Shafaqna (Shia International News Association) – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding mourning. According to Shafaqna the question and answer are as follows:
Question 1: Is mourning for Imam Hussain and other Infallibles (a.s.) recommended?
Answer: Yes, it is recommended and God will reward those who sincerely revive their memories and commemorate their martyrdom?
Question 2: I have a question about matam (Azadari) and the manner our people are holding Muharram rituals.
Answer: The main purpose of mourning during ‘Ashura, is to respect and revive the symbols of religion and remember the suffering of Imam Hussain (a.s.), his companions, and his uprising to defend Islam and prevent the destruction of the religion by Bani Umayyad dynasty. These rites must be done in such a way that in addition to serving that purpose, it draws the attention of others to these lofty goals.
Source: Ayatollah Sistani