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Majlis 12: Shaam al-Ghariba

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaih Raja’oon! Karbala’! Karbala’! Karbala’! In one day 72 men dead! Companions of Husayn lay dead! ‘Aun – Muhammad are dead. Qasim is dead. ‘Abbas is dead. ‘Ali Akbar is dead. ‘Ali Asghar is dead. Husayn is dead. Lying on the sands of Karbala’ are 72 dead men. Their heads severed from their bodies. No ghusl! No kafan! No burial! Lying ... Read More »

Majlis 11: Imam Husayn

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Today is ‘Ashura’ dayl Today is the day of the 10th of Muharram. ‘Ashura’ day is the most tragic day for all Muslims, in particular Shi’as. The Day of ‘Ashura’… The day, when 72 brave and faithful men were martyred… The day of great sacrifice… The day Islam was saved from destruction. The Day of ‘Ashura’… The day the Holy Prophet leaves Heaven to join ... Read More »

Majlis 10: Hazrat ‘Ali Asghar

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Tonight is the 10th night of Muharram. Tonight is the eve of ‘Ashura’. A very tragic night. A very sad night. The last night for the 72 martyrs of Karbala’. The last night for brothers to be with their sisters. The last night for sisters to be with their brothers. The last night for fathers to be with their children. The last night for mothers ... Read More »

Majlis 9: Hazrat ‘Ali Akbar

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Tonight is the night of 9th Muharram. It is the second night without water. It is very hot in Karbala’. Children cannot sleep. How can they? They are very thirsty and hungry. The sound of “Al-Atash! Al-Atash! Al-Atash!” breaks Husayn’s heart. What can Husayn do? He is patient. For the sake of Allah, he is bearing it all. More is to come. Husayn’s patience and ... Read More »

Majlis 8: Hazrat ‘Abbas

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Tonight is the night of 8th of Muharram. Surely tonight, we will shed more tears. We will do more matam. Tonight is a very tragic night, it is the night of Hazrat ‘Abbas. ‘Abbas! Who was ‘Abbas? ‘Abbas, the Captain; ‘Abbas, the Commander; ‘Abbas, the brave and strong warrior; ‘Abbas, the Alamder – flag bearer; ‘Abbas, the faithful brother; ‘Abbas, the guardian of Umm Kulthoom ... Read More »

Majlis 7: Hazrat Qasim

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Tonight is the night of 7th Muharram. Our Muharram majaalis continues. We shall shed more tears for Karbala’. We will continue our matam. We will give money in the name of Hazrat Qasim. Volunteers will serve the mourners of Karbala’. Tears! Matam! Donations! Volunteers! Bibi Fatimah is watching all of us. Everyone will be rewarded on the Day of Judgement. Our tears, our matam, our ... Read More »

Majlis 6: ‘Aun & Muhammad

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Today is the 6th night of Muharram. Our majaalis continue. Insha’Allah, our eyes will shed more tears for the martyrs of Karbala’. We will do more Matam al-Husayn. “Husayn! Karbala’! Matam! Majaalis!” When these words echo from the walls of our mosque, a lady in black hijab joins us. She is Bibi Fatimah. She watches us. She cries with us. She collects our tears. Cry! ... Read More »

Majlis 5: Habib Ibn Mazaahir

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Today is the 5th night of Muharram. Our majaalis continue. We will recite more nawhas to mourn the great loss in Karbala’. Our eyes will shed more tears and our matam will increase. Day-by-day, the scene in Karbala’ is changing. More and more soldiers join the enemy’s camp. Thousands have gathered to kill Husayn – the grandson of the Holy Prophet. Bibi Zainab said to ... Read More »

Majlis 4: Janabe Hurr

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Today is the 4th night of Muharram. Our majlis continues. We will recite nawhas to mourn the great loss in Karbala’. Our eyes will shed more tears and our matam will increase. Let us focus our minds on Husayn in Karbala’. He has hardly 72 men with him. While, day-by-day, Yazid’s vulture-like men are gathering in large numbers to kill Husayn. On 9th Muharram, Yazid’s ... Read More »

Majlis 3: Janabe John

Surah al-Fatiha Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Today is the 3rd night of Muharram. Majaalis al-Husayn continues. As the nights of Muharram go by, our hearts are weighed down with more and more grief. We continue to hear the majaalis about the tragedy of Karbala’. ‘Ashura’ day is not far away We will recite more marshias and nawhas. Our matam will increase. Our eyes will continue to shed tears for the Martyrs ... Read More »