Martydom of the grandson of prophet Muhammad pbuh is without a shadow of doubt the darkest chapter in Islamic history. However I also believe that for a Muslim death is not the ned of life but a new beginning. Shaheed has the ultimate honour and will be among the foremost group on the day of judgment and the first ones to enter the highest honour in Paradise.
My query to SHia Muslim brothers is about Matim every muharram for the martydom of Hazrat Hussein. What is the basis and reasons? It starts from religious meetings with narrations and then goes to self beating and even taking out a procession with a horse.
It is not a criticisim but I am trying to understand the reasons behind the action. As Muslims I would have thought that Hazrat Hussein has the ultimate honour as a martyr and Muslims look at shahadat positively and not in the form of mattam. It is the ultimate honour and the best death possible. I also refer to my recent post in thought provoking about throwing away the dates by Abdullah Rahim on the issue of shaheed.
Please do not think I am being critical but would like to understand the issue from shia Muslim perspective as to how we justify mattam for a shaheed.