“He who expands on his family in the matter of nafqah (house expenses) on the day of Aashuraa’, Allah will expand on him throughout the remaining part of the year.”
The authorities of the Shariah, (the Akaabir Ulama) have restricted the lavish expenditure of this day to food. We are required to spend a bit more on food and provide delicious dishes for the family on this day.
The issue of providing more delicious food or spending more than usual on food on this day, has different meanings for different communities and for even different families in the same community. Most nations have what is called a staple food which they consume throughout the year. The overwhelming majority of people live in poverty and cannot afford sumptuous dishes. For such people the meaning of the Hadith is quite simple and clear. The man in the house should endeavour to bring more than the usual staple diet. Poor people who perhaps eat meat a couple of times a year, will truly appreciate and relish the sumptuous meal.
Response: Yes, for example, cursing Abu Bakar, Umar, Uthman, Muawiya, Aaesha and Hafsa (may Allah be pleased with all of them) after every prescribed prayer. The scholars of Shia regard it as the best of deeds of attaining proximity (to Allah).(1)
They (also) made slapping of the cheeks and tearing of dresses in the name of mourning Husain Radiallahu Anhu as a great act of worship.(2)
Their Scholar Aali-kashf Al-Gitaa’ was questioned about the ruling of celebrating the 10th of Muharram every year by emulating the assassination of Husain (may Allah be pleased with him) and what befell him and his family, and showing remorseful sorrow, crying, beating the chest, and seeking help by retreating: Oh Husain Oh Husain..? and he Responded thus: (he replied with the following verse)
“So it is. Whoever venerates the sacraments of God-it is from the piety of the hearts.” (Al-hajj:32),
“There is no doubt that such painful incidents and imitating the grave pain is one of the great rites in the Ja’fariyyah sect”.(3)
Their source; Al-Mirza Jawaad At-Tabriizii said: “There is no problem nor doubt, nor differences among the twelve shia Imams that the slapping of the face, wearing black clothes are among the sacraments of the Ahl- bait alaihimus-salaam and that it is truthful of the verse:
“So it is. Whoever venerates the sacraments of God-it is from the piety of the hearts.” (Al-hajj:32)
“Just as the demonstration of grief and sadness about which there are many evidences about its permissibility in times of calamity of the Ahli-bait. Whoever among the Shiite youths that try to disregard these rituals or reduce their importance, then he is among the sinners with regards to the rights of the Ahlu-bait and shall be questioned about it on the Day of resurrection concerning what he invented by misleading people about the rights of the Imams”.(4)
In addition, singing of poetry concerning the death of Husain Radiallahu Anhu are among the means that lead to entering Paradise.
They lied on As-Saadiq that he said: “Whoever sings about Husain alayhi salaam a poetry, and made one person to cry, would get paradise, and whoever sings poetry about Husain and cries would get paradise, and whoever sings poetry for Husain, and cried and cause others to cry shall get paradise”.(5)
They alleged that their imams possess the guarantee for their Shias of entering paradise.
Al-kashiyyu alleged that: “Abdur-Rahman ibn Al-Hajjaaj said: One year I went out to my father Ibrahim Alaihis-salaam carrying a lot of money, then Ali Ibn Yaqteen gave me a letter asking my father to pray for him. When I finished my needs and sent him the money, I said to him: may I be sacrificed for you, Ali Ibn Yaqteen requested me to ask for your supplication for him! He said: For the hereafter? I said yes. Then he placed his hands on his chest and said: I have taken guarantee for Ali Ibn Yaqteen that he would not be touched by fire”.(6)
What an assertion have they made over the sole power of Allah! As if they have the treasures of the Mercy of Allah and as if in their hands are the keys of the heavens and the earth, and they share vouchers of forgiveness and deprivation. Do they share with Allah the planning and organizing of events?
