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Why Sunnis Do Not Comemmorate Ashura


Shia says
โ€œ Why do the Sunnis not comemmorate the death of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), the Prophet’s grandson?


Answer by the Ahlel Bayt Admin:

There is no doubt in the minds of the rightly guided Ahlus Sunnah in regards to the great qualities of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡). We ask Allah Almighty to accept him into the Highest Ranks of Paradise with the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. Anyone who denies the greatness of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) is deviant, and has gone away from the accepted creed of the Ahlus Sunnah. There is not a single reputable scholar of the Ahlus Sunnah that has ever said otherwise.

Having said this, true Muslims must not take part in the Shia rituals on the day of Ashura. Although we recognize that the death of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) was a tragic event, it is a Bidah (evil innovation to Islam) to commemorate his death because the Prophet (ุตู„ู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู‘ู…) did not do so. How could the Prophet (ุตู„ู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู‘ู…) comemmorate his death when the Prophet (ุตู„ู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู‘ู…) himself died many years before the death of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡)?

Additionally–and this point cannot be stressed enough–there were many Sahabah who were killed in the Path of Allah, but the Prophet (ุตู„ู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู‘ู…) never mourned their deaths in the manner in which the Shia mourn Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡). The Prophet lost his own dear uncle, his own wife, and many of his dearest companions, but do we see that the Prophet (ุตู„ู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู‘ู…) ever resorted to self-flagellation or excessive mourning? The Shia can never provide such an example from the life of the Prophet (ุตู„ู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู‘ู…), probably not even from Shia sources. Therefore, we find that it is not part of the Sunnah to mourn in such an uncivilized manner and we shall never take part in it because of this. says
โ€œNeither the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) nor his rightly-guided successors (the khulafaโ€™ al-raashidoon) did any of these things on the day of โ€˜Aashooraaโ€™, they neither made it a day of mourning nor a day of celebration.

all of this is reprehensible bidโ€™ah and is wrong. None of it has anything to do with the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the way of the Khulafaโ€™ al-Raashidoon. It was not approved of by any of the imaams of the Muslims, not Maalik, not al-Thawri, not al-Layth ibn Saโ€™d, not Abu Haneefah, not al-Oozaaโ€™i, not al-Shaafa’i, not Ahmad ibn Hanbal, not Ishaaq ibn Raahwayh, not any of the imaams and scholars of the Muslims.

The religion of Islam is based on two principles: that we should worship nothing besides Allaah Alone, and that we should worship Him in the manner that He has prescribed, not by means of bidโ€™ah or reprehensible innovations.

There have been many other great heroes of Islam who have been killed in the Path of Allah, and we do not find the Ahlus Sunnah comemmorating any of these days. The Ahlus Sunnah does not comemmorate the martyrdom of Umar (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), Uthman (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), or Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡). The reason is that we find all this to be Bidah, and forms of exaggeration like the Christians who comemmorate the death of Isa (ุนู„ูŠู‡ ุงู„ุณู„ุงู…).

We find it interesting that the Shia do not celebrate the death of Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) or any of their other heroes. Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) was stabbed to death, and he suffered a horrendous death. So what is the reason that the Shia make such a big deal about the death of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) but not of Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡)? Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) is in fact considered superior to Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) by the Shia. So why the death of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) and not of Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡)? The reason is obvious: the Shia celebrate Ashura to spite the Sunni Muslims.

The Shia attest that it was Yezid who killed Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), and they say that Yezid was a Sunni. This is the reason that they mourn Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), because they blame the Ahlus Sunnah for this tragic event. The Shia mourning on Ashura is therefore a spiteful fist in the air against the Sunni majority. The Shia leave no stone unturned in their defamation of the Ahlus Sunnah, and thus they want everyone to remember that it was “Yezid the big bad Sunni” who was responsible.

As can be seen, the Shia mourning on Ashura has little do with their love for Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), but rather has more to do with their hatred of the Sunnis. Why else do they not comemmorate the martyrdoms of their other heroes, such as Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) or Hamza (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡)? The truth is that Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) was killed by the Khawarij, a group of the Shia! This is why the Shia today do not make a big fuss about the death of Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) since it was a man from their own party who killed him. It is much better instead to make great fan-fare about Hussain’s death (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), since the Shia blame the Sunnis for this death.

