Muhar­ram: Mis­con­cep­tions, base­less tra­di­tions to avoid

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As we are all aware, we are into one of the sanc­ti­fied months in the Is­lamic cal­en­dar. Ig­no­rant peo­ple hold lots of mis­con­cep­tions and base­less tra­di­tions dur­ing this month. We will have a look at them so that as re­spon­si­ble Mus­lims we would steer clear of them and also ad­vice oth­ers to re­move such su­per­sti­tions and be­liefs from their lives.

Some Mis­con­cep­tions Base­less Tra­di­tions :

There are many wrong tra­di­tions as­so­ci­ated with the Day of Aashooraa and Muhar­ram, which have noth­ing to do with the Shariah. We have to guard our­selves from fall­ing into these wrong tra­di­tions and bid’ah be­cause this is also sin.

1) Some peo­ple at­tribute the sanc­tity of Aashooraa to the mar­tyr­dom of Husain, RA. No doubt, the story of Husain, RA is one of the most tragic episodes of our history. Yet, the sanc­tity of Ashura can­not be as­cribed to this event for the sim­ple rea­son that the sanc­tity of Ashura was es­tab­lished dur­ing the days of the Prophet (pbuh) , much ear­lier than the birth of his grand­son Husain.

2) There are also those who con­sider Muhar­ram an evil or un­lucky month, for Husain, RA was killed in it. So they don’t hold

and wed­dings, and other cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing this month. This is again a base­less con­cept, which is con­trary to the teach­ings of the Qur’an and the Sun­nah.

Hav­ing su­per­sti­tions, such as this, is com­mit­ting a kind of shirk since one as­so­ci­ates a par­tic­u­lar event or per­son with hav­ing power to harm or do good and only Al­lah is the One Who has power over all things.

3) Some peo­ple think it is Sun­nah to pre­pare a par­tic­u­lar type of meal on the 10th, and they hold big gath­er­ings for this pur­pose. This, again has no ba­sis in the Sha­reeah.

4) Some peo­ple mourn and lament over the death of Hus­sain (RA) and hold spe­cial cer­e­monies for this very pur­pose.

How­ever, the Prophet (pbuh) has for­bid­den us from hold­ing mourn­ing cer­e­monies on the death of any per­son, which was the prac­tice of the peo­ple of jahiliyyah (ig­no­rance).

“He is not from our group who slaps his checks, tears his clothes and cries in the man­ner of the peo­ple of jahiliyyah.” (Bukhaari)

And if you re­ally think about it, it is the great­est merit and re­ward that Hus­sain RA re­ceived, when he at­tained mar­tyr­dom for the sake of Al­laah.

5) Some peo­ple go to the other ex­treme, they dress up and cook spe­cial dishes, etc. as a kind of cel­e­bra­tion for this Day and that is ALSO against the Qur’an and Sun­nah.

6) Oth­ers hold spe­cial prayers or of­fer sac­ri­fice or visit graves, specif­i­cally on the 10th of Muhar­ram, think­ing that there is spe­cial re­ward or mean­ing for do­ing so in the Sha­reeah and this is also a kind of bid’ah that one should stay away from.

Our be­hav­ior dur­ing this month should be like the be­hav­ior of the Sa­habah, not one of mourn­ing, nei­ther one of cel­e­bra­tion.

Rather, we should value Muhar­ram as one of Al­laah’s sa­cred months in which we should strive to do good deeds and be ex­tra care­ful of sin­ning.

We should try and fast as much as we can in this month, es­pe­cially the 9th and 10th. We should not be su­per­sti­tious about it (or for any­thing else, for that mat­ter) and if some­one wants to get mar­ried dur­ing it, they may.

We should not cook spe­cial meals on the 10th and if some­one in­vites us for such a meal, we should de­cline. We All LOVE Is­lam But We Cre­ate Our Own Rules On How To Fol­low Is­lam.

Do We Re­ally LIVE Is­lam???

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