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Why are we still crying over Imam Hussain AS when it’s not mentioned in Quran


Why do we shia’s cry so much over Imam Hussain RA when all prophets went through very conditions throughout their life.


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First of all there are lots of thing that we do in our religion that Quran doesn’t mention them for example there is not a single intact aya in Quran that explains how to do prayer. Quran count the 5 daily prayers and their times but doesn’t explain the details of how to do it like how many rakaat of salat al-fajr must be.

Second, we Shia don’t just cry for Imam Hussain (a.s,) we cry and mourn for all Ahl-bayt (sa) and Masumeen (a.s) like we cry the daughter of prophet ( Lady Fatimah s.a) about what happened to her after prophet’s demise.

Here are some reason for crying for Imam al-Hussain a.s:

  1. But There is no day like the day of Imam Hussain as: It’s true that all prophets went through hardships and tests in their life’s but none of them is greater than what Imam Hussain a.s went through. lots of prophets were  martyred by oppressors like Yahyā b. Zakariyyā (a) (یحیی بن زکریا) (which has similarities with Imam Hussain a.s) but none of them were martyred in such way, witnessing martyrdom of companions and relatives (even their infant), thirst, loss, trampling the  Bodies of Martyrs, setting fire to his camp and looting the tents, taking Imam’s wife and children captives etc. (for more information on the events of Ashura visit:
    That is why Imam Hasan a.s in his last moments told him “no day is like your day O Aba Abdillah! On that day thirty thousand hordes from those who claim to be Muslims and part of the Ummah of our grandfather will get together to spill your blood and kill you… take your ladies and children as prisoners and to plunder your assets…”

The tragedy of Karbala is something that nothing is comparable with it, So greatness of the Kerbala is one of the reasons that we cry for Imam Hussain a.s.


  1. Another reason is tradition and Sunnah; crying for Imam Al-Hussain (a.s) is something that our prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) and other prophets and Masumeen (a.s) did for Imam Hussain (a.s) here are some examples for it:
    1. All Imams a.s cried and mourned for Imam Hussain (a.s) (even before its happening) and ordered their shias to do the same; Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that he met Imam Ali (AS) in Ziqar, and Imam Ali pulled out a book that was written of the words of Prophet (PBUH&HF) in which the Prophet had explained the tragedy of Ashura and the slaughtering of his grandson al-Husain and how he will be killed and who kills him and who assist them and who will be martyred with him. Then Imam Ali (AS) cried and screamed severely and caused Ibn Abbas (RA) to cry.
    2. Even the prophets cried for Imam Hussain a.s;
      1. Prophet of Islam (sawa): Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H&H.P) wept whenever he was foretold the tragedy that would befall on Hussain (A.S) and his companions. Ated by Lubaba bint al-Harith that she went to the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) and said: ‘O Prophet, I have seen an unclear dream tonight’. He (P.B.U.H&H.P) asked: ‘What is it?’ She replied: ‘I saw that as if a part of your body was cut off from you and was placed upon my chest’. He (P.B.U.H&H.P) said: ‘You have seen something good. Inshallah Fatimah will bear a baby boy and he will be upon your chest.’ So Fatima gave birth to Hussain and he was on my chest as the Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) had notified me. On one day I went to the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) and put Hussain on his chest then he turned his face to the side and I witnessed his (P.B.U.H&H.P) eyes flowing with tears. I asked: “Prophet of Allah, my parents be sacrificed for you, what is wrong?” he (P.B.U.H&H.P) said “Gabriel came to me and informed me that my nation will kill my son Hussain”. I asked: ‘This Hussain?’ He (P.B.U.H&H.P) replied: ‘Yes’ he then brought me some of its soil that was red. [Silsilah Al-Ahadith Al-Sahiyah, Volume 2 page 462 Hadith 821.]

There are traditions (not just from Shia sources but from Sunni sources as well) showing that the Holy Prophet (S) wept for Imam al-Hussain (AS) [some of these sources: al-Musnad, Ahmad bin Hanbal, v. 2, p. 60-61; al-Taba’qat al-Kubra, Ibn Saad; al-Moejam al-Kabeer, al-Hafidh al-Tabarani (on subject of al-Hussain); A’lam al-Nubuwwah, al-Mawardi al-Shafi ‘I; Kanz al-Ummal, al-Muttaqi al-Hindi.]

We can see from these traditions that Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) was foretold about the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S) at least on three separate occasions, by three different angels. Upon being notified of the tragic demise of his grandson, Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) broke down into tears, distraught at what was to become of him. If Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) cried so profusely at the news of what was to happen to his grandson in the future, can one imagine his state would be on the Day of Kerbala, when Hussain (A.S) was showered with arrows, his head decapitated and horses trampled over his body? This proves that crying when hearing of the suffering of Hussain (A.S) is a tradition (Sunnah) of Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P).

  1. there is a traditions from the Prophet (PBUH&HF) that: “When al-Khidr (AS) met Moses (AS), he explained and forecast the catastrophe of Kerbala (the place where this tragedy took place) in the day of Ashura for Moses, and the calamities that will happen on that day, and then both al-Khidr and Moses cried and screamed severely.”
  1. Also we do this cry out of Love and compassion for our beloved Imam (a.s); there is a relation between feeling and expression, that is why Islam insist so much in showing you love to others by being kind, giving gifts, smiling, or even saying Salam alaikum (which literally mean peace upon you), because one of the benefits of expressing is increased affection and love.
  2. Besides Imam Hussain (as) became the symbol of resistance and standing against oppression, not just for Muslims even non-Muslim figures and movement were inspired by Imam Hussain (a.s) (like Gandhi); the oppressors knew that Imam ah-Hussain as has such effect, that is why they even fought with the grave of Imam al-Hussain as and tried to destroy his grave and banned any kind of visit to his grave. By mourning we remember what oppression went to the household of prophet (PBUH&HF) which has at least 2 benefits: declaring and showing our love and affection to prophet (PBUH&HF) and his household, remembering that we must stay against oppression and oppressors in order to protect the religion.



Sheikh Mahdi Mosayyebi