Should we not be proud of the bravery and resolve of Imam Husain (a.s) and his followers rather than mourn over their trials and martyrdom? Crying looks like a cowardly act. Should we not be focusing on what we can learn from the incident like never compromising on the principles of Islam and giving importance to the Shariah?

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This is a baseless claim, i.e. to be proud of the tragedy of Karbala and to stop mourning. The Prophet Yaqoob (a.s.) had cried for long years till he lost his eyesight, when he lost his son [Yusuf (a.s)] though he was aware of the fact that Yusuf was not killed. The human feeling of mourning any tragedy is a fact which cannot be denied. Why did the Holy Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w.a.) call Muslim women in Madina to cry at the martyrdom of his uncle Hamza after he was martyred in the battle of Uhod? Did he call people to be proud of Hamza’s bravery and not to mourn his martyrdom? Mourning for Imam Husain (a.s) is an expression of one of the noblest of human feelings. It is a sign of real iman (faith) and a sign of faithfulness to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and his Progeny the Ahlul Bayt (a.s). Those who do not mourn this tragedy knowing that it had happened have no real love for the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). Mourning for Imam Husain (a.s) leads to proximity to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and the Ahlul bayt (a.s) who are the real leaders and guides to the Truth of Islam. This is the way of following the Shariah. Millions of people were attracted to Islam through their noble sentiments for Imam Husain (a.s). Millions of Muslims today do not attend Masjids on a regular basis, but attend mourning sessions (Majalis) and weep and cry at the tragedy of Karbala. This great tragedy is the strongest link between them and Islamic values. Their participation in the Majalis increases their knowledge about Islam and encourages them to implement the Shariah in their daily lives. Sayyed Mohammed Musawi



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