Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mullah in Paradise

Allama Iqbal on "Mullah" - note difference between Mulla and Maulana.

"I was there and could not keep my mouth shut,
When God gave the order: ‘Into paradise with this Mullah!’
I said modestly: ‘Forgive me, o God!
Huris and wine will not be to his liking.
Heaven is no place for disputes,
While discussions and fights are close to his nature.
The one who incites the people of different sects
To start quarrels with one another,
For him there are no temples or churches in heaven!’"

It's but a moment ...

O, you fool! When we die,
Then this will be confirmed:
It was a dream, what we saw,
A fairy-tale, what we heard.
- Khwaja Mir Dard

Monday, December 6, 2010

Remember Karbala

"People of the House, God only desires to put away from you abomination and to cleanse you"
- Quran 33:33

"Say: ‘I do not ask of you any reward for it, except the affection for [my] kinsfolk."
- Quran 42:23

"Husayn is King, Husayn is Emperor.
Husayn is Religion, Preserver of Religion is Husayn.
He gave his head, but not his hand to Yazid.
Foundation of No god but God is Husayn."
- Khwaja Moind-ud-din Chisti r.a.

"Strangely plain and colorful is the story of Harem,
Its beginning is Ismail, Husain the end."
-Allama Iqbal 
"The station of Shabbir is truth everlasting,
Ways of Kufa and Syria change from time to time."
-Allama Iqbal 

It is from among the traditions of Islamic societies to remember the events of Karbala. Many families of the Ahl-e-Bayt (and others) to this day are mindful of the month of Muharram - festive occasions are not held during this time.  

Unfortunately, there are families even from among the Ahl-e-Bayt in this day and age, who have lost this connection.  Remembering and being mindful of Imam Al Hussain, his family, and companions sacrifices is not a religious obligation, but an obligation of love. 

We must remember and remind the pain and affliction of the righteous in Karbala - lest we forget. 


Visit here to listen to lectures, by prominent scholars, on the events of Karbala that took place in Muharram. 

You can also read an article by Annemarie Schimmel, which is hyper linked in this post: