Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Mourning for Imam Husayn (a) and its Outcomes

Mourning is grief of the loss of a loved one and the expression of this grief varies from culture to culture.  One who loves the Ahlul Bayt and holds sincere sympathy for any oppressed victim mourns over the loss of Imam Husayn and the 72 members who accompanied him during the tragedy of Karbala.  Various hadiths emphasize on the value of mourning for the martyrs, both publicly and privately. One way is to express extreme grief over this tragedy as well as acknowledge Imam Husain’s virtues and strive to emulate him as he proved to be the perfect exemplar.  Consequently, the mourner receives bounteous rewards, both in this world and the next. In this article, I offer the outcomes of mourning for Imam Husayn (a) using evidence from Qur’anic verses and passages from Ziyarat ‘Ashura.  Acknowledging the valiance and sacrifice of Imam Husayn and his companions and displaying inner and outward sorrow for the tragedy helps one attain divine mercy, divine forgiveness, and companionship with the Ahlul-Bayt in this world and the next.



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