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Why did they not receive water?
There is no doubt that Allah Almighty has Divine Power over all things. If He wanted, He could have made water appear from the dry sand under the feet of the Ahle Bayt, yet, He did not do so.
We see that when Nabi Ismail ‘Alayhis Salaam cried for water, merely by rubbing his blessed feet on the ground, the water of Zam Zam appeared. This continues until today. If the same thing was done by the blessed son of the great Imam, surely water should have appeared. After all, Allah Almighty has power over all things.
When sores appeared on the blessed body of Nabi Ayyub ‘Alayhis Salaam, he was commanded to bathe in a special spring which miraculously appeared for him. He was immediately cured. When we look carefully, Nabi Ayyub ‘Alayhis Salaam was not someone desperate for water like Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. At the same time, besides water, there were also many other ways in which he could have been cured.
We see that when Nabi Moosa ‘Alayhis Salaam asked for water for his nation, he was commanded to strike a rock and not one, but twelve strings shot out from this rock! Yet, in Karbala, no such spring appeared!
When the time came for the blessed birth of Nabi ‘Isa ‘Alayhis Salaam, not only did water appear for Sayyidah Maryam – may Allah be pleased with her – but ripe dates appeared from a dry stem! If water was required by Bibi Maryam – may Allah be pleased with her –, water was also required by Bibi Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – in Karbala. One is a mother of a Prophet and one is after all the granddaughter of a Prophet.
The reason is very simple. When Sayyidah Hajirah – may Allah be pleased with her – wanted water for her baby, she walked between Safa and Marwah searching for water. Nabi Moosa ‘Alayhis Salaam asked for water for his nation and hence he was blessed with water. Nabi Ayyub ‘Alayhis Salaam asked for a cure and he was blessed with a cure through water. Sayyidah Maryam – may Allah be pleased with her – asked for sustenance and water and this was given to her.
However, in Karbala, from ‘Ali Asghar – may Allah be pleased with him – to Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – no one asked for water. From the moment they left Madina Shareef until they arrived in Karbala, they made it clear that they did not come for water but they came to give their lives for the truth. They did not come for water but they came to sacrifice their entire household for the Islam. They did not come for water but they came with the purpose of saving Islam.
What is “Maatاm” or wailing?
It is proven that “Maatاm” or wailing was something which began with Nimrud or around that period. Perhaps it even started with Nimrud himself. When Allah Almighty held him accountable for his enmity against Nabi Ebrahim ‘Alayhis Salaam, it is reported that a mosquito entered his brain from his nose. When this mosquito entered his brain, it began to nibble his brain and trouble him. At the same time, whenever this mosquito started to move in his brain, Nimrud began to slap that side of his face. In this way, the entire environment around him became troubled. He then began to wail and cry and in this way, the idiot died.
There is no mention in the entire Holy Qur’an about “Maatim”. The reason is that “Maatim” is the opposite of patience. When the Holy Qur’an declares that Allah Almighty is with those who are patient, how can He be with those who wail and weep aloud or scream and cry?
It is mentioned that when Hadrat Sayyiduna Owais Qarani – may Allah be pleased with him – heard that the blessed tooth of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – had been martyred in Uhud, he broke all of his teeth. Our answer to these people who make “Maatim” is that if they can do this also, we have no objection. Our advice to the Shia is that when they know that Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – gave his head for Islam, we will have no objection that instead of them weeping and crying aloud, they could also do the same and behead themselves. If you want to follow someone, then do it completely. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – never wept aloud in Karbala, he had complete patience. None of his family performed “Maatim”, so where is this “Maatim” which the Shia perform? It seems like they are following their grand teacher, Nimrud.
Once a Shia said to a Sunni, “That person is a Kaafir who does not make Maatim for Imam Husain”. The Sunni replied, “That person is a Kaafir who thinks Imam Husain is dead. Maatim is only made for someone who is dead and a Sunni does not make Maatim because he believes that Imam Husain is alive.”
An incident took place when an English man once saw the Shias making Maatim. He asked what is this and someone explained to him, “On the 10th of Muharram, the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – was martyred in Karbala and because of this, these people are having a Maatim.” The English man asked when was this grandson killed. The person replied, “He was killed nearly fourteen hundred years ago”. When the English man heard this, he said, “Shame, you mean they only got the message now.” Some of these Shia say that they only have this “Maatim” and bring out a horse because they love Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –.
Our question to them: You mean you only love the horse of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, what about the camel of Nabi Saleh ‘Alayhis Salaam, the donkey of Nabi Esa ‘Alayhis Salaam, and the dog of the Ashaab Kahaf? How come you do not display any love for these poor animals? If they have so much of love for Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him –, why do they not drink from the same bowl from which he drank and in which there was also poison. At least in that way, the world will be relieved of them! If they have so much of love for this so-called horse of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, how come they kiss the feet of the son, (Imam Husain) and still climb on top of the mother (the horse) until today? If they have so much of love for this horse of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, should they not climb on top of it as they do today, but they allow the horse to climb on top of them. Where in the Holy Qur’an has it been told that you should slash your arms, leg and chest with a knife?
At the same time, these Shias consider this un-Islamic act of “Maatim” even greater than Ibadah.
We know that when one needs to perform Salaah, the place has to be clean and one’s clothes have to be clean. Yet, the Ibadah of these people, which is “Maatim”, is extremely filthy. The streets are filthy and the place where they are standing is filthy. These people only worship for ten days in Muharram and the rest of days in the year they are free! They have absolutely no proof whatsoever for this act of Kufr which they call “Maatim”.
All we say is that if one does not have true love and reverence for Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah be pleased with him – and Hadrat ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – it is only right that they beat themselves. Yet, they cannot even see what they doing to themselves.
Question: We beat ourself and wail because we love the Ahle Bayt and this is a proof of our truthfulness.
The same thing happened with the brothers of Nabi Yusuf ‘Alayhis Salaam. They themselves threw him in the well and when they were questioned by their father, they also began to wail. This proves a point from the Holy Qur’an which is that wailing and screaming and crying is not a proof that one is innocent. We know that the brothers of Nabi Yusuf ‘Alayhis Salaam only behaved in this manner to prove their innocence.
Perhaps this is the reason why the Shia beats himself and wail. Is it possible that they are hiding more than meets the eye? In fact, it is our belief that this is the curse of Saayidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – when she saw the Yazeedi forces wailing and mentioned to them that they will never cease to wail. If the son of someone passes a major test and if one approaches his father and start beating oneself and start wailing, it is quite obvious that the father would become extremely angry. There is no doubt that the beloved son of Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – passed a major test in Karbala. Instead of weeping and wailing, we should be making Du’a for Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and send our salutations and greeting to him and his blessed family.