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Muharram 1434 Azadari at Al-Mawaddat Centre in Kuala Lumpur

When the new crescent is sighted in the beginning of the Islamic Calender, the wave of mourning begins from East to West commemorating the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (‘a), his family and companions on the plains of Karbala and the captivity of his ahlul bayt (‘a) from Karbala to Kufa and then to Shaam.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Students and the Indo-Pakistani residents community commemorated the Azadari at Al-Mawaddat Centre which hosted all twelve nights for the first time. Since its founding in 2007, the Azadari gatherings was only organised from the sixth night onwards. It was also the first time that Al-Mawaddat Centre invited a Zakir from overseas to deliver the Majalis-e-Azaa over the 12 nights.

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Mawlana Munawar Abbas Kumaili, from India delivered his lectures on the Ideal Life under the Light Imam Husayn (‘a). He examined the entire journey of the caravan from Madinah and the events that unfolded in Karbala and explained how every incident and step taken by Imam Husayn (‘a) in the Karbala set an example for us to apply in our lives today. For instance, standing up against oppressive regimes and policies, ensuring justice and rights in accordance to Islam, employing patience during atrocities, performing deeds that fulfill the pleasure of Allah (s.w.t.) only, sacrifice of material world, sacrifice of oneself and family for the pleasure of Allah (s.w.t.).

The Majalis videos are available at Al-Mawaddat Video Channel (http://www.youtube.com/almawaddat). The presence of a Zakir prompted a large crowd reaching a peak of 180 including gents, ladies and children. Children and Youth Marsia/Nauha khwans illuminated the azadari with their poetry and eulogies.

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All events with the exception of Yawm-e-Ashura began with Salaatul Maghribain at 7.00pm followed by Hadeeth al-Kisa and Marsia. Mawlana Munawar thereafter delivered his majalis from the pulpit of Rasulallah (s.a.w.) enlightening the azadar on the fadhail and masaib of Imam Husayn (‘a) and his Ahlul Bayt (‘a). Mataam, Ziyarat and Niyaz-e-Husayn (‘a) thereafter followed suit concluding at approximately 10.00pm.

On Yawm-e-Ashura, the programme began with A’maal-e-Ashura concluding just in time for Salaatul Zohrain which was followed by Ashura Majlis and Mataam. In the late afternoon, ladies convened a separate majlis in which resident Zakira Mulyani Syeda Fatima Abbas delivered the majlis.

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Alhamdulillah, it is indeed with the Grace of Almighty Allah (s.w.t.) that the Majalis-e-Azaa were successfully commemorated. Al-Mawaddat Centre is grateful to Mawlana Munawar Abbas for travelling from a far, sacrificing the time with his family to deliver the message of Ahlul Bayt (‘a). It is indeed the Ulema and the Zakirin who help us answer the call of Imam Husayn (‘a) - ‘Halmin Nasirin Yansurna’. Al-Mawaddat Centre is also grateful to the various marsia and nauha khwan, the volunteers and all those who supported in one way or another to contribute towards the Azadari programmes.

With the success this time, Al-Mawaddat Centre is now looking forward to arrange and invite a Zakir from overseas to visit and deliver the Majalis over the ten days leading to Arbaeen of Imam Husayn (‘a) next month, Inshallah. Meanwhile, we pray to Allah (s.w.t.) accept our Azadari, the A’maal and Ibadat performed during these auspicious 12 days, and grant us the tawfiq to take the message we have learnt into our lives throughout the year.

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