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Billionaire Investors Watch, Wait, Buy by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 8:52 am
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Financial barons are taking advantage of the troubled global market and low share prices.

By Mubeen Khaleel

Islamic Post Staff Writer

Carlos Slim Helu, known as Latin America’s richest man, is moving in on falling stock prices by purchasing extra shares in a few troubled, yet major, companies.
An analyst informed about one of the financial baron’s transactions made with Citigroup, told AFP that the investment firm owned by the Mexican billionaire now owns a one percent stake in the financial corporation, which was recently rescued by the United States’ government. The stake –amounting to nearly 26 million shares and worth almost $150 million– is “a portfolio investment of Grupo Financiero Inbursa,” said the analyst, who requested anonymity. Reuters reported Citigroup’s shares to have sunk to lows not seen since 1992.
“He’s taking advantage of prices,” Rogelio Gallegos, a portfolio manager at Actinver in Mexico City, told Reuters. Carlos Slim has been noted to have a “Midas touch” history of acquiring struggling businesses at low costs and turning them into profitable cash-cows. “It’s the best moment in the last five years to take stock market positions,” said Mr. Galegos.
Mr. Slim also increased his stake in the U.S. luxury retailer, Saks, to 18 percent, making him the company’s biggest investor, the news agency reported.
The new deals occurred only months after Mr. Slim Helu declared the current financial crisis to be a “very difficult situation,” the worst he had ever seen. He anticipated it would effect all economies and “impact everybody.” Slim also suggested in September that bank shareholders and executives should shoulder at least some responsibility for failing financial institutions.
Whether Carlos Slim’s new investments can be seen in this light or not, other billionaires are also embarking on new ventures, including Carl Icahn (1.8 billion invested in a floundering Yahoo!), Warren Buffett (proposed takeover of Constellation Energy Group, Inc.), and Chalva Tchigirinski, a Russian majority owner of Sibir Energy, which allowed his $340 million personal real estate buyout by the company).

International Migrants Day and the Problems of Immigration by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 8:44 am
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By Khalida Khaleel

