Azadari (Mourning and Lamentations) A Movement by Lady Zainab (s.a)

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Azadari (Mourning and Lamentations) A Movement by Lady Zainab (s.a)
AuthorSyed Jawad Naqvi
TranslatorA V Rizvi
PublisherMatab Publications

The book Azadari (Mourning and Lamentations) A Movement by Lady Zainab (s.a) aims to awaken the reader and create a pain in his heart towards the atrocities in his era that are a mirror of image of what has happened at the time of Imam Hussain.

About the author[edit | edit source]

Allama Syed Jawad Naqvi (born 1952) is a Pakistani philosopher, scholar, Religious Leader, Quranic interpreter and theologian of Twelver Shia. He has studied Islam in Iran for more than 3 decades. His most prominent teacher was Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli. Naqvi is the principal of Jamia Urwa-tul-Wusqa and Jamia Jaffria, seminaries in Lahore and Gujranwala respectively. He is also the principal of Jamia Ummul Kitaab in Lahore, head of Deen-ul-Qayyim Online Islamic school and Siraat Education School System. Naqvi is also the editor of the monthly magazine Masharab-e-Naab. He is a staunch supporter of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. In many of his speeches he propagates the hard-line version of Wilayat-e-Fiqh.  He stands for unity of sects in Pakistan under his banner. In 2020, after his alleged comparison of Azadari with Tarawih during a lecture, Indian daily and weekly Urdu newspapers Sahafat and Nauroz published articles critical to him.

About the book[edit | edit source]

This book written by Ustad Syed Jawad Naqvi and translated by Syed A V Rizvi is a work not just limited to Shiite but it is a book for entire Muslim Ummah and in fact for all those human beings who have some values alive inside them.

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Chapter 1: Azadari – A movement by Lady Zainab (s.a)[edit | edit source]

This chapter which is the theme of the book expresses and exposes the true essence of Azadari (mourning and lamentations gatherings) which is a movement of justice towards eradication of injustice and oppression. Azadari is one of the several bounties and abundant opportunities that Allah has gifted Muslims and specifically Shia Muslims and about which we lack recognition (Maarifat). The majority of Muslims are not acquainted with Azadari, some have become victims of doubts and fabrications and with utmost grievances there are few who out of ignorance have become enemies of it. The author in the following examines Azadari and its two dimensions (its benefits and the purpose in it) as the custom of the great Lady Zainab.

Chapter 2: The Message of Ashura[edit | edit source]

This chapter delivers a key message of Ashura which if not understood becomes the primary source of stagnancy and lack of movement. For understanding the Message of Ashura, we need to understand the event and mission of Ashura and the various causes behind it. The author in this chapter states the message of Ashura which is still a puzzle for certain minds even after hundreds of years of this event; and even for those who consider that the event of Ashura is a resolved subject.

Chapter 3: Hamasa –e- Hussain[edit | edit source]

This chapter presents the true title and subject of the event of Karbala which has become a victim of distortions and has turned into something else other than something related to a movement. The author in this part examines a collection of Allama Murtaza Mutttaheri’s speeches related to recognition of Karbala, Ashura and Hussain. At first explains the word Hamasa and the four elements present inside it: action, movement, bravery, and resistance (Moqawamat). He summarizes this topic in this way: an act of Hamasa has four elements. If these four things enter inside any act today it makes it a Hamasa else the act won’t be Hamasa. Every action is not Hamasa, every resistance is not Hamasa and every act of bravery is not Hamasa.

Chapter 4: Perseverance (Istiqamat) – A Lesson from Karbala[edit | edit source]

This chapter presents a historical analysis of the circumstances that leads to people losing hopes and coming under pressure resulting into stillness. The author here concentrates, analyzes and discusses on the purpose of uprising of the Doyen of Martyrs. He examines the difference between wanting and being forced in the action of Imam Hossein.

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