by Khaja Moeen'oddeen Chishti Ajmeri

The new Islamic year has approached us once again. And as usual it begins with the month of grief , Moharram-ul-Moharram. Unlike the customs of this world we do not celebrate it by fireworks or cheering. Our way is to grieve for Imam Husain A.S and his Holy family. We offer our tears in hope for salvation. Imam Husain A.S , His companions , nephews , brothers and sons were martyred in this month and we will always remember the tragedy of Karbala till the end of this world. The most important message of Imam Husain A.S which was that we should all remember to never yield to a tyrant. Our heads can be cut off but never bowed before anyone but Allah. We , the lovers of Imam Husain A.S have promised to safeguard not only this message of the holy Imam but all the messages which was conveyed to us through the sacrifices in Karbala.

No one before Imam Husain A.S and no one after Him could ever present such sacrifices for the rescuing of Islam. By the blood of the martyrs of Karbala the roots of Islam were strengthened. Then we should always bear in mind the sufferings of the Ahlul-Bayt A.S who put up with these tortures only for Islam. We were teached that everything and everyone can be sacrificed for Islam but not the reverse. And if we are true followers of the Ahlul-Bayt A.S we will follow their footsteps. The days of performing our Azadari are here and we will all do our best in offering our condolences to the Holy Prophet S.A.W and His holy household. Our holy lady Janabe Fatema Zehra S.A will surely preserve our tears which will be for our own benefit on the Day of Judgement.

I am sure the elders , youths and the children , women and men , sick and the healthy , rich and the poor will make every effort in performing the azadari. We are the lovers of Imam Husain A.S who were not even born when the tragedy of Karbala occured but we carry the love for the Ahlul-Bayt in our hearts which is the greatest blessing of Allah. When our Holy Prophet S.A.W was informed about the martyrdom of Imam Husain A.S , He told it further to Imam Ali A.S , His holy daughter S.A and Imam Hasan A.S. Janabe Fatema Zehra S.A was upset but accepted it for the will of Allah. She asked her holy father that: "This tragedy will take place when none of us will be alive then who will weep for my son and who will remember His sacrifices?"

The Holy Prophet S.A.W then introduced us. The lovers of Imam Husain A.S will always remember this tragedy and grieve for the martyrs of Karbala. The Azadari-e-Husaini is the eternal miracle of Islam and we have given our word to safeguard this miracle!

We will offer our condolence in the best way we can and hope that Bibi Fatema S.A, our Holy Prophet S.A.W and all the Holy Imams (A.S) especially our Living Imam , Imam Mehdi A.S will accept our condolences. Ameen

Written by Sughra Khatoon daughter of Maulana Maqbool Ahmed.