Islamic Post Staff Writer

Despite the new law, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), continues to urge the United States to sign the United Nations’ International Treaty for the rights of migrants.  To date, none of the countries comprising the G8 –which group represents the largest economies in the Northern Hemisphere, including France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada, Russia and the United States—are signatories to the International Convention on the Protection of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (Resolution 45/158) since its inception in 1990.
At the same time, the flight of refugees and immigrants to G8 nations has increased (with the exception of Russia) since that time. The United States and Canada, especially, see regular influxes of foreign nationals seeking work within their borders and a preservation of their human rights.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) applauded the December 23 signing into law of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. The bill became law just after International Migrants Day (December 18), and enhances measures to combat human trafficking. ICE routinely arrests and prosecutes  American and foreign nationals engaged in modern day slavery. ICE also deports the victims of human trafficking.
Although the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Act should go far to assist those arriving at the shores of America against human trafficking, the problem remains one of global proportions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sought to bring to light the deplorable condition of female migrants in particular, who make up 48% of the total immigrant population. Selene Kaye, of the ACLU, reiterated on International Migrants Day that “an estimated 100 million women, mostly from the world’s lesser-developed countries, leave their homes each year and migrate abroad in the hopes of finding a better life.”
Women tend to “turn to domestic work as a means of supporting themselves and their families back home,” making them one of the most susceptible categories of migrants (after children). Ms. Kaye continued, “Unfortunately, language barriers, immigration status, isolation in the home, lack of education, and gender make these women extremely vulnerable … a serious pattern of exploitation and abuse of migrant domestic workers exists around the world.”
“From Southeast Asia to the Middle East, South America to the United States, female domestic workers are routinely trafficked and subjected to conditions of forced labor and servitude,” concluded the ACLU representative.
United Nations Special Reporter on the rights of migrants, Jorge Bustamante, who conducts investigative missions to various countries on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council, gave his opinion in a March 2008, 27-page report about his mission to the United States the previous year, stating that the U.S. “failed to adhere to its international obligations to make the human rights of the 37.5 million migrants living in the country (according to Government census data from 2006) a national priority.” The Special Reporter also highlighted the fact that “cases of indefinite detention – even of migrants fleeing adverse conditions in their home countries – were not uncommon,” according to testimonies he received.
Mr. Bustamante’s report addresses not only the issue of human trafficking, but the plight of migrants in general, who are defined in the report as all non-citizens, those undocumented and those who have legal permission to remain in the country: such as legal permanent residents, work visa holders, and persons with refugee status. The issue of migrant workers, whether there is forced labor involved or not, and including those who are legal or illegal, has been a contentious issue in the past few years.  However, Mr. Bustamante emphasized: “Contrary to popular belief, [the] United States immigration policy did not become more severe after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Drastic changes made in 1996 have been at work for more than a decade, affecting communities across the nation and recent policy changes simply exacerbate what was put in motion then. Also, contrary to popular belief, these policies do not target only undocumented migrants – they apply to citizens born in the United States of undocumented parents and long-term lawful permanent residents (or green card holders) as well.”
The Special Reporter did, however, note with “dismay” that “xenophobia and racism” in American society “towards migrants in the United States has worsened since 9/11. The current xenophobic climate adversely affects many sections of the migrant population, and has a particularly discriminatory and devastating impact on many of the most vulnerable groups, in the migrant population, including children, unaccompanied minors, Haitian and other Afro-Caribbean migrants, and migrants who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.”
Shuya Ohno of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) told Open Media Boston, “Hate crimes, hate radio, hate speech and hate groups are driving our national conversation about immigrants, and dividing our nation. In this time of uncertainty and fear, we are in desperate need of those …whose courage allows them, and whose conscience compels them to speak up against that which is wrong.” Shuya Ohno was speaking at a rally outside Boston’s city hall, where 30 religious and community organizations, gathered in October to make their opinions known about the breakups of families during immigration raids, and also the common perception that immigrants take American jobs.  MIRA instead blames “unscrupulous employers” for bypassing wage laws in their employment of illegal migrant workers, as well as those who are documented but lack an understanding of their rights. According to MIRA, this process allows unfair bottom-line business competition and hurts all workers by driving down wages.
The UN representative concluded in his report that, despite national perceptions of the issue, “The primary task of such a national [immigration] policy should be to recognize that, with the exception of certain rights relating to political participation, migrants should enjoy nearly all the same human rights’ protections as citizens, including an emphasis on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable groups.” -Aisha Spencer contributed to this report.

The Ugly Side of Flowers in Colombia by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 8:44 am
Filed under: January Volume I- 2009, Latino/Caribe

By Sabeerah A. Majied

Islamic Post Staff Writer

While much of the industrialized world enjoys the benefits of protective labor policies, other countries are not as fortunate. Colombia is the second largest exporter of fresh flowers in the world. Every day 747s and DC-8s leave Bogota airport loaded with boxes of flowers. It’s a multi- million dollar industry that involves the growth and sales of roses, carnations, daisies and chrysanthemums to Canada, the United States and Europe. Colombia’s neighbor, Ecuador, also benefits from the export of flowers.
However, there is an ugly side to the beautiful flowers.  Cultivation is harsh on the environment and even harder on the tens of thousands of employees that work the farms. In Colombia, it was estimated that 70 percent of the employees are women who work up to 60 hours per week at peak times –like just before Mothers’ Day or Valentine’s Day. Their wages are low and they do not get full overtime benefits as workers are often not represented by unions.
There are also many accounts of the health problems linked to exposure to pesticide cocktails used daily to ensure perfect blossoms. Workers who lack proper training and protective equipment are often forced to enter greenhouses one or two hours after spraying. A documentary made by Colombian filmmaker Marta Rodriguez and her husband Jorge Silva over 20 years ago is still relevant according to a Colombian lawyer trying to improve working conditions and environmental standards in the industry. It exposes health problems experienced by workers. They include chronic respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis. Workers also suffer from seizures, headaches, vomiting, weight loss, and leukemia.  Then there are skin problems and long- term toxicity issues.
Child labour is yet another problem of the industry according to reports such as one by Jocasta Shakespeare (1995) in “Colombia: Gardens of Shame,” which was produced by Stanley Foundation.  The report says that children provide growers with cheap labour. Although Colombia’s Ministry of Labor vehemently denies that children work in the flower industry, the report stated that there was ample evidence that children are collected daily by bus and taken to farms.
A 2006 report by International Labor Rights Fund on Latin American flower farms also referred to practices of child labor on flower farms. “El Comercio,” a daily newspaper in Ecuador, referred to a study that found child labor practiced on a variety of farms including flower farms. Of the 595 farms studied, 10% were found to be using child labor. Yet again, children are at the foundation of an industry’s competitive strategy.
There is hope, however, that florists and consumers would actively seek to purchase only flowers certified for good farming practices. “Fairtrade” and “VeriFlora” are two labels that represent flowers grown on farms with improved labour conditions. Maybe soon more labour- friendly bouquets of flowers will be purchased by informed consumers who want to make a difference.

