Make This Ashura A Turning Point

Bismillah, Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim. 'Inna li qatl al-Husayn harara fi qulub al-Mu'minin, la tabrudu abada.' There exists a fire that burns in the hearts of believers for the killing of Imam al-Husayn (a.s), for the tragedy that befell my grandson, Husayn and this fire will never be extinguished, this heat will never dissipate.

What the Prophet (S) is telling us is that the commotion you see, this burning sensation you feel in your heart right now, as we approach the beginning of the season of lamentation, the season of mourning and the season of sobbing and crying and shedding tears for Imam al-Husayn (a.s). This was planted there by Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala. And that no matter how much time progresses, no matter how the world develops and changes, the love for Husayn, the passion for Husayn will never go away. No matter how many obstacles obstruct our way. No matter how many pandemics take over the world. No matter what happens, our love for Husayn won't go away, as long as we maintain faith in Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, this beam of light continues to shine right into our heart.

And so my message to you here is this: that just as our forefathers, our ancestors are parents and grandparents, spanning generations and centuries for over a Millennium. Just as they conveyed the message and the passion of Imam al-Husayn (a.s) and the love of Aba Abillah al-Husayn and his family and his companions, to their children and to their children's children, we need to do the same thing.

Now, we are in circumstances which may compel us to become more creative. We are, in fact, in circumstances which may prove to be an incredible turning point, a time for families to commemorate the tragedy of Aba Abdillah al-Husayn in their homes, for parents to reconnect once again with their children, for parents to become the preachers and the children to become their audience.

What better opportunity than to do this and this day and age? Thus forging greater bond and thus conveying the message of Aba Abdillah in a more intimate fashion.

May Allah bless you all. I beg for your prayers as I will keep you in my prayers and du'as InshaAllah, so that we could serve Aba Abdillah this year, as we have done previously and to continue to do this until the day we meet the Imam InshaAllah in Paradise.

Wa as-salam alaykum, wa Rahmatullahi, wa barakatu.