Ghanaian scholar:

​​​​​​​Accra (IP)- A prominent Ghanaian scholar said that the Arbaeen pilgrimage is one of the most important ceremonies in Shia culture in which people come to Karbala to visit the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) and commemorate his sacrifice.

Iran PressAfrica: The Arbaeen, or the 40 days after Ashura is the commemoration of the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussain, who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.

In an exclusive interview with Iran Press news agency, Sheikh Adam Musah Nishaburi an Islamic scholar and Imam of Rassoul Al Akram mosque in Accra pointed out the importance of the Arbaeen pilgrimage as a way to show love, loyalty, and sympathy to what happened to the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussain.  

"After the demise of Imam Hussein AS, the lovers of Rasulullah and Ahlul Bayt never forget what happened to Imam Hussein and his household, so every after Ashura for 40 days we then go to Karbala to visit the tomb of Imam Hussein in Karbala. Any Muslim who loves and practices the sunnah of Rasulullah should at least once go to Karbala to visit the grandson of Rasulullah," said Sheikh Adam Musah Nishaburi.

"Imam Jafar Sadegh encourages us to try at least once to show our loyalty and sympathy to what has happened to the grandson of Rasulullah because he stood up for Islam. Imam Hussain said if Islam would be falling down then he would prefer all the knives and cutlasses fall on his back, that is how Imam Hussein protected the sanctity of Islam," added the cleric.

Imam further discloses the fact that Over 25 million people visit Karbala each year is a sign of what truth and Justice stand for. 

"Over 25milion of people visit Karbala each year, That is how important the day of Arbaeen processions is to Muslims and not only do the Muslim ummah come to Karbala we also have non-Muslims who go there to witness what happened to the grandson of Rasulullah,"  Imam of Rassoul Al Akram mosque highlighted.

"There are a lot of benefit from the ziyara of Imam Hussain at Karbala. Imam Hussain protect Islam for you and me, and if you know this or heard all the history and decide not to show your loyalty then you are not a good Muslim," he said.

"The lessons learned from what Imam Hussain stood up for is freedom and humanity. He stood up to tell Yazid that I have my rights and am standing for my rights. This is a lesson to us to also stand and protect our rights as Muslims for those generations coming after us to also learn about their rights as Muslims,"  Sheikh Adam Musah Nishaburi underscored.


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