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Iraqi scholar speaks of practical following of Imam Hussain (a.s.)

Iraqi scholar speaks of practical following of Imam Hussain (a.s.)

The prominent scholar from the Iraqi province of Diwaniyah, said, “We should not be satisfied with Hussaini’s rites, but we should also take action. God wants us to do righteous deeds.”

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The prominent scholar from the Iraqi province of Diwaniyah, said, “We should not be satisfied with Hussaini’s rites, but we should also take action. God wants us to do righteous deeds.”

Referring to the importance of Hussaini’s rites, the prominent scholar from the Iraqi province of Diwaniyah said, “In the Holy Quran, God has emphasized the importance of performing divine rites. The mourning on the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.) (which is called Arbaeen) is one of the divine rituals that refers to the faith of the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) school.”

“This year, many pilgrims from all over the world participate in the Arbaeen pilgrimage, which was held in complete safety. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Iranian pilgrims could attend the Arbaeen ceremony late. However, groups of Iranian Shiites were able to attend,” Hojat al-Islam Sayed Hamad Al-Ghorabi Al-Hussaini, in an interview with ABNA News Agency correspondent in Iraq.

Imam Hussain (a.s.) is a virtuous role model for us, and we follow this infallible Imam. In response to Jaber’s request to cancel his journey to Karbala, Imam Hussain (a.s.) replied, “My duty is different from that of my brother Imam Hassan (a.s.). If my brother had 20 men by his side, he would not have reconciled with Muawiyah. But I have more people by my side”. Imam Hussain (a.s.) went to Karbala with his few companions. But the Umayyads sent a large crowd. Imam Hussain (a.s.) was not afraid of the large number of followers of the Umayyads, he fought with them and was martyred,” he continued.

“Imam Hussain (a.s.) performed enjoining good and forbidding wrong, and we must follow him. According to the hadiths, anyone who hears a Muslim asking for help, and does not respond to him, is not a Muslim; anyone who does not care about the affairs of Muslims is not a Muslim; and anyone who sleeps full and his neighbor is hungry is not a Muslim” stated the prominent scholar from Iraqi province of Diwaniyah, referring to the purpose of the uprising of Imam Hussain (a.s.).

“We should not be satisfied with Hussaini’s rites, but we should also take action. God wants us to do righteous deeds, and just saying Tasbih is not enough. Faith requires righteous action. God asks us to establish justice, and, like Imam Hussain (a.s.) to rise against the oppressors,” he continued.

“In his will to his children, Imam Ali (a.s.) said, “Help the oppressed, and be the enemy of the oppressors”. In this hadith, the “oppressed” is not limited to one ethnicity and nationality. Therefore, by following the infallible Imams (a.s.), we must stand by the oppressed of the world, and establish justice,” noted Hojat al-Islam Sayed Hamad Al-Ghorabi Al-Hussaini.

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