Muharram & New Beginnings, by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

A few days before Ashura, Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad delivered his khutba – noting that shahada is not to be simply translated as martyrdom, but rather an act of ultimate sincerity and testimony.

‘Think not of those who are slain in the way of Allah as dead. Nay they are living! With their Lord they have provision. Jubilant are they because of that which Allah hath bestowed upon them of His bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not joined them but are left behind: that there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. They rejoice because of favour from Allah and kindness, and that Allah wasteth not the wage of the believers’. Surah Al-Imran Verses 169-171

The Martyrdom of Imam Hussain at Karbala: A Reader

Videos and answers from al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz, Habib Ali al-Jifri, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Shaykh Gibril Haddad, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, and others on the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him) at Karbala and the day of ‘Ashura
‘Ashura and remembering al-Husayn’s honor of martyrdom – al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz

Partial translation of this talk
Joy and Sadness for Sayyiduna al-Husayn, peace be upon him – Habib Ali al-Jifri

Partial translation of this talk
Ashura and Karbala – Spiritual Renewal – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – cambridge khutbas etc.
Commemoration of al-Husayn on Ashura? – Shaykh Gibril Haddad
Fiqh of The Islamic Month of Muharram – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Cursing Disbelievers and the Companions of the Prophet – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Was the Prophet (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace) Foretold of the Martyrdom of His Grandson Husayn? – Ustadh Salman Younas

The Rights of the Companions and the Family of The Prophet – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Link to Video here: The Rights of the Sahaba and Ahlul Bayt – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah outlines for us the importance of loving the Sahabah and the family of the Prophet ﷺ‎
The Prophet ﷺ‎ loved all of his companions and taught all of his companions, he developed them to perfection, and told us many things about them “They are like the stars, which ever one you follow, you will be guided.”
The position of the scholars is to hold the sanctity of the companions before your eyes at all times, either say nothing about the fitna that happened or present it in a way that is acceptable (in relation to what happened with Ali and Uthman رضي الله عنه)

The tests they went through are extremely important and they were the greatest tests of all. 
The companions were amazing people and it is important to love all the companions and have good opinions of them. In reality everything that happened in the days of the companions and the successors of the companions there is infinite wisdom in it.
The political divisions that takes place, justified their position on the basis of sound evidence. The division that took place inoculated theUmmah so that our divisions would never lead to theological and legal positions.Be with incredible Shaykh’s, one of the things a Shaykh can do is bring people together – even without a Shaykh we would still like each other and we wouldn’t fight, but a Shaykh will make you love each other.

This is what the Prophet ﷺ‎ did, brought everyone together – Arabs were tribal and in clans. When your grandfather dies, families start to fall apart – when a big person in the family passes, ever things changes
You find Sahabahs that have been wielded together in a way that is miraculous, and then the Prophet ﷺ‎ passes and they are on their own, but they have been given everything they need to swim, and they do it.
Imam Zaid briefly speaks about our state and refers the verse in the Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 134:

Allah repeats the verse twice in the Quran “This is the community that passed away, they will have what they earned and you will have what you earned and you will not be asked concerning what they were doing”
Take care of your own business, the Sahabahs took care of their  business and thats why we have islam and you won’t be asked on the on Yawn’al Qiyamah about what they were doing, so don’t waste your time speculating on the basis of fantasy and whim with no firm knowledge.
May Allah give us Respect, may Allah make us lovers and not haters, fill your heart with the love of the Sahabah.

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Was the Prophet (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace) Foretold of the Martyrdom of His Grandson Husayn?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Is it reliably narrated that the Prophet (saw) cried when given revelation that Imam Hussain (ra) would be martyred?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

I pray you are well. May Allah send blessings on our liege-lord Husayn.

Yes, it is authentically established that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) was foretold the news of the martyrdom of our liege-lord Husayn (Allah be well pleased with him) upon which he wept. Imam Husayn was martyred with seventy or so members of his family and companions at Karbala by the army of Yazid. He had set out seeking accord, not discord, with truth on his side and a sense of responsibility to uphold the pristine way of his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace).

Among these narrations are:

1. Anas ibn Malik (Allah be well pleased with him) said, “The angel of rain sought the permission of his Lord to visit the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) and he was granted it. It was the day of Umm Salama and the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘Observe the entrance so that no one may enter upon us.’ It was while she was standing at the door that Husayn came darting past, opened the door, and entered. He began to leap and jump on the Prophet’s (Allah bless him and grant him peace) back and the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) began kissing him.

The angel asked him (Allah bless him and grant him peace), ‘Do you love him?’ He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, ‘Yes.’ The angel then said, ‘Your community will kill him. If you wish I can show you the place where he will be killed.’ He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, ‘Yes.’ He then grabbed a fistful from the place where he would be killed and showed it to him (Allah bless him and grant him peace), having come with reddish soil. Umm Salama then took hold of it and placed it in her garment.” [Ahmad, Musnad; Ibn Hibban, Sahih (with a sound chain according to Sh. Shua`yb Arna’ut); Tabarani, al-Kabir; Abu Ya`ala, Musnad]

The above was also narrated with slightly differing wording by Abu Tufayl from Tabarani with a sound chain according to Haytami in Majma` al-Zawa’id.

2. Abu Umama (Allah be well pleased with him) said, “”Gibril (Allah bless him) said, ‘Your community will kill this son of yours.’ The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, ‘They will kill him while believing in me?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ Then Gibril brought forth soil and said, ‘From such and such place.'” [Tabarani, Mu`ajam al-Kabir (as part of a longer narration similar to the first with a sound chain as per Dhahabi in the Siyar)]

3. `Ali (Allah be well pleased with him said), “I entered upon the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) one day and his eyes were pouring forth tears. I said, ‘Messenger of God! Has someone angered and upset you? What is the matter that your eyes weep?’ He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, ‘Rather, Gibril stood with me before and informed me that Husayn would be killed by the banks of the Euphrates.'” [Ahmad, Musnad (with a sound chain as per Ahmad Shakir); Bazzar, Musnad; Abu Ya`ala, Musnad]

There are a number of other narrations that demonstrate the Prophet’s (Allah bless him and grant him peace) knowledge of the martyrdom of our liege-lord Husayn (Allah be well pleased with him) and his great sadness on hearing such news. Though a number of these narrations are weak, the weakness they suffer from is slight and together they strenghten each other to reach the degree of rigorous soundness.

The love that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) had for his grandchildren is vivid in the many authentic narrations that have come demonstrating it. He (Allah bless him and grant him peace) would pray to Allah to love them because he loved them. He would hug and kiss them, carry them on his shoulders, allow them to play with him, leap on him, ride on his back during prayer, and  crawl through his legs. All of this is mentioned in the works and entries dedicated to our liege-lords Hasan and Husayn, showing the beautiful and very human relationship that they had with their grandfather (Allah bless him and grant him peace).

It is the duty of every Muslim to love and cherish the family of the Prophet (Allah bless him and be well pleased with them all), for love of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) dictates so. Our tears shed at the martyrdom of our liege-lord Husayn, but more than that we realize the divine wisdom at play and the great spiritual meaning behind his struggle and departure from this world to the next. Among the lessons we learn from the event are: (a) the fleeting nature of this world and reality of death, which everyone must experience, (b) the lofty state of being patient in all of what one experiences, (c) the merits of standing up for what is true and just, (d) realizing that Allah is in charge of all one’s affairs and placing trust in Him alone, (e) the merits of sacrifice, (f) the beauty of repentance and forgiveness, and countless others.


Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani