On the occasion of the month of Muharram, an interview with the theme of considering the harms facing the mourning ceremonies has been done with Alireza Moradi, one of the prominent eulogists of Markazi province by the public relations office of Markazi province’s Islamic development department.
In this interview, the philosophy and aims of Ashura uprising, the harms facing the mourning ceremonies for Seyyedul Shohada (AS) and the solutions to oppose them have been proposed.
Eulogists and preachers should act as a warrior to convey the message of Karbala
In this interview, pointing to the commencement of the month of Muharram, Alireza Moradi said: The role of preachers and eulogists in conveying the message of Karbala and Ashura is very crucial and sensitive and they should fulfill their duty in this regard vigilantly.
He noted: After Ashura event, the enemy army tried to destroy the uprising of Imam Hussein (AS) and they did everything including disrespecting the family of Imam Hussein (AS) to fulfill their aim.
He went on to say: But, Hazret Zeinab (S) bravely conveyed the message of the Imam Hussein (AS)’s uprising to people and foiled the plots of enemies.
He asserted: Eulogists and preachers should strive hard in this path by following the sirah and manner of Hazret Zeinab (S) and convey the message of Karbala and the aims behind the Imam Hussein (AS)’s uprising to people.
Eulogists have sensitive and crucial duty to oppose the harms facing the mourning ceremonies
The eulogist of Ahl al-Beyt (AS) stated that after the infallible Imams (AS) who held mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (AS) in order to convey the message of Karbala as well, in the present time, the preachers and eulogists have to fulfill their mission in this regard.
Alireza Moradi noted: The eulogists’ duty is very sensitive, heavy and crucial, since, there are some harms in this regard that may make us go astray.
He announced that the technical, content-based and form-based harms are the most important harms facing the elegy and propagation, adding eulogists and preachers should take the essential measures to remove them as well as identifying these harms.
Knowing the character of Imam Hussein (AS) and the reasons and aims behind the Karbala event is the most important duty of a eulogist
Moradi stated: The most important duty of eulogists is to gain complete knowledge of the character of Imam Hussein (AS), the reasons and aims behind his uprising, his martyrdom and his manner.
He added: Eulogists should become familiar with the reasons of Imam Hussein (AS)’s uprising, the aims behind his uprising against Yazid government, the way of his martyrdom and his method of fighting against enemies by studying the reliable resources and Maqatel and then, they should strengthen themselves in the technical fields and the choice of poems and elegies.
Eulogists should be one of the most literate, sincere, mujahid and purest groups of people in order to be influential on people and convey the message of Karbala vigilantly and precisely, he stressed.
Religious bodies should not be secular; the enemies’ influence on religious bodies is serious and dangerous
This eulogist stated that the enemies’ influence on the religious bodies is very dangerous, adding considering the sensitivity of this issue in the field of elegy and propagation, enemies have entered this arena by doing precise planning and try to destroy and distort the principles of Ashura and mourning ceremonies.
Moradi added: By saying this sentence that “religion is separate from politics”, enemies try to secularize the religious bodies, whereas, one of the most important aims of the Imam Hussein (AS)’s uprising was the political campaigns against the Yazid government.
He went on to say: The supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution has frequently said to the eulogists and organizers of the mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (AS) that the religious bodies should not be secular.
The value of a revolutionary and insightful eulogist is identified when they oppose the secularity of the religious bodies and make efforts to clarify the main principles of the Imam Hussein (AS)’s uprising in the political and religious fields, he noted.
Eulogists and preachers should not use the unreliable and weak resources and Maqatel
Touching on the harms facing the mourning ceremonies, Moradi said: The harms facing the mourning ceremonies are technical, content and form-based ones; there were the reliable documents of Maqatel until the tenth century, but, unfortunately, since the late tenth century, the elegies of some eulogists were distorted by entering the unreliable and weak books of Maqatel.
He went on to say: The principle of mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (AS) is based on learning and identifying the character of Imam Hussein (AS), the reasons of his martyrdom and the aims behind the Karbala uprising and this goal is fulfilled just by making lecture in the ceremonies, but, unfortunately, we witness that today, some religious bodies don’t have lecturer or if they do, their lecture is very short.
He said: The bitter results of having insufficient knowledge of the character of Imam Hussein (AS) and the aims behind his uprising is that on the day of Ashura when we hear Azan, people are still drumming in the streets or the mourning ceremonies held at night are so long that mourners cannot utter their morning prayer on time.
The reason of such bitter events is that the men of religious bodies don’t pay attention to gain knowledge of the great character of Imam Hussein (AS) and his loyal companions, since, Imam Hussein (AS) didn’t ignore the on-time congregational prayer in the noon of Ashura in the midst of the war and uttered his noon prayer, he added.
He continued: Unfortunately, some religious bodies are so involved in purchasing the audio or visual systems or advertising in the cyberspace and across the city that they forget the main goal; religious bodies should not do such useless acts.
Moradi stated: Identifying and removing distortion is the main solution to modify the mourning ceremonies, adding due to the enemies and ill-wishers’ influence on all mourning aspects and the people’s lack of knowledge, the mourning ceremonies held for Ahl al-Beyt (AS) are going to be destroyed and distorted.
He reminded: All eulogists, preachers and servants of the mourning ceremonies should try to identify the distortions and by doing planning and studying reliable resources and books stop such distortions and in order to fulfill this goal, the jihadi work of all organizers of religious bodies and religious groups from eulogist to lecturer is needed.