Touring: In the Mountains, a Day on the French Side by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 8:37 am
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By Razia A. Muqit

Islamic Post Contributing Writer

France. Most people, when they think of this country, have visions of city life with bright lights and big tall towers. But that is not what I saw in the French Pyrenees, when I arrived from the small Spanish village in which I had been staying the previous week. What I saw was peace. The mountainous area exuded a feeling of calm serenity. People moved here and there in the markets, but the countryside called me home.
“Wow. Is this where we are stopping?” I asked Abuela (or grandmother –for me she wasn’t blood, but that is a title used for the local older women).  “Not here, but a little ways further up we will. I want to buy some fresh baked bread and I know a good stall about 10 kilometers from here where it tastes the best.”
“Okay,” I replied, looking off at different pictures displayed on the post cards that covered a stall directly outside my window.
“Allah’s majesty is ever present throughout the entire world,” I thought to myself. Just look at these flower and mountains, vibrant colors bursting from them the way light bounces off a shiny surface and gleams on everything. Allah Almighty’s grandeur was also very noticeable in the streams we passed, their crystal clear water running quickly over the smooth surface of various rocks that sparkled, reflecting His might and majesty. “France and I are getting along well so far,” I mused in my mind, as the car came to a screeching halt.
Abuela decided since the pedestrians in front of us didn’t have the slightest idea of how to NOT walk in front of the car; we would all just walk from here on. So we walked. We walked past brightly painted portraits of lilacs that sat perched upright on the vendor’s tables. We walked past the murmur of a few smiling people who were all staring at me, my religious clothing separating me from the rest. We walked past twirling children and the smell of roses; past goat cheese that had a faint odor and shoppers all babbling on in French about what to buy and where to buy it; we walked through a picturesque scene that made me realize how blessed I was.
Finally we bought the bread and some fresh cheese, along with some other food purchases that I couldn’t eat, such as a spread made from duck meat. After that, we all trekked back to the car and continued our drive through France, to an ancient French monastery. While driving, my little cousin began asking me about being Muslim.
She said, “Is it like being a nun? If it’s not, then why do you dress like nuns do? Do you believe what mommy believes? Or what Abuela believes?”
And the questions continued on until Allah Almighty allowed us to arrive at the little village where the monastery was located.
Walking around the monastery, although strange to me at first, soon began to seem like a trip through history. Islamic influences were visible everywhere. The structure of the monastery, the archways of some of the entrances, and most of all: the way many of the people dressed in the various portraits on the walls. But where do long robes and covered heads come from? Not Rome or Greece, where the fashions tend to bare. Not England, nor Germany, nor even France. Religious people dressed the same in the time of Mary, mother of Jesus, as they do today.
The Pyrenees, which are located between both Spain and France, have much, if not the same, Islamic influence that the Spanish side received during the Muslim rule. The influence didn’t just stop at the border and say, “Oh, well. This is the end of Spain so…I guess that’s it.” No. It spilled through that little French village with defiance and pride, boasting of itself.
The walk took us through more than just the monastery. It took us around the village, through beautiful lush gardens, and to a park; where we had lunch. It was approaching Asr time now, the time for late afternoon prayers, and my mind began to think of places where I would be able to pray. Nothing came up. I decided I would make my decision when the time for prayer actually arrived and, for the time being, I would just savor my crisp French bread and delicious Spanish cheese. For a while we stood around that park under the shade of an old wooden gazebo. Next to me, a fountain trickled and I saw more influences from Muslims.
“The Muslims who came here came from the desert, and they believed water was a relic to be persevered and respected as a gift from God.” My tour guide at Al Hambra had told us, when a fellow tourist asked why there was water running constantly everywhere we went. Even now in the middle of a small village there was a fountain of water. Near here I prayed. The unique design of these fountains was that there was no outlet for the water to escape, the water was simply kept flowing at a rhythmic pace in a complete circle of fountains so that the water was always fresh and never stale or settled.
After completing lunch, we headed back through the town to the car. On the way to the car, a group of people were passing us. They were definitely French because they were chatting together in their own native languge. Before they made it past us, I said in a booming, excited voice, “Bon Jour!” and, that quickly, France was gone, in a whirl of bread, monasteries, fountains and flowers.

