Muharram Message 2009/1431 AH
The Message of Muharram-ul-Haram 1431 (AH) of
Ayatullah Al-Uzma, Marja Al-Kabeer Al-Sheikh Hafiz Basheer Hussain Al-Najafi
For the Shia Nation
الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على رحمته العالمين محمد و آ له الميامين واللعنة على اعدائهم اجمعين الى يوم الدين.
قال الله سبحانه: ولقد بعثنا في كل امة رسولا ان اعبدوا الله واجتنبوا الطاغوت صدق الله العلي العظيم و صدق وبلغ نبيه الرسول الكريم في ونحن على ذلك من الشاهدين و الشاكرين والحمدلله رب العالمين.
Allah in the above mentioned verse has stated the purpose and objective of sending messengers to every nation and has alluded to one particular purpose being that people should call to the worship of Allah and keep away from Taghoot (false idols). Taghoot refers to every such person whose sins and crimes have crossed the limits. And that is why many oppressive rulers have been called Taghoot in Islam.
طغي انه فرعون الي اذهبا
Allah ordered prophet Moosa (a.s) and prophet Haroon (a.s) ‘’go both of you to Firaon for he has become Taghoot ‘’.
To shun and avoid such false idols and false idolatry will take one to the highest level of faith and eman.
فمن يكفر بالطاغوت ويومن بالله فقد استمسك بالعروة الوثقى لا انفصام لهما والله سميع عليم
Allah has ordered again in the following words, whoever rejects false idols and believes in Allah, he has surely adhered to the Urwat-ul-Wusqa (Urwat-ul-Wuhga). There is no diversion from it and Allah is all seeing and all knowing.
Allah has also said in another verse.
يريدون ان يتحاكموا الى الطاغوت وقد امروا ان يكفرووابه
“They wish to go to the false idols for judgment and legal decisions where as they have been ordered to reject them”.
And the traditions of Holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH)and the narration of the masoomin have also emphasized avoidance and rejection of such false idols .it is self erodent the power of these false idols have attempted throughout the aged to achieve there evil goals , by using different means various faces and manners.
Firaon acclaimed to be god, Musallima the Liar claimed prophet hood and others made the false claim to be the Mahdi, and many oppressors claimed Caliphate of the prophet and leadership of the believers, and in claiming so planed to achieve their evil purposes. At the top of the list is the name of Yazid ibn-e-Muawia. Those who fought against these tyrants to eradicate their evil plans of different places and times used various appropriate means and methods. In this way the flag of Islam spread slowly throughout the Arabian Peninsula.
Sixty years after the migration of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the movement of hypocrites reached its pinnacles and took whole completely of the government due to which the cursed Yazid clothed himself with the title of Ameer-ul-Momineen and was successful in raising the flag of disbelieve and false idolatry. This was the impure fruit of the cursed tree (shajra maluna) as mentioned in the Quran and without any fear proclaimed his disbelief and said the following lines of poetry.
لعبت هاشم بالملك فلا خبر جاء ولا وحى نزل
The Hashimites played with the kingdom but neither was any news received or revelation was revealed.
In this darkness guidance was much needed which would raze to the ground, the houses and places of the evil powers, and to give support to the flag of Islam forever to replenish the dying tries with their blood for them to grow and become fruitful, so that the message of Islam reaches every part of the earth and this blessed guide was Imam Hussain (a.s) who declined allegiance to Yazid and began to show to the world using appropriate means that this false idol must be avoided and he is enemy of Islam. As this work could not be undertaken by sitting in Madina that’s why Imam Hussain (a.s) reached Makka and when the sanctity of Makka was threatened he began his travel to Iraq. On his way at various places he told people the purpose of his revolution, and when the eve of Ashoora came, he mentioned his purpose in brief but strong words.
“I do not see death but as a success and I do not see life with the oppressive rulers but as discussed”.
His revolution was different to other worldly revolutions. The worldly revolutions become successfully through the killing of its enemies. However Imam Hussain (a.s) along with his supporters and helpers including small children attained success through Martyrdom, and because of his revolution his name has become a spear in the heart of every evil tyrant and false idols to come. Every such tyrant to have come in every part of the world now fears the name of Imam Hussain (a.s). They attempt to stop the holy gatherings of mourning in his name and processions. The reason of this is that Imam Hussain (a.s) is the ultimate lesson of Faith, Imam Hussain (a.s) is the best example of Islamic holy war, Imam Hussain (a.s) is the personification of martyrdom, Imam Hussain (a.s) is the fiery sword respect against terrorist and the miss guiders (in summary Imam Hussain (a.s) is Islam). The path of Imam Hussain (a.s) is the only way to keep Islam alive, on which treads the peons and Allah fearing people and we will continue to do so.
My dear brothers and sisters the present times are very difficult for the Muslims, unemployment, poverty, lack of education, economic problems and the oppressive rulers’ debasement and humiliation of the Muslims, are all too much to bear for the believers. And the best solution of these problems are for the Muslims is to unit and have a common front, and they should treat one another with respect and kindness, and to show all this to the world and with the manners and etiquettes as taught by the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) we should show the true false of Islam, and we should eradicate the black mark by which the terrorist have soiled the flag of Islam with a cold and strong heart, by means of Amar bil Maroof and Nahi anil Munkar (In joining the good and forbidding the evil). In this way the Muslims will be respected forever, and we will be able to stop the enemies of Islam. And with the situation in Pakistan in mind the wellbeing and progress and improvement of Pakistan depends on the stead-fastness of the flag of Islam and to keep alive the revolution of Imam Hussain (a.s). We are hopeful that the followers of Imam Hussain (a.s) will, with patience and forbearance and with great etiquettes of the prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), present the enlightened face of the etiquettes Imam Hussain (a.s) message, so that we can keep Islam alive, and provide the path for the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.j).
Pakistan is in the midst of disturbing times. Despite the coming of various governments, terrorism and killing of innocent Muslims has become very common. Only Allah knows when the government will began fulfilling their responsibilities, or when they will achieve success in doing so. In calling all Muslims to unit I also bring to the attention of the government the fatal consequences of the current crises. And let it be known to all that Pakistan Allah gifted country and Allah is its protector, and no worldly power can shake the star and crescent of flag of Pakistan.
Those mothers who have given us the likes of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Raja Ghazanfar Ali, Raja Mehmoodabad and Dr. Iqbal are alive today. I pray to Allah that Pakistan will become peaceful and stable without delay, and progress to such a stage that Pakistan can stand up to the other worldly powers.
Finally we sitting the feet of Ameer-ul-Momineen in Najaf expressed our equanimity in the sorrow of the event of Ashoora to his grandson Imam-e-Zamana (a.j) and to all justice loving people particularly the Shia nation of Heidar-e-Karrar.
BASHEER HUSSAIN NAJAFI
Najaf Ashraf, Iraq.
Muharram 1431 (AH)