Prelude

The Martyr of Tears

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Dear reader,

To be presented as a comprehensive system for humanity, a belief or convectional system must observe all aspects of the human entity and achieve balance among them besides observing the demands of people regardless of their various classes.

As Islam is the absolute and final code that Allah Al Mighty has chosen as a religion for mankind, it must achieve balance between the mind, the spirit, and the body, by meeting the needs of each of these aspects and refining them in their journey in this world. Likewise, it must take into consideration all the intellectual, age, and social levels in this magnetic march towards the divine method.

Thus it was indispensable that Islam respects all the knowledge and intellectual needs, through a system of evidences and proofs that verifies the doctrine and establishes its pillars while at the same time lays the foundations of morals and values which are the container of the religion, and paves the way for following the Islamic legislations as a framework that organizes the personal status and social conditions.

True such knowledge clarifies the vision from all its aspects, but it does not trigger enough motive to cause motion within the framework of this system. Thus an emotional motive is a must to urge motion according to this knowledge – to create motivation among all the members of the society alike regardless of their various levels and classes.

This is nothing but emotion – that common motive in form and in content among all human beings. It evokes tenderness in the heart of the mother – every mother, grows desire in every couple, and creates the motive for sacrifice and self-giving.

This is the link which Allah Al Mighty set as the motive for the followers of this mission: {Say: “If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful}

The more powerful the emotion is in shaking the feelings, the more powerful the interaction with it is, and the more guaranteed its influence is. Thus when the nation went too far in its abhorrent fanaticism and descended to the bottom of cheap interests, and moral values

were threatened to death – even the very values which were sacred at the Era of Ignorance such as guarding one’s honor and defending one’s neighbor – an intellectual act became fruitless in correcting anomalies; a slap on the face of humanity became compulsory to shake its conscience. This slap was further to take the shape of catastrophic tragedy – thus was Karbala. As such, the continuity of the goal of Karbala in motivating moral values in the human conscience is not guaranteed except by guarding the emotional, sentimental aspect of the occasion. We must always bear in mind that the owner of the occasion referred to himself as: “I am the martyr of tears; no man of faith remembers me but that he weeps.”

Hereof, we understand the risks of the calls to rationalize the anniversary of this occasion and to turn it to seminars, plays, and works of art, under the pretext of motivating awareness and teach the audience. Fetching knowledge is a duty imposed on every Muslim man and woman. It is a daily obligation, and people must be urged to purchase knowledge to nourish their minds; however, there are seasons every year to build the other aspects in the entity of the believer. The last days of the Holy Month of Ramadan is the season of worship, supplication, and the enhancement of the soul in its divine union, and the days of al Hajj are the season of refining the spirit and equality before Allah, The Creator, in one line that gathers all people of various classes – it is servitude -, and Ashura is the season of emotional motivation of virtues in the spirit of man via showing utmost sympathy with the catastrophic epic.

Thus Ashura days were the days of sorrow for the Holy Imams. Even if the platform of Ashura is used to propagate knowledge and awaken the people, this remains a secondary benefit which must not dominate the primary aspect of the season. These ten days are the season of emotions, and the whole year is the season of knowledge. Thus let’s replace the call to rationalize the anniversary of Ashura by efforts to organize seasons for spreading awareness among people all year long and call the people to them so as to achieve total balance among the various aspects of the missionary performance. As it is not fit to replace the rituals of al Hajj by workshops or the prayers of al Qadr Night by seminars and courses, it is not fit to derail Ashura from its primary destination.  So let’s fill the empty spaces instead of deranging the crowded areas; this goes more in harmony with reform.

Editor-in-Chief  

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