The following is a response to SlaveOfAhlubait’s article entitled: “Ayesha did Matam for Holy Prophet.” The article can be found here.
Let us see a narration from Seerat Ibn Ishaq, 2/713
“I heard Ayesha saying “The Messenger of God died on my bosom during my turn, I did not wrong anyone in regard to him. It was because of my ignorance and youthfulness that the Messenger of God died while he was in my lap. Then I laid his head on a pillow and got up beating my chest and slapping my face along with the women”
In this ironic article, SoA quote the above tradition in an attempt to justify the action of self beating during times of great misery. However, the narration is actually evidence against those that see the permissibility of these actions, since A’isha (radhee Allah ‘anha) attributes these actions to her ignorance and youthfulness, also there are authentic reports that prohibit it. This is more obvious since we are not aware of any other accounts in which A’isha practices this, nor does she attempt to justify her actions.
On the other hand, those that self-flagellate today are not only young Shias, nor do they blame their ignorance. They practice this with the upmost pride, believing that these actions will allow them to reap their rewards.