PARIS, France: As soon as the crescent of the month of
Muharram appeared on sky, mourners of Hazrat Imam Hussain b. Ali b.
Abi Talib (S), holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S)’s grandson, across the
globe wore black mourning dresses, spread mourning carpets in
Imambargahs, Imambaras, Ashour-Khanas, Aza-Khanas, Hussainiyaat and
Islamic centers, and decorated relics.
During this mourning period (Muharram 1 – Rabi-ol Awwal 8), rich
homage is paid to the great matchless sacrifices of Hazrat Imam
Hussain (S) and his 72 companions presented in Karbala some 14
Touching voices of lamentations “Ya Hussain (S) and Wa
Hussaina (S)” are being heard from every nook and corner and tears are
being gushed out of every eye with intense grief over the martyrdom of
Hazrat Imam Hussain (S) along with his near and dear ones in the
burning plain of Karbala at the hands of Yazid (L) in 61 AH.
In some countries, Muharram crescent was sighted on January 10 while
in some others on January 11.
According to authentic traditions the Chief of Martyrs
Imam Hussain (S) had sighted the crescent of Muharram 61 AH when he
reached “Manzil-e-Ashraaf” passing through different places after he
departed the holy city of Makkah for Iraq.
Whenever Hazrat Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (S) sighted the Muharram crescent,
his grief increased. People used to come to him for condolence,
consolation and matam.
A saying of Imam Reza (AS) goes: “In the month of Muharram nobody had
ever seen my father (S) happy and merry. During this month he remained
in continuous grief and pain and on the 10th of this month he was used
to say, ‘Today Imam Hussain (S) was martyred brutally’.”
Muharram is that dignified month which became the kernel and
fountainhead of defensive front for the protection of Din and Shariah
by matchless and unparalleled sacrifices rendered by the grandson of
Rasool-us-Saqalain (S), his companions and lofty family.
In previous times in Indian city of Lucknow, as the Muharram crescent
was sighted, the brood and youth were prohibited from laughing;
married women even newly married weds were asked to smash their
bangles; wear out red outfits. Mouth-watering dishes were prevented
till the 40th day of Imam (S) on Safar 20 rather for 2 months and 8
days; Desserts were not prepared; Sweet dishes were put on the table
on Rabi-ul-Awwal 9; fish was also not allowed. Cold drink was
considered the best tabarruk in majalis even in the winters and
patients after drinking it became healthy. The word of drink (sharbat)
is found in the original words of Imam Hussain (AS) “Shi’ati in
sharibtum maa azbun...” (O friends! when you drink sweet water remind