Lesson Forty: Mourning

Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) says:

اَلنَّياحَةُ مِنْ عَمَلِ الْجاهِلِيَّةِ


Mourning is one of the deeds of the age of ignorance (one shall not complain about the difficulties, rather he shall try to solve them).1

Brief Description

This short and meaningful tradition has an outward and an inward sense.

Its outward refers to the irrelevant actions being popular at the age of ignorance. When somebody died, mourner women were invited to lament on his death by reciting their special songs and deceitful and false poems. And the other meaning, which Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) may refer to, is that mourning and complaining for hard and difficult events and problems of personal and social life is useless and causes waste of energy and facilities. Instead one should spend that energy to solve the problems, seeking a remedy by the strength of intellect and thinking as well as continuous effort and tolerance.

  • 1. Wasa’il ‘ush-Shi’a, vol 3, page 272, volume 1, page 915, Men La Yahthuruhu AlFaqih, Vol 4, page 3