Dear Children, Assalam Alaikum
After the first few weeks of school, I hope you are well settled into your school routine and can now concentrate on doing your homework.
This month our illustrator, Ghazaleh Kamrani, has drawn a scene from a very important and heartfelt occasion which this year falls on 15th-16th October, the event of Ashura.
I don’t think there is a single Shi’a Muslim child or adult who does not know about the significance of the day of Ashura.
Many children participate in the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn(a) and of his 72 faithful companions and family members.
In the Shi’a world, no one year passes without us shedding tears, beating our chests and reciting sad praises in memory of our Imam and the shuhada (martyrs) of Karbala.
We all know the importance of keeping these traditions alive. By repeating the stories – as if they happened yesterday – families pass on the story of Karbala from generation to generation. They are told to their children who in turn tell them to their children. We sit around in the mosques and listen to the speakers who in the most heartfelt tones narrate the stories. The stories of Abbas, Ali Asghar , young Bibi Ruqayyah….
But children you must remember our Imams sacrificed their lives so that we can today learn about Islam and keep it alive. Imam Husayn doesn’t want us to do anything to hurt ourselves or cause bad scenes during these commemorations. Imam’s message and his words, especially on his last day,was what we should inform people and make sure we are not only concentrating on rituals. Attending mosques and religious gatherings is interesting and spiritual but telling people about our Imams and their lives have much more benefit.
In these pages we have tried to demonstrate our traditions in a fun way. Look at images 1 and 2. Compare them and find the differences our illustrator has left for you.
The correct answers are in image 3. Enjoy!