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Majlis 17

The tragedy of Ashura has so much emotion of sadness and a state of faithfulness that if we have even an iota of faith in our hearts our eyes would be flooded with tears on hearing the name of the oppressed Al-Husayn (A).

“Certainly, the love of Imam Al-Husayn (A) is hidden in the hearts of believers.”1

Perhaps that is why Imam Al-Husayn (A) said:

“I am a martyr who shall be mourned.”2

Imam Al-Sadiq (A) Mourns For Al-Husayn (A)

During the days of my study in the holy city of Mashad, I had memorized a remorseful five-line poem of a companion of Imam Ja‘far Al-Sadiq (A) from Shaykh Al-Abbas Qummi’s Nafthat al-Masdur.

Muhaddith Qummi writes that Abu Haroon Makfuf who was almost blind and hence given the title of ‘Makfuf’ was an extempore poet and he recited elegies of Imam Al-Husayn (A). He used to say: “One day, I came to Imam Ja‘far Al-Sadiq (A).

He asked me to recite the latest elegy I had composed about his great grandfather. I said: As you wish. Imam Ja‘far Al-Sadiq (A) asked the ladies of his house to gather behind a curtain so that they may also listen to the elegy. Eventually, all women gathered behind the curtain.”

Makfuf started reciting the elegy. You may also try to understand the meaning of those verses and take lesson from them.

Even though it comprised of only five verses, everyone in the house of Imam Ja‘far Al-Sadiq (A) was wailing aloud. The Imam was himself sounds of weeping and wailing became so loud in his holy house that finally the Imam said that it was enough. I could not find an elegy equivalent to this one. Abu Haroon Makfuf had said:

O current of the morning breeze!

When you pass by Karbala, convey the message and salutation of us, the lovers, and tell the sanctified bones of his pure body that they would be continuously watered by the tears of the mourners of Al-Husayn. They would continue to shed tears in order to quench your thirst. One day, you were denied water and Master Al-Husayn was martyred thirsty. However, now his Shias will always sacrifice tears on him.

O morning breeze!

When you pass by the grave of Al-Husayn, do not say only this much. Do wait there for some time and cry much upon his sufferings. Your weeping should not be like an ordinary person. Cry like a mother whose only son has died. Yes, cry like a distressed mother separated from her only son for Imam Al-Husayn (A) who was pure and his mother and father were also pure.3

In the name of Allah and by Allah and on the religion of the Messenger of Allah (S)

  • 1. Khasais al-Hussainia pg 48.
  • 2. Masusaat e kalimat al-Imam Hussain as, pg 649. Bihar Al-Anwar vol 44 ,pg 279