Ashura In The Old Testament

Ashura In Old Testamen

Although the concept of prophecy seems to be farfetched at times, yet in different religions, different great events have been predicted. One of these predictions made by different religions, according to Shiite scholars, is related to the event of Karbala and Ashura Day

Shiaa’s Scholars Sayyid Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi (Understanding Karbala) and S.V. Mir Ahmad Ali (Husayn the Saviour of Islam) mentioned some of these prophecies in their books such as the ancient books of:

  • Hindus
  • Zoroastrians
  • Jews
  • Christians
  • And by the time of his birth.

In this article we are going to talk about the prophecy in Jews book and how they should respect this day.

Command of Old Testament to Commemorate Ashura Day

Several years after the time of His Eminence, Musa (a.s) the Jewish calendar began from the month of Rajab, and therefore Moharram was their seventh month. Leviticus 23 (The Book of Leviticus is the third book of the Torah and of the Old Testament), says:

“And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no laborious work; and you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.”

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“And the Lord said to Moses, “On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement; it shall be for you a holy convocation and you shall afflict yourselves and present an offering by fire to the Lord. And you shall do no work on this same day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God.

For whoever is not afflicted on this same day shall be cut off from his people. And whoever does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no work: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves; on the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:23-32)

Interesting To Think

It is interesting to think through that: when before the occurrence of the event the Almighty God had even commanded the Jews to observe mourning from the evening of 9th of Muharram to the evening of the 10th(Ashura day), and also warned them that anyone who did not follow this advice shall be as if he has left their religion.

Now that the event has actually occurred is it not incumbent on the Muslim community more than the Jewish community to observe the mourning? And if one fails to act upon this, would he not be as if he has left this religion? Except for those who in the words of Mahadewji: “Even though they pretend to be friends of Mahamat.”

Reference:

– Understanding Karbala by Sayyid Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi; P 40-41

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