From Shaykh Zaid (Hijab Issue)

The sad first month of the Islamic calendar during which the family of the Holy Prophet were faced with a great ordeal and tragedy.
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From Shaykh Zaid (Hijab Issue)

Postby Fatimah Zahra Karim » 04 Feb 2008, 16:17

بسمه تعالى

Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullah

'Adham Allah ujoorakum

After choosing to stay quiet wanting to contain the spread of fitnah and for the holy month of Muharram to pass with no more incidences, I came to realise that my silence was damaging not only my own reputation, but is also misleading many, especially our dear youth.

I was requested to refute in the Friday sermons all the accusations thrown at me, but that platform is the right of the public and not the place for me to defend my integrity or personality. I was also asked to conduct a public forum and clarify the dangers of the practising of extremism, especially things introduced into the holy rituals of Azadari which have no basis in Islam, but I thought that the organising of such a symposium might increase the wound of fitna, so I cancelled the program all together.

All for the sake of keeping our dear community united, even if it meant that accusations against me would spread.

But it is getting out of hand.

I am going to be very brief, and this letter is for my dear mu'min brothers and sisters. This letter is not intended for the group of some particular zakirs whom I have exposed and they can no longer be considered reliable, or to the misled people that follow them, as small in number as they are.

I am a fundamental supporter of commemorating the mourning of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) and have fought vigorously in its favour in many countries and in my writings. In Sydney Australia we own a Husainiya by the name of Husainiyatul Imam Hasan al-Askari (a.s.) which has majalis and ma'atim (plural of ma'tam) all year long.

I do not see any reason to have to prove or justify myself to any person for my dedication for Ahlul Bayt (a.s.), especially to a nobody zakir.

Of course, I strongly oppose any extremism in the sacred practice of 'Azadari. Whether this be the neglect of authentically approved recommendations of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) in the form of mourning, like crying, reciting of majalis, and so on. Or, on the other side, there are certain things practised by a particular group of the Shi'a communities that might have been previously practised without opposition in the last 70 years at most, but has now come to bring a bad name to the religion of Islam and the Shi'a faith in particular.

Of course, someone can counter-argue this point, and we might not agree on this, but does Islam not teach us to be tolerant and respect the views of others as long as it does not compromise with the essential teachings of Islam and the Ahlul Bayt School of Thought.

Or does Islam teach us to slander and backbite and threaten and curse.

Doing haram to be able to practise an act which is, at most, mustahab.

I used the word bid'ah only once when I said that some maraji' and ulama' do consider tatbeer and its like as a dangerous innovation.

Yes, you have been hearing for the last century that Seyyidah Zainab (a.s.) was standing in front of Yazid (l.a.) with her head down and she had covered her face with her hair.

Picture the scenario.

What is the source of this event? Where is its reference? Which scholar has endorsed its authenticity? Does this very event even exist in books of history? What did Imam 'Ali al-Sajjad (a.s.) narrate in this regard? If this incident is in fact true, did he oppose to this extreme humiliation and did he say anything?

Yes, the zakir's ultimate goal is to get you to cry, but even if he has to make up a fable, or narrate something he himself cannot digest or accept. So, the more he portrays the events as being humiliating and sad the more he is able to entice the emotions of the audience.

Other than this, is a nawha and a poem one of the al-adillah al-arba'ah (the four primary sources)? Is the zakir not responsible to share reliable authentic historical events, even if he reads from a book and copies his speech word by word from a cassette.

Moreover, what qualification does he have in the study of the history of Islam or the sciences of hadtih. Should he not refer to the views of our 'ulama who have dedicated years in scrutinising the traditions to be able to distinguish fact from fable.

Much more can be said in this regard, but I will leave that for another time.

Seyyidah Zainab (a.s.), along with the other women of Karbala (a.s.) were in full hijab, as is the view of the overwhelming majority of historians and scholars. However, the sad incident of snatching the face covers of the women of Karbala has been authenticated by many scholars, and this itself is a great tragedy and oppression to them, as at that time it was never the norm that a female had her face exposed.

No, you cannot use the analogy of comparing the silence of Imam al-Sajjad (a.s.) in front of Zainab (a.s.) having her hair exposed to the tragic incident of Fatimah al-Zahraa (a.s.), as Imam 'Ali (a.s.) was ordered to refrain from any retaliation and explicitly told by the holy Prophet (s.a.w.) to remain silent for the sake of preserving Islam in its true sense. And this is unanimously agreed upon as a historical fact, not like the aforementioned event.

There is absolutely no scholar or let alone layman from past till present, Muslim in their different sects or non-Muslim who denies the sad event of the miscarriage of Fatimah al-Zahraa (a.s.) and her loss of the sirr, Muhsin (a.s.). How can anyone even dare say otherwise?

It is sorry to say that when I was privately giving an example of how dangerous it is to just recite from books [please refer to previous email on Sh. Al-Mufid] and one must be able to distinguish the authenticity and even the translations of texts, but the traitor of amanah (what do you call a person who has this characteristic) distorted my words for his own malice reasons and was the cause of the fitnah and the scuffle that occurred in the sacred grounds of the Masjid. This person who is not even fluent in English was not able to control his betraying tongue and distorted the whole story. What a role model him and the likes of him are for those who sit under their pulpit. Is it commendable at all for a community to allow their whole generation to be educated by the likes of them and sit back and allow a small mob of self-proclaimed so-called 'defenders of Islam' to terrorise a whole community with their slandering, attacking, accusing, foul language, and the list of traits go on.

I know there are many more accusations, and I predict them to continue, "unless I do tawba" and confess that zanjir is whatever it is they say.

By the way, NONE of my references or views are from the great Shahid Ayatullah Murtadha Muhattari, even though its an honour to be associated with a scholar of such calibre.

These people are desperate in recruiting as many as they can.

They have gone so low and vile as to say that I permit pornography.

Many sincere apologies for any inconvenience to my dear brothers and sisters.

This is all a good experience lesson for us to learn, and from all that happened I see so many positives rising.

Please circulate, but again with no adding of salt and pepper, as you can see the effect of what it does.

Keep me in your prayers.
Sh. Zaid Alsalami
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Re: From Shaykh Zaid (Hijab Issue)

Postby band-e-ali » 07 Feb 2008, 16:04

thanks for posting sister Fatima!
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Re: From Shaykh Zaid (Hijab Issue)

Postby smma59 » 16 Feb 2008, 21:40

Assalamu alaikum wr wb Different opinions about hisorical events should not make us confused. Mo'mineen. We should focus on mourning the tragedy, getting its great aims and teaching ourselves and others the great lessons of self purification and justice. Even if one can prove that a certain incident did not happen in Karbala, we should always have the possibilty of other scholars reaching to a different result, so, we do not make it an issue of dispute, unless it carries an insult to our respected leaders and our high values of Islam.

Wassalamu alaikum

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