Shaykh Muhammad Mardini, a Sunni, this year has opened up the community center that he leads in Dearborn to have a joint Sunni – Shi’i Muharram gatherings every night, which I believe is a first in this area. These are being held in coordination with Sheikh Mohamad Dbouk who is a 12’ver.
Shaykh Mardini was not able to speak last night. I was invited last night as a non-12’ver to give brief comments before Shaykh Dbouk’s lecture.
Imam al-Husayn is not the exclusive property of 12’vers; this is a good message being given. He is an Imam for all of the Muslims.
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With the sacred month of Muharram starting in a couple of days, I reiterate the following advice or do’s and don’t of Muharram:
- Fast the first 1/3 of Muharram, especially the 10th or Yawm Ashura. See an old post that I wrote which disagrees with 12’vers who frown on fasting this day. Also see a lecture on this topic in Arabic by Habib Salim Al-Mashhur ash-Shafi’i.
- Increase good deeds, and pay extra special attention not to bring injury to anyone especially a fellow Muslim.
- Reflect on the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn bin Ali (may Allah blessings be upon him). The Prophet (prayers & peace be upon him & his family) was informed of his martyrdom and wept over it. This tradition is sound (sahih), including to Salafi hadith critic Albani.
- Avoid superstition such as thinking Muharram is a month of bad luck or that it is forbidden to get married during the month. There is nothing sound in the Qur’an and authentic sunnah that forbids marriage during Muharram.
- Avoid self-flagellation with chains, cutting and/or piercing yourself. The Prophet (prayers & peace be upon him & his family) stated, “There is no harm nor reciprocating harm in al-Islam.” Self injury is forbidden.
- Avoid treating Muharram and Ashura like January 1st with a celebration and fireworks, imitating those who party at the New Year on the Gregorian calendar or how the Chinese treat Chinese New Year. The tradition of celebrating Muharram with New Year festivities is an innovation of the Ayyubis after they took over the Fatimi dynasty in North Africa.
- Do not praise Yazid bin Mu’awiyah, the drunkard king of the Ummawis who did not uphold the daily prayers and was responsible for many atrocities.
Today’s khutbah was given at the Islamic Center of Detroit.
This past Thursday’s khutbah was given at the American Muslim Diversity Association masjid in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
International news has picked up on comments of GOP presidential nomination hopeful Dr. Ben Carson who believes that America shouldn’t have a Muslim president. Let’s say a Muslim was going to run in any party or as an independent for American presidency. I find Dr. Carson’s comments ironic for the following reasons:
- There are Americans who were against Barack Obama becoming president because of him being black. There are still Americans against him simply because he’s black, and the reality is that there are Americans who will not vote for Dr. Carson because he’s black. That he thinks that a Muslim is not American enough to become president differs little from white supremacists who think black folks don’t epitomize what it takes to have a real American president.
- Given that 20% to 30% of enslaved Africans brought to America were Muslims, there’s a good chance that at least one of Dr. Carson’s ancestors was a Muslim. It’s as if Carson loves the fruit of America while hating the tree that gave birth to the fruit.
I’ll gladly debate Dr. Carson on his views about a Muslim not being fit to be president, from one black Detroiter to another. I’ll even break my own rule and go on a FOX National talk show to do so.