THE INTERNAL REVOLUTION" BY SAYYED ALI ABBAS RAZAWI - SAT 24TH NOV
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:42 AM
Event: "The Internal Revolution"
Speaker: Sayyed Ali Abbas Razawi
When: Saturday 24th November 2012 - Ashura Night
Where: After the main programme, Hujjat Stanmore
This will inshallah be a Night of ibadah - duas, Ziyarah, discussion circle and Lamentations.
Saturday 24th November, The eve of Ashura – The Internal Revolution
As is customary on this holy night, the Stanmore Jaffery’s Lit team organised a programme which sought to utilise the sanctity of the night to cultivate change within the believers. We were honoured with the company of Sayyed Ali Abbas Razawi who led a discussion circle entitled “The Internal Revolution”. The programme also featured a beautiful Qur’an recitation alongside English marthiya and poetry by the renowned Ibrahim Sincere, who performed his Red Soul piece, which drew various similarities between Imam Husayn’ s (as) struggle on the battlefield to the internal struggle we face every day within our souls.
During Sayyed Razawi’s talk, he emphasised that the eve of Ashura was the night of change, the night we decided on which side we stood, with which camp we sided – Are we with Husayn (as) or are we with Yazid (la)? If we are with Husayn (as) then the eve of Ashura was a new beginning, the dawn of a new life, a life in the path of Husayn (as). Thus, Sayyed spoke of the importance of tawalla and tabbara on Ashura night and how we should seek to firmly disassociate ourselves from the enemies of the Ahlul Bayt (as) and implore Allah to remove His mercy from them. He referred to this practice as a secret form of worship which is highly beneficial in attaining nearness to Allah.
An interesting question was raised during the discussion, the question posed sought to understand which aspect or feature of Imam Husayn’s (as) companions distinguished them from the masses, and how could we internalise this attribute within ourselves ensuring we are among the 313 of the Awaited Mahdi (ajfs). The answer, while simple, was very powerful. Sayyed said that the main feature which made Habib into Habib, Zuhair into Zuhair and Muslim into Muslim, was Ishq (love). He explained that love is the one factor that propelled the companions of Imam Husayn (as) to act in the way they did (the various battle cries of the companions illustrates the extent of their love), and thus, we need to engender the love of Imam Al Hujjah (ajfs) in ourselves so that when he arrives, we will be able to shout out Labbayk Ya Mahdi!
The Stanmore Jaffery’s Lit team thanks Sayyed Razawi for his inspiring talk and discussion, and are very appreciative of his continuous guidance to the community. We pray that Allah grants Sayyed Razawi the opportunity to serve alongside the 12th Imam in reviving the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw).