Welcome to the 6th episode of our special 10-part series for the month of Moharram titled “In the School of Imam Husain (AS)”.
Today is the 6th of Moharram when the siege of the Omayyad forces was growing tighter in Karbala around the small group of faithful men, women, and children accompanying the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny). Yet despite these critical conditions, the loyal Habib ibn Mazaher al-Assadi, with the permission of the Imam, rode out under cover of darkness towards the tribal areas of his clansmen, the Bani Assad, to urge them to rally to the aid of the besieged grandson of the Prophet. Some 90 tribesmen answered his call and rode towards Karbala, but the commander of the Omayyad forces, Omar ibn Sa’d, on being informed of the situation, dispatched a 400-strong force under Azraq ash-Shami to block their entry. After brief skirmish, seeing that the odds were heavily against them, the Bani Assad tribesmen dispersed while Habib returned to Imam Husain (AS), who was the least perturbed and said there is no Power except that of God and we are content with the Will of the Almighty Creator. The 75-year old Habib, attained martyrdom on the Day of Ashura, fighting the Omayyad hordes to the last drop of his blood in defence of Islam, justice and all other virtues.
Although Imam Husain (AS) was aware of his fate and that of his household, he considered safeguarding of the fundamentals of faith more important than his life. Deviation had reached the extent that if it was not the uprising of Karbala, Islam would have met the fate of the creeds of the past Prophets, such as those of Moses and Jesus, whose teachings were perverted and changed into Judaism and Christianity respectively. Thus in order to preserve the pure and pristine universal message of Islam, which was the message of all the previous Prophets, Imam Husain (AS) embarked on his immortal epic. For instance, from Karbala, he wrote a brief letter to his brother Mohammad al-Hanafiyya, and followers of Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt in Medina, emphasizing:“Indeed, anyone joining me (in Karbala) will attain martyrdom, while anyone who does not join me will not attain victory.”
This letter shows that the Imam was aware of his being martyred, along with his loyal companions, in his epic stand against the tyrannical rule of Yazid. Secondly, after explicitly spelling out the fate of anyone standing firm beside him, he meant to say that all those desiring any other objective in siding with him, should leave – as is clear by his emphasis on several occasions that he was waiving aside the pledge of allegiance to him by his companions so that everyone was free to leave him without any hesitation. Thirdly, there is no victory for his killers even if they celebrate his death and the imprisoning of the children and womenfolk of the Prophet’s Household. This was proven by the miserable end of the main perpetrators of the Tragedy of Karbala such as Omar ibn Sa’d, Shimr, Obaidullah ibn Ziyad and others.
In the holy Qur’an, God Almighty has emphasized in several ayahs about the glories of striving in his path, with the property and life, saying those killed in this way should not be considered dead, since they are actually alive. In ayah 47 of Surah Anfal, God says: “Do not be like those who left their homes vainly and to show off to the people”
Imam Husain (AS) thus acted in accordance with the commandments of the Qur’an. To him life and death did not matter. It was the cause that was important. It jolted human consciousness for all time, so that truth could be differentiated from falsehood. He sacrificed his life and that of his family and companions for keeping God’s religion alive and thus his uprising has remained eternal in history and has become an everlasting example for all truth and justice seekers.
It should be noted that Bani Asad clan, of whom Habib ibn Mazaher was a member, proved their faith in Islam, by arranging the burial of the bodies of the Martyrs of Karbala, some three days after the tragedy, with the help of the Imam’s son and successor, Imam Zain al-Abedin (AS), who miraculously came to Karbala from imprisonment in Kufa, for this task. The words of Imam Husain (AS) are thus immortal to this day, whether they be his admonishments, his sermons, or his prayers to God, such as the following supplication, which guides us:
"O Allah! Exalted is Your station, great is Your power, and stupendous Your might! You have no need of the creatures, Your supremacy is all-embracing, and You have the power to do whatever You wish. Your mercy is near, Your promise is true, Your blessings are plenteous, and Your tests are beautiful."
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