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  3. poetaaj:

    Just as Adam is from water and dust,

    Cleanse your body with the water of Wudhu,

    And prostrate on the dust of Karbala,

    To return to your origins.

    (via syedaaj)

     

  4. Anonymous said: hi! i'm not Muslim but I started following you after you posted this beautiful poem.. something along the lines of "what of the heart of Hussein when he saw Fatima's shattered ribs". if it's not too much trouble, do you mind telling me a little bit about that? i notice you write about some of these people often and it would be nice to know more about what you're referring to. thanks!

    syedaaj:

    If the crushed arms of Abbas,

    Broke the back of Hussain,

    Then what about the heart of Hussain,

    When he saw the shattered ribs of Fatima?

     

    I’m glad you like it and sure I can tell you a bit about it though it requires some background information.

     

    Fatima (peace be upon her) was the beloved daughter of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and the Prophet famously said, "Fatima is part of me. Whoever angers her, angers me, and whoever anger me, angers God".

    Shortly after Prophet Muhammad death, a group of power-hungry individuals masquerading as Muslims came to the house of Fatima (peace be upon her) demanding the allegiance of both her and her husband, Ali (peace be upon him). Ali and Fatima (peace be upon them both), the pinnacle of truthhood, refused to give their allegiance, so the tyrants burned Fatima’s house, and beat her to the point of her losing child as well as innumerable injuries including breaking her ribs (which is why I put that in the poem). She died due to complications from the vicious attacks of her enemies.

           The Muslims betrayed the Prophet’s family only days after his death. Soon the government was run by a group of illegitimate power-hungry individuals and this continued for a number of years. Eventually, they asked the son of Ali and Fatima, Hussain (peace be upon him) for his allegiance. Hussain, following in the noble footsteps of his parents, Ali and Fatima, he refused to give his allegiance to a tyrannical government. Hussain set of on a journey from his home in Medina (present-day Saudi Arabia), and stopped at Karbala (present day Iraq). The tyrannical government, headed by Yazid, sent an army of 20,000 to kill Hussain, his family and companions. At Karbala, Hussain with his family and friends, a group of 72 individuals, valiantly fought an army of 20,000 and by some estimates 30,000.

            The army of Yazid blocked off the Euphrates River to keep the family of Hussain (which is the family of Prophet Muhammad) thirsty. Eventually, Sukaina, the daughter of Hussain, cried for water. Hussain’s brother, Abbas, could not bear hearing the cry of his niece, and asked Hussain’s permission to retrieve water from the Euphrates. As Abbas approached the Euphrates, the army of Yazid parted out of fear for Abbas was trained by the greatest fighter in Islamic History, Ali. Abbas approached the Euphrates and sat to drink water, but could not bear the thought of quenching his thirst while ignoring the thirst of his family. Abbas poured the water inside a small pouch instead, and began to make his way back to his camp. As he made his way back, the army of Yazid shot innumerable arrows at Abbas. One of the arrows hit his eyes, and he had blood gushing from his eyes and thus could not see. Several enemies came and cut off his arms, and as he fell, the water-carrier fell onto the sands of Karbala. Hussain rushed out to see Abbas and these were Abbas’s last words to Hussain.

     

    There is a lengthy dialogue between Hussain and Abbas, but this is just an excerpt of that dialogue.

     

           My master, I have some last wishes to express. When I was
            born, I had my first look at your face and it is my last
            desire that when I die, my gaze may be on it, too. My one
            eye is pierced by an arrow and the other is filled with
            blood. If you will clear the blood from my one eye, I’ll
            be able to see you and fulfill my last dying desire. My
            second wish is that when I die you may not carry my body
            to the camp. I had promised to bring water to Sakina and,
            since I have failed in my attempt to bring her water, I
            cannot face her even in death. Besides, I know that the
            blows that you have received since morning have all but
            crushed you and carrying my body to the camp will be heart
            breaking work for you. And my third wish is that Sakina
            may not be brought here to see my plight. I know with what
            love and affection she was devoted to me. The sight of my
            dead body lying here will kill her.

                                                                              —Abbas

    Hussain sobbingly promised him that he would carry out his last wishes added:

            Abbas, I too have a wish to be fulfilled. Since childhood you have             always called me master. For once at least callme brother with your         dying breath.

                                                                              —Hussain


           Hussain fought valiantly to his last breath as well and was martyred in the way of God and is known as the Master of Martyrs. Both of their graves can be found in Karbala, Iraq.

    So to pull it all together, lets go through each of the lines one by one.

     If the crushed arms of Abbas,

    Broke the back of Hussain,

     Abbas lost his arms while retrieving water from the Euphrates. Hussain would often refer Abbas as his back because just as one’s back is the support of their body, Abbas supported Hussain until his last breath. His martyrdom broke the back of Hussain.

    Then what about the heart of Hussain,

    When he saw the shattered ribs of Fatima?

    Hussain’s heart broke when he saw the wounds and dead body of his beloved mother, Fatima.

     If you have any questions regarding any poems or Islam in general, please do not hesitate to ask me or shiaislam. I publish these poems on Tumblr so people may can learn about the family of the Prophet Muhammad. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. I pray this finds you and your beloved ones in the best of health God-willing.

     
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  6. poetaaj:

    Heaven begins at the hande of Zulfiqar,

    and Hells begins at its tip.

    (via syedaaj)

     
  7. hungryhungryhiba:

    Little boy making lassi in Punjab, Pakistan.

    my future child

    (via syedaaj)

     

  8. khatmal:

    "so in what sense was Saqifa democratic?"

    image

    (via syedaaj)

     

  9. syedaaj:

    Salah really isn’t complete without prostrating on earth because Salah is supposed to remind you of your origins. Nabi Adam (as) is from water and dust, so  when you make Wudhu, you are purifying not only your body physically, but spiritually in that you are returning to your origin. The second part of your purification includes praying on dust which is symbolic the humility one must have in prayer and must seek to attain in every moment of their lives.

     

  10. syedaaj:

    sabz-cha:

    Have you ever wondered if there is someone out there who prayed more for you than they prayed for themselves?

    Your mother probably prays for you more than she prays for herself.

     

  11. poetaaj:

    Look at Ali from the Heavens down to the Earth,

    and he is Abu Turab (Father of Earth).

    Look at Ali from the Earth up to the Heavens,

    and he is the Light of Allah.

    (via syedaaj)

     
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    BASIL SODA Bridal Collection 2014

     
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