Sometimes the Shia of today will encourage the Sunnis to comemmorate Ashura, using and exploiting the fact that the Ahlus Sunnah also loves Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡). We strongly urge our Muslim brothers not to fall into this trap of the Shia! They want us to take part in rituals that were designed to defame the Ahlus Sunnah, and nothing more. We cannot accept the Shia way of life.

Additionally, comemmorating Ashura with any special ritual would be adding to the faith of Islam, and this is Bidah. Bidah is considered part of Hell-Fire, and whoever invents a Bidah is promised Hell-Fire as well. says
โ€œ[It is a] delusion that such innovation [commemorating Ashura] is a pious deed…Nor has such commemoration been Sunni practice at all - even for the death of the Holy Prophet, whose passing from this world is a much greater loss - whether on Ashura or any other time of the year…

As for love of Ahl al-Bayt it is an integral of Sunni belief but in a Sunni way, not a sectarian way chock-full with ill feelings fanned by fabrications. Ibn Kathir said in al-Bidaya wal-Nihaya (8:201-202):

Al-Tabarani mentioned in this chapter very strange reports indeed and the Shi`a went overboard concerning the day of Ashura, forging many hadiths that are gross lies such as the sun being eclipsed on that day until the stars appeared, no stone was lifted except blood was seen under it, the celestial region became red, the sun and its rays seemed like blood, the sky seemed like a blood clot, the stars were hurling against one another, the sky rained red blood, there was never redness in the sky before that day, and the like… among other lies and forgeries of which not one report is sound.”

Success is from Allah, may He keep us on the path of His Prophet and his Companions, away from sectarianism and bad adab posing as love of Ahl al-Bayt.

Hajj Gibril

From a logical standpoint too, we wonder if the Shia expect us to comemmorate the death of all the great heroes in Islam? If this were the case, then there would not be a single day left in the year in which the Muslims could be happy! Surely, in the great long history of Islam, there has been a martyrdom on every day of the year.

And even if we began the practise of comemmorating the deaths of martyrs, then there would be a long list of people whose death we would begin to comemmorate. On this list, Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) would not be the first, and there would be many before him. For example, we would comemmorate the wrongful deaths of Umar (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), Uthman (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), and Ali (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡). Let us also not forget to give precedence to the deaths of past Prophets and Mesengers. So the Shia cannot accuse us of not loving the Prophet’s grandson; this is a childish accusation, and we refute it by asking the Shia why they do not mourn the other 364 days of the year in which other great heroes died.

And what about Prophet Isa (ุนู„ูŠู‡ ุงู„ุณู„ุงู…)? Should we also celebrate Christmas and Easter like the Christians do to celebrate the birth and death of Isa (ุนู„ูŠู‡ ุงู„ุณู„ุงู…)? Would it not be a great Bidah to take part in these Christian comemmorations? Can the Shia provide even one difference between these Christian holidays and the Shia holidays? Why do the Shia find it permissible to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (ุตู„ู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุขู„ู‡ ูˆุณู„ู‘ู…) and comemmorate Hussain’s death (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡), but then they would look down on a Shia who took part in Christmas and Easter? If the Shia say that the Sunnis do not love the Prophet’s grandson because they do not comemmorate Ashura, based on this logic can’t we also infer that the Shia do not love Prophet Isa (ุนู„ูŠู‡ ุงู„ุณู„ุงู…) since they fail to comemmorate his birth and death? Surely this is faulty logic.

In regards to the actual rituals of the Shia, these are barbaric practises of self-flagellation, violence, and paganism. How can the Shia actually ask us to partake in such displays? We shall do no such thing and rather we shall distance ourselves from them. Instead, we shall continue to call our Shia brothers to the path of true Islam of the Ahlus Sunnah, as followed by Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) himself. We will not exploit the death of the Prophet’s grandson for sectarian agenda, as the Shia have done. And the truth of the matter, as we shall see in future articles, is that the death of Hussain (ุฑุถู‘ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู†ู‡) was the fault of the Shia of Kufa. If the Shia want us to remember tales of Yezid’s debauchery, then let us also remind them of the Shia of Kufa whose cowardice, back-stabbing, and deciet led to the demise of the Prophet’s grandson.

–Ibn al-Hashimi,

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