Two Shahadas, Eight New Muslims by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 8:35 am
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By Talib Deen Abdush Shakoor

Islamic Post Contributing Writer

A newly born family emerged, in Middle Tennessee, from confusion into a path of clarity and enlightenment in December, 2008, when they embraced Islam.
Preliminary discussions began at work, where plans of a Christmas party were underway. Although almost all employees were Christians, only some were willing to participate. Others opposed the idea of celebrating what they called a holiday with pagan rites. Some of the questions brought to light were: “What does Santa Claus have to do with Christ?” “Is it really Jesus’ birthday?” “Why the Christmas tree?” The Christians engaged in debate after debate on the subject of Jesus (peace be upon him).
Being the only Muslim, I felt an invitation, at this point, to convey the views, according to Islam, of the Second to Last Messenger of Allah, who was Jesus son of Mary (peace be upon them). To the best of my ability, I spoke about the many similarities of the two faiths, and compared and contrasted the two books in attempt to portray the unchanging message sent to Muslims, Christians and Jews.
By the Grace of Allah, the Most High, this discourse sparked the interest of several people, one of which was a man by the name of Maurice Benford, who was very enthusiastic about getting together outside of work to talk more. Throughout the night, questions were asked and ideas were exchanged about the matter at hand. Maurice shared his beautiful point of views about what he felt life should be like. He talked about humility in one’s lifestyle, devotion in worship, and sincerity in good deeds. Little did he know, he was describing Islam.
The following night, Muslim brothers got together in Murfreesboro at Muhammad Anwar’s house; and Maurice brought his wife, Annette, and their children, along with another co-worker. They were hungry for knowledge and searching for truth. Yahya Khan, with his knowledge of the Bible, was able to point out inconsistencies within the text, making the point that the Bible has suffered change over time. At the same time, he lectured on the Holy Qur’an still being in its original state, as the last remaining text which is completely the Word of God.
For five hours, the eight of us sat and talked about the beauty of the Islamic way of life with emphasis on the Oneness of Allah, the oneness of the message, and the oneness of the path. Each person had input into the discussion. Questions got complete answers and gaps were filled. Hearts opened and light entered. However, the couple decided to go home to discuss it between themselves. They related having talked until almost sunrise.
The next afternoon, the two called back and stated how impressed they were, not only with the Quranic scriptures as compared to the Biblical ones, but moreso their love of the lifestyle, etiquettes and mannerisms of a Muslim. They’ve decided to meet up again with the intention of taking the next step.
Allah be praised, Ahmad Qadri, who has shown countless people the way to Islam, arrived that day, and was able to take part in this monumental event. “You don’t have to be Muslim to love Allah,” he told the couple, “But you do have to be Muslim to express your love to Allah.”
His words gave the two an abundance of confidence that this was the right decision. “I am absolutely sure that this is it,” said Annette. Then they embraced Islam and then we embraced them as family, along with their six children. Glory be to Allah, the Most High Creator of All.
Today, Maurice is Mahmood, and Annette, Amina. As a family, they all feel very confident and have a lot of peace of mind. As the learning continues, new discoveries add to the construction of their iman. which is the Islamic concept of faith put into practice in everyday life. Their excitement increased to be a part of our blessed community and to meet the rest of the brothers and sisters.
Allah, Exalted is He, has promised the domination of Islam. To be a part of that number is to be showered with His Mercy. But to witness it happen before your very eyes is a rewarding experience in itself. May Allah continue to increase the people, or followers, of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), and continue to allow us the honor of being used as His tools to manifest His decree. Ameen.

