I told her that we do so because it is the sunnah of the Noble Prophet(sawa).
She was shocked when she heard this.
She said, “I didn’t know that shias followed the sunnah of the Prophet(sawa), this is news to me.”
I thought she was kidding but then I saw her surprised face and realized that she meant it.
In my discussions with Sunnis, I have realized that most of them know nothing about us or whatever information they have is really distorted.
Sulaiman: You people continue to weep for Imam Husain (a.s.) on Ashoora and other days of martyrdom.
Ja’far: Weeping within the limits of Shariat is meritorious and acceptable as mentioned in the Quranic Ayats:
“And that is He it is Who makes (men) laugh and makes (them) weep;” (Surah Najm 53:43)
It is said that Prophet Yaqoob (a.s.) wept so much for his son Yusuf (a.s.) that the pupils of his eyes became white.
“And he turned away from them, and said: O my sorrow for Yusuf! And his eyes become white on account of the grief,” (Surah Yusuf 12:84)
The Prophet (s.a.) himself wept on many occasions.
It is related from Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet said, “Zaid took over the flag and was martyred. Then it was taken by Jafar who was martyred as well. Then Abdullah bin Rawaha took the flag but he too was martyred,” and at that time the eyes of Allah’s Apostle were full of tears.
(Sahih Bukhari Volume 2, Hadith 338)
He (s.a.) also wept for Imam Husain (a.s.) on various occasions. For example, on the day Husain (a.s.) was born. And whenever the he (s.a.w.s.) prophesied the martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.).
Zainab binte Jahash the wife of Prophet (s.a.w.a.w.s.) narrates:
One day the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s) was in my house and Husain (a.s.) was also there. For some moments I forgot about him. He entered into the Prophet’s room. I tried to pick him up but the Messenger of Allah restrained me. Then he stood up to perform the prayers while holding Husain (a.s.) in his arms. When he went into ruku (bending in genuflection) or sajdah (prostration) he put down Husain (a.s.) and again took him in his arms when he stood up. Then he sat down and wept. When he finished his prayers I said, “O Messenger of Allah! Today I have seen you do something that I had never seen before.”
He said, “Jibraeel came to me and informed me that this Husain (a.s.) will be killed by my ummat (people).”
(Mustadrakul Sahihain, 4:398)
He then showed me the soil of the place of his martyrdom. He gave me (a handful of) red dust.”
Moreover, we find that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s) himself wept on the dead and the martyrs. On various occasions he wept upon graves. He wept on the illness of Sa’d bin Ubadah and on the death of his son Ibrahim, and on his beloved grandson Imam Husain (a.s.). The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) wept on the martyrdom of his uncle Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib andthe martyrs of the Battle of Muta. He lamented the martyrdom of his cousin Ja’far ibne Abi Talib. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) was seen weeping on the grave of his beloved mother. Abu Hurairah says, “The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s) visited the grave of his mother and wept; and all those with him (also) wept.”
Proof from Quranic Ayat
[12:84] And he turned away from them, and said: O my sorrow for Yusuf! and his eyes became white on account of the grief, and he was a repressor (of grief).
[ 12:85] They said: By Allah! you will not cease to remember Yusuf until you are a prey to constant disease or (until) you are of those who perish.
[5:83]And when they hear what has been revealed to the messenger you will see their eyes overflowing with tears on account of the truth that they recognize; they say: Our Lord! we believe, so write us down with the witnesses (of truth).
[17:107] Say: Believe in it or believe not; surely those who are given the knowledge before it fall down on their faces, making obeisance when it is recited to them.
[17:108] And they say: Glory be to our Lord! most surely the promise of our Lord was to be fulfilled.
[17:109]And they fall down on their faces weeping, and it adds to their humility.
[9:82] Therefore they shall laugh little and weep much as a recompense for what they earned.