Alam or the Emblem?
- :S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali
'THE ALAM' WHICH is installed in the Imambadas, is another target of attacks from our ignorant friends who not knowing its actual significance and criticise it as Tid'af i.e., an unwarranted innovation. Be it known to the critics that the Alam is only the Emblem of the Holy Standard of Islam of which, Ali the Ever Victorious Lion of God was the Bearer on behalf of the Holy Prophet, and which was held also by Abbas the lion hearted son of Ali the Lion of God on behalf of the Holy Imam Husain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, against the devilish forces of Yazid in Karbala, when the Yazidian power and authority wanted to destroy the original teachings of Islam. Since the devilish forces disrespected the Holy Standard of Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, every sincere muslim today, particularly those at- tached to the Holy Ahlul-Bait the Shias, instal an emblem of the Holy Standard and pay respect and regard to it, as they would have done, had they been with the Holy Imam in Karbala. Every lover of Islam and the Holy Prophet, would certainly like to do it with all the sincerity and devotion at his command, for as a Royal Banner represents the King and respect to Banner is respect to the King himself. This token or the emblem, the Alam, represents Islam and the Holy Prophet, respect for the Alam is respect to Islam, and respect to Islam is respect to the Holy Prophet himself.
Before criticising the respect or regard for the Alam or the Zarees, i.e., the models of the shrines of the Holy Ahlul-Bait let the critics remember the vacant model of the Mahmil of Hazrat Ayesha the wife of the Holy Prophet, which until yesterday was brought in a Ceremonial way to Mecca every year on the occasion of Haj, attended by the Ulema walking solemnly along with it. Was Hazrat Ayesha actually sitting in it ? If any empty Mahmil without an occupant in it could be respected and solemnly followed by the Ulema, how could the emblem of the Standard of Ali. Husain or Abbas or any of the Holy ones of the Ahlul-Bait, become a 'Bid'at' and the respect to it be deemed, objectionable.
Adapted from the book: "Husain; The Saviour of Islam" by: "S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali"
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