Celebrating the Birth of Jesus, Son of Mary by Khalida

From the Desk of the Sultan: El Sheikh Muhyuddin Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani

Let us celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of Mary, who is the Second to Last Messenger of Islam, in a befitting manner. Let us pay him befitting tribute by following the law, by virtue of which he was called savior.
Greetings, oh lovers of Jesus! On this happy occasion, when his so-called followers commemorate  by committing adultery, perversion, drinking and gambling in such a manner as if these heinous sins were associated with the teachings of Jesus Christ, let us join hands in upholding the law. Jesus, the son of Mary, came to uphold the Ten Commandments, and exhorted mankind to practice them so that they may be saved. Today, priests and devils have legalized what Jesus forbade, but they cannot save mankind from the evil consequences of sins, some of which are mental diseases, murders, earthquakes, and tornados.
We Muslims want our Christian brothers to know about our book, the Holy Qur’an, (which was revealed to the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him and all the messengers of God). The Holy Qur’an is the only evidence in the world which confirms the existence of Jesus, the son of Mary.

Lies and Reason.
The priests during the time of this Holy Messenger were not different from the likes of Jimmy Swaggert and James Baker. They invented lies and incorporated heathen mythology and paganism into the Gospel, held Jesus up as the son of God, and invented the fable of dying on the cross for mankind.
To refute this lack of logic, I quote Thomas Paine, a great thinker and moralist, who arrived at the following conclusion when he used reason to understand the Bible: “The Bible and Old Testament are impositions upon the world,” wrote Thomas Paine in the Age of Reason (p. 202), “The opinions I have advanced… that the fall of man, the account of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, and of his dying to appease the wrath of God, and of salvation, by that strange means, are all fabulous inventions, dishonorable to the wisdom and power of the Almighty; that the only true religion is…the belief of one God.” –Age of Reason, p. 202)
I also quote Saint Barnabas, one of the disciples of Jesus, son of Mary, who was deputed by the Holy Messenger, Jesus, to record the Gospels. These were known as the Gospel of Barnabas, and remained in circulation until the 4th century of the Christian era. Later, this Gospel was banned by a papal decree as not being canonical. In the Gospel according to Saint Barnabas, Jesus is quoted by him as saying:
“I therefore say unto you that the Messenger of God is a splendor that shall give gladness to nearly all that God hath made, for he is adorned with the spirit of understanding and of counsel, the spirit of wisdom and might, the spirit of fear and love, the spirit of prudence and temperance, he is adorned with the spirit of charity and mercy, the spirit of justice and piety, the spirit of gentleness and patience, which he hath received from God three times more than he hath given all creatures. Oh blessed time when he shall come to the world!
“Believe me that I have seen him, and have done him reverence even as every prophet hath seen him, seeing that, of his spirit, God giveth to them prophecy. And when I saw him, my soul has filled with consolation, saying: ‘Oh Muhammad, God be with thee, and may He make me worthy to untie thy shoe latchet for, obtaining this, I shall be a great prophet and holy one of God.”
It is ironic to observe that, despite the fact the Jews tried to murder Jesus, the son of Mary, the so-called church raised in his name has no authentic evidence that he ever existed. Our Holy Qur’an is the only evidence of the existence of Jesus, of his mission, and of his raising up alive to the Almighty [as it proven, by God and man, to not have been tampered with]. I now quote from the Holy Qur’an, which also contains the Gospel:
“Behold! The angel said: ‘Oh Mary, God giveth thee glad tidings of a word from Him. His name will be Christ Jesus, son of Maryam (Mary), held in honor in this world and in the Hereafter, and of those nearest to God. He shall speak to all the people, from the cradle and in maturity, and he shall be of the company of the righteous.’
“She said: ‘Oh my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?’
“He said: ‘Even so, God creates what He willeth. When He decrees a plan, He but saith to it, Be, and it is!
“‘And God will teach him the Book and wisdom, the law and Gospel, and (appoint him) an apostle to the Children of Israel, (with the message): I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, in that I make for you, out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s leave. And I heal those born blind and lepers, and I quicken the dead, by God’s leave. And I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely there is a sign for you, if ye did believe.
“‘(I have come to you) to attest the law, which was before me, and to make lawful to you part of what was before forbidden to you. I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. So fear God, and obey me. It is God who is my Lord and your Lord. Then worship Him. This is a way that is straight.’” –House of Imran, Holy Qur’an
In conclusion, I hope this greeting, which contains an invitation for all who identify with Jesus, son of Mary, to join us in upholding the laws of the Almighty and the Ten Commandments, in order to save mankind from the most horrible disasters, incurable diseases, and all kinds of social and moral ills.
Please contact us for further discussion in regards to our mission of bringing Muslims and Christians together on common terms, based on the Unity of God, which will enable us to combat priesthood ignorance, and the exploitation of man by man.

