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Q&A “Whoever weeps or tries to weep upon Husain (peace be upon him), Paradise is obligatory upon him.”

Question 1

What is the opinion of His Eminence regarding the following tradition from Imam Sadiq (peace be upon him):

“Whoever weeps or tries to weep upon Husain (peace be upon him), Paradise is obligatory upon him.”

Reply

In His Name, the Most High!

Yes there are many traditions of which some are even to the extent of being considered most reliable that Paradise has been guaranteed for weeping over Imam Husain (peace be upon him). In some traditions, even those who make an attempt to cry and recite elegies which make others weep, have been promised Paradise. This guarantee is of no surprise. Both Shia and Ahle Tasannun traditions speak about certain actions for which heaven has been promised. But this does not mean that a person can consider himself to be complete secure from divine chastisement especially by forsaking the obligatory and committing the prohibited. How can such a feeling be developed when the Holy Quran has most certainly promised divine chastisement for abandonment of the obligatory and performing the prohibited? In the light of verses and traditions, these traditions imply that if such actions are accepted then they will lead to Paradise and sometimes excessive sins act as obstacles which prevent us from entering heaven and being secure from Hell-fire. In other words, it can be interpreted as such actions definitely make a person eligible for Paradise but their acceptance largely depends on non-performance of prohibited actions for which a person deserves Hell-fire and especially those actions for which Hell-fire has been promised.

As for the reason why weeping over Imam Husain (peace be upon him) carries such a great reward, then it is because weeping indicates towards the innermost condition of a person’s heart and his attachment. A person weeps when he is deeply aggrieved and saddened and it is an expression of extreme grief. Lamenting over Imam Husain (peace be upon him) is a symbol of true love and acceptance of the Mastership of Holy Prophet and his pure Ahle Bait (peace be upon them). It is a reflection of teachings towards which these holy personalities have invited others, for which they sacrificed their lives and were martyred. It is an evident reality that this incident has caused history to tremble, thrones of tyrants and oppressors to quiver, affirmed and strengthened the roots of Islamic teachings in the hearts of believers. But this is possible only if we hold fast unto them and remember them constantly. Therefore such traditions have been narrated from the Ahle Bait (peace be upon him).

Trying to weep does not mean only manifesting our lamentation in front of others. Rather, it means to feel the reality of grief and then make an attempt to weep. When a person feels that his heart has hardened and tears are not flowing, at that time he should try and weep so that his feelings can answer the call of his conscience.

The reward which has been promised for lamenting upon the remembrance of Allah or attempting to weep is an interpretation of this tradition which many scholars have indicated towards especially Allamah Muqarram who has mentioned it in his book ‘Maqtal al-Husain (peace be upon him)’.

29 Muharram al-Haraam, 1435 A.H.
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