IUCG MARKS“ARBA'EEN” – FORTIETH DAY AFTER ASHURA
The Religious and Cultural Affairs Unit of the Islamic University, College Ghana (IUCG) on the 21st of October, observed Arba'een to mark forty days after Ashura at the institution's auditorium. The event which is an annual occurrence was organized to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussain Ibn Ali the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W)
The event was graced by two honorable speakers, Sayyida Murjana and Sheikh Umar Muhammad Kabir.
Guest Speakers Sayyida Murjana (left) Sheikh Umar Muhammad Kabir (right) at the event.
Before the commencement of the presentations, Miss Zakiyatu Iddrisu Dumah a level 300 Religious Studies Student read a very emotional and heart rendering speech of Sayyida ZainabulKubura (a.s.) which she delivered in the court of Yazid.
Speaking on “The Role of Zainab Kubra a.s. During and after Ashura”, the first speaker, Sayyida Murjana called on the audience to shelve whatever preconceived notion they may have and allow their conscience to take over them regardless of the sect they belong to. This, she believes will help in appreciating the issues better. She said “let’s allow our conscience to take over us this moment … whether you are Sunni, Shia or Ahmadiyya” and reflect on the event of Ashura dispassionately.
She went on to describe Sayyida Zainab a.s. (daughter of Imam Ali a.s.) as a brave woman who’s place amongst the Ahlul Bayt is not a matter of birthright but a well deserved one due to her actions before, during and after Ashura. Murjana highlighted the torture and suffering 56 years old Zainab a.s. had to endure, likening her actions to that of a heroine and one worthy of emulating for every Muslim woman.
Sheikh Umar Muhammad Kabirwho was the main speaker for the day, centered his lecture on the Philosophy that underpins the commemoration of Arba’een. He cited Qur’anic verses and Hadith of the Prophet (saw) that buttresses his claims. Sheikh Kabir also used the platform to call on Muslims to unite and to support the oppressed against the oppressor whenever the need arises. “We should support the oppressed against the oppressor and stand against all acts of oppression and oppressor starting with ourselves”, he said.
Story by: Mohammed Amanallah Tahiru
The writer is National Service Person at the Public Relations Directorate, IUCG