In 2020, Dawoodi Bohras around the world are observing Ashara Mubaraka at homes. During Ashara Mubaraka, a long-standing tradition of hydrating passerbys in the name of Imam Hussain AS is practiced in cities all around the world, especially near local community centers. During the Covid-19 pandemic, as community centers remain closed, this time honored tradition is being reimagined at the homes of community members. Young eight-year-old, Taha Hakimi, wanted to make the most of Ashara this year by providing homemade drinks and water for his family and a few of his neighbors while also abiding by New Jersey Social Distancing regulations. “My mom told me how it would be nice to provide drinks to my family, so I came up with an idea to provide drinks in a stall right from my own driveway!” says Taha. “My dad helped me create the structure and my mom helped me make all the drinks.”
Remembering the thirst of Imam Hussain AS and his companions, Taha takes the initiative to hydrate his family and neighbors.
Taha believes his biggest motivation in creating his own sabeel was to remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain AS and his companions who were denied water for three long days in the scorching deserts of modern day Iraq. Remembering the thirst of Imam Hussain AS and his companions, Taha takes the initiative to hydrate his family and neighbors. One community member was reminded of her childhood, “I was really happy to see this, we always saw this in Pakistan. As kids we would go to these stalls near the local community center. Seeing Taha taking this wonderful initiative not only reminds me of my childhood, but more importantly, reminds me of the thirst the family of the Prophet Mohammed SA endured during these days.”
Taha was also able to meet his friends and neighbors while practicing social distancing though this initiative. His friends Al-Aqmar and Jumana were overjoyed to see Taha with his sabeel and were inspired to give back to the community in various ways.