*This document was originally published twenty years ago. Christians and Muslims have since united across the world. The United Muslim Christian Forum was henceforth established by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani to accommodate the ever-growing unity based upon the Ten Commandments, and an effort to save mankind therewith. To join, contact us:

Significance of the Islamic Holy Month, Muharram by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 8:28 am
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Hazrat Ibn Abbas reports that the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura (the tenth day of the month of Muharram)… They said: “It is the day of great [significance] when Allah delivered Moses and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Moses observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it.” The Holy Last Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) responded: “We have more right, and we have closer connection with Moses than you have;” so Allah’s Messenger [may peace be upon him, and upon all of the Holy Messengers] observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]
‘Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah, the Most High, accepted the repentance of Adam after his exile from Paradise; Allah, the Most High, saved Noah and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire into which Abraham was thrown by Nimrod; And He spoke directly to Moses  and gave him the 10 Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Job was restored to health (from leprosy); Joseph was reunited with his father, Jacob; Jonah was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the Children of Israel were delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when the kingdom of Solomon (Suleiman) was restored; and Jesus, the son of the Virgin Mary, was raised to Jannah (Paradise).
‘Ashura is also known as the day on which was martyred the grandson of the Holy Last Messenger, Imam Hussein son of Hazrat Ali, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Holy Last Messenger and his family. Muslims all over the world deplore the actions of those who took the head of Imam Hussein. The descendants of these unhallowed people, supposed Muslims, daily seek to belittle the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), his most honored family, and Islam in general. This unforgivable sin on the part of the perpetrators, who had always been at jealous odds with the holy family and sought to consolidate their own power by any means, was made more heinous by the holiness of the actual day itself.
In addition to commemorating the Chief of Martyrs (Imam Hussein) on ‘Ashura, one should worship Allah, the Most High, as much as possible. Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life. Whoever clothes a naked person Allah, the Most High, will release him from a painful punishment. He who visits a sick person, Allah, the Most High, will grant him a reward that will not be decreased. Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person, or gives water to a thirsty man, Allah Almighty will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate). And who ever takes a ghusl (ceremonious bath) on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence. Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, Allah, the Most High, will be generous to him throughout this year. And whoever applies kuhl (collyrium) to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again, if Allah wills.
O’ Allah! Bless us to perform good deeds and gain the reward on ‘Ashura. Make the new year one of unity, cooperation and success for humanity around the world. Ameen. -Compiled by Jamaal A. Waahid.