resulted in groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS gaining power. These groups have repeatedly exhibited very Yazid like behaviours – beheadings, molestation of women, abuse of dead bodies, extreme hatred for anyone who loves the Ahl-e-bait, especially Shias, and so much more. InshAllah rediscovering the events of Karbala would result in extermination of these types of groups and elimination of their ideologies.

  40. Beautiful article brother! As a Shia myself, I’ve always felt and more recently publicly stated many times that my Sunni brothers and sisters are really missing out on the love of Ahl-e-bait, and the treasure that is Imam Hussain, and his immense sacrifices in Karbala. I will share this article again and again. Beautifully written, beautifully honest and motivating. May Allah reward you highly for this effort.

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