Can we commemorate Husayn’s martyrdom in a Milad Sharif gathering?

Question: What is the verdict of the Islamic scholars and the great jurists in the following questions:1

  1. At a Milad Sharif gathering after the speech of the Mawlood Sharif, is it permissible or not to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (Allah be pleased with him) and recite the event of the battle of Karbala?
Questioner: Bune Khan, Bareilly in India.

Answer: The noble scholars forbade commemorating the martyrdom in Milad Sharif gatherings, because it is a gathering of joy, to commemorate sadness is not appropriate there. Just as it is stated in Majma’ al-Bihar. And Allah knows best.
al-Imam Ahmad Raza Khan al-Qadiri al-Barelvi
12-Jumada al-Awwal-1334 || ≈ 17-Mar-1916
al-‘Ataya al-Nabawiyyah fi’l-Fatawa al-Ridawiyyah: vol. 23, p. 750, #396
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  1. We have separated the questions for the sake of easy reading.
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