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Muharram – 2

(The Shrine of Iman Hussein)

Ya Hussein! Ya Hussein!

The month of Muharram!

The first month of the Islamic Calendar! Considered very pious and divine!

The 10th day of Muharram, Ashura, has its own importance for the Shia Muslims… At the same time it’s a day of fasting for Sunni Muslims…

Before the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussein, it was celebrated as a day of atonement by Jews cause it is believed that Moses delivered His people (Children of God) from the hands of the Egyptian Pharaoh on this day. Till date Sunni Muslim brethren observe it and fast on this day…

But am writing this blog for the history better known and associated with martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandchild of His Holiness, The Prophet, Muhammad… From my early childhood was attracted towards the “Taziya” procession taking place near Byculla and other places in Mumbai… Faintly recollect my grandfather taking me around to see them…

But let’s come back to our blog… The grandchild of His Holiness, The Prophet Muhammad, was the third Imam of the Islamic world… He too faced prosecution from his own Muslim brethren and had to fight all his life…

Hussein and his 72 followers had entered Karabala in the 1st Day of Muharram and the King Yazid, his opponent was already there as if waiting for them to arrive… Hussein and his followers were surrounded and asked to surrender… To which Hussein denied… And the seige began…

As the seige dragged on, Yazdi stopped all the water from reaching the Hussein camp on the 7th day… There were small children who thirsted for water… Seeing this some people broke the seige and reached the river, which was nearby, for water… But as soon as they turned around with their pots filled, they were attacked and killed and the pots failed to reach the Hussein camp… This lead to death of kids due to lack of water… (This is the reason that water is offered to every passerby during these days)

The killing which started on the 7th day itself turned to a full fledged war on the 10th in which Imam Hussain attained martyrdom… He died for a cause… He died for Humanity… He fought the evil…

Many a poet have written about and described the whole story at length which is worth listening too if one cares for Humanity…

And so it is not only a day to remember, it is a day to mourn…

A day to ask God for forgiveness…

A day to quench the thirst of the thirsty and hunger of the hungry…

A day to remember that someone gave up His life for the sake of humanity, for the values given to mankind by His Holiness, The Prophet, Muhammad…

A day of reckoning for mankind that even after all the wars, fights we have had, differences have existed, do exist and will exist… Do we want to accept them or still fight for them to satisfy our egos… Cannot differences coexist?… I leave this question, to you, my reader to ponder over…

But the way Islam is looked as regressive in the world, pains a few thinkers. A handful few (maybe 10% of all Islamists) follow a path of violence to propagate their thought and have also created a havoc around the globe. From Afghanistan to Iran, from Iraq to Syria, from Al Quaeeda to ISIS, the militant mindset needs to be changed. And Imam Hussein can be the best ideal for all of this to change.

At the same time, Imam Hussein’s sacrifice is a factual and a sad truth about differences within a thought process. But these differences within, leading to a kill, is something Humanity needs to think about. Differences exist and should exist in the quest for truth, but they should not translate into killings. We find many instances of such differences in every culture too. But some learn, some wait to be taught. At the end we all need to understand that killing is not the final good.

On this day, I pray to Allah to bestow upon His children, the patience, understanding and love for each other and for peaceful coexistence of the humankind.


Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

22 thoughts on “Muharram – 2

  1. Dear blogging friend… I love your blog, I learn a lot from it, and truly appreciate your support… I have a question/constructive criticism to ask you, I hope you will not mind. I personally feel that the blocks underlined and/or italicized text is hard on the eyes, thus difficult to read and distracts from the wonderful stories and texts… but this is just one person’s humble opinion. Is there a specific reason or necessity for it? Please forgive this query/comment if it’s out of place. Occasional boldface (and even occasional italics/underlining) is helpful… but when it’s the whole paragraph, I feel maybe it perhaps detracts from the content. (Please feel free to delete this comment, or this section of the comment, after reading it :))))

    I really appreciate your blog and writings. Thoughtful, educational yet with a very personal touch which makes them delightful to read. 💛🙏👌🌷Thank you for this information about Muharram, which I knew nothing about before. Also I love your mention of a memory of going with your grandfather to the processions.

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    1. Dear friend
      I understand your query. I used to write without italics and bold writing before. My initial blogs were like that. But friends here told me to highlight. So started doing this.
      But will surely keep in mind and try to avoid much.
      Thanks for your feedback

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      1. Ahhhh, thanks for this explanation, so kind… and proves once again, that we simply can never please anybody. Yet another lesson that when it comes to our own creative endeavours, I guess we’re best off pleasing ourselves. 😉Thanks again for your kind reply 🙏✨☀️:)

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I had read a little about this in my history class previous year but I wanted to know more. It’s amazing how you seem to arrange every information and present it to us☺️

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