Allah Ta’aala says: “Did he look into the future, or did he receive a promise from the Most Merciful? No indeed! We will write what he says, and will keep extending the agony for him. Then We will inherit from him what he speaks of, and he will come to Us alone. And they took, besides Allah, other gods, to be for them a source of strength. By no means! They will reject their worship of them, and become opponents to them.” (Maryam: 78-82)
Hazrat Maseehullah Rahmatullahi Alayhi narrates the qissah as follows:
After eating a meal, there is a delicacy called “ghunyá” ‒ chaná (chickpea) and wheat are combined and boiled. Pírání-Sáhibáh (Hadhratwálá’s wife) said: “Some ghunyá has been prepared. Shall I bring some?” Hadhratwálá replied: “Very good!” When it was given, he commenced to eat. While eating, one chaná slipped form his hand and fell on the ground. He looked for it, but did not find it. Some children were playing nearby. Hadhratwálá said to them:
“One chaná slipped from my hand onto the ground. Just look for it and give it to me.” A little girl found it. “Barè-Abbá! I found it!” Hadhratwálá said: “Hand it to me.” He took it, cleaned it and ate it. Later, for our tarbiyet and tutoring, and to express the value and status of the ne’mat (blessing) of Haqq-Ta’álá, he related the incident to us:
“I was eating some ghunyá when a chaná slipped from my hand onto the ground. Until I did not find it and eat it, my body had no life in it. The thought that was in my mind was that, if AlláhTa’aala got me to stand in front of Him and asked me:
‘Why did you eat My ne’mat with such carelessness, and when it fell from your hand, why did you not search for it and eat it? Give an answer!’
What answer would I give?”
Let us make a little assessment from this. The order of Alláh Ta’aala is to make shukr for His ne’mats. In the above incident where the item – the chaná – is considered to be worldly (materialistic) in that it is nutrition for the physical body, but still a ne’mat of Alláh Ta’aala, is valued to such a great extent, that discarding it causes such dread and fear, how could such a person discard rúhání nutrition, meaning ’ibádat? Namáz is in its place and status, but how could he discard other lesser schedules (ma’múl) pertaining to rúhániyet and radhá (pleasure of Alláh Ta’aala)? When the bodily, physical nutrition of such an insignificant item (as a chaná), is honoured to such an extent, how great will not be the honour and value attached to rúhání nutrition. And how can that be discarded?
Just ponder! To what a great extent is the muhabbat of Alláh Ta’aala and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam ingrained, implanted and embedded in the heart of such a personage?
SOURCE: FOR FRIENDS NUMBER 28
THE STATEMENT OF HADHRAT ABBAAS BIN UBAADAH RADIALLAHU ANHU WHEN THE BAY’AH TOOK PLACE IN THE VALLEY OF ‘AQABAH
Hadhrat Aasim bin Umar bin Qataadah Radiallahu Anhu narrates that when the Ansaar gathered to pledge their allegiance to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam Hadhrat Abbaas bin Ubaadah bin Nadhla Radiallahu Anhu who belonged to the Banu Saalim bin Awf tribe said, "0 assembly of the Khazraj! Do you know on what conditions you are pledging allegiance to this man?" When they replied in the affirmative, he said, 'You are pledging to wage war against every fair and dark skinned person! if you fear that you will surrender him to his enemies when your wealth starts getting destroyed and your leaders start getting killed, you better leave him now. By Allaah! If you do that (desert him afterwards), it would mean disgrace in this world as well as in the Aakhirah. However, if you feel that you would be able to fulfil the claim you have made to him despite the destruction of your wealth and the killing of your leaders, you should take him with you. By Allaah! This would mean the best for you in this world as well as in the Aakhirah."
The Ansaar confirmed, "We are prepared to take him even though it means the destruction of our wealth and the deaths of our leaders. 0 Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam What will we gain if we fulfil our pledge?" Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam replied by saying, "Jannah." They then asked Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam to stretch out his hand and when he did, they pledged their allegiance to him. (1)
According to a narration reported by Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Ka'b Radiallahu Anhu, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said to the Ansaar (after they had pledged their allegiance), "Leave for your camps." It was then that Hadhrat Abbaas bin Ubaadah Radiallahu Anhu said, "0 Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam I swear by the Being Who has sent you with the truth that if you wish, we shall attack the people at Mina with our swords by tomorrow." Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, 'You have not been commanded to do this. You may however leave for your camps." (2)
(1) Ibn Is'haaq as reported in A/ Bidaaya wan Nihaays((Vol.3 Pg. 162).
(2) Ibn Is'haaq as reported in AIBidaaya wan Nihaaya (Vol.3 Pg. 164)
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عن أبي عبد الرحمن عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه قال: سألت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : أي العمل أحب إلى الله تعالى؟ قال " الصلاة على وقتها" قلت: ثم أي؟ قال: " بر الوالدين" قلت: ثم أي؟ قال: " الجهاد في سبيل الله" (متفق عليه).
'Abdullah bin Mas'ud Radiallahu Anhu reported:
I asked the Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam , "Which of the deeds is loved most by Allah?" Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, "Salat at its proper time." I asked, ''What next?" He replied, ''Kindness to parents." I asked, ''What next?" He replied, ''Jihad in the way of Allah."