The Uprising of Ashura and Responses to Doubts

A detailed account of the life of Imam Husayn (a) and his personality, the tragedy of Karbala and the sacrifice of the Imam (a) and his companions, and a detailed analysis of Shi’i behaviours, like mourning and crying to refute the doubts of being un-Islamic.

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  1. Foreword
  2. Imam al-Husayn’s Personality
  3. The martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn
  4. Yazid and His Household
  5. Abu Sufiyan, Yazid’s Grandfather
  6. Mu‘awiyah, Yazid’s Father
  7. The Illegitimacy of Yazid’s Caliphate
  8. Ibn Taymiyyah’s defence of Yazid
  9. Yazid ibn Mu‘awiyah and the Massacre of the People of Medina
  10. Mourning and Lamentation
  11. Mourning from the Viewpoint of Reason
  12. Mourning as a Manifestation of Love and Hatred
  13. The Psychology of Mourning
  14. Reciting Elegies
  15. Reciting Elegies in the Form of Prose
  16. Reciting elegies in the form of poetry
  17. Crying
  18. Crying from the Viewpoint of the Holy Qur’an and Traditions
  19. The Effects of Crying
  20. The Reasoning behind Crying about the Sufferings of the awliya’ of Allah
  21. A Historical View of Crying for the Sufferings of Allah’s Awliya’
  22. Crying while Mourning for Imam al-Husayn
  23. Examining Opposing Claims
  24. Pretending to Cry while Mourning for the Awliya’ of Allah
  25. The Effects of Ashura
  26. Prostration on the Soil of Karbala (The Land of Imam al-Husayn’s Martyrdom)
  27. Responses to Doubts
  28. Who Killed Imam al-Husayn (as)?
  29. Did Imam al-Husayn (as) have Prior Information about his Martyrdom?
  30. Did Allah Leave Imam al-Husayn (as) Unaided?
  31. Why Did Imam al-Husayn (as) Bring his Family to Karbala?
  32. Why did Imam al-Husayn (as) give his Companions Permission to Leave?
  33. Why did Muslim ibn ‘Aqil not kill ‘Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad in Hani’s House?
  34. Why Didn’t Abu al-Fadl Drink Water?
  35. Is Obeying a Tyranical Ruler Incumbent upon Muslims?
  36. Why did Imam al-Hasan (as) Make Peace while Imam al-Husayn (as) Rose up in Arms?
  37. What is the Ruling Regarding the Fast of ‘Ashura?