I mentioned on the occasion of 'Ashura' in Masjid-e-Noor, Manchester, that my master, Shaykh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Muhajir al-Madani, Rahmatullah Alayhi once asked us attendants on this date, 'Today is the day of 'Ashura' – How much of a reward have you sent for the martyrs of Karbala?' We remained quiet as we never seemed to avail ourselves of this opportunity.
Never do we free ourselves for such things. Indeed, our tongues make declarations, but we are very far from putting them into practice. We are distant from the exalted being of Allah Most High, just as we are from recognising the rights of the Master of Both Worlds. Likewise we are not any closer to knowing and recognising the magnificence of the Holy Qur'an.
The Practice Of Shaykh Zakariyya Rahmatullah Alayhi, From 1st Muharram To 10th Muharram
Seeing the brooding silence of his attendants, the Shaykh began to weep and said, “I have been completing a Qur'an a day for the martyrs of Karbala since 1st Muharram.”
Through speeches classifying a lot of practices as a religious innovation (bid'ah) and through promoting deep repugnance and extreme despise for such practices, we have lost many things and Ashura one of them. Ashura, the day on which Sayyiduna Husayn Radiallahu anhu was martyred, was in fact blessed even prior to his martyrdom. But we will probably deem remembering him, talking about him and sending him rewards as an act of religious innovation on this day.
Sayyidah Umm Salamah's Radiallahu anha Dream On The Day Of 'ASHURA'
Sayyidah Umm Salamah Radiallahu anha dreamt that the Master of Both Worlds Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam came to her, but his hair was covered in dust and his beard in soil. She worryingly asked him, `O Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam, what is the matter?' He replied: “I have witnessed the death of Husayn Radiallahu anhu, Later on, Sayyidah Umm Salamah Radiallahu anha , received the news that Sayyiduna Husayn had been martyred.
The Dream Of Sayyiduna Ibn'Abbas Radiallahu anhu
Sayyiduna ibn' Abbas Radiallahu anhu states, 'I dreamt that the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam stood with a bottle of blood in his blessed hands. When I asked him regarding it, he revealed, "It is the blood of Husayn Radiallahu anhu and his companions."' He says, 'I became extremely distressed. I noted the day and date in which I saw this dream, and we subsequently received the news that Sayyiduna Husayn Radiallahu anhu had been martyred.
Sayyidah Umm Fadl, who was the wife of Sayyidund'Abbas Radiallahu anhu and the mother of Sayyiduna 'Abdullah ibn' Abbas Radiallahu anhu , says, 'Once I went to the Messenger of Allah and seeing me crying he asked, `What is the matter?' Still crying, I said, 'O Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam, I have seen a dream. When the Noble Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam asked her to relate it, she said, she cannot relate it. What I saw was really disturbing. It troubles me to do so. After the Noble Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam, insisted, she said, 'I dreamt that one of your organs, a part of your blessed body, is placed in my lap.” Hearing these words, the Noble Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam smiled and explained, 'Your dream is blessed: 'It imparts the glad tiding of Fatimah Radiallahu anha giving birth to a son.
In other words, you saw him now [before his birth], in your lap taking the form of my organ. Sayyidah Umm Fadl Radiallahu anha further says, 'I was extremely overjoyed by this interpretation, especially since the dream was quite ghastly, striking fear into my heart. However, my fears were allayed by the pleasing interpretation and glad tiding which it bore. Once my sadness became a forgotten thing and I felt a spell of delight, the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam stated, 'Umme Fadl, Fatimah Radiallahu anha will give birth to a son, but my ummah will kill him, Here, the Noble Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam prophesied the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Husayn Radiallahu anhu before his blessed birth just as he had related in great detail before the Respected Companions the events that are to unfold before the Day of Judgement. The Respected Companions have said that one day the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam informed them of all the signs that are to occur before the Day of Judgement. After leading them in prayer, he ascended the pulpit and addressed them until the next prayer. He then alighted from the pulpit and after leading another prayer, ascended the pulpit once again and resumed his address. The Noble Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam did this throughout the day [covering many salahs] and as a result, informed them of all the incidents that are to occur till the Day of Judgement.
Sayyiduna Husayn Radiallahu anhu, had not even graced this world with his presence, but the Noble Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam foretold his arrival and indicated his end. He was tasting martyrdom in Karbala but, Sayyidah Umm Salamah Radiallahu anha and the Companions were being shown the blood of Sayyiduna Husayn Radiallahu anhu in Madinah Munawwarah. Friends, every account, sign and letter of this faith of ours is truthful. The Holy Qur'an and the hadiths offer such detailed accounts of everything that there is no need for any Muslim to be disconcerted whatever the situation. If there was anyone who really was to be troubled, then it would have been no other than the Noble Prophet because he was fully aware of what was to unfold after the birth of Sayyiduna Husayn Radiallahu anhu.
Article Extracted from the writings of Hazrat Mol Yusuf Motala (db) of UK
(The Beauty of Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam)