The Significance of Ashura


Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) say: “It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it.” [Sahih Muslim]

Abu Qatada (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]

Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu ‘anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that after Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence. [Sahih Muslim]

Historical Significance

‘Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam (‘Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise; Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (‘Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored; Sayyidina Isa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah and Sayyidina al-Husayn (Radiyallahu ‘anh) (the Holy Prophet’s, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, grandson) achieved the honor of Martyrdom.

– Mentioned in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (qs)

Recommended Acts

Worship Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) as much as you can on ‘Ashura. Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life. Whoever clothes a naked person Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will release him from a painful punishment. He who visits a sick person, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will grant him a reward that will not be decreased. Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person or gives water to a thirsty man, Allah will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with Salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate). And who ever takes a Ghusl on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence. Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will be generous to him throughout this year. And whoever applies Kuhl to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again, inSha’Allah al-Aziz.

– Mentioned in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (qs)


Associated Press Video on Osmanli Naksibendi Dergah

Documentary: Sufi Cemetery

Short documentary about the Sidney town board vs. the Sufi Muslim cemetery, in Sidney NY. Hans Hass the spokesman for the Sidney Sufi Muslims and Tom Schimmerling, the lawyer representing them, talk about the situation before going to the October 14th town board meeting. The meeting was attended by over 150 people.

Stand on the Side of Truth


Sohbet by Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Hakkani al-Kibrisi

Thursday 28 Shawwal, 1431
October 7, 2010
Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, Siddiki Center, New York.

Auzu billahi min ash-sheytanir rajim
Medet Ya Seyyidi, Ya Sultanul Awliya, Medet.

Sheykh Efendi: Lukman Hoja, you want to read this?

Lukman Hoja: BismillahirRahmanirRahim. This is from the Daily Star of today in the opinions section.

Sheykh Efendi: Wait one second. First you have to give them some education. What is the opinions section? Who’s writing this?

Lukman Hoja: This is from the Daily Star of today. It’s written by the Editor of the Daily Star in the opinions section about the cemetery issue on our land.

Sheykh Efendi: It’s not our guys. It’s not us who are writing this.

Lukman Hoja: This is a non-Muslim, non-Naksibendi. This is the Editor of the Daily Star.

Sheykh Efendi: He doesn’t really know us. Right?

Lukman Hoja: Yes, Sheykh.

(Lukman Hoja then read to the attendees the article ‘Cemetery Is No Joking Matter’.)

Sheykh Efendi: MashaAllah. Now, I’m going to give you one more example and then we will have our dinner inshaAllah. This situation is just bringing you back to the Prophet’s (sws) time. They did all kinds of cruelties to the Prophet (sws). He didn’t say any word against them. Then finally he left Mecca and he came to Medina. And the people of Medina accepted him, supported him. So the people of Mecca decided to say, ‘If we leave them to stay, they are going to become stronger. So it’s better to go now to destroy them’. It’s just like what they’re trying to do to me here.

When the Holy Prophet (sws) is given order by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) saying, ‘Start defending yourselves now’, only 300 Sahaba went out there to defend themselves against 4,000 people coming with the best weapons in their hands. And they didn’t have weapons. They had only sticks and things in their hands. They went out there to defend their rights.

Before the war began another stranger was coming there and saying, ‘What’s happening here?’ And they said to him, ‘This is what’s happening’. He said, ‘You mean this group of people prepared and came to destroy you because you believe in Allah and His Prophet (sws)?’ They said, ‘Yes’. And he said, ‘Can I join in? Because it seems like they are taking your rights away and I should be on your side’. Looking at the 300 people and looking at the 4,000, he knew that there’s a big possibility that they are going to lose. He said, ‘I am standing and defending the truth. This is wrong’. They brought him to the Prophet (sws) and the Prophet (sws) said to him, ‘Then why don’t you believe what I am just saying to you? Do you have any better evidence than this? Just say ‘La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah’ and after you go into that war, either you will become a martyr or you will become a veteran’. And he said, ‘What do I have to do?’ The Prophet (sws) said, ‘This is what it is’. He said, ‘This is true. I accept it.’

And the war began. The person just had a spear in his hand. He tried to throw it but before he could throw it, one arrow came to him and he died. He didn’t do any single thing. And he was kind of a rebel. He didn’t do a single thing. After the war the Holy Prophet (sws) looked at that one and said, ‘This one just entered to the best place of Paradise’. They said, ‘He didn’t do anything’. He said, ‘He defended the truth. He stood on the side of the truth’.

If you are not doing anything then at least stand on the side of the truth just like all these people who are doing now.

Wa min Allahu tawfiq

Bihurmatil Habib

Bihurmatil Fatiha.

Sufi Zikr at the Nations Capital!

We are honored to invite you to the 18th annul Prayer Vigil for the Earth on Saturday, October 9th.

Please join us with alongside our Native American brothers and sisters for this incredible event that will help to build bridges and foster communication and understanding between the many ethnic, religious, and cultural groups in this country.

Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi (qs)  has been invited for the 5th consecutive year to come give a talk to those attending and lead Prayers and zikr.

While other Muslim groups are silent in the face of Islamophobia and bigotry, we are proud to be showing the beauty and majesty of this religion by gathering in front of the White House and calling out the names of Allah and praising His beloved Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam)

I have posted some videos below of clips form Prayers Vigils of the last 3 years.


[vimeo 7130747]

[vimeo 3864411]


[vimeo 3863185]


[vimeo 354412]

[vimeo 355947]

Yursil: Personal Response to Bob McCarthy’s Lawyering Up

Some people may be receiving a response from Bob McCarthy which includes an attachment to a document by a lawyer. Here is my personal response, the lawyer quotes a resolution:

“At a Sidney Town Board Meeting held on August 12, 2010, the following issue was discussed:

Wheat Hill Road: The Town Board was informed that a second burial of a body was performed on private property located on Wheat Hill Road. On a motion by Mr. Schaeffer, seconded by Mr. McCarthy, and carried, Town Attorney Joseph A. Ermeti, Esq., was authorized to investigate, research and potentially commence a legal proceeding seeking an injunction prohibiting the burying of bodies on private property in violation of New York State Town Law. It was the Town Attorney’s preliminary opinion that the cemetery is being operated in violation of §1506(b) of the Public Cemetery Corporations Law which states in pertinent part that no cemetery shall be located in any town without the consent of the town board of such town. AYES: C.P. Cordes, P. Hamilton, E. Wilson. NOES: none.”

The article he is quoting from has an applicability section here:
§ 1503. Application

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (c) of section fifteen hundred seven and subdivision (m) of section fifteen hundred ten this article does not apply to (1) a religious corporation, (2) a municipal corporation, (3) a cemetery corporation owning a cemetery operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a religious corporation or (4) a cemetery belonging to a religious or a municipal corporation, or operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a religious corporation unless any officer, member or employee of any such corporation shall receive or may be lawfully entitled to receive any pecuniary profit from the operations thereof, other than reasonable compensation for services in effecting one or more of the purposes of such corporation or as proper beneficiaries of its strictly charitable purposes or unless the organization of any such corporation for any of its avowed purposes be a guise or pretense for directly or indirectly making any other pecuniary profit for such corporation, or for any of its officers, members or employees, and unless any such corporation is not, in good faith, organized or conducted exclusively for one or more of its stated purposes.

In other words, the entire document that he is considering in his ‘preliminary investigation’ doesn’t apply to us. Much less a particular line.

Further, they state on their FAQ:

Q: Are all cemeteries regulated by the State of New York?

A: No, the Division of Cemeteries and the New York State Cemetery Board regulate only those cemeteries that are incorporated under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.

Cemeteries that do not fall under our jurisdiction include religious, municipal, private,national and family cemeteries.


And besides, we got town zoning approval To date, no one has shown me a single form that would need to be filed that wasn’t filed, nor has anyone told me who signs off on this imaginary permit form.

Next he states:

“The resolution does not mention disinterment of bodies…”

The resolution may not state it, but the first interview on the matter (on record) by The Daily Star quotes him here:

“McCarthy said the second lawsuit is against the owner of a property that allowed two Muslim burials on the property, one last November and one recently.

“These burials were done illegally, without notifying local authorities or obtaining proper permits,” he said.

“We will be seeking to have these bodies disinterred and stop future burials,” he said.


Bob McCarthy states clearly, he has already come to a conclusion on what was done legally and illegally, in advance of any conclusion by the lawyer. He also concluded what he was going to do, which was to dig up Muslim bodies.

This, my friends, is the very definition of the behavior of a bigot, not a qualified elected official.


Letter to the local community of Sidney, NY


My name is Hans Hass. I’m a member of the Sufi Muslim community center in Sidney Center that has been in the news lately. Most likely some of you have seen some things in the news or on T.V. If you haven’t, you can click on the links below. Unfortunately, Sidney has gotten a lot of negative publicity nationally from this, and it seems to be going international. None of us wanted this to become such a big deal. I am writing to you as businesspeople in Sidney to ask for your help in laying this matter to rest.

I was at the last Sidney Town meeting three weeks ago asking Town Supervisor McCarthy and the other Supervisors why they were doing this. I was shocked to find out that not one of the Supervisors had any real knowledge of the basic facts of the cemetery, the legal steps that we had gone through or even of the Town’s own zoning law specifically permitting a cemetery on at least 15 acres (we have 50). No one had talked to Dale Downin, the Town Code Enforcement with whom we consulted when we first set up the cemetery in 2005 and who gave us written approval. I ran into Dale the other day and he told me the first he ever heard of their actions was when the Oneonta Daily Star article came out. I’ve also been told that Mr. McCarthy and the Town Clerk are not even on speaking terms. I was kept being told to speak to the Town Attorney Joseph Ermeti who won’t respond to anyone for the last few weeks, including our attorneys. One Supervisor at the meeting, Eric Wilson, took my phone number and assured me that he would contact the Town Attorney and get back to me as to what was really going on. He called the next day to say Ermeti was out of the office that day and then never called back. Obviously our town government is not working.

Mr. McCarthy, despite having been shown the documents and the law by myself and several reporters, continues to maintain that we are “illegally burying bodies” and seems intent on pursuing the matter legally. He has been sending out mass emails accusing us of all kinds of bogus things and spreading rumors about us. Several prominent attorneys and civil rights groups have contacted us offering their services for free and suggested we have an excellent civil rights case against the town.

All we want is for Mr. McCarthy and the Town Board to admit that they made a mistake and leave this behind us. If Mr. McCarthy cannot do this, he must resign or be forced to resign for the good of the town. I was hoping one of you could talk to him.,0,7141681.story