Monday, December 21, 2009

Lebanese Hizbullah 'Ashura Nasheed

Hizbullah secretary-general al-Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah during 'Ashura

*Post in the 'Ashura 1431 Occasional Series of posts about the annual Shi'i Muslim (all branches) commemoration of the martyrdom in 680 C.E. of Husayn bin 'Ali, the third Imam of the Shi'is.*

Today's "'Ashura 1431" post is a nasheed (religious, political song) produced by the Lebanese Shi'i party Hizbullah entitled, "We are Hizbullah [God's party]." The lyrics link the party to the legacy, in their minds, of the third Shi'i Imam, Husayn bin 'Ali. There are English subtitles. You will hear the rhythmic beating of the chest that Shi'is perform in ritual precision during their evening gatherings during the first ten days of the Islamic lunar month of Muharram, the period of 'Ashura, when they commemorate the death of Husayn and many of his male companions.

The lyrics also note that Hizbullah's members are "lovers of martyrdom," (a martyr, singular, is a "shaheed") linking them to the legacy of Husayn and his followers, who are seen by Shi'is and many Sunnis as those who sacrificed themselves standing up against oppression. The lyrics also link prominent Hizbullah martyrs (to the party), such as 'Abbas al-Musawi and Ragheb Harb, to the martyrs of Karbala in 680 C.E. The style and melody of the nasheed are typical of 'Ashura anasheed (plural of nasheed), most of which are not political.

Watch the nasheed video.


See the first 'Ashura post HERE.


Dr Hassan said...

There is no link to the nasheed video, would you please post the link?


إبن الصقلي said...

Thanks for reading and commenting.

The video is embedded. You can get HTML codes at the end of the video under the "Share" icon at the center, top.