3 Dec 2014

Remembering Imam Husayn (as)

Lesson Objective:
- Understand the role of gatherings in Muharram 
- Understand the power of crying for Imam Husayn

Lesson Introduction:
On being freed from prison, the first thing Imam Zaynul Abideen (as) did, was to ask for a place to mourn and cry for Imam Husayn (as). This was the first majalis. People would come to hear about Karbala and about what had happened to Imam Husayn (as) and his family. The whole way back to Madina, the camels would stop and the family of Imam Husayn (as) would hold a majlis at every place. It was because of these gatherings that people came to know and learn about Karbala and the light and message of Islam spread.

Our Imams have explained to us how important it is to remember Imam Husayn (as), cry for him and have gatherings in our homes to talk about and grieve over what happened in Karbala. By going to mosque and listening to lectures, we learn about the Qur’an and Ahlulbayt. We are reminded of what we believe in, and how we should behave everyday. When we listen to the poetry and events of Karbala, our hearts grow stronger in their love for the Ahlulbayt. The place where Imam Husayn (as) is remembered is full of blessings. Bibi Fatima (as) and the angels are present at every majalis for Imam.

Hearing the injustice that the family of the Holy Prophet (SAW) were treated to makes us cry. Our tears show our love for the Ahlulbayt and help us feel close to them. We cry because we realise that what happened to them was wrong. Listening to the trials of Karbala, brings about in us emotions of sadness and anger. It is these tears that inshaAllah will help us to change ourselves to become better, to live the lessons that Imam Husayn (as) and his family sacrificed their life for and encourage others towards goodness as well. In this way, the message of Karbala is kept alive and Islam will continue to spread.

Activity: The Power Of Tears by Teaching Young Muslims

Activity: Muharram Resolutions

Activity Ashura around the world
Imam Husayn's light is shing all over the world!

Activity: Buzz Ideazz Majalis resources
Excellent ideas on how to host a children's majalis

Activity: Manners at the mosque
Discuss respectful etiquette and correct behaviour: Recite tasbeeh, take pen/paper and write what you understand/discuss, ask questions at home, be careful with fateha.

Activity: Karbala Poem
Try writing a poem or short story explaining either what happened in Karbala or about a particular personality. There are great blessings on those who recite and write poems that help others mourn Imam Husayn (as) 

Activity: Majalis at home
Hold a small majlis at home/make it a Thursday night ritual to share a few Islamic lessons and recite the simple Ziyara of the 12 Imams.
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