Bloodletting (Tatbir) (4)
Is tatbir only allowed during Ashura? Or can we do it in other sad occasions like Arbaeen, Fatmiyyah, the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad (sawa) and all the Imams (as)?
Tatbir is allowed on Arbaeen, Fatimiyah and other sorrowful occasions. Although it is better to keep Tatbir a ritual for Ashura alone.
The method is to simply dress in white while striking your head out of grief for Imam Hussein (as) or other sorrowful occasions
Whenever we start to talk about tatbir, the people try to refute us saying when did any Imam (AS) tell us to do this or when did they do it themselves. Is there anyone who was more agrieved then Imam Sajjad (AS) they ask? Sometimes they say that it is mentioned in The Quran that we are not allowed to hurt our body. If you can please tell me how to refute there argument, it will be highly appreciated.
The harms that are haram in Islam are the harms that do three things: 1- Kill the human being instantly 2- Stop a body limb from working 3- Stop a human power (such as producing children) This is according to the Fiqh of Imam al Sadiq (a.s). Any other harm is not considered Haram, such as fast-food, smoking, speeding in your vehicle, etc.
As for the ritual of Tatbir (Qama Zani) it is Halal and Mustahab.