ALI-111: Understanding the Azaa for Imam al-Husayn (a)

The course will cover discussion on mourning and weeping for Imam al-Husayn (a) and other martyrs of Karbala. We intend to look closely at some of the frequently asked questions on Azaadari: why do we mourn Imam al-Husayn in a special way? When did this begin? Is it Islamic to participate in Azaa? Are the rituals of the Azaa fundamental parts of our religion? Do the rituals help or inhibit the propagation of Islam?

Brief Outline:

  • Session One: Functions of Marthiya and Nawha (eulogies) in remembering the tragedy; examples of some early eulogies; merits of composing eulogies
  • Session Two: Why and when do Mu’minin cry; Sunni sources on crying and weeping; weeping and mourning for Ma`sumin (a) and their family
  • Session Three: Merits of Imam al-Husayn (a); merits of remembering Karbala tragedy
  • Session Four: Functions of Alam and Shabih; why Ma’tam for Imam al-Husayn (a) and what benefits we derive from it?


  • Teacher: Hasnain Kassamali
  • Eligibility: Shi’a Ithna – Ashari Muslim boys and girls ages 10 and over
  • Dates (Monday to Thursday, March 13th to 16th 2006
  • Timings: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 noon Vancouver, L.A. & Seattle times (Begins 2:30 p.m. Toronto & NY times and 7:30 p.m. London time)
  • Registration: Before March 11, 2006, fees Can $30 per course. To register, please visit

Important: Registrations for all courses will end the night before at 11:59 PM EST.